AirPods case bad standby battery life

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

  1. 0970373 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2008
    Yeah, that's what I'm curious about also. I guess they are just always on standby, ready for use so it's a steady drain on the tiny battery and then the case trickle charges it constantly like the iPhone.
  2. Casimono macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2009
    Folks, I had the same problem (case got 3% down every hour), and I've fixed it (no drop or below 1% in 9.5 hours so far).

    What i did is I reset my AirPods by doing step 4 of "If you can't set up yourAirPods" here:

    Once I did that, I had to pair the AirPods again with my iPhone. The connection to my Mac was also gone. And my double-tap-to-pause preset was also gone. I had to redo all these, but since then it's been all smooth sailing :)

    Hopefully this works for you too. Cheers!
  3. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    That was my guess initially, but then I thought the action of opening the case is what would cause them to become active and ready to connect. Hmm
  4. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I just picked up my AirPods yesterday morning and after reading the article in the News section of MacRumors, I decided to charge mine up today and test it myself. Sure enough, I'm noticing the same thing. I let them charge up to 100% this morning and pulled them off before I went in to work. The case has been off the charger for about 3 hours now and the battery has already gone from 100% to 94% without me even using them once. So 6% in 3 hours and absolutely zero use.

    I'm wondering if my unit is defective as well or if it's just the nature of the AirPods.
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    Interesting, my case is going down about 2% every hour. Just tried what you suggested and re-paired my AirPods to my phone. Hopefully I notice a difference!
  5. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    I'm 100% sure this is the way it works, since when I open the case after not touching it for an extended period it takes a few seconds to pop up on the phone screen, whereas immediately after that first time, it happens instantly. Still leaves it a total mystery as to why the case battery is draining though.
  6. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Makes sense, right? Why have the AirPods or case actively waiting to connect when they can stay sleeping / have radios off until the action of flipping open the case occurs.
  7. Eduardboon macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    For the first time I saw that the case did not show the lightning symbol that indicates charging. It seems that the case is constantly charging the AirPods, so they are probably always in use somehow, which makes no sense at all.

    I bet that people without this issue won't see that symbol all the time next to the AirPods when looking at the status.
  8. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    Well thats factually incorrect, which defuncts pretty much anything else you have to say on the matter.
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    For crying out loud, it makes perfect frigging sense, because they are lithium ion battery-sporting micro computers running actual silicon, and they are not being turned off. Of course they are draining when not "in use".
  9. profets, Dec 29, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016

    profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Really? That's the explanation you're going with? That they're small computers which are never being turned off. That's the whole relationship you kept mentioning about between the case and the AirPods? Wow.

    So it's normal for the AirPods, while not in use, and could have the BT radios powered down, deplete the case battery at a rate of up to 5% per hour? Yeah, makes perfect sense alright.
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    Well, this is interesting. Last night I unplugged my wife's AirPods from charge as well once they were at 100%. Purposely asked her not to use them all day. 24 hours later, they're fully charged. Nearly the whole day they've been at home and not in range of her iPhone (though one would expect that not to make a difference).

    I would have though a few percent depletion.

  10. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    I agree. There's no reason for them to be doing anything when the case is closed.

    Just to add another data point: my AirPods and case were all at 100% about six hours ago. The case has remained closed since and I haven't used the Airpods at all. The case is now down to 79%.

    This doesn't look good.
  11. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    My case has been unplugged for 20 hours and has recharged my AirPods twice, once from 45% and once from like 83% and it's at 73%. Not bad.
  12. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    A friend of mine's is similar. Took it off charge this morning, and avoided using them all day. Case is down to 70% after 12 hours.

    That's not bad. My case is at 63% (AirPods at 100%). Took it off charge 14 hours ago. Used a single AirPod for about 4 hours today.
  13. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I just tried and the case does charge when connected to my PC. You need to install the latest version of iTunes for Windows, which comes with a driver for the Airpod case. You should then see Windows installing an Airpods device when you first connect it.
  14. nheilweil macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Redmond, WA
    Same thing here -- three hours ago my AirPods and case were both at 100%. The case has remained closed since and I haven't used the Airpods at all. The case is now down to 90%.

