Nintendo Support tweets out a warning to all those letting their console gather dust – it might not be the same when you return.
Lithium batteries are a pain as much as they’re a convenience. Whilst we’d love them to be magic items we can imbue with power, instead the darn things are subject to real-world physics and require good maintenance practice. Typical.
Nintendo Support took to Twitter to push this message home for the Switch, saying:
“The battery built into the game console may become unchargeable if it has not been charged or used for too long. Please charge it once every six months.”
I’d go further and recommend you cut that to every month. Keep your batteries at room temperature and aim for partial discharges over full ones (around 50% is the sweet spot). Since batteries are under the most strain when they’re fully charged or completely empty, neither overcharging nor completely draining is ideal.
A few months ago PSPs were similarly suffering from underuse, leading to battery swelling and even bursting.
Who are these Switch-owning monsters who leave their consoles so unloved for half a year at a time? Have they not seen that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is out? That said, I know I’ve been guilty of leaving my own console discharged for perhaps two months at a time. Don’t look at me.
Whether it’s the battery of your Switch, your phone, (or for god’s sake check that PSP now!), we could all probably do better to look after the future explosives we sleep next to at night.