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How long does the AirPods case take to charge?

As an AirPods owner, I know the feeling of frustration when you need to charge your AirPods case but don’t know how long it will take. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how long it typically takes to charge the AirPods case and the best ways to ensure your AirPods are always charged and ready to go. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the different charging speeds, how to speed up the charging process, and other common questions about charging AirPods.

The AirPods and AirPods Pro cases take one hour to charge. You can see how much charge they have by opening the lid near an iPhone or iPad or by looking at the Bluetooth menu on your MacBook.

Quick tips:

  • The AirPods and AirPods Pro cases take one hour to charge.
  • You can check how much charge your AirPods case has by looking at the Bluetooth menu on the MacBook or the AirPods menu on an iPhone or iPad.
  • You can charge the AirPods case with any charger as long as you can fit a lightning cable into the case.
  • The light on the AirPods case will only light up for a few seconds when you place it on the charging mat.
  • You can tell when the case is fully charged by looking at the AirPods menu on the MacBook or the AirPods menu on an iPhone or iPad.
  • AirPods and their cases are designed so that they will not overcharge, so it is safe to charge the case overnight.

How long does the AirPods case take to charge?

The AirPods case should take one hour to charge from 0% to 100%.

To tell when the case is done charging, you can open the case near an iPhone or iPad, you can look at the AirPods menu on a Macbook or you can open the lid of the case, while it is charging, if it lights up green, it means the case is fully charged.

You can tell when the AirPods case needs to be charged by taking the AirPods out of the case and opening up the case. If the case lights up orange, it means that the case has less than one full charge remaining and you should charge the case.

You can charge the AirPods case with any charger as long as you can fit a lightning cable from the charger into your AirPods case.

You can even use higher voltage chargers to charge your AirPods case such as a 20v charger. However, the AirPods case will not charge any faster since it is limited to 5v.

When the regular AirPods case is fully charged, for AirPods gen 3, it has a minimum of 30 hours of listening time and up to 20 hours of talk time. But the AirPods Gen 3 will only give you 6 hours of listening or up to 4 hours of talking. After this you will have to replenish your AirPods Gen 3 and subtract this from the case balance. 

For AirPods gen 2 a fully charged case will yield a total of 24+ listening hours and up to 18 hours of talking time. However, after 5 hours of listening and 3 hours of talk the AirPods gen 2 will have to be re-charged.

So each time you return the AirPods to the case to be charged, it will subtract from the balance of charges remaining. Once the status light turns amber, it can no longer give a full charge. It will be time to charge the case.

Read more: Why are my AirPods disconnecting from my Apple Watch?

AirPods pro case

How long does the AirPods pro case take to charge?

The AirPods Pro case also takes one hour to charge.

You can also charge the AirPods Pro case using any charger as long as you can connect it to the case and the case is also limited to 5v.

You can also tell how much charge the case has left by opening the lid near an iPhone or iPad or by looking at the AirPods menu on the MacBook.

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How long does the AirPods case take to charge for the first time?

The AirPods case will come with some charge when you first buy your AirPods. When charging the case for the first time, it should take around 30 minutes.

You can tell if it needs to be charged by taking the AirPods out of the case and opening the lid. If it lights up orange, it means that the case needs to be charged.

Why is my AirPods case taking so long to charge?

If your AirPods case is taking a long time to charge, it could be because the charging cable or mat is broken, the charger you are using to charge the case is broken, the case itself is broken, or you are placing the case onto the mat incorrectly.

The light on the AirPods case only lights up for a few seconds when you place it on the charging mat.

If you see that the light does appear when you place the case on the mat, it means that that case is actually charging. An orange light means that it is not at full power and a green light means that it is at full power.

If the light is appearing and the case is actually being charged, it might actually mean that there is a problem with the AirPods.

It could be the case that you are placing the AirPods in the case incorrectly, there is debris in the case resulting in your AirPods not being charged or that the AirPods themselves are broken.

However, this would not be the case if they do charge if you charge the case via lightning cable.

How do you know when the AirPods case is fully charged?

To tell when the AirPods case is fully charged, you can open it up near an iPhone or iPad or you can look at the AirPods menu on the MacBook.

Should I charge my AirPods case every night?

AirPods and the cases are designed so that they will not overcharge. With that being the case, the case will not overcharge if you charge the case overnight.