Enhanced Switch trounces the original in a battery life test

3 years old Nintendo Switch Enhanced Switch battery life test

Nintendo Switch combines the home console experience with portability, and the masses love it. Unfortunately, taking the home console experience on the go makes things tough for battery life. The base model can only run a hardware-intensive game like Breath of the Wild for about three hours before running out of juice. Nintendo aims to fix that with a newly-released enhanced model that’s more efficient. So how does it stack up? GameXplain recently ran a test to answer that question. In their latest video they compare the new model’s performance with the old to show just how much improvement Nintendo has managed. You can check it out by clicking below!

Enhanced Switch battery life test

The results

For this test (and the original) GameXplain cranked everything up to the max. The screen was its brightest, the sound at its highest, and the Wi-Fi was enabled. Under these conditions, the original Switch lasted just 2 hours and 28 minutes. Under those same conditions, the enhanced Switch lasted 3 hours and 53 minutes.

Nintendo’s official estimate is that Breath of the Wild should play for around 5 and a half hours on the enhanced Switch. GameXplain’s test fell well short of that number, but as we stated, they cranked everything up and went for the worst case scenario. If you don’t have the screen brightness at max, you’ll probably get a lot more time out of a single charge. There are also many games that are nowhere near as intensive as Zelda. For less draining games, Nintendo estimates that you can up to 9 hours of battery life out of one charge.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.