Valve has not provided an official statement on the safety of leaving your Steam Deck plugged in overnight. However, the Steam Deck forums have reached a consensus that it is generally safe to do so, but not recommended as a regular practice.
Similar to other portable electronic devices, the Steam Deck’s battery charging process involves reaching 100% capacity and then disabling the power cable connection internally. This connection remains disabled until the battery level decreases to 90%, at which point the charging process resumes. If the Steam Deck is left plugged in for extended periods, such as overnight, this on-and-off charging cycle will occur repeatedly for hours. This mode of charging and depletion can result in unnecessary wear and tear on the battery, ultimately reducing its overall lifespan.
Naturally, the battery usage will vary depending on how you use the Steam Deck. If you actively use the device while it’s connected, it will draw power directly from the outlet, leaving the battery unaffected. However, if you plan on leaving the console unused for multiple days, it is recommended to unplug it and power it down completely. In general, if you intend to use your Steam Deck consecutively for multiple days, it is advisable to leave it in sleep mode overnight. It may lose a small amount of charge, but you can easily recharge it while using it.
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