There’s nothing more irritating than finding out that both your AirPods and their charging case are out of battery, especially if you don’t have a charger nearby. Fortunately, the AirPods Pro case should last at least 24 hours on a single charge. If your case is dying faster than that, there could be a problem.
The AirPods case battery may drain too quickly if you always leave the case open or if the case’s battery is deteriorating. You can preserve the battery of your AirPods Pro by disabling non-essential features, storing the AirPods inside the case, and lowering the AirPods‘ volume.
Let’s take a closer look at why your AirPods case battery is draining too fast, how long it should last, and what you can do to preserve its battery.
What Causes an AirPods Pro Case Battery to Drain?
If your AirPods Pro case is draining too fast, it’s probably because the case’s batteries are deteriorating or you’re leaving the case open for too long. Leaving the AirPods Pro case’s battery to die before charging it may also cause it to deteriorate.
Your AirPods case comes with high-quality lithium-ion batteries, but they aren’t immune to degradation. If you use the case regularly, the batteries will start degrading after about 16-18 months.
However, you shouldn’t notice any effect on the case’s charging time until a at least a year or two has passed. You should ideally replace the AirPods Pro charging case after 3-5 years of use.
Another reason why your AirPods Pro case might be dying so fast is that you’re leaving the case’s lid open too often and too long. This will drain the case’s battery, regardless of whether the AirPods are inside the case or not.
Lastly, your AirPods case will degrade much faster if you let the battery deplete completely before recharging it. Always charge the AirPods case when the battery level reaches 20% to preserve it for longer.
How Many Hours Do AirPods Pro Last?
AirPods Pro should last for around 5 hours of constant use, while the case should last around 24 hours if you use it to charge the AirPods several times.
An AirPods Pro case can charge the AirPods five times before the battery gets depleted. So, even if you’re using the AirPods continuously, you’ll only need to recharge the case after around 24 hours.
That said, it’s better not to let the AirPods case get completely depleted before charging it. Try to charge the case after recharging the AirPods three or four times or until the case’s battery reaches 20% to avoid battery degradation.
What Is the Average Lifespan of AirPods Pro?
Your AirPods Pro should last at least 2-3 years without any issues, supposing you use them regularly. If you don’t use them regularly, you can probably keep your AirPods for up to 5 years. Your AirPods will gradually deteriorate after some time, and the batteries won’t be as efficient after a few years of constant use.
While you can still use the AirPods Pro after 3 years, they won’t offer the same user experience, and you may start experiencing problems with Bluetooth connectivity, battery lifetime, and sound quality.
How to Preserve the Battery Life of Your AirPods Pro
You can preserve the battery life of your AirPods Pro by turning off noise cancellation and automatic ear detection, keeping the AirPods inside a closed charging case, and enabling battery optimization. If you’re experiencing problems with the charging case, you can try resetting the AirPods.
Follow these tips to preserve your AirPods Pro battery life:
Store the AirPods Inside the Charging Case
Your AirPods should last for around 5 hours before they need to be recharged. Always place the AirPods inside the charging case when they’re not in use.
Even if you leave the AirPods in the case for 10 minutes, they should charge at least 50%. This way, you can almost completely recharge your AirPods even if you only place them in the charging case during bathroom breaks!
Turn Off Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection
The Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection features require sensors to work. This means the AirPods’ battery will drain even when they aren’t in use. Turning off these features will help you extend the AirPods’ battery life.
To turn off Automatic Ear Detection, go into Settings and select ‘Bluetooth.’ Click on the ‘i‘ icon next to your AirPods in the list of connected devices. Scroll down and turn off ‘Automatic Ear Detection.’
To turn off Noise Cancellation, open the control center on your iPhone when you’re using the AirPods. Press the volume button, select ‘Noise Cancellation,’ and turn it off.
Don’t Use the AirPods at Full Volume
While AirPods Pro should last around 5 hours, this is based on a maximum volume of 70%. If you have Noise Cancellation on, you shouldn’t need to turn the volume higher than 50%. If your AirPods volume is higher than 80%, the battery life will be lower, and it may damage your ears.
If you’re used to listening to music at high volume, gradually reduce the volume to allow your ears to adapt.
Reset the AirPods
If the AirPods Pro case is getting depleted too quickly, it could be due to a temporary bug. Try resetting the AirPods to resolve the issue. Follow these steps to reset your AirPods:
- Place both AirPods inside the charging case.
- Disconnect or forget the AirPods from your device.
- Hold the pairing button on the case for 15 seconds.
- Pair the AirPods and monitor the battery levels.
What to Do if Your AirPods Pro Battery Is Still Draining
If the AirPods battery is still draining after you’ve turned off non-essential functions and reset the AirPods, the only solution may be to replace it or have it checked by a professional.
If your AirPods Pro is older than 2-3 years, you should probably just replace it. However, if you’ve purchased it recently and the battery is draining too fast, have it checked by a professional.