If you have ever owned a set of Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds, you’ve probably found yourself saying, “To heck with these old Airpods!” and tossing ’em in the trash.
To be quite honest, Powerbeats Pro are known for producing far better sound quality while providing a snug, secure fit around your ears.
Plus, Apple’s H1 chip lends to a vaster degree of flexibility than what you get with Airpods.
But Powerbeats Pro are not infallible.
Just look on some of Apple’s user forums, and you will see complaints about how one Powerbeats Pro earbud will die faster than the other.
This is actually a really common complaint, so if you are experiencing this issue, know that you are definitely not alone.
Why does one of my Powerbeats Pro die so fast?
The left Powerbeat Pro earbud more often drains faster than the right one, although there are reports of the right earbud draining faster. While the root cause of this issue is still unknown, try resetting your earbuds, updating your firmware, turning off automatic ear detection, and cleaning the buds and case are to fix the issue.
Since I have experienced the same issue on my set of Powerbeats Pro earbuds, I have come up with some troubleshooting methods that might be able to help you.
I know how frustrating these issues can be since you shelled out $199 for a set of reputable wireless earbuds, thinking you were getting something phenomenal.
Truth be told, you did make a smart buying decision.
Powerbeats are normally great wireless earbuds.
They are IPX4 rated so that sweat and raindrops won’t cause damage, and the bass, midrange, and highs are all of excellent quality.
These earbuds were designed for those living an active, on-the-go lifestyle.
When they stop working properly, though, that lifestyle is a little less enjoyable.
What is so great about Powerbeats Pro anyway?
Here’s the nifty thing about Powerbeats earbuds: the bass is tight while the highs are uplifting, creating an all-around energizing sound quality.
You can easily wear these earbuds while working out since they give a snug fit around even smaller ears like mine.
Even during an intense workout, these earbuds remain comfortable and secure.
Why do my Powerbeats Pro keep losing charge?
You might be wondering “Why is my Beats battery draining so fast?” Powerbeats earbuds are fantastic little gadgets, but there might be times when they start losing their charge.
Any connected devices that you have paired could cause interference and put a drain on your battery life.
Without the case, each bud should give you about 9 hours of playback.
Fast Fuel makes it so that you can get up to 1.5 hours of playback after you charge your Beats for about 5 minutes.
It is recommended that you put them in the case while not using your Beats since this will get you a longer battery life.
How to Fix One Draining/Non-working Beats
“Why is my left Powerbeats Pro not working?” is a question I find a lot in Apple forums.
And I think I have found a few good workarounds for you to try.
I had to attempt them not that long ago, and simply resetting my Beats ended up being the solution for me.
But you might need to try a few different troubleshooting methods to get things smoothed out.
Here are some methods you can try to get your Beats equally charged and lasting as long as possible.
Forget and Turn Off Bluetooth On Previously Paired Devices
The first workaround to try is disconnecting and “forgetting” your Beats that you have paired on any devices.
This previously paired device might be trying to maintain a connection with the earbuds, which can cause interference when you are trying to connect your Beats to a different device.
Reset Your Beats
The next step here is to reset your Beats. This is what seems to work for most people – myself included.
Here’s how you do it:
- Place your earbuds in their case.
- Open the case’s lid up.
- Next, press and hold down on the system button for 15 seconds; you need to watch for the LED light to flash red and white.
- Go ahead and release the button.
- The case will continue to flash white, which shows that it has been reset.
- You can now pair your Powerbeats to your intended device once again.
This should work, but if it doesn’t, proceed to this next step.
Update the Firmware
You might need to update the Beats’ firmware.
If you are paired to an Apple device, the firmware should automatically update.
However, there could be a delay, so you will need to manually check for firmware updates.
On an iOS-powered device, you need to:
- Pair your Beats with your device.
- Go to Settings > General > About.
- Scroll down until you see your Beats Pro and select them.
- This will show you your firmware version. It should show you whether or not everything is up-to-date.
Now, for those of you who are on an Android device, you will need to download the Beats app for Android from the Google Play Store.
If you are on a PC or Mac, you will need to download the Beats Updater App. Once you do, you need to:
- Install the Beats Updater App.
- Follow each prompt as it appears on the screen.
- Use a lighting cable to plug in your device’s charging case.
- This will allow you to manually update if your device is not currently updated to the latest firmware version.
Turn Automatic Ear Detection Off
Automatic Ear Detection is a handy feature since it can pause/play your music when it detects you putting in or removing an earbud.
But it can also cause one earbud to drain faster than the other.
You can turn this feature off if you want.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Go into your Settings app.
- Click on Bluetooth.
- Click on the ‘i’ icon that is located next to where your Beats are listed.
- Toggle the automatic ear detection to ‘off’.
Clean Your Beats and the Case
Keeping your Beats and their case clean is important to prolonging their life.
Dirt in the earbuds or the case can cause the earbuds to not properly charge.
Sweat getting into the buds can also lead to charging and pairing problems.
You might need to thoroughly clean and dry your earbuds before putting them back in the case.
Here’s what you can do:
- Take your Beats out of the case.
- Clean the charging contacts with a cotton swab that has been lightly dampened with warm water.
- Use a lint-free cloth dampened with warm water to clean the case’s charging pins.
- Use a dry lint-free cloth to gently scrub down the rest of the earbuds and case.
A Few Other Workarounds to Try
A few other potential solutions exist.
Some folks have experienced success just by pressing down on the earbud that won’t charge while in the case.
Some have let the battery completely drain before recharging the earbuds.
A few users have fixed the problem by sliding the main screen on their iOS-powered device to the right, which will show you the Beats’ individual battery levels.
Then, just open the charging case.
While they are in the case, you should see a ‘lightning bolt’ icon to show that both buds are charging.
Powerbeats are fantastic wireless earbuds – when they’re working properly, that is.
You get some solid sound levels, and these earbuds have a snug fit around the ears.
But when one bud starts draining faster than the other, you will end up feeling confused and annoyed.
Try some of the workarounds given above.
And, if all else fails, try reaching out to Apple’s customer support to see about getting a repair or replacement done through AppleCare/AppleCare+.