If you have AirPods or AirPod pros, you might be wondering if it is dangerous to allow them to fully run out of power. This post will show you if you should worry about allowing your AirPods to go down to 0% charge and what you should be doing.
Allowing your AirPods to be at 0% charge for a day or so won’t do much harm. However, leaving the AirPods at 0% charge for too long risks damaging the battery because it does need some charge to maintain itself and to allow itself to actually be charged.
Allowing lithium-ion batteries to be at 0% charge for too long can actually be damaging to them. And this is also the case with AirPods.
However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your AirPods are not able to be at a 0% charge for too long and to ensure that your AirPods always have power when you need them.
What happens if you let your AirPods die?
Allowing AirPods to go all the way to 0% charge is ok for a day or so because they will actually retain some charge.
However, it is risky to allow your AirPods to be at 0% charge for too long. This is because they need some charge to maintain themselves and to actually allow themselves to be charged.
If they are allowed to be at 0% charge for too long, you run the risk of no longer being able to charge the AirPod’s battery because it does not have enough power to trigger its charging rendering the AirPods unusable.
In practice, you can easily avoid this by simply leaving your AirPods in the case when you are not using them and by ensuring the case always has some power itself.
It is also ok to leave your AirPods charging overnight since they will not charge beyond 100%.
If you happen to own the Apple Pencil, there have actually been a number of users reporting that their pencils have died after being at 0% charge for longer than a week.
So, it would help to make sure that you remember to charge it occasionally.
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Should I let my AirPods die all the way before charging?
It is not necessary to allow the AirPods to die all the way before charging them. The best option really is to just leave your AirPods in the case whenever you are not using them.
And the most risky option is to actually allow your AirPods to be at 0% charge for too long.
Is it bad to let the AirPods fully drain?
It is not recommended to allow your AirPods to fully drain because being at 0% charge for too long can cause them to die fully.
When your AirPods die, they don’t actually have 0% power, they actually do have some charge left in them because they need it to allow themselves to be charged when you charge them via the charger.
However, if you allow your AirPods to be at near 0% charge for too long, it can result in them fully dying and no longer being useable.
Read more: Why do my AirPods have a delay?
Can the AirPods be overcharged?
AirPods are designed to stop being charged once they reach 100%.
If it were to be the case that AirPods could be easily overcharged, there would be many complaints about it and even lawsuits, so Apple would not design their AirPods in a way that would allow that to happen.
Can I leave AirPods charging overnight?
You can leave AirPods charging overnight. Once AirPods reach 100% charge, they will stop being charged due to a battery protection circuit that gets triggered.
In fact, it can be beneficial to charge the AirPods overnight since it will make it less likely that you will not damage your AirPods or that your AirPods will have no power when you need them.
Additionally, leaving the AirPods at 0% charge for too long can actually be more damaging than having them at 100% charge for too long since they do need some charge to maintain themselves.
Charging the AirPods overnight can help you avoid allowing them to be at 0% charge for too long.