Yes, AirPods are the best in the earbuds industry, but can they last a whole day long on a single charge? Do they support quick charging? Many questions line up as soon as you decide to buy one. With a view to getting each of the queries answered, we are here with a detailed overview of the Apple AirPods and the AirPods Pro battery and charging.

How do the AirPods Actually Get Charged?

Before moving ahead to charge up your AirPods, it is essential for you to keep in mind that, unlike other devices, the individual AirPods are not plugged into the charger directly. Instead, they come with a carrying-cum-charging case with acts as a bridge. 

The AirPods case comes with a built-in battery that is capable of charging the earbuds multiple times over. These cases store the power for providing battery to the AirPods, so in simple words, it is the case that gets charged and further acts as a power bank for the earbuds.


Charging an Apple AirPod Pro Case

Apple allows its users to charge their AirPods and the AirPods Pro case in two ways; the first one uses a lightning cable, while the second one features the wireless charging method.

#Method 1: Using a Lightning Cable

This method involves charging your AirPods case with the familiar lightning cable and connector that comes with the box. To continue with the wired charging process, all you need to do is plug in one end of the lightning cable into the connector on the AirPods and AirPods Pro case, while the other end is hooked to the power adapter. Having your AirPods inside the case during the charging process is optional, but having them in will ensure that not only the case but the earbuds are charged too. 

#Method 2: Using the Wireless Charger

Taking the convenience factor to the next level, Apple AirPods Pro, and even a variant of the standard Apple AirPods are capable of being charged wirelessly. For this method, you will require a Qi-Certified charging mat. Follow along to charge your AirPod Pro case wirelessly.

  • Close the lid of your AirPod Pro case and place it on the charger
  • Make sure to have the status light facing upwards
  • Tap the case and look if it shows amber light. The amber light implies that your case is charging
  • The status indicator will show a green light once the case is fully charged

Charging an Apple AirPods Case

Although the overall process is similar, the only difference while charging an AirPods case is the unavailability of wireless charging. Unlike the Pro variant, the $159 variant of AirPods allows its users to charge the case using a lightning cable. However, if you own the $199 model, you can use the wireless method to charge your case.

Do AirPods come already charged?

If you are someone who is planning to own an AirPods, it is pretty evident that you might wonder if AirPods do come already charged. In a single word, Yes. In most cases, Apple AirPods usually come fully charged out of the box. However, we still recommend charging your device up before using it the first time.

How much time does it take for AirPods/AirPods Pro case to charge?


Charging up an AirPods case with the earbuds inside generally takes around an hour. However, it might vary by a bit of margin according to the mode you are using, since wired charging is usually faster than wireless charging. 

How to charge the AirPods using the charging case?

Once you have the case fully charged, you can use it to charge up your pods. For doing this, the only thing you need to do is put your AirPods inside the case and close the lid.

As soon as the Pods get charged, you can take them out and start using them. However, it is recommended to have the Pods inside the case whenever you are not using them. This will make sure your Pods have the available battery and play a significant role in maintaining healthy battery life.

How much time does it take to charge your AirPods using the Charge Case?

A fully charged AirPods case can be used to charge up your AirPods multiple times. Getting a dead Pod fully charged takes approximately from 20 to 30 minutes.

Is it bad to leave AirPods charging overnight?

As AirPods come with the ability to avoid overcharging, it is completely safe to leave your AirPods charging for the entire night

What do different AirPods charging lights indicate?

The Apple AirPods cases come with different indicators that help users learn about the varied scenarios while charging their devices. Let us walk through the significance of the different charging lights.

  • The Greenlight with your AirPods inside indicates that the AirPods are fully charged.
  • The Greenlight with no AirPods inside indicates a fully charged AirPods case.
  • The Amber light during wireless charging means that the device is charging
  • The Flashing amber light indicates a prompt that you need to set up the AirPods again.
  • The Flashing white light indicates a situation when your AirPods are ready for setting up.

Battery Life: How Much Talk Time and Playtime Backup Can a Charging Case Provide?

The answer to the question is different for different variants. The backup that you can expect from an AirPods Pro differs from the one provided by the 1st Gen and 2nd Gen AirPods.

For the 1st Generation AirPods:

  • A single charge of your AirPods (1st Generation) provides backup to up to 5 hours of listening time and 2 hours of talk time.
  • On charging your Apple AirPods (1st Generation) multiple times, expect over 24 hours of listening time and 11 hours of talk time.

For the 2nd Generation AirPods:

  • A single charge of your AirPods (2nd Generation) provides backup to up to 5 hours of listening time and 3 hours of talk time.
  • On charging your Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) multiple times, expect over 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time.

For the AirPods Pro:

  • A single charge of your AirPods Pro provides backup to up to 4.5 hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time.
  • With a quick charge of 5 minutes charged, you are expected to get one hour of listening and talk time backup.
  • On charging your Apple AirPods Pro multiple times, expect over 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time.

How to Check the AirPods Battery Level?

Checking the battery status for AirPods and AirPods Pro is easy. You can use your iPhone, iPad, or even MacBook devices to get it done.

Checking the battery status using an iPad or iPhone

Step 1: Take your iPhone or iPad

Step 2: On your device, open the AirPods/ AirPods Pro charging case lid. Make sure to have your AirPods inside the case.

Step 3: Now, you need to hold your case as close as possible to your iOS device. Once done, wait for a few seconds to see until your device displays the battery status.

Checking the Battery status using a Mac

Step 1: Open the case and take your AirPods out of the case.

Step 2: Activate the Bluetooth on your Mac.

Step 3: Use the cursor to navigate the AirPods icon in the main menu to check the battery status.

Final Words

From the working of the charging mechanism to the time that the cases and pods take up for getting fully charged, we have answered all the questions related to the AirPods charging and battery backup. Hope all these help with your queries; if not, feel free to leave a comment, and we will put light to it.