Why Does My AirPods Case Die So Fast? (Fix Battery Drain!)

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AirPods are some of the most popular earbuds in the world, favored for their chic look, their durability, and their excellent sound quality. They even come with a charging case, which, when fully charged up, can extend your AirPods battery life for over 24 hours!

However, some users are reporting issues with their charging case wherein it doesn’t retain charge and uses a disproportionate amount of battery to charge the AirPods inside it.

This is known as battery drain, where something is impacting the life of the lithium-ion battery inside the AirPod case, causing it to lose its charge.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what might be causing this, and what you can do to fix it.

Why Your AirPods Case Dies So Fast

There are a few different reasons why your AirPods Case is dying so quickly. Pinning down the exact cause can be difficult, so it’s best to try the fixes listed later in this article until you get results.

For now, let’s take a look at some possible causes.

Old Battery

Lithium-ion batteries are the standard for electronic products worldwide. They are favored for their longevity and ability to hold a large amount of charge for a long time.

However, over time, the more the batteries are used (being charged up, then depleted, then charged up again, then depleted again, etc.), the less charge they will be able to hold, and the less time they will be able to hold it for.

Usually, these degradations in performance shouldn’t start becoming apparent until around 16-18 months of use. If you’re noticing battery performance issues after owning your AirPods and the case for less than a year, then you may have a defective battery.

Case Left Open Too Much

Regardless of whether AirPods are in there or not, having the lid open on your charging case will cause it to use power. Opening the lid with your AirPods inside will put them (and the case) into pairing mode, which means they will be actively searching for devices to connect with.

If your AirPods are in use and connected to your device, opening and closing the lid (or leaving the lid open) will still consume battery power, further weakening the case’s battery life over time.

Charging Only When Battery is Dead

When your charging case reaches 0%, the lithium-ion battery is completely devoid of all charge.

Letting a lithium-ion battery die completely before charging it again can degrade its performance and lifespan over time.

You should aim to charge your case (and indeed, any other electronic device) when the battery is around 20% – 30%. This will prevent the battery from running completely dry, will extend its lifespan, and prevent issues like battery drain.

Out-of-Date Firmware/Software

Running out-of-date software and firmware on your devices can lead to suboptimal battery performance. Not only will your devices run slower and encounter more faults and performance issues, but they will use battery power less economically.

Always make sure your device is running the latest version of iOS. This in turn will update your AirPods and charging case’s firmware too, to ensure the best possible performance of your device and accessories.

Faulty Case

There is of course the chance that you were unlucky enough to receive a faulty charging case when you purchased your AirPods. If you’ve had this issue from when you started using AirPods and the charging case, then you may need to get a replacement from Apple.

However, if this is a relatively new issue, and you’ve been using your case for a while and never had any problems with battery drain, it’s less likely to be the reason you’re experiencing it now.

That’s not to say it’s impossible though. If your case is exhibiting signs of battery drain and poor performance, there’s still a chance that your case was always faulty but the problems are only coming to light now, after an extended period of use.

How to Fix an AirPods Case With Battery Drain

For some of the causes listed above, there isn’t always a clear and easy solution.

For example, if you’ve had your charging case a long time, the battery drain you’re experiencing is likely just part of the wear and tear of owning and using a lithium-ion battery for so long. Unfortunately, the only fix for an old battery is to replace it with a new one!

Likewise, there are habits you can adopt to help this problem if it’s caused by leaving the case lid open too much or letting the case die completely before you charge it again. Keep the lid closed, and charge your case sooner!

Now, if you don’t fit into the above cases, you should probably try some of the fixes listed below.

Update Software and Firmware




Make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS, which will include the latest firmware for your AirPods. At the time of writing, the latest version is 5E135 for all AirPods except 1st Generation. 1st Gen AirPods latest firmware version, at the time of writing, is 6.8.8.

To update your software and firmware, open Settings on your iOS device, then open General > Software Update.

If there is an update available, download and install it. User reports from Reddit and official Apple forums seem to suggest that battery drain issues have been addressed in the latest firmware update, so this is likely to solve your problem.

Reset Your AirPods and Case

Resetting your AirPods includes resetting the case too, so this fix is likely to make a difference in the performance of your accessories. Follow these steps to carry out a full reset:

  • Put your AirPods in the charging case and close the lid
  • Wait 30 seconds
  • Take your AirPods out of the case and put them in your ears
  • Open Settings on your device
  • Select Bluetooth
  • If your AirPods are connected, tap the Information (i) next to their name

(If they’re not, skip the next step)

  • Tap Forget This Device > Confirm
  • Place the AirPods back in the case
  • Open the lid and keep it open
  • Press and hold the Setup button on the case for 15 seconds
  • The light on the case will flash orange and then white
  • Reconnect your AirPods

Final Thoughts

When it comes to actually fixing this issue, there are not many things you’re likely to need to try. The best bet is to always make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS, as those firmware updates are crucial to keeping your tech, and all associated accessories, running smoothly and without errors.

Battery life expectancy is something that we all tend to overestimate. Unfortunately, batteries aren’t yet that advanced to keep up with how much we use our devices these days, and some level of degradation over time, or simply being unable to keep up with demand, is to be expected.

However, when things aren’t even working at the bare minimum, it’s definitely worth investigating. I hope one of the fixes in this article worked for you!

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About James Potts

James is an amateur guitarist and home-recording enthusiast. He loves all things music related - writing songs, playing in a band, and finding the best ways to listen to it. It all interests him, from the history of acoustic guitars, to the latest Bluetooth headphones, to his (ever-growing) collection of vinyl records.

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