“My AirPods battery already died? Well, that was quick.”
Just after 10 songs. And your AirPods decided to just give up on you.
That can be frustrating. Especially when you were just getting in the groove.
Yes, your AirPods are powered with tiny batteries.
But you can still make the most out of them!
So why do your AirPods die so quickly?
Read on to find out:
- 5 easy tips to save your AirPods batteries.
- 5 reasons why your AirPods are dying so fast.
- How long your AirPods battery is expected to last.
- Which AirPods features consume the most energy.
- When to charge AirPods to optimize their battery life.
- And many, many more…
Why are my AirPods dying so fast?
Your AirPods are dying so fast due to not putting them back in their case after use. The listening volume may be too high. Smart features that you don’t use are turned on. And the AirPods case has a low battery. Also, your AirPods are deteriorating due to age.
5 reasons why your AirPods are dying so fast
#1: AirPods aren’t placed in their case
“Take me back home, please!” – Your AirPods
Just like how you go back home after a hard day at work…
Your AirPods must be returned in its case after a long day of playing music. They relax and recharge in their case. Before you take them out to work again.
But you may sometimes forget to put them back in.
When your AirPods are left out in the open, they can’t recharge. And their batteries continue to drain.
Also, your AirPods go in a “low-power state.”
Don’t be fooled by the term, though. This means that its sensors remain active. And these sensors unnecessarily use power, even when not in use.
Your AirPods would continue to search for your device and your ears. Even if your Bluetooth is turned off.
#2: The volume is too high
“What did you say? I can’t hear you; I’m using my AirPods!”
The higher the volume, the more power your AirPods consume.
Any device that amplifies audio has a transistor. Its job is to make small sound waves stronger.
To make the transistor work, it requires energy. It gets it from the AirPods batteries.
Turning up the volume makes the transistor work harder. Pushing it to intensify the sound waves of your favorite podcast.
More power is fed to your AirPods’ speakers. The cones on these speakers move back and forth. Much further than usual.
This doesn’t just harm your battery life. It can affect your hearing as well.
You wouldn’t want your AirPods and your ears to suffer.
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#3: Noise cancellation and other smart features are enabled
“My Spidey senses are tingling!”
Your AirPods have efficient sensors. These make your listening experience even more convenient.
These sensors allow you to make use of Automatic Ear Detection and Double-tap commands.
Automatic Ear Detection senses when you take off the AirPods from your ears. Then, it automatically switches playing to your device’s speakers.
You can pause or play songs by tapping both AirPods twice. This is how Double-tap commands work.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Also, if you have the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, it comes with active noise cancellation.
Your AirPods would remove all the external sounds before it goes to your ears.
These all sound fine and dandy. But the problem comes if you keep these features active. Yet you don’t really need them.
These could be the reasons why you’re losing so much power.
#4: The AirPods case isn’t charged
No more pesky wires – that’s the whole appeal of using AirPods.
You wouldn’t need to charge your AirPods every time their batteries go down.
This is all thanks to the AirPods case.
Charging becomes out of sight and out of mind. As your AirPods replenish themselves while you rest.
But this feature is going to be pointless. When the case itself has a low battery.
You can’t give to others from an empty cup, am I right?
Your AirPods need to be fully charged to power your AirPods for the next listening session.
There are 3 different AirPods cases:
- Regular Charging Case.
- Wireless Charging Case.
- MagSafe Charging Case.
All 3 types of AirPods cases charge and function the same way. The case notifies you if it needs charging through its status light.
The status light is usually found in front or inside the case. It also glows when your case is finished charging.
#5: Your AirPods batteries are getting old
Did you know? Each AirPod has a 93-milliwatt battery in its stem – That’s only 1% of an iPhone 7’s capacity!
These batteries are lithium-ion. Pros? They are compact and rechargeable. Cons? They degrade over time.
Over 16 months of continuous charging, the batteries naturally wear out. Causing dendrites to grow.
“What do dendrites do? Why should I know about them?”
Dendrites are tiny structures that form in the battery’s negative conductor. These cause the battery not to function as it used to.
In worse situations, they can trigger short circuits and fires.
Dendrites can also reduce your battery’s capacity. They mess with your battery’s electrolyte, destroying the active lithium inside it. The active lithium is responsible for holding power.
Also, completely draining your AirPods negatively affects the batteries too.
Fortunately, your AirPods notifies you when it’s at a low battery level. This can be a sound notification or on your iPhone and iPad.
“What if I like listening with my AirPods under the sun?”
The sad truth – your AirPods batteries also degrade in hot temperatures.
Exposing your AirPods to direct sunlight. Or leaving them in the car. These situations create heat. And heat is the perfect scenario for dendrites to grow.
5 ways to prevent your AirPods from dying so fast
#1: Put your AirPods back in the case after using
Done listening to that work playlist? Don’t forget to return those AirPods back where they belong.
