How Long Does it Take to Charge Beats Headphones & Earbuds?


Ever needed to leave the house in a hurry, only to realize your Beats headphones aren’t charged? We’ve been there too and know how annoying it is. Here’s how long ago you would have had to plug them in to have them fully charged when you need to leave.

Beats headphones will take two hours to charge. Beats earbuds take an hour and a half to charge from a dead battery. Charging the charging case with dead earbuds inside will take two and a half hours. 

There are a lot of other aspects of batteries that will affect your Beats devices. To get the most out of your batteries, keep reading.

Charging Times

When you’re in a hurry, those hours-long charging times can be a pain. Luckily the technology of today is pretty smart.

Beats earbuds and headphones are equipped with something they call Fast Fuel. It quickly charges the device up to 80% battery before slowing down so as to not damage the battery’s health. Many other devices these days have a similar feature.

So while your headphones will take two hours to reach 100%, when low, you can charge them for five minutes and get three hours of listening time. 

The same goes for your Beats earbuds, just with a different listening time. With the earbuds, you can get an hour out of five minutes of charging.

However, that charging time between 80 and 100% will take a little longer than the previous percentages. If you have the time, it is best to charge your headphones or earbuds to 100%. This will allow you to get the full listening time out of them.

Don’t worry about overcharging your devices. Beats devices are powered by Lithium-Ion batteries that will automatically stop charging once they reach 100%.

Charging Variables

While the above are standard charging times, there are some things that will affect how long it takes to charge your Beats devices. 

  • Old cords
  • Neglected dead battery
  • Simultaneous charging

There is always the chance for equipment issues when it comes to charging. As cords age, they can become temperamental and only charge when sitting at precise angles. If your devices seem to start and stop charging at random times this could be the case.

Your Beats devices will also take longer to charge if they haven’t been used in a while and the battery is completely dead. When they are first plugged in, the battery indicator lights may not come on for a bit. If they don’t turn on after an hour or so they aren’t charging.

The first two are reasons why charging will take longer because something went wrong. Beats earbuds can also take longer to charge for a perfectly normal reason. 

The earbuds usually take just 90 minutes but will take as long as two and a half hours if both the earbuds and the charging case are completely depleted. When you have the earbuds in the case and plug it in, both will charge simultaneously, which slows the process.

Battery Life Variables

There are also factors that contribute to shortening your Beats Bluetooth device’s battery life.

  • Charge cycles
  • Temperature
  • High volume
  • Extra features
  • Calling

Batteries are affected by charge cycles. A full cycle is when the batteries are drained to 0% then recharged to full. 

Lithium-Ion batteries have a limited number of charge cycles before they become degraded. Once this happens, the battery life will be much shorter, even when charged to 100%.

On average, Lithium-Ion batteries have 300 to 500 charge cycles in their lifetime. As the number of cycles goes up, the battery health goes down. So if your Beats devices are old and have gone through a large number of cycles, you won’t experience the full listening times. 

The temperature will also have a large effect on battery life. Storing, charging, or using a device with a Lithium-Ion battery where the battery will get hotter than roughly 95°F can permanently damage the battery.

Extreme cold can drain the battery but often will not have as lasting effects. 

Even when you use your new Beats devices in appropriate temperatures, you can have a shorter listening time than advertised. 

Using your headphones or earbuds at full volume will take more battery than 50% volume. Most times when headphones are tested for battery life they are tested at 50% volume. Lower volumes should use less battery, but it’s more fun to listen to loud music.

Additionally, the extra features on Beats devices like active noise canceling and transparency mode will drain more battery than just listening to music. It is possible to turn off many of these extra features to improve battery life.

One factor on battery life that doesn’t seem like it’s considered an extra feature but does affect the duration of the battery. If you make a call while using Beats devices, the battery will deplete much faster since they have to both output and input sound.

How To Check Battery Life

How do you know when your Beats devices are getting low on battery? There are multiple ways you can tell. Here are a few of them.

A common way is that your headphones or earbuds will let you know. When their batteries are getting low, and you’re listening to music, they will make a noise. They will also make this noise just before dying.

On the headphones like Beats Studio Wireless and Beats Solo Wireless, you can get a rough estimation of the battery level by looking at the fuel gauge on one of the ears. 

The LED lights will show if the battery is full, low, or empty if unplugged. When plugged in, the fuel gauge only shows full or empty.

For Beats earbuds, you can find an estimate in the form of a small light. If the light is solid white, it has somewhere from full to just above low. When the light is red, it’s low battery, and there’s not much life left; when blinking red, the earbuds are about to die.

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