Nintendo Switch Battery Takes 3 Hours to Fully Charge


According to a page on Nintendo’s Japanese website, it takes 3 hours to fully charge the Nintendo Switch battery. The non-removable 4310mAh rechargeable 3.7V Lithium-ion battery can be charged via the dock or USB type-C adapter. While the battery in itself is rather formidable, the fact that the Switch will be running games at 1280 x 720 means that more labor intensive games are going to drain the battery quicker than many would like. For example, a session of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on an undocked Nintendo Switch has been reported to last around three hours, perhaps even dropping down to 2.5 hours. This means that the Nintendo Switch battery could take longer to reach a full charge than it does to drain that charge during gameplay, in some instances.

Luckily, it has also been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch battery can be charged on the go via a USB type-C adapter, similar to the cables you probably use to charge your phones and laptops. The undocked Switch, if used to play something a little less full-on than Breath of the Wild, could last as long as 6 hours. What do you think of this information? Is the fact that the charge time can be longer than the play time disappointing news? Or is 3 hours enough, considering the battery can also be topped up when out and about? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. This may not be popular among the Nintendo enthusiasts but the Switch in general just seems inadequate in this current marketplace.

  2. I’m not sure where that info came from however you should be able to charge it full in about half that time…USB-C is rated at 5v 3a. Im super stoked about this as my new phone is also USB-Cand in reality the only place i would be playing my switch away from home would be at somebody else’s house or at work which would both be near an outlet.

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