Why is it so important to keep your AirPods in their case?
The case protects your AirPods from physical damage. It also prevents them from getting lost or misplaced.
Aside from that, the case automatically charges your AirPods. Preparing them for your next listening session.
“Why should I charge my AirPods in its case?”
A 5-minute charge may be short. But it already gives you at least 60 minutes more of listening or talking time.
Charging your AirPods for 15-20 minutes is enough to give them a full charge.
“When should I charge my AirPods?”
Did your AirPods hit 10-20% battery level? This is the sweet spot to put them back in their case.
Be sure to check your AirPods battery level.
There are two ways to see your AirPods battery level:
- Using your iPhone or iPad.
- Hearing a sound notification.
Look at your Apple device. You’ll get 3 notifications when your AirPods battery is running out. It pings at 20%, 10%, and 5% remaining.
You’ll also hear a sound in your AirPods. This tone comes up when the battery is at 10%. The second time, your phone shuts down.
“Can I turn off my AirPods?”
There’s no external off switch for your AirPods. That’s why it keeps running when kept out of its case.
#2: Reduce your listening volume
This isn’t just for your AirPod batteries’ health. It’s for your ear health too.
A lower listening volume can conserve some of that precious battery energy.
“How do I know my listening volume is too loud?”
The World Health Organization and Apple recommended safe levels for listening with AirPods.
Do you use your AirPods 2 to 5 hours per day? Your audio should be no more than 85 decibels to avoid hearing loss.
If you can’t imagine what 80 decibels sounds like, this app’s got you covered.
“Is there a way to measure my listening volume?”
In your iPhone iOS 13 and Apple Watch, there’s a feature that can warn you that you’re listening too loud. This is called the Health app.
Watch this video to learn more:
To see your listening volume using the Health app:
- Launch the Health app on your iPhone.
- Choose Browse. You’ll find this on the bottom right side of the screen.
- Select Hearing.
- Tap Headphone Audio Levels.
Here, you’ll see the audio levels of all the devices you’ve connected to your iPhone.
Did you know? The noise cancellation on AirPods Pro can help lessen the volume. However, this also costs more battery power.
If your priority is extending your AirPods battery life, turn this off. Unless it’s needed.
#3: Turn off noise cancellation and other features
Active Noise Cancellation is available for only AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
Though it’s a handy tool, you might not need this all the time.
Turning this off can help you save a few more minutes of active use. You can do this on your iPad or iPhone. Or on your Apple Watch
To switch off noise cancellation with an iPad or iPhone:
- Open your device’s control center.
- Wear your AirPods Max or AirPods Pro.
- Press and hold the volume slider on your device.
- Tap the Noise Cancellation icon on the bottom left.
- Select Off.
To switch off Noise Cancellation with an Apple Watch:
- While listening to audio, press the Airplay icon.
- Select Off.
Other smart features that could drain your battery are the Double-tap Commands and Automatic Ear Detection.
Save some extra power by disabling them. Especially if you’re not using these features!
To disable Automatic Ear Detection:
- Launch Settings on your Apple device.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Choose your AirPods.
- Switch the Automatic Ear Detection slider to Off.
To disable the Double-tap command:
- Launch Settings on your Apple device.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Look for your AirPods in the list. Tap the info button.
- For Double-Tap, choose Left.
- Select Off. Then, tap the back arrow.
- Choose Right.
- Tap Off.
Turning off your device’s Bluetooth can also help
If you’re done playing music on your iPhone or iPad, switch off its Bluetooth.
This alone can save your iOs device’s and AirPods’ batteries. So you’re hitting 2 birds with one stone.
#4: Charge your AirPods case
Your AirPods case takes an hour to fully charge. Look at its status light to know if it needs charging. Or when its fully charged.
When charging, the status light shines for 8 seconds. A green light means fully charged. And amber means your case has one full charge left.
You can also check the battery level of your AirPods case using your Apple device.
To see your AirPods case battery level:
- Open the lid of the AirPods case.
- Put it close to your Apple device.
- Wait for a few seconds.
- The battery level will appear.
AirPods case charging can be done in 2 ways:
Your AirPods usually come with a Lightning cable. Simply plug it in your AirPods case. And connect it to a power source.
If you want to go wireless, go for the charging mat.
#5: Avoid draining your AirPods before charging
Be sure to put your AirPods back in its case before the battery drops to 0%.
Also, take out your AirPods from the case after 20 minutes. This is to avoid overcharging.
Overcharging produces heat. And as mentioned, this can cause the growth of dendrites.
The average lifespan of your AirPods is 2 years.
Deterioration due to time can’t be completely stopped. But taking good care of your AirPods batteries can minimize it.
But if your AirPods are already showing signs of slowing down. Or its battery is dying too fast more often. Getting a new one is the best option.
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