AirPod charging case

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by lonman06, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. lonman06 macrumors regular

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    Just got my new AirPods. Loving them so far. Just had a question about the charging case. When the AirPods are fully charged and in the case the case appears to continuing charging them and does not shut off. Does this mean that the AirPods shouldn't be stored in the case to avoid draining it? To me that kind of defeats the purpose of the case...
     
  2. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    When the AirPods are fully charged, the charging case should not be charging them. Just like when you charge your smartphone. Once fully charged, it stops charging and remains on AC power until it's unplugged.
     
  3. lonman06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What I am saying is when the charging case is not plugged in. It continues to drain the case to charge the AirPods even though they are 100%. In the last 15 minutes I have seen the case drop 5% while my AirPods have been at 100%. It has the lightening bold next to the AirPods on my phone. So it seems like it just continues to charge them. So this would just drain the battery of the case over a day? I would have thought it would stop trying to charge the AirPods when they hit 100%.
     
  4. Applefan4515 macrumors regular

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    I have the same lightning bolt on mine. Although I think it's just saying their connected to it....kind of like how eve after the iPhone is fully charged it still has the lightning bolt there....don't know about case battery drainage. Will pay attention and report back
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    Nearly 15 minutes later, my case is still at 42%. Haven't lost 1%
     
  5. bizack macrumors 6502

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    Mine does this too and drains the charging case. Hopefully a firmware update fixes this.
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    Okay, this does make sense. Since the AirPods don't really turn off, they're constantly consuming power (in what one would assume is a low power mode but still listening for a BT connection or insertion into the ear). I suspect that Apple wants you to keep them plugged in when not in use. This is a bit odd since other BT earbuds don't require this.
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    It shouldn't do as my charging case was on 70% when I unboxed it and by 11 at night it was only 32% so it won't continue to drain once the AirPods are at 100%
     
  7. SoCalAppleWatch macrumors member

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    Wait a second.... I think I just figured it out. There's a button on the back of the case.. If you open the top, and hold down the button, the green light turns white! I think if you hold the button down then close the case, it turns off all charging function. Seems pretty obvious now! And if you do this while looking at the notification tray on your iphone, the charging power symbol goes away after holding the button down. DUH!!!!!!!!! So you put the headphones away and turn the case off after its all charged, spread this around!!!

    EDIT: I might be retarded this is being advised as a pairing button online. Awkward... Now to figure out how I made the charging icons go away in the status thing.
     
  8. Tim7 macrumors 6502

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    The charging icons went away as the case was in pairing mode after you pressed the button on the back.
     
  9. penajmz macrumors 68030

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    This does not happen with mine. The light turn green when they're done charging and the percentage hasn't gone down in a while. Seems weird that is happening to some of you.
     
  10. lonman06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm weird. Because mine lost about 5% overnight and the headphones were at 100%.
     
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    That seems like a reasonable amount to be lost over a night, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  12. Tom88 macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting this too. Checked this morning, then checked again now and have lost 10% battery in the case. But I haven't used the AirPods at all today.

    Surely it shouldn't be using any power at all when its closed and not in use (and AirPods are 100% charged?)
     
  13. lonman06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    From what I am reading it seems there must at least be minimal power used as the headphones are basically in standby mode. But to me if the case is losing 20% a day not being used that seems like a lot.
     
  14. Shadowbech, Dec 20, 2016
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    I guess I see what you are talking about. I'm wondering should it even be left out of the case and not in use or should it be just kept in the case? Being that once it's fully charged it won't charge and when the airpops itself goes to 94% it's going to charge again. Last night charge case was at 99% woke up with 93% on the charging case but the airpods were at 100%.

    I also noticed at about an hour later (not using the airpods yet) the airpods were down to 95% so clearly it stops charging when it's full.
     
  15. bizack macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if the case is also in a standby mode that needs to detect when the lid is open and performs the quick pair with your device. iFixit showed that the case has enough capacity to charge these much more than 24 hours - perhaps the other capacity is to keep the case 'active.'
     
  16. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    I was just going to create a thread about this until i saw this one. I have the same issue if you can call it that. My theory is that the case will charge the airpods if they fall under 98% to always make sure that the user has 100% I get the lightning symbols on them too. My left one was 100 and the right was charging. Now the right is full and the left is charging.

    I personally do not like that as the case has gone from 80% to 60% today by doing this. Plus i always worry about my batteries especially how small the airpod ones are.

    Guess that's just how it is.
     
  17. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    my battery case is still at 88% so bet won't need to charge it till tomorrow evening.
     
  18. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Not sure why it's doing that

    Mine for example

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    So it looks to me that the case only charges up to a point. Took it off charge about 8am
     
  19. Kyle4 macrumors 6502

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    This is my only concern about the AirPods. With no way to choose when the case charges the AirPods (like a Mophie case for example, it's just going to be running all the time and shortening its charge cycles.
     
  20. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

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    You've had them a day at the most, so just get on and use them and stop worrying about the battery cycles!
     
  21. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    It's not anything to worry about. they will stop charging when it needs to. Just enjoy them and don't worry about the case. You will get a days worth of usage everyday.
     
  22. bizack macrumors 6502

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    I think the concern is that:

    A) The AirPods are always on and consume power
    B) The Charging Case is always on and charging the AirPods
    C) If you don't plug the Case in each night, you'll end up with both a depleted Charging Case and AirPods

    I do think Apple should note that you might want to plug these in each night.
     
  23. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    But they are only charging the air pods up to a point. Mine where in the case for ages tonight and stayed on 95%

    The case isn't using much battery as mine is still on 85%
     
  24. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I fully charged both the AirPods and case to 100% this morning at 8am. I actually didn't use them today instead reverting back to my on ear Senhieser Momentums. When I checked at 5.30pm today both the AirPods and case were still at 100%. Make of that what you will.
     
  25. Diiiiips macrumors regular

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    Say you don't use them for 3-4 days then the case battery will be down to maybe 30% but the Airpods will still be full?

    There really should be a way to stop all battery depletion when nothing is being used/charged.
     

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