Are you holding your Nintendo Switch, but worried that your battery might get loose along the way? We offer a selection of small actions to be carried out to optimize the battery life of your hybrid console.
The Nintendo Switch will be supported for long years, with releases of games and accessories to offer new long-term experiences. Big N has planned a longer lifespan for its hybrid console than for its previous generations, laptop and living room combined. But to enjoy it to the end, the hardware still has to hold out all this time. We think in particular the lithium ion battery, which is very often the weak point of the durability of electronic devices (smartphones, laptops …). This is why we give you some tips here for take care of your Switch's battery and so try to maximize its lifespan.
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Maintain the battery
As on cars, the Nintendo Switch battery must be used and be recharged regularly to avoid falling flat. If you buy a PS5 or an Xbox Series X their release and you put your Switch in the closet, you must imperatively bring it out from time to time to turn it on and recharge. Be sure to charge devices with a battery at least once every six months. If the battery is not used for an extended period, it may become impossible to recharge itexplains Nintendo. A piece of advice that applies to both the Switch and your other battery devices. This also applies to your old smartphone that you have kept in reserve in case, and which may not be operational when its time is finally ripe.
The Nintendo Switch has a customizable sleep mode. This allows, among other things, to automatically activate standby on the console after a predefined period of inactivity. You have the choice between 1, 3, 5, 10 or 30 minutes in portable mode and in table mode and between 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 or 30 minutes in television mode. By doing so, your device does not run for nothing full speed when you are not using it. And after a few years of use, the difference on the state of the battery is felt.
Attention the heating
Avoid overheating your Nintendo Switch to save the battery. It is for example not recommended to play a resource-intensive title on the console while it is recharging. Like any electronic device, the Big N hybrid is heat sensitive. In case of high temperature, don't leave it exposed to the sun. Don't forget it either in front of a pole or radiator during winter. Finally, humidity is not a friend and must be fast.
Also don't forget to go hunting for dust at the ventilation level so that it does not simmisce in the entrails of the device. Dust does not directly damage the battery, but can damage other components. And if these do not work properly, this can cause the console to overheat, which could damage the battery.
An external battery to blow the main
The problem of external battery is that it adds weight to the console, which can be less pleasant to use in portable mode. But there are high-end models that manage to combine strong capacity, compact design and relative lgret.
On its official website, Nintendo announces that measures recharge cycles, battery life gradually decreases. This is the case for all lithium-ion type batteries. If you are using an external battery, so you boost the autonomy of the console, but also the life of its battery, since it is less used and therefore requires fewer recharge cycles.
Optimizing the use of the Switch's battery
As we saw earlier, the main cause of poor battery health is simply recharging. And to avoid recharging the Switch too often (without stopping playing or imposing top constraints), it is possible tooptimize some settings in order to regulate its energy consumption.
Like smartphones and laptops, it’s often one of the most demanding elements in this area. When possible, we suggest that you lower the brightness of it. When you are in a dark environment for example, which requires little backlight from the LCD panel of the console.
If you don't need connectivity, switching to airplane mode can also help. Network research is also a power-hungry feature. The vibrations of the Joy-Con can help boost immersion in the game, but the engines that do this also tap into the Switch’s power supply. You can deactivate them if you do not consider them essential.
Replace the battery
On the long dull, all these little touches can help nibble a little while and extend the life of your battery. But if you bought your Switch in March 2017, as soon as it was released, it is likely that even by paying attention or playing very little in portable mode, your battery will at some point indicate serious signs of weakness.
In this case, you will either have to count only with an external battery, either replace your battery. Nintendo, which applies a policy fairly close to that of Apple this time, strongly advises to do not change the battery yourself or from go through a third party service to do this. You are rather invited to contact Nintendo Customer Service to proceed with the substitution. You will need to send your console to the manufacturer, as in the case of a repair.
To pay less, you can also ignore Nintendo's recommendations and buy a battery to replace it yourself. You can help yourself with tutorials available on YouTube. You can also go to a specialized third-party company if you don't trust your abilities. Attention, take into account the fact that this will cause the warranty to lapse if it is still active.