The Nintendo Switch may have sounded like a weak concept at first, but it has since blown everyone away with record sales, great games, and of course the unique ability to be both a handheld or console system. In console mode you don’t really have to worry about battery life, but on the go these games certainly drain the system down. A switch can last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours depending on the game being played, screen brightness, and even volume, which means it’s not going to get you very far. That’s exactly why more and more backup batteries are hitting the market with the Switch specifically in mind.
Nyko, a brand well connected to Nintendo since back to the days of their wiggle worm light add-on for the Gameboy, has two different versions to work with, an add-on bar and a case. We got our hands on the smaller add-on bar, the Boost Pak, to see how it pans out.
Nyko Review and First Look
Nyko’s Boost Pak is as simple as it gets. You snap it on to the base of the Switch, when the console battery starts to die you hit the Boost Pak power switch, and you’ve got more juice. As far as Nintendo Switch backup batteries go, this is a relatively small one at just 2500 mAh. Nyko suggests that you can get about 2x the battery power, but it’s more like 2-3 hours depending on the game you play.
- Battery size: 2500 mAh
- Battery life: 2-3 hours (30%)
Unlike other Switch specific backup batteries, the Boost Pak is just a simple add-on that rests under the console. Because of this it does add some noticeable weight to the bottom, however, it’s not really much of an issue. On the flip side the other benefit of its position allows it to also be docked, and as a result be charged through the doc as well. Some cases likely won’t fit with the Boost Pak on the console through. On the side you’ll also have a set of indicator LEDs to show how much battery is left, and there is a switch to kick the power on as well.
Overall the design on this is pretty minimal, and for the negative weight balance compared to it being able to still dock it balances out well.
- Weight: 7.2 oz
- Dimensions: 1.6 x 3.4 x 8.5 inches
- Type: add-on bar
Head to Head
The Nintendo Switch is still a relatively new console, and because of that the accessories are still a bit sparse. Fortunately the only thing more abundant than cases and screen protectors go to Switch specific backup batteries. While Nyko seems to have the only add-on that sits under the console and allows it to be docked and passthrough power, the more common approach is through cases with batteries built in. This likely will lead to distributed weight, but we haven’t tested the others.
Should you buy Nyko’s Boost Pak for the Nintendo Switch? If you want to save a few bucks and want to extend your game time, certainly. If you are looking for a bit more juice, then Nyko’s charging case is actually double the capacity, and should certainly give you double the power. That said, this is also the only battery that seems to be dockable for now and even has power passthrough so the console charges.