Can You Charge Airpods Without the Case? (Quick Answer)


One of the most frustrating things about owning a pair of AirPods is that it cant be used while charging. This has caused many Airpods users to wonder if the Airpods can be charged without the case.

No, the Airpods can’t be charged without the case. As of yet, you won’t be able to charge your Airpods wirelessly without the case, through Apps, or through a narrow pin charger.

Let’s take a look at this in more detail as well as possible future options when it comes to charging your Airpods without the case. Let’s dive in!

Can You Charge Airpods Without the Case?

There are several misleading information online that claim that there is a way to charge your Airpods without the case, such as the ability to charge your case through an App, through a narrow pin charger, or wirelessly without the case. However, this is not the case at the moment. As of yet, the Airpods can only be charged through the case.

However, there is a solution being worked on for Airpods users, allowing the Airpods to be charged while being used. This is the Podcharger, the Podcharger is simply a wired charger for the Airpods allowing them to be used while charging. This is currently in Beta & expected to be released in April 2021.

Here is a quick look at the Demo:

This will be the only alternative to the AirPods charging case. However, as of yet, there isn’t any other way of charging your Airpods besides the charging case.

Can You Charge AirPods With a Different Case?

Yes, you can charge your Airpods with a different case, whether it’s borrowed from a friend, brand new, or you would like to alternate between cases. Additionally, you will also be able to connect your Airpods to your device with a different case simply by pressing & holding the reset button located on the back of the case.

Can You Charge Your Airpods With a Non-Apple Charging case?

Another common question we receive is whether or not you can charge your Airpods with a non-Apple case. Well, the answer is yes, there are some alternative cases that do in fact charge real Airpods, however, not all of them are created equal, some are designed with a faster wattage than the original Airpods case whereas others are slower. There is a possibility that it can damage your Airpods however so be cautious if you decide to opt for this method.

Can You Charge AirPods on a Charging Pad?

Yes, the AirPods 2nd generation & AirPods Pro can both be charged wirelessly through a charging pad while inside the case. However, the 1st generation Airpods don’t have this capability. But there are options to add wireless capabilities to your 1st generation Airpods case. Such as a wireless charging case which you equip on top of your Airpods case which provides wireless charging functionality.

Related Questions:

1. Can you connect Airpods to your device without the case?

Unfotunatly no, you won’t be able to connect your Airpods without the case. However, if your Airpods have already been paired to your device previously it will occasionally connect on its own but if the connection is unpaired then you will need to put them back in the case to reconnect.

2. Can I connect Airpods with a different case?

Yes, connecting your Aiprods through a different case is quite simple, all you would need to do is place your Airpods inside the case & press & hold the button located on the back of the case in order to reset your Airpods. Once it’s reset you will then be able to connect your Airpods to any device through the new case.

3. Can You Connect AirPods When the Case is Dead?

There have been instances where users experienced their Airpods continue to function & stay paired with their device even when the case battery has run out.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, although there isn’t an alternative method to charging your Airpods without the case as of yet the Beta version of the Podcharger is looking promising for Airpods users, as it will in fact allow you to charge your Airpods while still being able to listen to your content. However, the effectiveness of the Podcharger is yet to be determined.

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