BeatsX battery life

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by lg251, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. lg251 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Fully charged my BeatsX on Friday evening, and shut off them right away. Picked them up this morning and they were at 97%. So they lost 3% while shut over a 28-30-hour period.

    This morning I used them for my gym session and here's what I got out of them.

    8:52 AM - 94%
    9:12 AM - 90% (4% in 10 minutes)
    9:19 AM - 88% (2% in 7 minutes)
    9:36 AM - 85% (3% in 17 minutes)
    9:45 AM - 83% (2% in 9 minutes)
    10:00 AM - 80% (3% in 15 minutes)
    Total: 68 minutes = 14%
    Theoretically this would give: 485.71minutes/8.09 hours for a full charge

    **Was about 2 feet away from my phone for about 40 minutes, then 10-20 feet away for the remaining 28-30 minutes.

    So far so good, curious on the long run how they will maintain this 8-hour life.
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  2. TheRock88 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Here's my experience so far:

    Got to work today at 7 and they were at 100%. Right now it's noon time and they're down to 39% with 3 hours before I leave and about another hour at the gym so dont think they're gonna last unless I do a quick charge. So far it's been I've been listening to about 95% podcast listening, 3% music, and 2 % Youtube/a movie stored on my phone.
  3. Korican100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2012
    Here's my experience so far:

    I am waiting on fedex to bring them to my house wednesday
  4. lg251 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Did you use them from 7 to noon none stop?
    If so, then 39% left gives you (theoretically) another 3+ hours of usage. It's at par with what their marketing. But having to charge them during the day to make it through is a bummer I agree.
  5. TheRock88 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    I had a 15 min break where I left them on but wasnt actively using them for anything. Also some other times where I had to pause whatever I was listening to to help other coworkers. I would say maybe 35-45 min in total from 7-noon where they were on but nothing was being played. I actually got to around 25% left and it was 1:30 and had to borrow my coworkers Lightning cable so I could charge it to get through the rest of the day.
  6. kitt9000, Feb 13, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2017

    kitt9000 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2012

    LOL funniest thing I've read in a while. thank you!

    P.S. That, too, has also been my experience, the fed ex waiting thing.
  7. obargy macrumors newbie


    May 6, 2016
    Montréal, Canada
    Have you guys noticed that the headphone icon at the top right corner doesn't show the battery status of BeatsX? Normally, there should be a little battery icon stand just beside the headphone icon showing the battery status of the wireless headphone you are using.
  8. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    bummer-ness increased by not being able to listen while you charge.
  9. Nikhil72 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    This doesn't happen on W1 enabled headphones for some reason. You can use the output selector in control center which shows the battery. Or the battery widget.
  10. TheRock88 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Yup same thing happens with my PowerBeats 3 and I'm assuming the Solo 3 too. Hopefully they can address this in 10.3
  11. hxlover904 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2011
    so far over about 3 days of using them (having them connected from about 7am to 7pm, moderate phone usage, connected and alerts playing through the headphones, some Siri dictation, etc), by about 7pm I still have 40-50% left. And today, I only charged it for an hour this morning (they were left sitting all night). I'm very happy with the battery life so far.
  12. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I only listen to music a few times during the day (walking to/from office, lunchtime), and in between I have music stopped (so not actively streaming) - I should be able to leave them 'on' around my neck for the full day? That sounds pretty good. Turning them on/off is the most annoying thing for me so far - the position of the power button is awkward and the 'lozenge' it sits on is slippery and narrow. Plus it takes a while to get that little sound that it is on and connected. So leaving it 'on but not on' would be convenient.

    (More convenient would be going into standby/off mode when the magnets are stuck together..)
  13. hxlover904 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2011
    I agree the standby mode when the buds are stuck together would be pretty great. But I leave mine around my neck when I'm not using them and I have plenty of battery to get through the day. assuming mine aren't a deviation from the norm, I'd expect they'd last great for you.
  14. JasonSuave macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014
    Can anyone comment on their battery life/drain while the headphones are turned off? I'm losing about 20% of my battery every day with the headphones turned completely off. This doesn't feel normal given my older Bluetooth headsets can go weeks being turned of while still holding *some* charge.

    Also, Hxlover, you were saying that you were running them all day (7-7) with some usage and some standby and still seeing 40-50% at the end of the day. I feel like this suggests the earphones can go way farther than 8 hours when they're on and idling.
  15. hxlover904 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2011
    I suspect you could be in standby far longer than 8 hours. Mine have currently been sync'ed to my phone for over 8 hours, been on the phone a lot. listened to a couple of songs. Currently have 38% battery left.
  16. JasonSuave macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014
    After running several tests, I was consistently landing only 3 hours of call time on a full charge @ 75% volume. I was a surprised by this given my 2-year-old powerbeats2 still get more than 3 hours of talk time. I called Apple support on the issue and, after sending in my unit, they ended up sending me a full replacement. Unfortunately, the replacement only got marginally more talk time @ 3.5 total hours. The replacement unit also had an issue with the mic which was muffling my voice in almost all scenarios.

    I'm curious: has anyone measured their battery life for music vs. call time with the beatsx? When I called Apple support, they were not able to answer that for me and just gave me come canned response from their script saying "I just says 8 hours." But, if the 3 hours of call time is in fact what this device is capable of... well, the airpods are suddenly looking a lot more appealing...
  17. hxlover904 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2011
    Currently, mine are sitting at 42% battery. They started the morning on full charge after I unplugged them at 7. They were turned on about 8. They've been mostly standby for the last 10 hours but I have been on the phone for about 3 hours total thru the day. I listened to 1 song. But I've also been getting my alerts and map directions through them all day. So, mine at least, seem to be able to get well more than 3 hours of talk time on them. Sucks that your replacements aren't any better than your original ones.
  18. JasonSuave macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014
    Wow, yeah, I'd say I managed to get my hands on two defective units. I gave my pair a full charge at lunch today. I've had them in standby for about 2-3 hours with alert sounds. I've been on the phone for about an hour. I'm now at 55%. Thanks for the details, Hx. I'll definitely be sending these in for one more service request.
  19. Customerfive macrumors newbie


    Oct 5, 2017
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    In my case, it helped reset. Hold down the power and volume (-) buttons.
  20. djroyst macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2017
    You can also say "Hey Siri" if you have it enabled and ask Siri "What is the battery level for my BeatsX" and he (I have mine set for an Australian male) will respond and tell you your battery level. This also may depend on what version of iOS you are using but I've had mine since 10.3.3 and an iPhone 6 and this has worked just fine.

    Hope this helps

  21. i-aamir macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2010
    UK - London
    Hi, just wanted to get some advice on my beats X with IPhone X .

    I am getting around 20% drain from 1 hour 15 mins of use - listening to Apple Music and watching a 25 minute video.

    Is this normal? I thought a full charge on BeatsX should be getting 8 hours?

  22. i-aamir macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2010
    UK - London
    Anyone asssit with the above?
  23. newjerseydamo macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2015
    I'm on my second pair after the first were replaced at an apple store.
    First pair were getting about 4 hours instead of the 8 advertised.
    This second pair is even worse, to about 3 hours a charge.
    This is all within 10 months.

    I travel by train to and from work an hour each way, and one trip of an hour is sucking 25-30%.

    I'll be taking these back again and asking for a refund this time. Just horrible and nowhere near marketed times.
  24. Rocko99991 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2017
    Can't squeeze more than 6 hours no matter how low the volume is. Anyone else with battery life issues?
  25. freakomac macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2014
    I am getting close to the advertised 8 hours battery life. Havent noticed drastic difference between call and music battery life.

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