Nintendo has warned Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED users about a console-breaking issue. Since its launch, theSwitch hasn’t had any major hardware failures. The biggest problem the Switch has had so far has been joystick drift with the Joy-Cons. In fact, this has been a major problem for Nintendo, to the point where it invited lawsuits and eventually Nintendo provided free fixes for a problem it initially ignored and swept under the rug. However, those are the Joy-Cons, and not the actual console. That being said, while the is largely trouble free, you still need to take certain precautions to avoid hardware failure.
To this end, an official Nintendo support Twitter account has warned Switch users to charge their battery at least once every six months. Because? Well, like any lithium-ion battery, the Switch’s battery might not be able to charge if left unused for an extended period of time.
How common is this problem for Nintendo Switch? We don’t know, but apparently enough happened that Nintendo felt the need to make a PSA about it. We know there is a common issue where the console has trouble turning on if the battery is left to drain for too long, but there are solutions for this. There are no fixes for a broken battery other than getting a new one.
— 任天堂サポート (@nintendo_cs)
It is not clear if this happens if Nintendo would provide a free replacement or if it would be the owner’s negligence and therefore not covered. In either case, your Switch would need to be shipped in and be without it for weeks, if not a couple of months. In other words, you don’t want this to happen, so even if your Switch is collecting dust, don’t forget to turn it on at least a couple of times a year.
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