This post will show you if you can charge AirPods using the Apple Watch charger and what your options are when charging the AirPods and the case.
Update: The AirPods Pro 2 case does charge when placed on the Apple Watch charger.
The Apple Watch charger will not charge the AirPods or the case. This is because the Apple Watch charger is not powerful enough to actually charge the AirPods.
The wireless AirPods charging case can be charged using a Qi-certified charger or a lightning cable.
Can I charge AirPods with the Apple Watch charger?
It is not possible to charge AirPods or the AirPods case using an Apple Watch charger. This is because the charger is not powerful enough to charge the AirPods or the case.
You may find that the case lights up when you put it on the Apple Watch charger, but this will not result in the case actually charging.
Of course, it is always an option to charge the AirPods charging case via a lightning cable.
If you want to be able to charge your AirPods or the AirPods case wirelessly, you will need a wireless AirPods charging case as well as a Qi-certified charger.
You can get more powerful Qi chargers from Apple themselves or you can get them from third parties.
Also, when charging the AirPods case wirelessly, it will take about 30% longer than when charging it with a cable.
This is because more energy is able to be transferred with a cable and more energy is given off when using a wireless charger.
Read more: Do I need AirPods for an Apple Watch?
Can I Use My AirPod Charging Case with a Wireless Charger?
You can charge your AirPod Charging Case with a Qi-certified charging mat or compatible accessory. You can buy these chargers from Apple directly or you can buy third-party chargers.
Read more: Can you track AirPods if they were reset?
What can be used to charge the AirPods charging case?
By default, the best option to charge your charging case is a Lightning cable, included with your AirPods. They are far from the only kind of cord you can use, but it is the simplest way for you to get it charged.
Otherwise, another option at your disposal is to use a USB-C to lightning charging adapter that allows you to use a USB-C cord instead.
In addition to using cords to charge your case, you can also use a Qi Charger. The Qi Charger is a popular wireless charging pad, particularly for Apple devices like the iPhone and AirPods. You can place the case on the Qi Charger to charge it.