Now that the Nintendo Switch has been available for a little over three weeks, we’ve all gotten pretty used to what we can expect from the currently available controllers. Nintendo’s advertised 20 hours per Joy-Con seems like an accurate estimate with the amount of play time I’ve gotten with the Joy-Cons, but I have noticed the left Joy-Con tends to drain faster than the right.
Some people on reddit noticed the same thing, as there are multiple people reporting that their left Joy-Con drains much faster than the right. There’s some speculation as to why this may be, such as Nintendo boosting the Bluetooth signal of the left Joy-Con to alleviate weak signal problems or the left Joy-Con is in use much more than the right.
I have the same issue, the left one drains and eventually dies while the right one still has about 50-60% charge. Usually after 8 hour of gameplay from full charge. I want to contact Nintendo support about the issue, but it might mean not being able to play for a few days. So I’ll wait until I finish with BOTW while I’m waiting for the Mario Kart.
I’m curious what your real world examples have been for battery life on the Joy-Cons, especially now that we’ve had plenty of time to sink hours upon hours into Breath of the Wild. I’m nearing 100 hours so far and I’ve only gotten a low battery warning once, when I forgot to dock my Joy-Cons on the console before going to bed the night previous. How about you?