What Does Battery Depleted Mean?

Have you ever been on your phone, and then all of a sudden, it dies? You may have been using the battery until it was depleted, but what does that mean exactly? In this blog post, we will discuss what it means to be “battery depleted” and how you can avoid running out of power.

What does battery depleted mean on Switch?

Battery depleted on Nintendo Switch usually means that the battery is low but still has enough juice left for a quick five minutes of playtime. When the power reserve reaches ten percent or lower then, it will start warning you that “battery depletion is near” and “the system will automatically turn off soon.” The games that come pre-installed on the console, like Mario Kart or Breath of the Wild, have a much lower battery life than other titles. For example, BotW can last about three hours on a full charge, while Snipper clips lasts only about an hour. If you’re playing a game and the battery starts to get low, Nintendo recommends pausing your gameplay and turning off some of the console’s accessories like wireless controllers. These might help extend playtime:

  • Charge up the Switch while it is still in sleep mode
  • Keep an eye on how much charge you have left as displayed by percentage (not available for New Nintendo Switch).
  • Look into purchasing a power bank that is compatible with the console. There are many different brands and models to choose from, so do your research before buying.
  • If you’re in the middle of playing a game and the battery dies, don’t worry! The game will automatically save what you’ve done up until that point, so you won’t have to start over.
  • When playing a game, try turning down the brightness and turning off any alerts or notifications that may pop up on the screen, as this can also affect battery life.

What is a depleted battery?

Battery depleted is an indication that your battery power is running low. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common are:

  • you’re using the device too much with no time for it to recharge;
  • the charger isn’t working properly; or
  • a software issue (for example, if your phone has been turned off).

If your device is displaying the “battery depleted” warning, it’s important to take action immediately. You may be able to recharge your battery by plugging it into a power source, but if that’s not possible, you’ll need to replace the battery.

In order to avoid running out of battery power, it’s important to be aware of your device’s battery level. You can do this by checking the battery percentage in your phone’s settings or by using a battery monitor app. If you’re frequently seeing that your battery is low, try adjusting your usage habits so that you can give your device some time to recharge. For example, try turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using them or setting your screen brightness to a lower level.

How do you fix a depleted battery on a Nintendo Switch?

There are a few ways to fix a depleted battery on a Nintendo Switch. You can either plug the console into an outlet with the AC adapter, or you can place it in the dock. If you’re not near an outlet or the dock, you can also charge the console using a USB cable. Just make sure your computer is turned on, and the Switch is charging.

If your battery is completely drained, it will take a while to charge up. Make sure you’re patient and give the console enough time to recharge fully. Once the battery is full, you can unplug it from the USB cable or AC adapter and continue playing your game.

There are other few things you can do to try and fix a depleted battery on a Nintendo Switch.

  • First, make sure the console is turned off. If it is not, hold down the power button until it turns off.
  • Unplug the AC adapter from the console and plug it back in.
  • Hold down the power button for about 15 seconds to reset the system.

If none of those options work, contact Nintendo Support for further assistance with the battery issue.

How do you charge a depleted Joy-Con?

If the Joy-Con battery is low, there are few options to charge it. If your system will turn on when you press the buttons, plug in the charging cable to the controller and plug it into an outlet or computer with a USB port (if using a computer’s USB port, use only) with the charging light lit up. It will take about two hours for one charge cycle.

Depending on how long ago you used it last, your Joy-Con might not be able to charge all the way; most likely, you’ll get around 25% of life before it will require another 2 hour charge period after that second cycle has completed. Using Joy-Con with “low power” mode turned on gives less time per use, so if possible, try not to leave it in that mode when not in use.

Proper care is needed to avoid damage. Do not use the Joy-Con while charging, do not leave it in direct sunlight or near a heat source for extended periods of time, and avoid prolonged exposure to liquids that might get into the micro USB port, causing an electrical short circuit. This way, you can get the most out of your Joy-Con for years to come.


If your device has a low battery life or if the battery icon shows a red light, it indicates that the battery is depleted. It means that your device is no longer able to hold a charge and will need to be plugged into an outlet or power source to function. This can mean the end for some devices, but there are ways you can revive depleted batteries.

To avoid a depleted battery, it is important to manage your device’s battery life properly. This means not leaving it plugged in when fully charged and making sure that you perform regular maintenance on the device to keep its memory strong. If this does not work, or if you have a laptop computer with no removable batteries, then there might be an electronic problem that requires professional help. By following these simple tips, you can keep your device running for longer and avoid any unexpected surprises.

About the author, Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a battery aficionado. He's written extensively about batteries, and he loves nothing more than discussing the latest innovations in the industry. He has a deep understanding of how batteries work, and he's always on the lookout for new ways to improve their performance.