How Long To Charge AirPods Case

28 Jan 2022
How Long To Charge AirPods Case

Knowing how long to charge your AirPods case can come in handy. There may be times when you only have an hour or less between meetings. 

Or maybe you’re going on a road trip and forgot to charge the case. 

Knowing when to charge your AirPods case beforehand is important too. This will prevent you from being without your AirPods when you need them most. 

Do AirPods charge in the case? Yes, they do. A dead case means you’ll only get 5-hours out of your AirPods. This is not ideal if you need your AirPods for work. 

Whatever the reason, having a charged AirPods case is practical and convenient.

A charged case will ensure that your AirPods are always charged. And the best part? You'll have at least a day’s worth of AirPod usage.

How Long Should I Charge My AirPods Case?

Your AirPods case takes about an hour to reach full charge. Once the battery is full, you should have up to 4 recharges for your AirPods.

How often should you charge your AirPods case? You shouldn’t need to charge your case for 24-hours, more or less. This depends on how often you’re recharging your AirPods. 

For your AirPods, a full charge takes 20 to 30-minutes. This should give you roughly 5-hours of usage time. A 15-minute charge will give you 3-hours and a 5-minute charge will give you 1-hour.

Can you charge AirPods in a different case? That depends on whether the case is compatible with your AirPods. 

If it’s a replacement case, it’s best to get it at the Apple store. They can match the case to your AirPods to prevent any issues.

Usage Time According to AirPods Type

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The below usage time is based on using the volume at 50-percent. This is advised since it extends the battery life.

  • Generation 1: 5-hours usage
  • Generation 2: 5-hours usage
  • Generation 3: 6-hours usage
  • AirPods Pro: 4.5-hours usage
  • AirPods Max: 20-hours usage

Usage time with a charged case:

  • Generation 1: 24-hours
  • Generation 2: 24-hours
  • Generation 3: 30-hours
  • AirPods Pro: 24-hours
  • AirPods Max: this case can’t charge the headphones

When to Charge My AirPods Case?

Your AirPods will let you know when they need a recharge. You’ll get 3 notifications on your device at certain battery percentages.

These battery percentages are:

  • 20-percent
  • 10-percent
  • 5-percent

The AirPods will chime at 20-percent too and then again just before it switches off. 

Unfortunately, your AirPods case doesn’t have this same feature. Since the case itself has no Bluetooth capabilities, you won’t get a notification.

So, when should you charge them? And how do you know if the AirPod case is charging? The answer to these questions is the same. 

You can use the status light or your device to check when to charge them. It will tell you the charging status too. 

How to Check the Battery Status

Use the Status Light to Check Battery Status

The status light is a quick and easy indicator of the battery status. The light will tell you when the case is full, needs a recharge, or is currently charging. 

Let’s look at what the colors mean:


If the case isn’t connected to a power source, green means it has enough juice. This could mean it has one charge or many. 

The status light won’t tell you exactly how many charges are left. The green light means at least one full charge for your AirPods.

If the case is connected to a charger, green means the battery is full. A full battery will give you up to 4 charges.


When not connected to a charger, the amber light means you should recharge the case. At this point, the case has less than one charge left. 

If the case is connected to a power source, amber means it’s charging. 

No Light

If the status light on your AirPods case won't go on, then it’s dead. You should charge the case immediately when this happens.

If the light doesn’t switch on while charging then you have a problem. 

The status will always come on when the case is charging. The light stays on for 8 seconds before switching off. 

If that doesn’t happen, then there’s something wrong with the case. Several issues could cause this. 

It could have suffered damage from a fall, or it could be a manufacturing problem. We discuss this in detail further in this article. 

Use Your Device to Check Battery Status

You can use your device to see the case’s battery status too. This will give you a more accurate result than the status light.

When using your device, you’ll be able to see the battery percentage. This will help determine how many charges are left. 

Think of it this way, if the case is 100-percent, you have about 4 charges left. That means 50-percent would give you 2 charges. 

You’ll be able to check the battery status for your AirPods too. 

Don’t know how to do this? Unlock your device, open the AirPods case and leave the AirPods inside. A pop-up will appear on your screen. 

This will have all the relevant info you need, including the battery status.

This feature only works if the AirPods are in the case. 

Overcharging and Battery Deterioration 

Is it bad to leave AirPods in the case? No, it’s not. You can leave them in there indefinitely.

The charging case and AirPods won’t ever overcharge. You can charge them both overnight, and it won’t cause any damage. 

The case will stop the current when the battery is full. This applies to both the case and the AirPods. 

how long to charge airpods case first time

Why is your AirPods case charging slow? The AirPods and the charging case have lithium-ion batteries. Multiple recurring recharges are not ideal for the batteries’ health.

This is why the battery takes longer to charge from about 90-percent. The new cases will also recognize your usage patterns and charge accordingly. 

The battery will begin to deteriorate after 2-years. This is why your AirPods case is dying so fast. The speed of deterioration depends on how often it gets charged too.

Signs that your batteries are deteriorating:

  • The AirPods and/or case will run down faster.
  • Eventually, it won’t be able to hold a charge at all. The AirPods and/or case will be unable to charge.

When it gets to this point, there’s no ‘fix’. Your only option is to get a replacement.

Why is My AirPods Case Not Charging?

You’ve placed your AirPods case on charge but the status light didn’t go on. 

If your AirPods case won't charge, then you have a serious problem. Without the charging case, you can’t recharge your AirPods. 

Possible reasons why your AirPods case isn’t charging:

  • It suffered damage from a fall.
  • The case could have a manufacturing defect. 
  • The battery could have deteriorated and no longer works.

AirPod case covers are perfect for protecting your AirPods and their original case. Our case covers are shock-resistant and compatible with wireless and wired charging. Our cool case covers can be matched to your iPad case too.

Unfortunately, if the case is damaged and not charging, you need a new one. 

AirPods Not Charging in the Case

If your AirPods aren’t charging in the case, don’t panic just yet. Unlike with the case, there are possible solutions for this. 

If the case is working, but the AirPods won’t charge, there are 3 possible reasons for this:

  • The contact points aren’t connecting.
  • The AirPods and/or case is dirty.
  • The firmware for your AirPods is outdated.
  • You have a new case and it isn’t compatible with your AirPods.

Possible solutions for AirPods that won’t charge:

  • Make sure you place the AirPods correctly. When they go into the case, there should be a magnetic ‘click’. If this doesn’t happen, check if there’s anything in the case or stuck to the AirPods.
  • Clean the AirPods and case with a Q-tip. Be gentle and go slow, or you might damage them.
  • Check the firmware for the AirPods. Go to the AirPods’ Bluetooth settings on your phone to see if it’s updated. If not, install the update.
  • If the case is incompatible with your AirPods, you’ll need to get a new one.

After you’ve completed the first 3 points, try charging it again. These issues are easy to fix. But, if the solutions don’t work, take them to the Apple store.

Final Note

It takes an hour for the AirPods case to charge but you can’t always wait that long. If you can only spare 30-minutes, it won’t be a complete loss.

You can use your device to check the battery percentage. Remember that the AirPods need to be in the case for this to work.

A 30-minute charge should fill the case about halfway. With a 50-percent battery in your case, you might get 2 recharges for your AirPods. This amounts to roughly 10-hours of usage. 

You don’t need to charge your AirPods to a 100-percent either. A quick 15-minute charge will give 3-hours of usage.

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