There is no worse feeling than turning on your headphones and looking at a low battery warning on your device. Because of this, most users tend to leave their headphones charging overnight to ensure they are ready for use for the next day. So Can You Charge Headphones Overnight without experiencing any negative repercussions?
Yes, since Headphones use Lithium-ion batteries, they can be charged overnight. Lithium-Ion batteries feature battery management systems that immediately stop charging once the battery reaches 100%. Leaving your headphones plugged in for an extended period of time will have no impact on its battery health whatsoever.
Let’s now take a quick look at how headphones batteries work and how you can prolong your headphones battery for both the long term and short term. Let’s dive in!
Is it Possible To Overcharge Your Headphones?
Almost all headphones nowadays are equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries; lithium-ion batteries are designed with a battery management system that immediately stops charging once the device reaches 100%. Because of this, it’s impossible to overcharge your headphones by leaving them in the charger for long hours. Leaving for an extended period of time, even when the battery reaches 100%, will not affect the battery’s health whatsoever.
So if leaving your headphones plugged into a charger for long periods doesn’t have an impact on your headphones battery health, what does?
There are two main factors that negatively affect your headphones battery health, which can reduce your headphones battery’s lifespan. The first is exposure to extreme temperatures; the second is from being completely discharged regularly.
Lithium-Ion batteries don’t work well in extreme temperatures, especially when it comes to heat. Exposure to extreme temperatures will degrade your headphone’s battery performance and can result in irreversible damage.
Ideal temperatures for Lithium-Ion batteries are −20 °C ~ 60 °C. Anything above or below this range can negatively impact your headphones.
Additionally, Lithium-Ion batteries work in charge cycles; each time your battery drops below 20% charge, it consumes one charge cycle. On average, Lithium-Batteries have 300-500 charge cycles until the battery needs to be replaced. So, in other words, the more you drop your headphone battery below 20%, the more you degrade its battery life.
How To Make Your Headphones Last Longer:
Have a Charging Schedule
Having a charging schedule will reduce the number of discharges your headphones experience. Every time your headphones drop below 20%, you are reducing their overall life span, thus shorting your battery life with every discharge. So ensuring you charge your headphones before it hits the 20% mark will prolong your headphones overall battery life.
Depending on your headphone’s IPX rating, there is a certain amount of moisture headphones can endure until the battery starts to be impacted negatively. The higher your headphone’s IPX rating, the more your headphones will be able to tolerate. Additionally, exposing your headphones to chemicals can damage your headphones battery.
Use it Wired Before it Discharges
A wired connection doesn’t require a battery in order to function. So using your headphones with a wired connection before your battery drops below 20% charge prevents your headphones from being completely discharged. This helps extend the life of your battery by limiting the number of charge cycles consumed.
Keep Them Clean
Dirt and dust can clog the inner parts of your headphones, causing them to affect the sound and cause damage in the long term. Cleaning your headphones regularly will maintain the health of your headphones by preventing clogs from dust or dirt.
Reduce The Volume
The louder the volume, the more power your headphones require. The amount of battery consumed by increasing the volume isn’t much per se. Still, it can cost you an additional 10-20 minutes depending on your headphones batteries’ efficiency, which can be saved by simply reducing the volume.
Can You Charge Your Headphone With Phone Charger?
You will be able to charge your headphones with a phone charger as long as it’s a USB charger. USB-powered devices only power the device based on your headphone’s maximum wattage requirements. Because of this, your headphones will never use mo repower than it needs even when using a faster-charging cable.
Can You Charge Bluetooth Headphones While Using Them?
Some Bluetooth headphones can be charged and used simultaneously, and there is no harm in doing so. However, the majority of headphones in the market will power themselves off when charging and will disable the ability to connect through a Bluetooth connection & even a wired connection, depending on your headphones. However, newer headphones do allow for this, and there is no issue in using Bluetooth headphones while being charged.
How Long Do Headphones Last?
On average, headphones last anywhere from 2-4 years. They can last up to 10 years, depending on the quality of the headphones and how well they are taken care of. However, wireless earbuds are more durable since they don’t feature headbands, earcups, earpads, and they come with smaller drivers that are less susceptible to getting clogged from dust or dirt.
Spending more doesn’t guarantee your headphones will last longer than a pair of budget headphones. However, high-end headphones typically feature more durable materials, efficient & sustainable designs, as well as more thorough quality checks.
This is not to say that there aren’t cheaper headphones that last as long or longer than premium headphones. However, when purchasing a pair of budget headphones, it’s important to analyze the make of the headphones. This includes materials used, design, and battery quality.
What’s the average headphone battery Life?
On average Bluetooth headphones have a battery life of 6-12 hours on a single charge. However, high-end headphones can last up to 25 hours or higher in a single charge. Wireless earbuds typically have a battery life of 4-6 hours and an average of 20-24 hours battery life on the case.
Do Wired Headphones Last Longer Than Wireless?
Wireless headphones typically don’t use any battery in order to function. Because of this, wired headphones tend to be more convenient. Additionally, wired headphones offer a more consistent connection instead of a wireless connection that experiences its occasional audio latency.
Can You Charge Earbuds & Case at The Same Time?
Yes, both the earbuds and the case can be charged simultaneously. All you would need to do is place your earbuds in the case while plugging the charging cable into the case. Since most earbuds use Lithium-Ion batteries, they are equipped with power management capabilities that are impossible to overcharge both devices, so you will be able to safely charge your earbuds and charging case simultaneously.
So there you have it, wireless headphones use Lithium-Ion batteries, which feature a battery management system & prevent the battery from drawing power once it reaches 100% charge. This makes it impossible to overcharge your headphones through a charging cable. Additionally, leaving your headphones plugged in is can actually prolong your headphone’s battery life by reducing the number of discharges your headphones endures. Since Lithium-IOn batteries rely on charge cycles, it has a limited number of charge cycles until the battery diminishes and needs to be replaced. Each time it drops below 20%, it will consume a charge cycle and reduce the number of charge cycles remaining on your headphones.