Valve just recently released a console refresh of their extremely popular Steam Deck, and like the base variant, it’s a giant success. The Steam Deck itself has gone on to popularise the handheld PC console market, which previously was mostly limited to a few niche devices. The handheld PC console market is gaining momentum, and there’s no stopping it. The Steam Deck is one of the most popular choices among consumers. However, before pulling the trigger, many of these consumers want to know certain details about the Deck. And so, this guide will share details on the wattage of the official chargers.
The Steam Deck, while not as powerful as some of its competitors, is certainly one of the most efficient handheld PCs out there. In fact, out of the Rog Ally and Lenovo Legion Go, it provides the best battery life thanks to the low power consumption from the lower resolution and CPU architecture. And the new Steam Deck OLED is even better. But at the end of the day, it’s still a handheld PC and, as such, will need charging from time to time. So, without much further ado, continue reading to find out what’s the official charger wattage of both the Steam Deck and Steam Deck OLED.
Steam Deck & Steam Deck OLED official chargers Wattage details
Both the Steam Deck & Steam Deck OLED official chargers come with a wattage of 45W. Compared to the ROG Ally and the Lenovo Legion Go, the Steam Deck’s official charger wattage is lower, as both the Ally and Legion Go come bundled with a 65W charger. However, due to Valve’s incredible software support for the Deck and due to SteamOS itself, the Steam Deck is able to last much longer than its competitors.
Although the newly released Steam Deck OLED isn’t that substantially different from the LCD version, it does come with some good tweaks and upgrades. The LCD Steam Deck has a 40Wh battery, giving you about 2–8 hours of gameplay, depending on what type of game you are playing. On the other hand, the Steam Deck OLED comes with a 50Wh battery, significantly increasing your gameplay time to about 3–12 hours. This means you have to grab the charger less frequently than before, provided you are playing a not-so-heavy game and have the TDP set to a lower one.
While the bundled chargers in themselves are good, you can also use the official chargers of other handhelds like the Nintendo Switch and the like. However, we still recommend you use the official chargers. So, if you are on the lookout for an affordable handheld PC with excellent software support, go ahead and get either the Steam Deck or the Steam Deck OLED.
That’s all we know on this topic. While we are on this topic, we recommend checking out this guide on how to use and set up CryoUtilities on your Steam Deck. For more guides and information on the Steam Deck, don’t forget to follow DigiStatement. Also read: Steam Deck RMA Process, time & how you can check status