Can You Charge Earbuds and the Case at the Same Time?


If you recently purchased a new set of wireless earbuds, you probably noticed the differences wireless earbuds have over traditional headphones. One of these involves the charging process; you will need to charge both the case and the earbuds themselves. However, will you be able to charge both at the same time?

Yes, you will be able to charge both your earbuds and case at the same time. To do so, simply place your earbuds inside the case, then plug in your charging cable to the case.

Let’s now take a look at what you should know when charging your earbuds and case at the same time, as well as a few other things you may not have known about your wireless earbuds. Let’s dive in!

Can You Charge Earbuds and the Case at the Same Time?

Almost all wireless earbuds in the market allow for charging both the case & the earbuds simultaneously. Place your earbuds inside the case to charge the earbuds themselves, then connect the earbud charging case to the charging cable, and both should be charging simultaneously.

Doing so will allow you to keep both your earbuds and case topped off at all times, reducing the charge cycle both devices consume. Since most earbuds use lithium-Ion batteries, they work in charge cycles. Every time your earbuds fall below 20% charge, that’s one charge cycle consumed; on average wireless earbuds have 300-500 charge cycles until the batteries need to be replaced. Keeping both your case and earbuds charging simultaneously will reduce the number of charge cycles both devices consume, thus prolonging the life span of your device.

Can You Overcharge Your Earbuds?

Most earbuds use lithium-ion batteries, which stop charging once the earbuds reach 100% charge. So, no, you will not be able to overcharge your earbuds even when leaving them plugged in for long hours; leaving your earbuds plugged in overtime will not affect the battery’s health whatsoever.

Lithium-Ion battery health is usually negatively impacted by two factors. The first is through extreme temperatures; the second is from being completely discharged.

Lithium-Ion batteries don’t react well to extreme temperatures, especially heat. When leaving your earbuds in hot temperatures for long hours, the batteries will degrade at a faster pace and can also cause damage to your earbuds.

Secondly, lithium Ion-batteries don’t function similarly to traditional batteries. They rely on charge cycles, each time your device drops below 20% charge; you lost one charge cycle. The more often you discharge your battery, the faster your battery degrades & will need to be replaced when it consumes its charge cycle limit, which ranged between 300-500 cycles.

Should Earbuds Always be in the case When not in use?

Yes, most earbuds don’t have an off switch, such as the Airpods, meaning if left outside the case, it will lose charge even when not in use. This will cause your earbuds to constantly discharge every time it hits below 20%, which will degrade your battery even faster. Leaving it in the case even when fully charged will not affect your battery life whatsoever since lithium-ion batteries stop charging once your device is at 100%.

How Do You Know If Earbuds Are Fully Charged?

Most earbuds are equipped with light indicators located in the case, which indicate your battery percentage. An amber light typically indicates that your earbuds are still charging, whereas a green light indicates that your earbuds are fully charged.

How Long Does it Take Earbuds To Fully Charge?

On average, it takes 1-2 hours to fully charge a pair of wireless earbuds. Most lithium-ion battery-powered devices slow down the charging process from 80% to 100%, so you will notice your earbuds charging longer at this battery percentage in order to maintain battery health.

Wireless earbuds typically have a battery life of 4-5 hours on average and a case battery life of 15-20 hours. The case’s long battery life makes up for most wireless earbuds’ lack of high battery life. The case is compact and very easy to carry around, so you will never need to worry about your earbuds dying prematurely.

How To Make Earbuds Last Longer:

Keep Them In The Case When Not In Use

Since most earbuds don’t have an off button, they will consume power in order to maintain a connection even when they are not in use. So keeping them in the case will prevent them from using power when not in use, as well as ensuring your earbuds are always topped off and ready for use.

Avoid Moisture

Earbuds can tolerate a certain amount of moisture until they are vulnerable to damage. However, this is dependent on your earbuds IPX rating; the higher the rating, the more tolerant your earbuds are to moisture.

Listen To One Earbud at a Time

A good tip for prolonging your earbuds’ battery when out and about is to simply use one earbud at a time. You can charge one while the other is being used and always be able to have one to listen to.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures have a negative effect on lithium-ion batteries, which is the primary battery used on wireless earbuds. Hot & cold temperatures can reduce the lifespan of your battery, both long term & short term. It’s recommended to use your earbuds where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). And to store your Airpods in a room between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F).

Turn Off Smart Features

Earbuds come with a variety of smart features which use the earbuds proximity sensors. These include automatic ear detection, touch to pause, play, pick-up calls…etc. When the proximity sensors are on, they consume additional battery power. So if these features aren’t being used, it’s best to turn them off to preserve some well-needed battery power.

Get a Power Bank

Suppose your earbuds case tends to run out of battery fairly quick when you’re out; you can get a power bank to power it up. A power bank allows you to charge your device portably; most power banks are designed to be compact and can be carried around fairly easily.

Replace The Battery

If you notice your earbuds dying way too early after years or months of use, then it may be time to replace the batteries. Lithium-ion batteries have a limited number of charge cycles until the battery needs to be replaced.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, you’ll be able to charge both your earbuds and the charging case simultaneously. Constantly keeping your device topped up prevents your device from consuming a charge cycle which will degrade your earbuds’ battery. In addition, keeping your earbuds plugged into the charger for long hours will not affect your battery health whatsoever since lithium-ion batteries stop charging once your device hits 100% charge.

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