Did your AirPods battery life degrade significantly with time?

Battery chemistry is a complex matter, and the constant charging and discharging complicate it even further. While Li-ion batteries are rated at a certain nominal capacity, the rate of discharge makes a huge difference in endurance and life span. 

Draining the battery at a constant average level of workload is one thing, but introducing sudden peak bursts or steady heavy loads will exponentially alter the rate of discharge to the faster side, and this is double true for smaller capacities, like, ahem, those 93mAh units in your AirPods.

The packs inside are both with miniscule capacity, and subjected to abnormal rates of constant charging and discharging, the worst of both worlds for tiny batteries. Some people use only one AirPod at a time, others listen until the battery is completely dead and then recharge fully - the true wireless earbuds' usage is a far cry from a large phone battery that you usually charge in the evening, and that's that.

An AirPod replacement, however, is $69 each, while the Pro model will net you $89 if you lose one, or if the battery life shortens abnormally with time, and those true wireless buds may very well turn out to be a disposable commodity

This is why, in light with the revelation that the new AirPods Pro battery is not really replaceable, we wanted to ask you if you have noticed any significant degradation of your vintage AirPods battery life with time. We stress on significant, as a normal drop in nominal capacity is expected with every battery over time. Tell us what battery life were you getting in the beginning with your type of usage, and what did it become after two, or maybe even one year of daily wear and tear.

Did your AirPods' battery life degrade significantly with time?

It did shorten a little, but nothing out of the ordinary



1. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm 100% against wireless headphones. I don't care if they cost 10$ or 1000$, I'm not interested!

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 586; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

These airpods only lasts 4hrs on a charge. What do you expect?

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone that has said no, or slight difference is a liar. They first came on the scene back in December 2016. Most definitely would see battery degradation.

13. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I use just one earbud at a time for maybe 30-60 minutes every day at most. I couldn't tell a difference in battery if I wanted to.

3. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If your against wireless headphones, why are you posting in this post?

5. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Don’t use logic with trolls, they will come back with other logical rules from the dimension they come from

12. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

So if I don't agree with the masses, that makes me a troll? Talk about logic.. Yours is krapple flawed.. I'm amazed that Apple didn't 'invent' the charging wire :))

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 649; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm not against them but I still don't like the battery life and it's so annoying when you forget to recharge, Imagine the wired ones all what you have to do is just plug and play.. this is not the perfect alternative yet till they find a way the battery can last at least for 10 -15 hours without being worry recharging them all the time and caring the case around

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 586; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Don't buy true wireless ones. I have sony wi xb 400 and they have battery great battery life. They are rated at 15hrs but last 20-24 hrs for me as I use them in low volume (40%) mostly for audio books and podcast.

9. Jrod99

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I think mine have actually. I don’t really keep them on long before putting in case.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2378; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

My first gen 1 ones now die in under an hour on a single charge

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