For whatever reason, I literally haven't thought of this before now, so I apologize if you have...
The Big N estimates that the Switch battery life clocks in between 2.5 - 6 hours depending on the game, and that a game like Zelda: BotW would run for about three hours.
That's just fine IMO, but I wondered:
- If that estimate is based on playing with the JoyCons attached to the system (and therefore actively charging)
- If that estimate is based on playing with the JoyCons unattached and not using the system's battery to charge
- If the amount of energy the JoyCons are pulling is significant enough to modify their estimates at all
I read that each JoyCon has a 525 mAh internal battery (for a grand total of 1050 mAh to charge when fully depleted), and that's not an insignificant amount of energy to be diverting.
If charging has a significant effect, will we see a trend of people on airplanes, buses, school hallways using their JoyCon grip with their Switch's kickstand extended just to get another 20-30 minutes of battery life out of their favorite game?