How Do AirPods Charge So Fast?

By John Adebimitan

How do AirPods charge so fast? You put them in the case for some minutes and come back to meet your previously drained AirPods fully charged. It is an amazing feeling and, is also one of the reasons why Apple AirPods are highly sought after and are somewhat on the expensive side.

Why AirPods charge so fast and the possible side effects of this fast charging are covered in the paragraphs below, this article also explains if this feature should be a cause for alarm or not. 

How Do AirPods Charge So Fast?

AirPods charge so fast because the batteries contained in the AirPods are small in size and their battery capacity gets filled up easily. The AirPods come with a charging case which is used for this purpose and, according to Apple’s website the charged AirPods lasts for 5 hours if all you’re doing is listening to music, although in practice this stated listening time is reduced.

So, technically speaking, we wouldn’t say that AirPods charge so fast, we’d say that the AirPod batteries are small, so the time it takes to fully charge is not as with charging a mobile phone or power bank.

How Long Do AirPods Take to Fully Charge?

AirPods take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to charge fully while the case takes a bit longer to become full. The charging case uses at least an hour to charge, these values, however, vary for the type of AirPods being charged, AirPods Pro takes an average of 60 minutes to charge and lasts longer than the regular AirPods. 

How Much Do AirPods Charge In 10 Minutes?

Since AirPods charge fast, in 10 minutes it is already almost full. So, on average it would charge between 50 – 75% in the span of 10 minutes, just in time for you to use it for your calls, music, and other activities. 

Do AirPods Case Charge Fast?

No, AirPods cases do not charge as fast as the AirPods. The charging case uses around 1 hour to fully charge and a charged case can be used to power up your AirPods multiple times during the day.

Without any additional charge, the case can be used to boost your AirPods for 20 – 24 hours listening time and 18 – 19 hours of talk time which could include phone calls, group calls, etc.

How Long Do AirPods Batteries Last?

This depends on the type of AirPods that you use, for 2nd generation AirPods that are fully charged, it lasts for 3 hours of talking time and 5 hours if you’re just listening to music. 

Whereas, for 3rd generation AirPods or AirPods Pro, when it is fully charged, it stays for 6 hours of listening time and 4 hours of talk time. The 3rd generation AirPods also utilize optimized battery charging, this is a feature that helps the battery not spoil quickly.

How Long Do AirPods Last At 50%?

AirPods last at 50% for half the time that a fully charged one does, which would be about 1 – 1½ hours of talk time and 2 – 2½ hours for listening time. These values are also affected by how long you have used your AirPods, the older AirPods get, the weaker their batteries become.

Why Do My AirPods Charge So Slow?

If your AirPods begin to charge really slow, it can be caused by several factors. When the AirPods are of the 2nd generation and are taking more than an hour to fully charge, then there might be a problem with your charging case or the cord used to charge it. Make sure to clean out your case with a dry brush or rag, then check the USB cord, use the Apple charging cable (avoid third-party cables as much as possible). 

If both of these are in good shape, the next step would be to hard reset your AirPods case, this is done by pressing the setup button located at the back of the case for about 15 seconds when the light changes from orange to white, you’re good to go.

However, if your AirPods are of the 3rd generation, then they would charge slowly when compared to older versions of AirPods because, according to Apple, a feature called optimized battery charging is used to boost battery life by lowering charging speed.

Is It Okay to Leave AirPods Charging Overnight?

Yes, it is okay to leave AirPods charging overnight, this is because the AirPods case switches OFF automatically when it is fully charged, so even though it might still be plugged in, it won’t be charging after it has reached 100 percent. 

How Long Does It Take for AirPods To Charge To 100 Percent?

For second-generation AirPods charge so fast, it takes a minimum of about 20 minutes to charge to 100 percent. Whereas for third-generation AirPods, it’s a little more, it uses between 20 – 25 minutes to get to 100 percent although when it utilizes the optimized battery charging feature, the time used for charging increases as this feature causes the AirPods to charge slowly to increase their battery life. 

Read also: Is it bad to sleep with AirPods in?

Why Do My AirPods Only Last 1 Hour?

Your AirPods would last for only an hour if you charge them for 5 – 6 minutes, if you want it to last more than that then you need to charge it for a longer period. AirPods also function optimally for a time bracket of 2 years and that would only happen if you take good care of your AirPods, after this period, the battery strength begins to reduce. 


Finally, it should never be a cause for panic when you see your AirPods charge so fast, it just simply means that it is working well.

Taking care of your AirPods and handling it right also comes to play if you want it to continue to work as it should, little aftercare tips such as keeping your AirPods in the case when you are not using them, charging your AirPods with the correct USB cable and, storing them in a clean, dry place away from moisture. 

These tips would make you enjoy your AirPods for an extended time and would prevent several visits to a technician for repair.

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