Find out how long your AirPods will last between charges and how long they take to charge in this detailed guide.
One of the worst feelings in life is realizing that your AirPods’ battery is fully drained when you’re about to head out.
Worse is when you’re on a tight schedule, with only a couple of minutes to spare but not knowing if those minutes are sufficient to juice up your drained AirPods for your commute.
This is why we have come up with this article. The team at Headphonesty has done our testing to determine how long it takes for AirPods to charge. Also, in finding out if there’s any difference in the charging time between each model of AirPods.
Let’s dive right in to find out more!
How Long Do AirPods Take to Charge Inside the Case
One of the ways to charge your AirPods is via the charging case.
The team at Headphonesty has conducted multiple tests to determine the charging time required. We have also tested out just how long a fully charged pair of AirPods could last with active use.
Here are the results:
|AirPods||AirPods||AirPods Pro||AirPods Max|
|Charging time in case for a full charge||20 to 25 minutes||50 to 60 minutes||50 to 60 minutes||2 hours|
|Full charge battery life||Up to 5 hours of listening time||Up to 6 hours of listening time||Up to 6 hours of listening time||Up to 20 hours of listening time|
Why do AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro require longer charging times?
All of Apple’s devices are built with lithium-ion batteries in them. Though the batteries do charge faster than other types of battery technology, it also means that they are more prone to wear and damage.
In fact, after the very first moment you use lithium-ion batteries, they tend to degrade. And with time, they will gradually become less effective in holding charges.
You probably experienced this degradation effect when you noticed that the battery life of your devices is not like before, needing more charges than before to last for your regular use.
This issue is why Apple has integrated the Optimized Battery Charging feature in its newer offerings, i.e., AirPods Gen 3 and AirPods Pro series.
Optimized Battery Charging is designed to protect the battery within by changing the way it charges your AirPods.
It learns from your past charging patterns and will automatically pause the charging when the AirPods are 80% charged. Around the time you usually stop the charging cycle, this feature will start charging the remaining 20%.
As a result, this charging feature reduces the time your AirPods spend fully charged, which is better for their batteries.
Though enabling this feature does increase the charging time, we still recommend that you keep it on for longer-lasting battery life.
How Long to Charge Your AirPods’ Case: Wired vs. Wireless
Usually, the time required to charge the AirPods case fully depends on whether you charge it wired or wirelessly.
Wired and wireless charging result in different charging times, as fast charging is only supported with a wired connection.
When using a wired connection, a full charge for the AirPods case will take approximately an hour.
Wireless charging will take longer than wired connection before reaching 100%. Based on our testing, it takes at least 30 minutes longer for wireless charging as opposed to wired.
Also, the time taken to fully charge your AirPods case will also take longer if your drained AirPods are in the case to be charged together.
Once fully charged, the charging case will be able to support up to at least four full recharges for your AirPods.
How Does AirPods’ Fast Charging Feature Work
Fast charging is simply the capability of allowing your devices to charge at a faster rate than standard charging. Usually, this means having your devices charged up at only a fraction of the required time.
Typically, there is increased power transmitted to the charging device for fast charging.
Is this feature available when charging your AirPods through the charging case? Yes, it is!
In fact, it is even more prominent in the newer models of AirPods. Here’s a quick comparison of how the fast charging feature differs with different AirPods models:
|Feature||AirPods||AirPods||AirPods Pro||AirPods Max|
|Fast Charging Capability||Up to 3 hours of listening time with 15 minutes of charging time||Up to 1 hour of listening time with 5 minutes of charging time||Up to 1 hour of listening time with 5 minutes of charging time||Up to 1.5 hours of listening time with 5 minutes of charging time|
But, if lithium-ion batteries are prone to degradation, will fast charging speed up the process?
Thankfully, no. In fact, it is recommended to use this fast charging capability and make short charges as opposed to a full charge cycle, from 0% to 100%.
How to Know If AirPods Are Charging
One of the most straightforward ways to find out if your AirPods are charging and the battery status is through the status indicator light.
Depending on your AirPods model, the status light will either be at the front of your case or in the space between where your AirPods sit in the case.
Here is a guide to understanding the different status light emitted from your AirPods’ case:
|Status light color||What it indicates|
|Flashing white light||AirPods are in pairing mode|
|Amber/Orange light||AirPods are charging inside the case|
|Amber/Orange light||Charging case does not have enough charge for another full charge of your AirPods|
|Amber/Orange light||Both AirPods and charging case are charging|
|Green light||AirPods are charged sufficiently|
|Green light||Charging case is charged sufficiently|
|Green light||Both AirPods and charging case are fully charged|
|Flashing amber/orange light||Pairing error of AirPods and connected device|
|No light||Either AirPods are not in use or have run out of battery. Connect with your device to verify the status.|
Alternatively, you can also check your battery and its charging status through your connected device, be it through your iPhone, Macbook, or Android devices.
Now, you will no longer have to constantly worry that your AirPods will be out of juice before you head out. With a charged charging case and the fast charging feature, the chances of having drained AirPods on hand are almost impossible.
How was your own experience with charging your AirPods? Is the charge time the same as or close to ours? Do share your experience in the comments below!