Some early adopters of AirPods complain of battery drainage issues with charging case

By , Dec 28, 2016

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An unknown portion of early AirPods adopters are faced with battery drain issues with the charging case, which was designed to extend AirPods’ advertised five-hour run time to up to 24 hours while on the go.

According to a thread on Reddit, one customer’s charging case went from a full 100 percent charge to just fifty percent after leaving his AirPods in the case overnight. “The other two days I used about five hours and the case was already down to thirty percent,” one poster wrote.

Another poster who spoke to Apple Support and received a replacement unit said “they had no answer how long the charge of the case should last when AirPods are not in use.” Any batteries, of course, lose charge over time but going from a full charge to empty in two days with AirPods inside the case is definitely some kind of an anomaly.

That user confirmed that the replacement unit he received operates as advertised, no longer exhibiting excessive battery drainage issues. For what it’s worth, our video editor Andrew O’Hara has noticed the same problem with his unit though many other AirPods owners reported not being affected by this problem.

“I had the charging case charged up all the way Monday. When I got to the office today, they didn’t turn on. Thought it was a pairing thing so I plugged them in and they were dead,” Andrew tells me on Slack.

The charging case was obviously designed to recharge AirPods inside. As a bonus, it lets you quickly check the power levels of both it and the earphones simply by flipping the lid open and holding the case two inches away from your iPhone.

It’s possible that Andrew and other affected users have a faulty charging case, in which case a quick trip to an Apple Store should resolve their woes because Apple’s standard 1-year warranty guarantees a free replacement given any manufacturing defects.

If you own AirPods and your charging case shows excessive battery drainage, we’d like to hear details so share your experience with fellow readers in the comments below.

Source: Reddit

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  • iBanks

    I honestly thought I was the only one noticing such drain but I figured that the case was providing an ongoing charge even after the AirPods were at 100%. Even had thoughts of some sort of cap to put on the tips of the AirPods to stop the charging when they are at 100% and in the case.

  • MMA Rules

    I don’t have that issue, mine are perfectly fine

  • appletimemac

    I am having these issues as well. I have to charge them daily.

  • czbird

    What a smart move to include a discharging case, wondering why it never occurred to other manufacturers 😀

  • n0ahcruz3

    Another day another battery issue for apple, nothing new. yawn..

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    thank god, I thought it was only me.. I have the same problem,.. on top of that my left AirPods never charges above 97%.. so I will defiantly be going to Apple Store tomorrow.

  • Waldemar Sinicki

    I use my AirPods and I am delighted that as long as the batteries are working. I live in Burkina Faso !!!

    • askep3

      Woah I’ve heard of that place wagadugu

  • askep3

    Slightly off topic, but I see many reviewers say that the AirPods have short battery life, but I just don’t understand when someone would listen to music for 5 hours STRAIGHT. I mean all you have to do is pop the AirPods back in their case for a few minutiae and you have hours of listening again! The case should be the only place where you Store he AirPods so I just find it silly how reviewers dock points for battery life.

    • george

      They last an hour talk time. That is awful.

      • askep3

        Really? Either way personally I don’t mind since I listen to music mainly

  • Rob

    I thought mine weren’t lasting as long as I thought they should. Wasn’t until I saw this that I monitored the charge level throughout today; with my buds fully charged the case dropped 12% in one hour, it varies hour to hour. I’ll definitely be taking these to an Apple Store, thanks for making this apparent to me!

  • anonymous

    I haven’t notice anything wrong with my pair I charged them on Christmas Eve haven’t charged them since 4 days later my case at 40% when I do use them I use them for an hour of usage then I get tired of them for some reason they hurt my ears not as much as the wire ones maybe it’s just me

  • CuBoy531

    I don’t have problem with the case but I do have problem with my left airpod. It drains on its own even sitting inside the case and the case is fully charged.

  • D2WWPG

    Yes, experiencing this issue, thought it was normal though

  • I’ve not had issues with the case.. but with the pods themselves. Talking on the phone for 45 minutes and the batteries drop all the way to 20%. I let them fully drain to zero last night and built them back up to a 100% hoping that will fix the issue. Listening to music has been fine, been getting about 5 hours straight. But with the mic on it drains super fast.

  • TechToch

    Typical Apple issues