Top critical review
First impressions are mostly positive
January 19, 2019
I've only had the product for a day as of writing this review, but initial impressions are mostly positive.
Unboxing it, you're met with a cloth bag and the battery case itself. While nice, the bag feels a little unnecessary but I'm sure some will get use out of it. The case itself feels sturdy and has a slightly soft texture with a matte finish.
The dual kickstands feel a little flimsy in comparison, but are significantly better than the one on the Switch.
Maybe it's just my model, but the flap for the extra game storage requires some serious effort to open too, enough so that I probably won't make use of it.
Plugging the switch in, this case basically doubles the size and weight of the console. If you plan on playing with the joycon attached, you're probably going to find that added weight to be a problem over time. Tabletop mode is really where this shines though, so I don't consider that a detriment to this case.
As for the performance, it's not perfect. I have a larger battery pack I use when traveling for various gadgets and that keeps the Switch fully charged while in use. I haven't had that experience with this. The Switch seems to drain its battery faster than this case supplies power, which is disappointing. Where this really becomes noticeable though is when the case is plugged in to charge. Sure you can play while charging, but the Switch will eventually run out of battery life while plugged in, which is a problem.
That said, if you're playing a few hours at a time, this case should be fine to top up the Switch's battery between play sessions - just don't expect any long marathons with it.
It's certainly possible mine is just defective in some way, but it serves my needs, and as such it earns an "acceptable for the price" 3 stars.