Airpod battery life shorter on cellular call versus music?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by bscheffel, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. bscheffel macrumors newbie

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    When I use my airpods with a cellular voice call the battery drains twice as fast as when I am listening to music. Is this normal? I have had reset my airpods and they still have the same behavior. I am only getting 1.5 hours using them on a phone call but 4+ hours when listening to music.
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    When you're listening to music the microphone is not active on the airpods maybe that's why there is a difference in battery? not sure if 2X faster drain makes sense though.
     
  3. Bromeo macrumors regular

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    Talk time is less than half that of music listening time. Probably due to the two-way nature (earphone and microphone active simultaneously), and transmitting takes a lot more power than receiving.

    From Apple's web site:

    AirPods with Charging Case: More than 24 hours listening time,(3) up to 11 hours talk time(6)

    AirPods (single charge): Up to 5 hours listening time,(2) Up to 2 hours talk time(5)

    15 minutes in the case equals 3 hours listening time(4) or over an hour of talk time(7)
     

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