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How to charge a Nintendo Switch console in 2 ways, and keep playing while it charges

How to charge a Nintendo Switch console in 2 ways, and keep playing while it charges

The Nintendo Switch's portability sets it apart from all other home consoles. Even after you disconnect it from its screen, you can keep playing, no matter where you go.

But if your Switch runs out of battery, the fun is over until you get back to a power source. And unfortunately, the Switch's battery life isn't tremendously long — on an original Nintendo Switch, you'll usually get between three and nine hours of active use, depending on how hardware intensive the game you're playing is. The Switch Lite will give you three to seven hours.

However, charging your Switch back to full power only takes about three and a half hours. And you can always keep playing while the console is connected to power. Here's how.

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Nintendo Switch (From $299.99 at Best Buy)

Nintendo Switch Lite (From $199.99 at Best Buy)

How to charge a Nintendo Switch

To charge an original Nintendo Switch using the docking station, which also allows you to connect the system to a TV:

1. Connect the provided USB-C charging cable to an AC outlet, and to the USB-C port found in the back of the Switch's dock.

Connect the charger (or AC adapter) to your Switch's dock.

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2. Slide the Switch console into the dock, so that the USB-C plug set into the dock enters the port on the bottom of the Switch.

You can also charge the Joy-Con controllers by attaching them to the Switch while it's charging.

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If you want to play the Switch in handheld mode, or you own a Nintendo Switch Lite, just plug the USB-C cable directly into the base of the Switch console.

The charging cable plugs right into the bottom of the Switch.

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