PSA: Tip for those experiencing diminished AirPods battery life
I have the 1st generation, original AirPods that I’ve owned since their release (~3 years ago as of writing). The battery life for each AirPod has been steadily decreasing over time, down to about 1.5 hours of audio-only usage before needing a recharge in their case, which is frustratingly short.
Before throwing them away, I decided to try one last trick. I completely reset the AirPods case (holding down the white button on the back for 10+ seconds), and re-paired them with my iPhone. I then completely drained both AirPods down to zero, and the case itself down to zero through normal usage. Then, I put the dead AirPods into the dead case, and charged them both up to 100%.
This combination of reset/drain/recharge seems to have re-calibrated the battery life measurement system, and they no longer die at 1.5 hours. I’m now getting double that at around 3 – 3.5 hours, which is great for such an old pair. Hopefully this helps anybody experiencing this same thing. Try this battery recalibration!
edit – the AirPods are also draining “evenly” now! Before, one AirPod would drain faster than the other.