AirPods are one of the most convenient tech accessories to hit stores in recent years. The ability to run or workout (or just run errands) while listening to music and Podcasts without wires dangling everywhere is pure joy.
But the additional step you have to take with your AirPods — charging them — can sometimes add another level of headache to your life. Not to worry: this is the one charging mistake every AirPods user should stop making, according to a tech expert.
Your AirPods come with a wireless charging case. All you should really have to do it plop your AirPods into the case, plug in the power adapter, and then plug the adapter into an outlet.
But problems can also happen — and this mistake is often made if you are using a Qi-compatible charger.
The first thing to do if your AirPods don’t appear to be charging with a Qi-compatible charger is to make sure the cable is firmly plugged into both the charger and the power outlet.
Apple then recommends: “If you have the Wireless Charging Case and you're using a Qi-compatible charger, place the case with the status light facing up. The status light should turn on for several seconds, then turn off while continuing to charge.”
If, for some reason, the light refuses to turn on, Apple suggests repositioning your AirPod case. And if that isn’t working, it’s on to Plan B: put the Qi-Compatible charger aside and use the charging cable that came with your AirPods.
Apple experts say it’s best to place your AirPods in their charging case, shut the lid, and charge them both for at least 15 minutes.
If all else fails, it may be time to visit an Apple store or contact Apple Support.