Can you name the hottest gift for Apple’s customers this holiday season? AirPods. AirPods Pro. I’m on record that AirPods Pro is dead to me. Why? My original AirPods have abyssmal battery life and I don’t want to spend more money for a similar experience.
Late last month I wrote AirPods Pro Are Dead To Me because my AirPods dropped down to less than one hour of sound on a full charge. 40-minutes as of this week. That has changed.
Thanks to a trip from Rich on Toolbotix and email from a few readers who found a similar tip that worked for them, I have just over three hours of battery life on my old AirPods and feel better about upgrading to AirPods Pro.
Apple claims, on average, that an iPhone, iPad, or Mac battery will charge to about 80-percent original after three years of use. That has been my experience– except for iPad which is better, and Mac, which depends upon usage.
I’ll accept anything above 75-percent but after nearly three years of using AirPods my fully recharged battery life fell to less than 25-percent of the original expectation.
Would you upgrade to AirPods Pro if battery life expectancy dropped below an hour after a few years?
Natividad Sidlangan found this inspired 4-step tip:
- Reset the AirPod case by holding down the white button at the back for 10 or more seconds.
- Then, re-pair them with your iPhone.
- Afterward, completely drain both AirPods and the case to zero through normal usage.
- Finally, place the dead AirPods in the dead case and charge them both to full or 100 percent.
I followed the steps and my nearly dead AirPods– now almost three years old– lasted just over three hours. That’s about 75-percent. I’ll take it.
The disclaimer is obvious. The trick may not work for everyone. It worked for me on the first try so I’m not going to grumble.
Does better battery life for my old AirPods mean I’m ready to upgrade to the new AirPods Pro?
Rather, no, not yet. After all, AirPods Pro are $100 more than AirPods, now heavily discounted on Amazon and elsewhere, and in short supply thanks to the holiday shopping season, but I will give them stronger consideration.
What bugs me about such devices– wireless earbuds– is the lack of a battery replacement design. I have a pair of wireless earbuds I bought on Amazon for $24. They sound very good (not as good as AirPods), battery life is about five hours, and they don’t work with Siri. If those batteries die after a couple of years, who cares?
$24 is not $250.
Apple’s former chief design honcho Jony Ive is gone and already we see a new MacBook Pro with longer battery life and a better keyboard, new iPhones that are slightly thicker and come with longer battery life, so Apple can be pragmatic about design when it wants to.
How about some replaceable batteries, Apple?