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Nintendo Switch Battery Test Reveals Some Surprising Results

Nintendo Switch Battery Test Reveals Some Surprising Results

Beats 3DS and New 3DS in terms of stamina


The stamina of the Nintendo Switch has been something of a talking point ever since it was revealed that the console would last between three to six hours on a single charge. However, it’s easy to forget that the days of a handheld running for weeks on a single set of AA batteries are well and truly over; the 3DS was hardly a stayer when it came to juice and the same can be said of other mobile devices, such as tablets and phones.

Having said that, a recent battery test by our friends over at Family Gamer TV has given some interesting results, with the Switch proving to be longer-lasting than the DSi, 3DS, 2DS, GBA SP and New 3DS, clocking a lifespan of 5 hours, 12 minutes under these particular test conditions: screen on, full brightness, no software running, all wireless connections (if any) enabled. Older handhelds like the Game Boy and GBA which don’t have an operating system were left running a game.

Naturally there are some provisos here; games which really push the hardware are going to drain the battery faster, so don’t expect to get the same kind of stamina when you’re playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Here are the full results:

  • DSi – 2.41hrs
  • 3DS – 3.25hrs
  • iPod Touch 2 – 3.39hrs
  • 2DS – 3.55hrs
  • Game Boy Advance SP – 3.59hrs
  • iPad 2 – 4.00hrs
  • iPad Air – 4.04hrs
  • New 3DS – 4.04hrs
  • iPod Touch 3 – 4.13hrs
  • DS Lite – 4.51hrs
  • PSP – 4.56hrs
  • GBA Micro – 4.57hrs
  • Vita – 5.01hrs
  • Nintendo Switch – 5.12hrs
  • iPad Mini 2 – 5.39hrs
  • DS – 6.51hrs
  • New 3DS (XL Mugen Battery) – 15.02hrs
  • GBA – 29.32hrs
  • Game Boy – 31.12hrs
  • Game Boy Colour – 35.45hrs

What do you make of these results? Did you expect the Switch to perform worse, or better than these systems? Let us know by posting a comment below.

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