Tiny Cartridge 3DS

21 handheld gaming devices duke it out to see which has the longest battery life (well, 18 technically, since the PS Vita and iPod Touches shut off early due to their automatic power-off features) in this test conducted by Geek Dad.

In case you have trouble following the variances in the different systems, here are the complete results:

  • Sony PSP: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS: 3 hours, 55 minutes
  • Nintendo DSi: 4 hours, 2 minutes
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Silver): 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nintendo 3DS XL: 4 hours, 32 minutes
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Yellow): 4 hours, 38 minutes
  • Game Boy Advance SP (Backlit): 4 hours, 50 minutes
  • Game Boy Micro: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nintendo DSi XL: 5 hours, 45 minutes
  • Nintendo DS: 6 hours, 1 minute
  • GBA SP (Frontlit, Black #1): 8 hours, 2 minutes
  • GBA SP (Frontlit, Black #2): 8 hours, 5 minutes
  • 3DS with Nyko battery pack: 9 hours, 11 minutes
  • GBA SP (Frontlit, Silver): 11 hours, 56 minutes
  • 3DS with Mugen battery pack: 13 hours, 50 minutes
  • Game Boy: 15 hours, 30 minutes (likely would have lasted longer were it not for some interference)
  • Game Boy Advance: 29 hours, 32 minutes
  • Game Boy Color: 35 hours, 45 minutes

The original 3DS barely outlasted the PSP, while the 3DS XL fared a bit better. Really surprised by the GBC, though!

Buy: Nintendo 3DS battery extender accessories
See also: More battery life posts

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