    The charging icon is on next to the AirPods. Stop charging them -- they're already at 100%!
  15. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Wifes airpods and case both at 100%. She only used it an hour or so the first day but it doesnt seem to suffer the same issue. She never paired it with the computer like i did.
  16. mistame macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2014
    I received my AirPods yesterday, and after previously reading about the battery issues, I decided to test them straight out of the box. I paired them at 4:45pm and never removed them from the case, which was at 68% out of the box. Here's the battery percentage log (in order of Case / Left Ear / Right Ear):
    • 4:45pm: 68% / 100% / 100%
    • 5:45pm: 65% / 97% / 97%
    • 8:45pm: 56% / 100% / 100%
    • 9:45pm: 54% / 97% / 97%
    • 10:45pm: 41% / 97% / 100%
    • 12:00am: 39% / 99% / 99%
    • 1:00am: 38% / 100% / 99%
    • 2:00am: 37% / 96% / 100%
    • 5:45am: 30% / 100% / 100%
    • 10:00am: 14% / 100% / 100%
    • 11:00am: 9% / 100% / 99%
    • 12:00pm: 5% / 98% / 98%
    • 1:00pm: 3% / 95% / 95%
    • 2:00pm: Case is dead / 93% / 93%
    You can see that, at best, it depleted ~1%/hour, usually ~2%/hour, but some wild swings of 5-13% drops in an hour. By 2pm today, less than 24 hours after pairing them, the case was dead without ever taking them out of the case.

    After a complete discharge, I'm re-testing to see if there is any change. If not, I'll try a few other things. The firmware version on them is 3.3.1.
  17. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    This worked for me. I was losing 5% an hour before, and I did this last night, left the case and pods together overnight and 7.5 hours later the case is still on 99% with the pods on 100%.

    Seems like the drain is mostly a software issue.
  18. matthijst macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    5% battery drop per hour, IN THE CASE seems reasonable?
  19. mistame macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2014
    And in my case, upwards of 13% in 1 hour. That's more than the AirPods lose in 1 hour when they're out the the case playing music in the same timespan. While it is reasonable to expect a level of discharge while sitting in the case, the "not understanding the relationship" comes from he fact that one group of people here see very minimal to no discharge in "standby" mode after several hours and another group of people see a large amount of discharge. Given that information, I don't think that qualifies as "false suppositions".
  20. teidon macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2009
    That doesn't seem normal. Have you tried to reset them? Put the Pods in the case, open the case and hold the button for 15s until the charging light blinks amber and then blinks white. It's some kind of factory reset, so you'll lose all settings and also have to pair them again.

    It doesn't matter if you take them out of the case or not. As soon as you open the case the three devices are brought up to full operation. When the case is closed they are in power saving mode, and I believe that there is also a deep power saving mode they will enter if the lid isn't opened for X hours.
  21. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I haven't used my Airpods in 2 days. Case is dead and I'd just fully charged it and used the Airpods for about 10 min before putting them away before now.

    Going to try that reset others mentioned, otherwise it's return and check back later.

    Not interested in testing their issues at $160 and I'd rather stab myself than go deal with the "genius" bar.
  22. mistame macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2014
    Yep, understood. It was more an emphasis on the fact that I did not actually use them, as in spend any amount of time making phone calls or playing music. And while it's logical, and plausible, that there is indeed a "deep" power saving mode, even when "active" they shouldn't be draining faster than when I do actually listen to music for an hour.
  23. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I think it's reasonable to expect some battery use when they're in the case as there is no power on / off option on the airpods (so the best they can do is go into deep sleep) - I'd suggest 1% to 5% per day wouldn't be unreasonable.

    However, it isn't reasonable to expect the power drains some people have been seeing and I'd say in those instances there's an issue with them - if a reset doesn't fix it, then I'd suggest those units are faulty and should be replaced
  24. Casimono, Dec 30, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016
  25. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    First night it had gone down 4%, second night of AirPods it went down 6%. I guess that's ok, right?

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