Did you buy a Hori D-Pad left joy-con?
There has already been several reports about it causing the Switch’s battery to drain entirely even when not in use but it has also been recently reported that one particular user could have unearthed a devastating issue.
A Reddit user has reported that attached the Hori joy-con to his Switch, placed it in his backpack where sometime later he found it to be incredibly hot. After arriving back home, he placed his Switch in the dock only to find there was no output to the television. He reported that system will no longer charge on the dock as well but only in portable mode.
In his own words:
So you’ve probably already heard that the officially licensed d-pad Joy-Con from Hori is a piece of crap. It’s true. It’ll drain your Switch’s battery in just a few hours and keeps it running hot even in sleep mode. After I brought it with me to work and pulled it out of my backpack, it was very hot and completely drained. The screen doesn’t seem to have gotten warped, but it’s difficult to say. Either way, the thing’s a piece of junk, so after I got home I immediately swapped out the Hori Joy-Con with my original Joy-Con and put the Switch on the dock.
Then I noticed the green light was blinking and my Switch would no longer charge nor output to TV. I had my Switch with the Hori Joy-Con sitting on the dock the night before, so it’s quite possible that whatever it was doing happened long enough to fry some circuitry. Since I don’t own a second dock, I don’t know if the problem is the dock itself or the Switch, but posts seem to indicate the problem usually lies with the console’s USB-C port. On the other hand, it’ll still charge when hooked up directly to the adapter, so I really hope it’s just the dock that’s faulty.
See the link above to read his full story.
It probably isn’t safe to say the Hori joy-con is the sole proprietor of this issue. There could very well be other issues at play here but we decided to post this on here for you guys as a precautionary “just in case”.
It is always best, in our experience anyway, to buy only first-party hardware for your systems. It is safer and you get what you pay for.
SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom. He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer. He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.