Despite their $ 550 price tag and clunky design, the AirPods Max have managed to shake up the premium headphone landscape and set a new standard for sound quality and ANC. But Apple̵
Unlike other wireless over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max don’t have an on / off button. Instead, they go into a power-saving mode when placed in their carrying case. But shortly after the launch of the AirPods Max in December 2020, customers began to complain that their AirPods Max blows through a full battery while in the charging case, indicating that the headphones are not going into power-saving mode as it should.
Shout out to my AirPods Max who decided to get a lower charge this morning than when I plugged them in on Friday.
For some reason, they stopped charging over the weekend and then drained while in the suitcase. A + product.
– Justin Duino (@jaduino) January 20, 2021
Reports of AirPods Max battery drain have only increased over time, and three of the Review Geek employees have suffered from a battery drain while stowing their AirPods Max in the carrying case. Other tech outlets (iMore, MacRumors, 9to5Mac) report a similar experience, and a quick search for “AirPods Max Battery” on Twitter reveals that AirPods Max battery drain is a common (and often recurring) problem.
While plugging the AirPods Max into a power outlet seems like an easy solution to this problem, several customers report that their AirPods Max randomly stops charging in their carrying case. It’s likely that the AirPods Max will automatically stop charging to maintain battery status, which would be a nice feature if the power saving mode were more reliable.
Some speculate that AirPods Max battery drain is a firmware issue that could be resolved by a future update. But until Apple releases such an update or unveils a 2nd generation AirPods Max design, it’s hard to recommend these headphones over cheaper alternatives like the Sony WH-1000xM4 or Bose NC 700, which have similar ANC technology and sound quality. which is similar to AirPods Max. .