Users Report AirPods Charging Case Battery Drain Issues


In a recent thread on Reddit, user kdcurry has complained of poor battery life on his AirPods charging case, while asking others if they were facing the same issue. “I started with a 100% level for both the buds and case yesterday. I used the buds for maybe 3 hours, then put them back into the case. This morining my case is at 50%”, he writes. He adds that the other day when he used the AirPods for about 5 hours, the case was already down to 30%.


(image via MacRumors writer Mitchel, who said battery case dropped by 50% overnight)

In response to the original thread, a number of other AirPods owners have also posted about their experiences with the problem. Some say they got their replacement AirPods, which do not have an apparent faulty charging case. In majority of cases however, the AirPods themselves don’t seem to be suffering from any battery drain issues.

Below are a few responses:

“In 24 hours the case losses 20% without doing anything. This sucks, this means i need to recharge every 2 days.”

“I’m having the same experience. I thought if I were to use these an hour a day they would last me a week. Nope, max 3 days.”

“Yeah my case seems to drain fast even when the AirPods are idle over night.”

“happening to me too. have an appointment on Tuesday about it. I’m super worried that it is normal and expected behaviour, and that all Airpods only have a 2 day “shelf life” so to speak. if this was the case, I’d have to think long and hard if i keep them, i just cant feel happy about the idea that after the weekend I’ll need to charge them just to use them, even if i havent also means they are going through 5 charge cycles in 2 days which isnt good for their longevity. constantly. even if they aren’t being used”.

Are you experiencing this issue with your AirPods charging case?


  • KIII

    Over the last hour I’ve had the case drop to 90% from 100% reading on both case and pods with no use.
    Would this be the same issue?

  • Nilay

    Exactly what I was noticing since I got it that the case keep draining. Which makes over all battery life much shorter. This is another product which kept Apple’s consistency in failing with Battery life.

  • KIII

    Well, no use and case is now 82%. SWEET CHRISTMAS!!

  • KIII

    Are there any official steps someone can take with this problem? Apple support seems not helpful at this time.

  • gerry

    I haven’t notice anything. Got my AirPods on Christmas Eve, haven’t recharged the case since and I only used it for little bits at a time. Plus it was on the charge that already had on it.

  • DP

    I charged Friday afternoon, and used them about 1 hours per day and the case was dead 4 days later. Instead of charging the case, I left almost fully charged AirPods in the case and one AirPod went from 90 to 49% and another from 90 to 25% in about 12 hours. Maybe it’s the AirPods draining the case, not the case itself? The actual use of the AirPods seems fine and I think they’d last 5 hours with music playback. It’s the standby charge that sucks.