Airpods may be some of the best are best-selling earbuds in the world, but that does not mean they are perfect. All of its incredible features have a toll on its small battery. The toll being exerted causes the Airpods to have a short life span.
This leads to many questions from Airpods users, like "why does my Airpods die faster?" In this blog post, we will answer the question and tell you everything you need to know about the Airpods battery life.
Why do my Airpods die faster?
Your Airpods die faster because they contain small lithium-ion batteries, which deteriorate over time as you keep using your Airpods. This means that the more you use your Airpods, the lesser their battery capacity becomes until it dies off.
The lithium-ion batteries in your Airpods are rechargeable, and due to the size of your Airpods, they are pretty small. The size is small, so the batteries can fit perfectly into the Airpods.
The fact remains that the lithium-ion batteries will wear out with time and eventually reach a point where they can no longer be charged. Also, the small battery size in your Airpods makes them more susceptible to this degradation.
The more stress we put on the lithium-ion cells, the more it will lead to a "deep discharge" cycle. This deep discharge (when you drain your full battery to 10% or less) shortens the lifespan of your Airpods over time.
Also, it could be that your Airpods are old (2 years or more). You can safely say that the Airpods have served you well at this age. The batteries of the Airpods would have deteriorated to the level of dying fast every time you use them.
Why does one of my Airpods die faster than the other?
One of your Airpods dies faster than the other for many reasons. Here are some of them;
· Excessive use of one battery. You might be using one more than the other. Using one Airpods more than the other will cause the one always used to die faster as both pods have the same amount of listening time after being charged.
· Damaged Batteries. Suppose you've been using your Airpods for a while and notice that one dies before the other. In that case, there is a possibility that the Airpods battery might be damaged.
· The charging case might be damaged. While charging your Airpods, you may discover that one of the charging ports is damaged. This damage can lead to one dying before the other. You can check if any of the charging ports are damaged.
The damage is noticeable if the red charging light does not appear when charging the Airpods. You can also observe it when one Airpod charges better than the other when you charge them both simultaneously.
What is the expected battery life of new Airpods?
To know how strong your current Airpods battery life is, you need to know the expected battery life of new Airpods before comparing them.
The different Airpods models have various battery capacities. Apple keeps upgrading every new model to be better than the previous ones.
Airpods pro battery life
In their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time if charged for 5 minutes. You get up to 4.5 hours of listening time if charged fully in a single charge. If charged multiple times in the case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time.
Third generation Airpods battery life
In their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time if charged for 5 minutes. If charged fully, you get up to 6 hours of listening time in a single charge. You get more than 30 hours of listening time if charged multiple times from the case.
Second-generation Airpods battery life
In their case, you get around 3 hours of listening time if charged for 15 minutes. You get up to 5 hours of listening time if charged fully in a single charge. If charged multiple times in the case, you get more than 24 hours of listening time.
First generation Airpods battery life
In their case, you get around 1 hour of listening time if charged for 5 minutes. You get up to 4 hours of listening time if charged fully in a single charge. You get more than 20 hours of listening time if charged multiple times in the case.
How to extend your Airpods battery life
If your Airpods die faster, you will wonder how to extend the battery life to get a longer listening time. Follow the tips listed below to help improve your Airpods battery life.
Lower your Airpods Volume
Lowering your Airpods volume is an easy and quick way to improve your battery life. The best thing to do is reduce your Airpods volume so you can still hear the audio comfortably. If your Airpods can stay up to 2 hours of listening time with a raised volume, it will stay up to 4 hours if the volume is reduced.
Also, increasing your Airpods volume will reduce your Airpods battery life and may affect your eardrum.
Turn off smart features
Some intelligent features we use on our Airpods are cool, but to extend your Airpods battery life, you will have to turn them off as they consume lots of power.
Automatic Ear Detection
One of the smart features you will want to turn off is the AUTOMATIC EAR DETECTION (AED). The AED automatically switches the audio from your connected device to your Airpods immediately after you put the Airpods in your ear. Once disabled, you can save more battery life and manually activate or control the Airpods.
