My SO has been playing Breath of the Wild all day, but now the Joycons are low in battery. She wants to still play on the TV, but as of now, the only way to charge the Joycons seems to be when they are embedded in the Switch screen.

So is there any way to charge the Joycons without them being in the Switch screen? Any way to charge them while they are in the grip?

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    polygon.com/2017/1/13/14269692/… < Might that help
    – Reflexive
    Mar 4, 2017 at 13:35
  • Well that is dumb. At least i have a pro controller that can do the same thing. Mind submitting a quick resume of the article so I can accept as answer?
    – Fredy31
    Mar 4, 2017 at 13:39
  • Alright ;) Give me a couple minutes though.
    – Reflexive
    Mar 4, 2017 at 13:42
  • Note that the official plural form of one Joy-Con is many Joy-Con.
    – CAD97
    Mar 4, 2017 at 22:35

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An answer can be found here stating that:

If the Joy-Con are removed from the Switch, they can be charged with the Charging Grip. That also has a USB-C connection, and plugging the cable into the Grip, which is sold separately for $29.99, will charge those controllers up.

Additional information is also found there.

Please Notice: I do not own a nintendo switch, I only beleive that the above states the answer :) .


Cad97 confirms that this is the answer but that

the charging grip does not have a battery and thus must be plugged in to charge the JoyCon

Full comment is found below. :D

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    I have access to a Switch, and can confirm. Note also that the charging grip does not have a battery and thus must be plugged in to charge the JoyCon.
    – CAD97
    Mar 4, 2017 at 22:34
  • Thanks for the information I'll add it the above answer with your name. :)
    – Reflexive
    Mar 4, 2017 at 22:57
  • @cad I'm curious, do you know if the charging grip plugs into one of the USB ports on the side of the dock or directly into an outlet?
    – Kareen
    Mar 5, 2017 at 1:43
  • @Kareen The charging grip plugs into USB-C, and comes with a USB-A (standard USB) to USB-C cable.
    – CAD97
    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:08
  • It's worth noting that the Charging Grip's cable is only a couple feet long, thus making it inconvenient to charge and play unless you're close to the dock.
    – Logarr
    Apr 14, 2017 at 5:05

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