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How To Charge Joycons (Nintendo Switch Controllers)

How To Charge Joycons

How To Charge Joycons? The Nintendo Switch gives a variety of controller options. For example, you can use the included Joy-Cons to play in handheld mode or use the Joy-Con grip for TV play or connect a Pro Controller for maximum precision in TV or tabletop mode. 

You can even utilize wireless controllers on the newer Nintendo Switch Lite, provided that you have a way to prop up Nintendo’s dedicated handheld console. The Switch’s controllers help make the console as varied as it is, but you’ll need to keep them charged up to make the most of them.

You never need to be in a situation where your controllers run out of juice in the middle of an intense Fortnite match or when you’re trying to build the perfect island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Your Joy-Con controllers should last about 20 hours when fully charged, but that time can go quick, particularly if you leave your games idle for long periods.

If you just picked up a new Nintendo Switch to choose the time up at home, make sure your controllers don’t run dry. Here are some advice for how to charge your Nintendo Switch controllers so that you never run out of juice.

How To Charge Joycons
How To Charge Joycons

How to charge Joycons (your Nintendo Switch controllers)

Charge your Joy-Con controllers by fastening them to the Switch. The easiest way to charge your Joy-Con controllers is to fasten them to the sides of your Switch. This will begin charging each Joy-Con’s internal battery.

Charge your Pro Controller through your USB cable. If you bought a Switch Pro Controller, you could charge it at any time through the included USB-C cable connected to your Switch dock. The front two USB ports on the dock are most peaceful to access while still playing.

Buy a Charging Grip. The Joy-Con Charging Grip is sold separately, retails for $29.99, and will let you charge your Joy-Con controllers when not attached to your Switch via a USB cable that connects to your Switch dock. The standard Joy-Con Grip that begins with your console cannot charge your controllers.

Buy a Joy-Con or Pro Controller charging dock. If you have more than one set of Joy-Con controllers, the officially licensed PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock is your best choice for keeping everything topped off as quickly as possible. It will charge 2 sets of Joy-Con controllers at a time. PowerA also has a Joy-Con and Pro Controller dock that can charge a Pro Controller and a single set of Joy-Cons at that time.

Keep your controllers charging when not in use. Don’t just leave your Joy-Con controllers laying around in a standard Grip or resting apart on a coffee table, or your Pro Controller disconnected from its USB cable. Instead, when you’re done playing, slide the Joy-Con controllers onto your Switch or into a Charging Grip, and plug the USB cable into your Pro Controller, so you don’t lose power as active the next time you play. This is also true of the Switch itself — leave the system in the dock when not in control to keep its battery charged for later.

Know your third-party controllers. There are many wireless third-party controller options for the Switch, and many of them use different charging methods. One of our favorite Pro Controller alternatives, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller, utilizes two AA batteries instead of relying on a charge. 8Bitdo controllers use a mix of USB connections — the latest SN30 charges over micro USB, while the more robust SN30 Pro charges via the same USB-C connection as the Pro Controller.

Make sure you keep an eye out for these connection types when picking a third-party pad, and be sure to leave your controller connected to a charger when not in use.

Correction: Joy-Con controllers will charge as long as they’re connected to a Switch unit. Even if the Switch isn’t plugged into power itself — they convey power from the Switch’s built-in battery, Nintendo said during a Treehouse Livestream on Friday. We’ve edited the article to show this and to add the Joy-Con battery life.

FAQs

How do you charge the switch joy-cons?

The main way to charge Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons is to attach them to the console while charging by sliding them down from the top until they click into place on either side of the device screen. This can be while it’s in the dock or handheld mode but attached to the AC adapter.

How do I know Joycons are charging?

While the Charging Grip is connected to the AC adapter, check that the Joy-Con is charging. Go to the HOME Menu and select Controllers. The screen will indicate that the Joy-Con is charging.

Can you charge Joycons while docked?

Connect the controller to the Nintendo Switch dock including the USB charging cable while the dock is connected to the AC adapter.

Do Joycons charge when the switch is off?

The Joy-cons will only charge if the Joy-con Are fastened to Switch if the switch is in the dock, and if the switch is in sleep mode, I would not suggest that you turn your Nintendo Switch off because it only charges the joy-cons when the console is in sleep mode and when it is in the dock.

Is it wrong to leave the switch in the dock?

The Nintendo Switch console can be left in the dock while not in use to assure that it is fully charged. Leaving the console on the dock or plugged in right with the AC adapter overnight or past the point where the battery is fully charged will not cause harm to the battery.

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