AirPods Always In Case

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  1. tr3lo9y, Jan 5, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2017

    tr3lo9y macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Was wondering this. If I use my Airpods 20-30mins at a time and put it back in the case for safekeeping not going under 90% of the battery charge, how does that affect the life of the battery in each airpod?

    Thanks in advance
  2. geraldem macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2015
    I was wondering the same today. I think with today's battery tech, it should be fine. I am not about to keep out of the case...will be sure to lose them.
  3. tr3lo9y thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Right. I doubt people listen to these and use up past 50% of the charge everytime. I use mine when i get the chance and pop them back in the case. Wondering if these would affect the batteries in the long run and if so, if it can be changed...
  4. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    They'll be fine, modern batteries and Apple in particular go to lengths to ensure this, are designed to be topped up whenever. There's no memory effect like there used to be and the longevity of the cell itself won't be affected.

    You'll often hear mention of draining batteries completely every month or so to keep them in good health and properly calibrated. While there's nothing wrong with that at all and if you can do it once in a while then absolutely go for it. But Apples (and many manufacturers) battery calibration is accumulative. By which I mean the circuitry tracks very carefully each partial charge percentage and when each of those little percentages adds up to 100% it's counted as one charge cycle, that's how it keeps itself in calibration which is important to its overall health.

    The AirPods are very specifically designed to handle being frequently topped-off, so you've nothing whatsoever to worry about from using them little and often (or otherwise for that matter.) The batteries have a specific shelf life and short of a fault, they'll be fine for hundreds and hundreds of complete charge cycles before they start to degrade. Even when they do all that will happen is their running time will slowly but surely get shorter, which is slightly less of an issue with something you'll be charging as frequently as the AirPods.
  5. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    i wouldn't worry apple wouldn't design something like this if it meant hurting the long term life of the product. just use them how you like.
  6. tr3lo9y thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Thank you for the very thorough explanation :D
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