Why Are My Skullcandy Earbuds Blinking Red?

Skullcandy earbuds are great wireless headphones. One of the most common issues that new owners of Skullcandy wireless earbuds face is a blinking red light on one or both of the earbuds. If you have run into that problem, then we are going to tell you exactly what you need to do.

So, why are your Skullcandy earbuds blinking red?

Well, chances are that the battery on them is low. Once you place them on the charger, the blinking red light will disappear.

There may be certain situations where the blinking red light doesn’t disappear or comes on a little bit too often. We are going to cover as much as we possibly can about Skullcandy earbuds blinking red here.

Why are my Skullcandy earbuds blinking red?

Your Skullcandy wireless headphones run on a pair of small batteries.

While Skullcandy headphones are going to last a good amount of time without being charged, eventually the battery is going to drain.

Where there is under 30-minutes battery life left on a pair of Skullcandy earbuds, then they will start to blink red. There will be a flashing light every 5-seconds. This means that if you do not get to a charger soon, your earbuds are not going to be pumping out sound anymore. 

It is worth noting that there may be a small difference between when the two earbuds start to drain. This is due to the battery technology being used draining at ever so slightly different rates. So, don’t worry if only one of the earbuds is blinking with a red light. We can assure you that the other one won’t be far behind.

Once you have charged your earbuds for a short amount of time, the blinking will stop.

What happens if the Skullcandy earbuds continue to blink red when placed on a charger?

When you place your Skullcandy earbuds onto the charger, the blinking should stop. The light will change to a solid red light. This means that the earbuds are charging. When that solid red light disappears, then you know that your headphones have been fully charged.

However, some people run into the problem where their earbuds don’t stop flashing red when placed on the charger. This could indicate that you have a faulty charger. For whatever reason, it may not be delivering power to your earbuds.

Your best hope here is to move the earbuds around until they pick up a charge. If that doesn’t happen, then there is a good chance that your charger is broken and you are going to need to replace it. Although, thankfully, that is something that is going to be incredibly rare.

Why are my Skullcandy earbuds blinking red after charging?

The battery life for a pair of Skullcandy earbuds is around 6-hours of listening time. It may not seem like a lot, but 6-hours is a huge amount of time to be using the earbuds for. The battery can last up to a day if you are not actively using them i.e. they are stored in the case.

This means that if the Skullcandy earbuds start blinking between 4-6 hours after you have started to use them, then this isn’t much of a problem. It just means that you have fully drained the battery.

If they start flashing before this, then there could be one of two problems.

The first is that your headphones are just old. Batteries don’t last forever. Each time you charge your earbuds, you are going to be reducing the lifespan of the headphones a little bit more. It will be gradual but, eventually, you will start to notice that your Skullcandy headphones don’t last anywhere near as long as they did in the past. 

There are ways that you can try and increase the lifespan of your earbud batteries. However, this is something that you will need to think about pretty early on when you own them i.e. do not put them on charge until the battery is almost drained. This means when the red light starts to flash on them. Basically, try to ensure that you charge them as little as possible.

The second is that you may have a faulty charger that may not be charging the headphones all the way. This problem is a little bit tricky to diagnose. You may have to try out your earbuds in a different charging dock to see if the problem gets better.


If the red light on your Skullcandy earbuds is blinking, then you know that you only have about thirty minutes of battery life left. If you do not charge the headphones soon, then the battery will just die. it normally takes about 4-6 hours of listening with your headphones for them to get to this point.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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