The Nintendo Switch has been one of the most hyped tech releases this year so far, we’re sure you’re already well aware. Like most Nintendo consoles over the last decade, its been championed as a one that everyone can pick-up – but this time, both in the gaming ability and literal sense.
Its on-the-go gaming feature is certainly a plus point, yet game processing power can be intensive on any battery. The Switch is advertised as having a battery life of around 2.5 to 6.5 hours, yet realistically if you’re going to be gaming while using its portable feature (which you will be), the battery will last towards the lower end. Nintendo don’t shy away from this fact and on their website state users can expect approximately 3 hours when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
While playtime may not be up there with your average phone, don’t let that put you off. As we mentioned, gaming processing is intensive and the screen is well proportioned so it’s a worthy trade-off. Or, better still – equip yourself with our top three Nintendo Switch accessories and ensure you level up without a power outage and extend your playtime up to 18 hours.
Assembled with its and Joy-Con controls, the Switch sizes up at 238mm x 101mm. It’s labeled as portable, however at this size it won’t fit too comfortably into the average jean pocket – you’ll need a bag to carry it around.
Considering you’ll be taking a bag out with you, we would recommend using the AUKEY PB-Y3. It’s a 150mm x 82mm power bank, again easily transported in a small carry back, rucksack or shoulder bag too, and yet packs a substantial 30000mAh capacity.
Using Nintendo’s 3 hour Legend of Zelda battery life time and some basic calculations using the 4310mAh Switch battery size, we estimated a total of 15+ hours playtime was feasible on a full charge of the Switch and PB-Y3 (or in other terms, around 4.1 full charges of the Switch plus its own battery capacity).
After some of our YouTube tech community tested our power banks with some of the very first Switches, user YongYea in particular successfully operated the Switch with the AUKEY PB-Y3 for 18 hours straight – a huge upgrade from Nintendo’s out-of-the-box time. Again, this was with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
It’s worth getting into the habit of switching to USB-C cables where possible. Not only will the USB-C offer the maximum charge rates compatible with the PB-Y3 and Switch (both have USB-C type connectors), USB-C is slowly but surely being rolled out as the new standard of connection and will most likely be on the next smart phone you buy too (not to mention the new MacBook Pro along with other laptops and notebooks).
USB-C is also reversible and the most durable USB connection type to date – combined with AUKEY’s durable nylon braiding with reinforced aluminum shielding, the cable will withstand all the wear and tear on-the-road gaming and travelling brings.
Also utilizing USB-C charging is our new PA-Y7 Amp PD Duo Universal Dual Port USB wall charger. Only 50mm tall, 28mm wide and 68mm deep, it integrates a removable section with 2 USB-A ports for other devices (or charging via USB-A to USB-C which is also possible with the Nintendo Switch). On removal it reveals the USB-C port, ideally paired with our other two recommended Nintendo Switch Accessories.