The AirPods charging case is prone to battery drainage issues

The AirPods charging case is prone to battery drainage issues
The AirPods might be great, but as any first-generation product, they might be prone to flaws. In about two and a half weeks since their launch, some users have started complaining of battery drain issues tied with the AirPods' charging case. Although Apple claims that the battery in the case holds 24 hours worth of charge, users have been noticing drains of up to 40 percent – despite the AirPods being fully charged and Bluetooth activity at a minimum.

Apple is already handing out replacements to affected customers. One described getting a new set of AirPods which didn’t lose charge over night. Chances are that the battery issue won't turn out to be a widespread problem, perhaps contained to an early batch of units. However, at this point it's not exactly clear how many users are affected, or if the issue could resolve itself over time as charge cycles add up.

If you find yourself experiencing battery drain issues with the AirPods charging case, your best bet for now will be going to the Apple store for a replacement.

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36 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

2016 - year of battery issues

5. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Hopefully 2017 will be better.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hopefully, I'm expecting a lot from all brands, specially Apple and Samsung

15. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Maybe the reason it's 9 due to battery issue. Maybe apple will update it and pa will give 9.9 or just 10. Hahaha

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The F!! Who am I kidding these earphones are the epitome of bluetooth technology. Need to bow down to the king of tech.

33. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Is it only me, but those AirPods look like micro-hairdryers. So great idea...Nice feature would be to add drying functionality for those who wanna dry the hair in ears, after the pool.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same Apple = 10th anniversary of the iPhone Samsung = first flagship after the Note7 Google = first full development time for a phone

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yeah.. Samsung started it. Followed by Apple. But after Samsung fail suddenly there was a huge battery issues all around the globe. That's a bit fishy...............

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do they still deserve a 9? Lol. The fact is PA, even if the case is full and you have your ear buds totally charged and you leave them in the case, they drain the cases battery. I have the same experience with my Icon X. If I charge them up and then unplug them and don't use them for a 3-5 days, when I remove them from the case the buds are about 50% charged and the case battery is totally dead.

3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, I figured they would be continuously charging the devices. 6 hours per use is still far cry from the accumulated 10 hours use with Sony Bluetooth earphones I use.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. Just like your phone. It isn't magically staying at 100%.if it's plugged in. It's a trickle charge. I've seen what I was charging my phone and it said 100% and a few seconds it says 99%. First off a battery can't hold 100% of a charge as it gets older. But with these headphone in a case, the case has to keep them at full charge until either it dies or the headphones are removed. But I guess it should t be dropping to 40% in a matter of hours though.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's so funny how, Apple who sells millions of a single product, you all always manage to claim the problem is limited to a few. But when the Note 7 had an issue, you tried to.make it seem it was happening to millions, when in fact less than 40 had a real issue. PA TYPICAL DAMAGE CONTROL. What's funny too is, Samsung only has at the first recall, sold about 2.5M phones. At the second recall, only about 1M of those were out and that was mostly used for exchanges. Out of 3M phones about 100 had claims of overheating, which means nothing, because all phones get hot. And only 40 actually caught fire. So you are trying to claim, that Apple who likely already sold at least 500K to 1M of these headphones, that less than 100 people are effected....lol. Wouldn't it be safe to say thAt, most people won't even know and think this how it's suppose to work, until they see this news and realize it is defective? And that the fact is, the vast majority will just exchange them and never report an issue?

7. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So what's your point? That there was a conspiracy against the Note 7?

12. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You think he had a point in mind? You've seen his anecdotes.......they basically exist without any particular objective. He just likes to ramble, kinda like any other social butterfly (*wink*) with internet access.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Note 7 EXPLODED and can kill people. So stop comparing an ant to an elephant.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so what? ALL phone CAN exploded and kill people as well..

25. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are trying to give yourself some hopes, but it fails. Try another one.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are right it did CATCH Fire and it could have killed people. IPhones have caught fire and guess what, it did kill people.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can and didn't. iPhone can and did. Try again! DERP!

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"but as any first-generation product, they are also flawed" then why you give it a 9? You should've added this issue to the con list.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

because they don't want to be in Apple's blacklist?

14. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Well if I'm going to write biased reviews so I won't be in Apple's blacklist then screw Apple smh.

11. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Poor QC

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

NO! Just an issue that wasn't seen in-houise. I mean how would you notice such an issue? You think grabbing 1 of every 1000 if these would show an issue? I mean, it's a needle in a haystack compared to PA. No different than the Note 7 issue. The chances of picking a device that doesn't work like it should from several thousand is very hard or impossible. I don't think it was poor QC in either case. Less of it? Maybe. It doesn't matter. As long as Apple is doing something about it and not acting like there is no problem.

34. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

I watched a teardown video of the airpods. They are not properly built to last long and simply cannot be repaired. I remember hearing that the electronic components used in the case were made up of poor quality stuff and wouldnt last much.

18. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"Chances are that the battery issue won't turn out to be a widespread problem" why are the chances this way... or do you guys have inside info that you can't tell us about yet until Apple gives the okay?

20. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Ssshhh ..... Its a feature ....

21. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And just yesterday this thing got a score of 9/10. And it did last 6 hours on a single charge.

22. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Apple create the disease ( retirement of p2) to sell the cure (airpods). $$$.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey cnour! Are you not going to say "others will follow"?

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