How to turn off the Automatic Ear Detection
Go to your iPhone SETTINGS, select BLUETOOTH, and tap on your Airpods. Turn off the Automatic Ear Detection here.
Active Noise Cancelation
Another smart feature you should turn off is the ACTIVE NOISE CANCELATION (ANC). Although this feature helps to control the background noise around you, if you want to extend your Airpods battery life, I recommend you turn it off.
How to turn off the Active Noise Cancelation
Go to your phone SETTINGS, select BLUETOOTH, and click on the INFO icon close to your Airpods. There you can turn off the ACTIVE NOISE CANCELATION feature.
Use one Airpods at a time
Another way to double your listening time is by using one Airpods at a time. You might not expect to hear this tip, but if you are in a quiet environment, you do not need to use both Airpods. You can make use of one AirPod at a time.
Clean your Airpods charging ports
The dirt in your Airpods charging port or the grime and earwax that has pilled up there might be why your Airpods aren't charging fully or dying quickly.
Get a Q-tip and gently clean the metal ring on your Airpods. Also, clean the charging ports in your charging case. Ensure you get out all the dirt but do it carefully so as not to damage any part.
You can also clean the speaker of your Airpods. The dirt there can make your audio sound quieter than it should be. The quiet Airpods will, in turn, cause you to increase your Airpods volume, thereby reducing the listening time of your Airpods.
How to extend your Airpods battery lifespan long term
As mentioned above, your Airpods battery lifespan will deteriorate over time because the battery is made of lithium-ion. You already know what to do to increase your Airpods listening time. Now let's talk about things to do to extend your Airpods battery lifespan.
Don't let your battery drain below 15%
Just like we discussed earlier concerning the deep discharge, this occurs when you continue using your Airpods till they get to 10% or below. Deep discharge adds more stress to the tiny lithium-ion battery, which will shorten its lifespan.
Try to keep your battery above 15%, and you will extend its overall lifespan.
Keep your Airpods in a controlled environment
Like other electronic devices that require you to keep them in a controlled environment for long-lasting life, the same works for your Airpods. A controlled environment means you should keep your Airpods in a cool place, away from direct sunlight or other extreme temperature conditions.
Keeping your Airpods in extreme temperature conditions will damage the battery and shorten the life span. So keep them within the lithium-ion batteries' acceptable temperature region; -20 °C – 60 °C (68 °F – 140 °F).
Note that too hot or too cold temperatures can affect your battery's lifespan.
Use original Apple charging cables
Regarding devices, no charging cable works better than the company's recommended cables, as it charges your device safely and won't damage the battery. But using third-party cables will not only charge your device slowly but will cause degradation to the battery. So it's advisable to get the original Apple charging cables even if it costs more.
Frequently Asked Questions about Airpods battery dying so fast
Which Airpods has the best battery life?
The third-generation Airpods have the best battery life. Apple consistently upgrades the features of every newly released Airpods. Since third-generation Airpods are the latest release, they have the best batteries capable of lasting a long while.
What should I do if one of my Airpods dies faster than the other?
If your Airpods die faster than the other, you need to know the cause by following the mentioned steps in this article.
If you use one more than the other or one as a mic, you are to use them equally to enjoy equal battery life. But if either one of the Airpods has a battery issue or the charging port is damaged, you should check if you can repair or replace them.
Does leaving my battery in the case drain the battery?
No, leaving your Airpods in the case does not drain the battery. The case is meant to serve as a charging station and a protective device for the Airpods. If the battery of the Airpods is fully charged, the Airpods will stop accepting the charge.
Does overcharging damage my Airpods battery?
No, overcharging doesn't affect your Airpods Battery. You cannot overcharge your Airpods. Apple designed the Airpods to stop accepting charges once their battery is full.
How many full charges does the case provide when the case is fully charged?
Your Airpods case can provide up to six full charges to your Airpods once it's fully charged. The charges can also depend on how fast your Airpods die and what you use them for.
In conclusion, this article has outlined why your Airpods die so fast. Also, it explained the steps necessary to extend your Airpods battery life so that you can enjoy using your Airpods for a long time.
If you have any other questions about your Airpods battery life, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading.