Airpods work when battery case is dead?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Jimtom, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Jimtom macrumors newbie

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    I have had my airpods for about a week now and have been experiencing the battery drain problem. I ran the case down but the pods were still 100% last night. Went to use the pods today and they wouldn't work. It was my understanding that the case was dumb so shouldn't they work when the case is depleted or did they completely drain overnight by themselves?
     
  2. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think the case serves as a connection point since mine work fine when I go out for a run, so they should work fine even if the case is dead.
     
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    Yes they will.. My case was dead because I forgot to charge it and the headphone still had 70%... I used them today for an hour and a half in the gym while the case was charging at home.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Agreed. I second this. I was in the same situation with you the other day as I was using mine as well.
     
  6. Jimtom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, thanks for the answers. That is crazy because I know the left one had 100% and the right was at 85%. That's disturbing. I will have to try and recreate it and contact Apple.
     
  7. Cremerhm macrumors 6502

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    Did you try to connect to them using the bluetooth settings on you're device?
    I've had it once also, seamless connection wouldn't work so I connected to them like I would connect to other devices.
     
  8. Jimtom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't, just grabbed my old pair of lg tone 910s to use. I will try that next time. Thanks.
     
  9. Sybergoosejr macrumors newbie

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    If the AirPod Case is completely dead (not even a light) Then the AirPods will not know to shut off when you put them back in the case. Therefore they will continue to stay on even inside the case. This is due to the fact the case applies A small voltage to the AirPods to let them know they are docked. From experience a low case battery will still shut off the AirPods but not charge them. No battery at all and the AirPods don’t know whether they are in the case or not. They will actually probably think they are in your ears.
     
  10. Applenoob34 macrumors regular

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    That seems logical. ^guy knows his stuff.
     
  11. Zxxv Suspended

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    That doesn't make any sense. AirPods would still know they are in a case. They would read it as out of charge. If they didnt then when a case discharges all its stored energy into the AirPods the AirPods would think they are out of the case and would connect to iPhone and all sound would go through the AirPods.

    AirPods know they are in the case. The magnets in the case are there for a reason. They ensure the AirPods pull down onto the contacts at the bottom of the case.


     
  12. Applenoob34 macrumors regular

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    Are you certain the magnets are what tells the AirPods they are in the case? I agree, the magnets are there to seat the AirPods to the charging contacts but I would think the battery itself would be the “communicator”. Similar to the magnet on the Apple Watch charger.....it’s just a tool to keep the two devices in contact with each other, that’s all.
     
  13. Zxxv Suspended

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    I never said the magnets were what tells the AirPods they are in the case. The contacts at the bottom connects them and tells them they are being charged. The magnets hold them down and assist in placing them in the case. If you hold a magnet to an AirPod whilst its still in your ear it wont stop playing so its not the magnets. Its the circuit.
     
  14. Billburns macrumors 6502

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    Well the case has no power so the headphones would sit there draining as it cannot make “contact” with the case since it’s dead
     
  15. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I’ve had issues twice where I put my AirPods in the case and the next day the left AirPod was 100% and the right one like 15%.

    One time I heard music still playing through the right AirPod with them in the case closed.
     

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