How Long Does The Nintendo Switch Battery Last?

We test Nintendo's battery claim.


Nintendo has claimed that its Switch console can last over six hours depending on usage conditions. Specifically, the company said that users should be able to get roughly three hours playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We received several Nintendo Switch consoles in the office along with copies of the game and put that claim to the test.

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Technology Editor Jimmy Thang played the game with a full charge on the screen's default brightness and got three hours and three minutes of battery life until the device keeled over. With a full charge and playing in airplane mode on full brightness, Reviews Editor Peter Brown got two hours and 50 minutes out of the console. Both figures come relatively close to Nintendo's three-hour claim.

If you're wondering how fast the Switch charges, Peter clocked a 49 percent charge after an hour in the dock.

For more information on the Switch, make sure to check out all of the console’s details here.

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