The best thing about Switch is without a doubt that you can play anywhere. However, this forces the battery life to start ticking down. How to maximize playing time!
The battery life of the Nintendo Switch is ( as we mentioned in our review ) relatively approved right from the start. However, there are some tips and tricks worth keeping an eye on to get as long playing time as possible when the device is in its portable position.
1. Turn off the console completely when not playing
Nintendo Switch has a really good sleep mode where only a few percent battery charge disappears for each day the device sleeps. However, are you e.g. on the go and do not play anything for relatively long periods, it may be worth switching off the device completely instead of using sleep mode.
- To completely turn off the Switchso that it does not consume any battery at all, first hold down the power button for about three seconds.
Hold down the power button for a few seconds to bring up the shutdown menu.
- Then select Power Options (1)in the menu followed by Power Off (2) to turn off the unit completely.
- When it’s time to play, start the console as usual with the power button. The start-up itself takes a few seconds longer than it does if you start from sleep mode. But it might be worth it to save some extra battery percentage!
2. Lower the screen brightness
Just like on most mobile devices with a screen, it is the built-in backlight that is responsible for eating up large parts of the battery life. Therefore, lowering the screen brightness actually saves a lot of battery. The downside of this is of course that the screen gets darker. In dim lighting, it usually works quite well to play with a fairly dark screen. However, if you play outdoors or in a brightly lit room, it can sometimes be difficult to lower the brightness too much.
- To lower the screen brightness, first press andhold the Home button for a few seconds.
- In the pop-up menu that appears, you can then adjust the built-in backlight by dragging the slider. The further to the left the slider is, the darker the screen and the more battery is saved.
Playing with maximum backlight consumes battery life really fast!
3. Use the aircraft mode
Airplane mode (also available on mobile phones and tablets) turns off all wireless communication from and to the Nintendo Switch . Neither Wi-Fi nor the connection between the Switch unit and the Joy-Con controls can be used with the aircraft mode on. While this makes it impossible to play in any other way than with the Joy-Con controls attached to the sides of the Switch , it saves a lot of battery!
- To activate the Airplane mode, press and hold the Home button again for a few seconds and the context menu will appear.
- Then click on Flight Modeand make sure On is lit next to the option. Just as the small text below the option tells you, it is no longer possible to use wireless controls for the device.
Activating the airplane mode actually saves some battery power.
4. Customize your gameplay and game selection
This tip is far from suitable for all situations, but it can still be good to keep in mind. Just like with a computer, Switch needs to work differently depending on the type of game being played. Graphically more complex games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe consume the device’s battery significantly faster than more easy – to – play titles such as Snipperclips .
However, if it’s Zelda you’re currently playing, this is of course what you should play. If, on the other hand, you have a bunch of hours to kill during a long flight and use the Switch as company, it may be worth an extra thought what you actually use for games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild draws more battery than Snipperclips.
5. Use an extra battery pack (emergency charger)
Thanks to the fact that Nintendo has chosen a standard as standard as USB-C for charging the Switch , this means that it is perfectly possible to use a standard emergency charger (powerbank) to charge the device when you are out and about. All you need is an emergency charger capable of charging at least 2 amps and a standard USB to USB-C cable.
There are also some emergency chargers that use USB-C directly. Some of them are able to give even a little more amps -styrka. Something that in turn charges the Switch even a little faster.