AirPods Talktime Issue

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by tailor, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. tailor macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2016
    Hi there

    I received my AirPods in the UK on the 19th December, and only had a chance to test them properly today.

    With the dock and both AirPods charged to 100%, I started a phone conversation using both AirPods at the same time (I know that I can use one AirPod at a time).

    45 minutes into my conversation, the left AirPod made a low battery warning sound. By 1 hour 11 minutes into the conversation, the left AirPod died. The right AirPod continued to function for the remaining 3 minutes of the conversation. When I checked the right AirPod after, it had 24% battery left.

    I contacted Apple and they have kindly requested that I return them for a refund or an exchange if I am not happy. I think these AirPods are fantastic, but that limited talk time is off putting.

    What I wanted to know is if the talk time I am experiencing is normal for these AirPods, or are mine defective?

    Many thanks
  2. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015
    I have not experienced this and I have an interest in making sure that the Airpods work correctly for calls.

    Someone else posted a correction for this by fully draining the batteries in the pods and the case then recharging.

    It worked for him.

  3. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    It's not like Apple doesn't publish specs. Oh, I know, you shouldn't have to look that up, that's what other people are for. Here.

    Power and Battery
    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)

    5) Testing conducted by Apple in August 2016 using preproduction AirPods units and software paired with preproduction iPhone 7 units and software. Volume was set to 50%. Testing consisted of full AirPods battery discharge with a cellular phone call until the first AirPod stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, usage, and many other factors.
  4. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    As a sidenote, the difference in battery usage is likely because only one AirPod's microphone at a time is used to pick up your voice. The AirPod with the active microphone will die first when using both AirPods.

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