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Battery Life of 3DS / XL

Published by SuperCheats Staff on Sep 8th 2013
You'll find the estimate battery life of the 3DS and the 3DS XL. These figures can be shorter depending on the what functions your 3DS is used for. Screen brightness and wireless communication also play major factors in the device's battery life.

For tips on how to extend your battery life, please follow this article.

Nintendo 3DS


Example of a 3DS battery
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  • 3DS Software: 3-5 hrs

  • DS software: 3-8 hrs

  • Sleep mode: 3 days




Nintendo 3DS XL


Example of a 3DS XL battery
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  • 3DS Software: 3.5 - 5.5 hrs

  • DS software: 6-10 hrs

  • Sleep mode: 3 days



Do you need to replace, reset or remove your battery? Follow these steps.


Charge Time


According to Nintendo, it takes around 3 1/2 hours to fully charge the battery while it's off. The charge can be shorter especially if the system is not fully drained or critically low when it is charged. The system can be used while it is charging however this will increase the charging time.
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