Swap Lite wi-fi charging is a straightforward improve, so why did Nintendo stiff us?


Whereas most trendy smartphones supply Qi wi-fi charging lately, handheld sport consoles just like the Nintendo Swap nonetheless require replenishment through the trusty USB-C cable.

Nonetheless, one ingenious hacker wasn’t ready to be tethered and has added wi-fi charging to a Nintendo Swap Lite with assistance from just a few inexpensive elements.

As depicted on the Robotanv YouTube channel, the mod seems nearly too straightforward and will be carried out with assistance from round £10-worth of additional elements.

The YouTuber cracked open the Swap Lite, and eliminated the casing to reveal the battery, motherboard and USB-C connector. He then hooked up a Qi wi-fi receiver (The $14 MyMax choice) by soldering the wires to the some take a look at pads subsequent to the Swap Lite’s energy pins.

As a result of the wi-fi receiver is so skinny, it wasn’t even mandatory to change the rear casing for the Swap Lite. After reassembling the console with a screwdriver, Robotanv was capable of plonk his handheld console down on the Qi charging pad and, hey presto! Wi-fi charging! The video says full recharging takes round three hours.

In fact, this isn’t one thing we will suggest for Swap Lite house owners until they’re skilled tinkerers, helpful with a soldering gun, and don’t care about invalidating their guarantee. One YouTuber commenting on the video additionally says it’s a good suggestion to disconnect the console’s battery.

Robotanv has an extended historical past of bringing wi-fi charging to devices that didn’t have it out of the field. The iPhone 4s, for instance, obtained a wi-fi charging replace again in 2012.

All this begs the query: Why couldn’t Nintendo have achieved avid gamers this favour, particularly given the Swap Lite’s give attention to comfort and portability? Slapping it down on a charging mat subsequent to the couch is loads simpler and tidier than haven’t to plug it in through the USB-C cable. Come on Nintendo! Let’s start a brand new period of wirelessly charged gaming.