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Can I Use AirPods While Charging the Case? 

AirPods are arguably the most popular wireless earbuds in the market, praised for their ease of use and great sound. With them, you get up to six hours of uninterrupted usage in a single 20-minute charge. The charging case allows you to charge the AirPods up to four times in a single one-hour charge—it doesn’t get any better than that! 

When I purchased my first pair of AirPods, I was buzzing with questions. One of the first I ever asked myself was, “Can I use AirPods while charging the case?” followed by, “Can I leave the AirPods case to charge overnight, or will it overheat?”  

If you’re like me, then you’ve come to the right place. This article answers everything you need to know about AirPods and their charging case! 

Can I Use AirPods While Charging the Case?

The AirPod charging case and the AirPods aren’t directly linked to each other, so you can use your AirPods while charging the case without damaging the performance of either item. 

When the AirPods are removed from the charging case, they work independently. You can use them away from the charging case until they run out of battery. 

Can I Charge My AirPods Case and AirPods Simultaneously? 

If your AirPods case has lost its charge and you desperately need to use your AirPods, you can charge your AirPod case and AirPods at the same time to speed up the charging process

All you need to do is to put your AirPods in the case and plug the case into a power source. By doing this, both will be charged at the same time. 

Once you’ve charged your AirPods, you can leave the case to charge by itself so you can use it multiple times a day. 

Can I Overcharge AirPods Case? 

It’s safe to leave your AirPods case plugged into the lightning cable (or Qi mat) all night. The AirPods case will automatically stop charging once its battery is fully charged, so you won’t have to worry about it overcharging or overheating. Once the battery tops up, the light will shine green. 

Can I Charge My AirPods in Someone Else’s Charging Case?

The charging case is just that: a charger. It isn’t permanently connected to only one set of AirPods. 

As such,.you can safely charge your AirPods in a case different from yours, so long as they’re both compatible with each other.  

To charge your AirPods in a new charging case or someone else’s charging case, all you need to do is to place your AirPods in the case and long-press the setup button while the lid is open. 

Wait until the case flashes white and voila—you’re now charging your AirPods in a different case. 

Can a Third-Party AirPods Case Charge My AirPods? 

Yes, you can charge your AirPods in a non-Apple changing case as long as they’re compatible with each other. However, it’s best to stick with the original Apple AirPods case

A third-party charging case may get the job done, but you can never guarantee its effectiveness and longevity. It might work for a week, then stop working entirely thereafter. 

Moreover, the AirPods case has a ton of useful features that aren’t present in third-party alternatives, such as quick setup and FindMy tracking for when you lose your AirPods. 

A third-party case can also potentially damage your AirPods, so save yourself the hassle and stick with the original options. It might save you hundreds of dollars of repair or replacement fees later on.  

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How Long Does It Take to Charge AirPods?

At most, AirPods take roughly 20 minutes to charge from 0% to 100% when placed in the charging case. 

The exact time differs from model to model, but most agree that AirPods (1st generation) take about 17 minutes to charge, while AirPods (2nd generation) and AirPods (3rd generation) take slightly longer at around 20 minutes. 

Read more: Why are AirPods so popular?

How Long Does It Take to Fully Charge AirPods Case? 

The AirPods case takes about an hour to reach 100%, assuming you’re charging the case without the AirPods inside it. Once the battery is full, you’ll get up to four recharges for your AirPods. 

How Long Does It Take to Charge AirPods in a Drained Case? 

If your AirPods case is out of charge, you’ll have to charge both the AirPods and the case simultaneously to use your AirPods. 

This is perfectly safe to do and won’t cause any lasting damage to your AirPods or AirPods case. However, the charging time will significantly increase. 

For AirPods (1st generation), it’ll take around 30 minutes to an hour to fully charge the AirPods while the case is plugged in. AirPods (2nd generation) take 45 minutes to an hour, while the AirPods (3rd generation) take up to two hours. 


Since the AirPods case and the Airpods aren’t directly linked to each other, you can use your AirPods while you’re charging the case. 

The charging case won’t interfere with the AirPods’ Bluetooth connection, as they’re two separate entities when not used with each other. It’ll take about an hour to fully charge a charging case, and about 20 minutes to charge the AirPods in the charging case.