After 800 charge cycles, your Nintendo Switch battery life will start to degrade a bit. This means that you’ll need to charge your console more often. Additionally, the battery will drain faster when playing resource-demanding games.
How long should my Nintendo Switch battery last?
How long your Nintendo Switch battery lasts in handheld mode depends on your console model and the game you’re playing. When playing lightweight games, your Nintendo Switch battery should last for 4 to 7 hours before needing another full charge. However, when playing resource demanding games, your console will need a charge after 2.5 to 4 hours.
For example, The Witcher 3 is a heavy game. After 2.5-3 hours of gameplay, you’ll need to charge your battery. On the other hand, if you’re playing Animal Crossing, the battery should last for 3 to 4 hours.
Old Nintendo Switch consoles barely reach 2 hours when playing low-resource intensive games. If you’re playing resource demanding games, the battery won’t last more than one and a half hours.
The battery life of Nintendo Switch consoles varies depending on the model you’re using.
- Nintendo Switch model HAC-001, serial number begins with XAW → battery life is 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
- Nintendo Switch model HAC-001(-01), serial number begins with XKW → battery life is 4.5 to 9 hours.
- Nintendo Switch Lite model HDH-001 → battery life is 3 to 7 hours.
- Nintendo Switch LED model HEG-001, serial number begins with XTW → battery life is 4.5 to 9 hours.
How long does Nintendo Switch battery last in Sleep mode?
Your Nintendo Switch battery will drop between 10-15% while in Sleep Mode. Without running any games or updates, the battery should not drop more than 15% in 24 hours.
Your Nintendo Switch console is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Its battery life will gradually decrease over time. According to Sony, after about 800 charge cycles, your Nintendo Switch battery life will decrease to about 80% compared to a new console.
Rest assured, this is normal. Your console and battery are working fine. After all, batteries are consumable items.
By the way, if your Nintendo Switch console won’t change, activate the Recovery Menu, perform a hard reset, and check your charger.