Can You Charge AirPods With a 20W Charger? – Explained!

Apple AirPods take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to charge the battery fully. But, the Apple 20W charger can significantly increase the charging speed.

Apple stopped providing chargers in boxes in 2020. So, customers buy Apple’s 20W adapter separately, which supports USB type-C to lightning cable output.

Apple 20W Power Adapter
Apple 20W Adapter

AirPods case also shares the same lighting port. So, an obvious question that users ask is- can you charge AirPods with a 20W charger?

You can use Apple’s 20W iPhone charger to charge your AirPods case. It charges your AirPods much faster than Apple’s 5W brick that comes in the box.

How Long Does It Take To Charge AirPods with a 20W Charger?

My AirPods Pro case takes approximately 45-50 minutes to charge with a 20-watt charger fully, and it takes approximately 30 minutes extra if charged wirelessly.

Apple 5W Adapter
Apple 5W Adapter

I have an Apple 5W adapter (which came in my iPhone XR box) that takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to charge the AirPods case fully.

Also Read: How To Fix AirPods Pro 2 Not Charging

Will a 20W Charger Overcharge My AirPods?

AirPods Pro 2
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Apple uses smart cut-off circuits to prevent overcharging. It automatically cut-off the current input once the AirPods battery reaches 100%.

So, you don’t have to worry about overcharging if you’re using an original Apple 20W charger.

Can I Use an Android Fast Charger To Charge AirPods?

Android is far ahead in terms of fast charging technology. Xiaomi has launched a 120W adapter that charges a 5000mAh battery in just 15 minutes.

Using Android fast chargers to charge your AirPods case or iPhones is not recommended. You can buy MFI-certified accessories to charge your AirPods and other Apple devices.

Also Read: How To Fix AirPods Case Not Charging to 100

How To Know If My AirPods Needs Charging?

AirPods Low Battery Notification
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AirPods Pro gives approximately 4 hours of music listening time with ANC on. Your AirPods will give a battery low warning before it dies.

You’ll hear low-frequency bip sounds indicating your AirPods battery is low and needs to be charged.

You’ll also receive a low battery notification on your iOS device if it’s running on iOS 14 or later.

If your AirPods case battery is low, you’ll see the battery percentage in your iPhone widgets.

AirPods gives approx 3 hours of music listening time with just 15 minutes of charging.

What To Do If My AirPods Aren’t Charging?

If you ever face charging problems with your AirPods, remove them from the charging case and clean the metal contacts with isopropyl alcohol and microfiber cloth.

If your AirPods case isn’t charging with a 20W adapter, unplug the charger and inspect the lightning port.

If any debris is blocking the lightning port, clean it with the help of a toothpick.

If that doesn’t help, use a wireless charging pad to charge your AirPods case wirelessly.

I have written a detailed guide on troubleshooting the charging problems of AirPods Pro; read the guide here.

How Do You Check Battery Level on AirPods?

AirPods Pro Low Battery

There are several ways to check the battery level on AirPods. If you have AirPods 3rd generation or AirPods Pro, tap on the case, and if the Amber light is glowing, it indicates the case is charging, and a solid Green light indicates the battery is fully charged.

You can also open the battery widget on your iPhone or iPad and check the charging percentage accurately.

Siri can also help you to find out the battery level on AirPods. Just ask, ‘Hey Siri, What’s the battery life of my AirPods‘ and you’ll get the answer.

How Long With AirPods Battery Last After Charging?

The latest AirPods Pro (2nd generation) gives approximately 6 hours of music listening and 4.5 hours of talk time on a single charge. This can be further extended up to 30 hours with the charging case.


Apple uses automatic cut-off circuits to prevent overcharging. You can use Apple’s 18W and 20W chargers to charge your AirPods case. It takes approx 45 to 50 minutes to charge the AirPods case via lightning cable, and it takes another 30 minutes if charged wirelessly.

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