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How to Charge Nintendo Switch Without the Dock

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Depending on what game you’re playing, the Nintendo Switch can last from two to six hours — the system gave us just under three hours of playtime for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

If you want to keep gaming on the go after that brief amount of time, you’ll need to charge. But you don’t need Nintendo’s Switch dock for that. The Switch charges over USB Type-C, which allows it to be used with portable chargers.

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The Switch doesn’t include a USB Type-C cable, but you can grab one for cheap. A USB Type-C to USB Type-A (that’s the rectangular kind you usually see on laptops) cable costs less than $7, while USB Type-C cables are a little pricier, around $20.

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