2019 New Nintendo Switch: Charging and Power Usage

In August 2019, Nintendo released an updated version of the Nintendo Switch. This revision had a new system-on-chip (CPU and GPU combo), flash storage, and RAM. Those increased the power efficiency of the whole system. Here we’ll take a look at the resulting power usage, and charging.

Comparing the New and Old Nintendo Switch

New Nintendo Switch Play Time

Nintendo listed the new Nintendo Switch as offering 2-2.5 more hours of play time. It is the only change in specs they listed when comparing the new and original Switch.

Nintendo's tech spec comparison of the original and new (2019) Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

Charge Time Test Results

Tested with a brand new HAC-001(-01) Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. The console was at 0%, the power bank at 100%. For the sleeping test the Switch was turned on after 5 minutes. Then put to sleep with no gaming running in the background. For the gaming test the Switch was turned on after 5 minutes. Then launched Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game ran under stress test conditions. With screen brightness at 100% and auto brightness off. For both tests Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were left on.

New & Original Nintendo Switch Charge Times

  New Nintendo Switch Original Nintendo Switch
Sleeping Charge Time: 3:14 3:30
Gaming Charge Time: 2:58 3:15

 

New Nintendo Switch’s Power Draw Rates

The new Nintendo Switch has more typical draw rates for a USB Power Delivery device. It still has an ~18W max draw limit. But there is less of a power draw gap between different voltages. And it can draw more power from a USB-A charger than the original Switch.

New Nintendo Switch Power Draw Rates

Charger Specs Power Drawn Total Wattage Percent of Current Drawn
5V/1.5A USB-A 5V/1.5A 7.5W 100%
5V/2A USB-A 5V/2A 10W 100%
5V/2.4A USB-A 5V/2A 10W 83%
5V/3A USB-C 5V/2A 10W 66%
9V/2A USB-C PD 9V/1.8A 16.5W 90%
9V/3A USB-C PD 9V/1.8A 16.5W 60%
12V/1.5A USB-C PD 12V/1.5A 18W 100%
15V/1.2A USB-C PD 15V/1.2A 18W 100%
15V/2A USB-C PD 15V/1.2A 18W 60%
15V/3A USB-C PD 15V/1.2A 18W 40%

 

For the Dock

The dock still has a 15V/2.6A (or more amps) power input requirement. Aside from the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter most 45-60W USB-C PD chargers will power the dock. But chargers with less output will not.

Summary:

A wider range of third party chargers will perform well with the new Nintendo Switch. If you try a USB-A charger that provides 5V/2A or better you’ll have a good experience in handheld mode. But an iPhone’s 5V/1A charger will still provide a slow charge. If buying a new USB-C PD charger you don’t need to worry about its exact specs as much.  For best results go for 18W USB-C PD chargers that offer 12V or 15V. To use a 30W+ PD charger is optional for the dock usage.

 

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