Samsung joined the truly wireless, Bluetooth headphones market with their Galaxy Buds and made a pretty big splash. Galaxy buds, like the galaxy phones that preceded their namesake, are quality devices that—like all truly wireless headphones—live and die on two, primary features: charging time and battery length.
When it comes to every release within the Galaxy Buds name, Samsung doesn’t have an official charge time for 0-100% listed for any of them. However, repeated testing from professional reviewers has shown that they all charge from 0-100% in roughly one hour.
It’s one hour across the board, whether it’s the original Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Buds 2, Galaxy Buds Plus, or Galaxy Buds Pro.
However, there are some fundamental differences when it comes to quick charging, specifically for the case. Now let’s take a look at this in greater detail. Let’s jump in!
Charging Time For Original Galaxy Buds
Samsung’s original Galaxy Buds were an attempt to throw down the competition gauntlet with Apple, designing something that looks like it came out of a blueprint from an Apple design think tank.
The battery in the buds lasts for six hours, while the portable charging case will provide an additional seven hours of listening time. Once you’ve sufficiently drained your Galaxy Buds of all available battery juice, you can pop them in the case and return to 100% in about an hour.
If you need a quick boost, you can place them in their charging case for fifteen minutes and gain approximately 1.7 hours of listening time. That’s not terrible, but there’s plenty of competition out there that can do it better.
Charging Time For Galaxy Buds Plus
The Galaxy Buds Plus is essentially part 2 of the original Galaxy Buds, with some slight upgrades throughout. Everything about the Buds Plus is a little bit better than the original, including sound quality, weather resistance, and battery life.
With the Galaxy Buds Plus, you can expect to get a whopping 11 hours of listening time before they need to be recharged. The charging case doubles the lifespan for another 11 hours. When the two are combined, you get a total of 22 listening hours before you have to charge the case.
If you need a quick charge, however, ten minutes in the charging case will give you three more hours of listening time. Not bad if you’re on the go and need to have some music to travel with you.
As far as full-fledged charging time is concerned, you’ll get a full charge from 0-100% in about an hour.
Charging Time For Galaxy Buds Live
With the Galaxy Buds Live, Samsung decided to go with their now infamous bean shape. Someone thought it would be a good design decision and, well, to each their own.
Another strange design choice is Samsung’s decision to go back to six hours of listening time before returning them to their case. The case will give you enough juice to charge them to full capacity two times before it has to be charged as well.
As with all Galaxy buds, it takes about an hour to fully recharge the Live Buds from 0-100% but, if you just need a quick boost, five minutes in the case will give you another hour.
Charging Time For Galaxy Buds Pro
The Pro version is largely considered to be the best that Samsung has to offer in the “Buds” lineup. Unfortunately, all of the new technology they jammed inside them is power-hungry and these buds will only last you five hours as a result.
It will take about an hour to charge from 0-100%. However, just ten minutes in the case will give you an additional 85 minutes of listening time, which isn’t bad for what is essentially the length of time for a restroom or water break at work.
The unfortunate merger of similar batteries with advancements in technology saps the energy levels of the Pro’s batteries. But still, they’re one of the better truly wireless buds available.
Charging Time For Galaxy Buds 2
The follow-up for the original Galaxy Buds had most of its thunder stolen by the Galaxy Buds Plus. The addition of the active noise canceling feature was a very welcome one. But, as was the case with the Pro, the new feature is a drag on the batteries, reducing them to five hours of listening time.
Five minutes in the charging case will give you a jump start of one, extra hour. As is the case with every Galaxy Bud on this list, it will take approximately one hour to fully charge the Buds 2 from 0-100%.
All Things Considered
Samsung Galaxy’s Bud’s lineup isn’t going to light any new fires in the name of battery longevity—with the possible exception of the Buds Plus—but they’re all quality headphones.
Thankfully, no matter the advancement or design choices that Samsung went with throughout the five different iterations, Samsung stuck with a similar charging time of one full hour for hours of listening entertainment.