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A few years ago I misplaced my AirPods (1st generation) around the house. After a few weeks I gave up looking and ordered the 2nd generation AirPods. While rummaging through a moving box, I came across my old AirPods and was delighted to have a second pair as a backup.
Unfortunately, it only lasted for a short time, because the AirPods batteries gave up after less than 5 minutes during a conference call. And that without making the typical "I'm almost empty" sound. They just went out. That already shows how exhausted the batteries are in Apple's wireless headphones.
It is not surprising that the batteries in the 1st AirPods generation are slowly giving up, because they came out in September 2016 and are almost five years old. With my intensive use, the number of charging cycles should have easily exceeded the 500 mark, which is often given as "service life" for batteries.
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Now my first thought was to maybe replace the batteries myself. I've been able to solder a little since I was a child, but if you want to take the AirPods apart and install two fresh batteries, you have to be able to do more than just solder. Opening the AirPods is still the easiest task, because then you have to fumble out the old batteries and solder the new ones through the tube. Nothing for gross motor skills like me.
Anyone who still wants to take a look at the matter will find it here a video in which you can see how a hobbyist swaps the batteries of his AirPods.
But after watching the video for instructions, I quickly gave up changing the batteries, because I can imagine a lot, but not soldering in the tubes of the AirPods.
Next option: battery replacement at Apple ... you could do it, but it is totally pointless, because the repair of these things is quite expensive. You can find the exact numbers here at Apple:
55 euros per AirPod and a flat shipping fee of 11,90 euros
That brings us to 122 euros. And for 128 euros you get at Amazon the brand new AirPods 2nd generation with wired charging case. If you look around for a while, you will surely find it on sale for less than 120 euros - that is, below the price for the repair.
So you have to dispose of the AirPods as electronic waste for better or worse or you can find someone who offers battery replacement as a service. I would take advantage of the offer. If you know someone who thinks they can: Please get in touch! : D
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.