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Nintendo has advised players to charge their Switch once every six months in order to maintain the quality of the console's battery.
Personally, this doesn't apply to me, because I've been playing Animal Crossing pretty much solidly since March. My Switch is always charged or charging and it is ready to go if ever I see an especially spicy turnip price. Apparently, people have been surprised by battery problems, though, as Nintendo of Japan's customer service Twitter account issued this warning earlier this week.
Those in the audience who keep their Switch docked for the majority of its use shouldn't have too much to worry about in this regard, either. However, if people want to purchase a Switch for streaming and keep their Switch Lite in storage, hypothetically, then it is something to think about. Lithium-ion batteries, which are found in phones, laptops, the Mars Curiosity Rover, and the Switch, do degrade over time due to chemical and mechanical changes to the electrode inside of them.
The change with each complete charge cycle is miniscule, so don't worry overly about the Rover being left alone up there in space. Having said that, there is some guidance from multiple sources about how to ensure that the battery is as efficient as possible for as long as possible.
Samsung says don't charge your phone overnight, because there is no guarantee that the charger you're using isn't overcharging the battery. Alternatively, letting the battery discharge to nothing and then charging it again is also not recommended. "For instance, you might use 75% of your battery's capacity one day, then recharge it fully overnight," says Apple. "If you use 25% the next day, you will have discharged a total of 100%, and the two days will add up to one charge cycle."
These suggestions are for phones, and of course, the Switch works very differently. However, the batteries are identical between a phone and a Switch, and I would assume that a good number of people want their consoles to be in good nick. This is also good advice to be aware of, owing to the rumoured new Switch with its enticing new features.
Offering "improved interactivity," 4K resolutions, and a number of new titles from launch, this new Switch will apparently arrive in 2021, according to a number of sources. In January, Nintendo itself stated it had "no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020." Those last two words are doing the most of the heavy lifting in this fervent speculation. We'll keep you in the loop once we know more.
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