Nintendo Switch is a new gaming console from Nintendo. It is unique in that its main features are two gaming screens, one of which is a 6 inch tablet that can be played anywhere and with anyone (and has power when not tethered to the console).
Since its launch on March 3rd, 2017, the Nintendo Switch has quickly found itself in high demand. As such, third-party vendors have seen fit to try and cash in on the success of this latest Nintendo release by producing what they see as suitable replacements for those who can’t wait to get their hands on an official Nintendo switch charging dock.
The Nintendo Switch is an excellent piece of hardware, but there are some things that Nintendo has yet to address with the system. One specific issue many users have run into is how quickly the battery charges when plugged in. While it might not be a huge deal for some, others find themselves low on juice far too often and would prefer longer playtimes.
Best Methods about How to Charge Nintendo Switch?
Here we will discuss what you can do to make your battery charge faster if you want more playing time from your console. In order of least effort but most excellent results to most extraordinary effort but most minor effects they are:
1. Turn off WiFi or unplug your internet while charging
This is probably the easiest method to try since its quick, and most people have done it before. When you are playing Nintendo Switch with the console plugged in but not powered on, there is no need for your wireless settings to be turned on. So why not just turn them off? Sure, every once in a while, you might need connectivity for something urgent. But what’s more critical than being able to play Super Mario Odyssey? The answer: Nothing!
So go ahead and turn off your WiFi/ internet connection while charging to save some juice.
2. Turn off the auto-brightness setting while charging
Let’s be honest here for a minute. Do you even need that screen brightness on max? If it is set to automatic, then when you are playing inside or at night, there is no reason for it to be super bright. Sure, you can always turn down your brightness manually when needed. But why not just do it automatically by turning off the auto-brightness feature? It will make absolutely no difference if the game looks like crap because of low brightness or high brightness because of settings you adjusted manually before starting! So next, plug your switch in and don’t turn on auto-brightness while charging.
3. Use a different cable while charging (not recommended)
If you have a spare official Nintendo switch power adapter lying around, this is an option for you too! But to be honest. I would not recommend it, though. Using only the official Nintendo switch power adapter will charge your console faster than any other third party or USB-C cable out there.
However, for this method to work best, try using it with the official Switch dock. When using any USB-C connection with the Switch Dock, you can expect faster charging rates from all devices plugged into it at once. This includes controllers and other USB-C cables that aren’t part of the official Nintendo Switch power adapter. That means if you want to take advantage of this method, then try using your official switch dock and any USB-C connection available with it as well as the official Nintendo Switch charger.
4. Buy a different power adapter while charging
Suppose you do not have an extra official Nintendo Switch power adapter lying around. Then this “method” isn’t worth your time! But if you happen to own another third-party or USB-C compatible charger that can output enough Amps and Watts to charge the Nintendo Switch, then why not just use that instead? Sure, every once in a while, I might run into another USB-C device that doesn’t provide enough current for my needs. However, I find that this method does work pretty well, at least half the time for the most part. Wildly, when pumping out enough power into my switch, it can detect different modes like “charging” and “power bank.”
If you are not aware, the Nintendo Switch can read charging source information like how much current they are outputting too. This allows it to set faster or slower depending on what type of device is connected to it. Unfortunately, though swapping out chargers does come with some downsides since using 3rd party devices also comes with increased risk for things like power surges and unstable voltage flows.
And if a charger has a broken USB-C port on it. Then your battery might be able to last more than an hour before dying. I would also not recommend using a power bank as a replacement for the official switch charger. Sure, they might charge your device faster than other options. But it won’t look good on the battery life of any USB-C portable battery if you play games too long while charging!
5. If all else fails
Just buy another official Nintendo Switch power adapter and keep it close. Now, let’s say you don’t own an extra official Nintendo Switch Adapter or even Dock to use with this method. Then just run out and buy one immediately! Honestly, I am sure that most people reading this already own additional docks and chargers by now anyways. But if not. Buying one new will prove to be very helpful in the future, especially when it comes to charging your device while playing!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What’s included with the Nintendo Switch Lite system?
The system comes with:
- Nintendo Switch Lite system
- Nintendo Switch AC adapter
- What are the main differences between the Nintendo Switch Lite system and the other Nintendo Switch systems?
The Nintendo Switch: OLED Model and Nintendo Switch systems transform from home console to handheld, letting you play your favorite games at home or on the go. They include a dock for connecting to your TV, as well as removable Joy-Con™ controllers that you can share with a friend for two-player fun.
Nintendo Switch Lite is dedicated to handheld play and is smaller and lighter than the Nintendo Switch system.
- What does “OLED” mean?
OLED stands for “organic light-emitting diode.” An OLED screen does not have a backlight like LCD screens, instead of displaying images using light emitted by each pixel. Deep blacks can be represented by turning a pixel’s light off, allowing for sharper contrast.