Demystified

What’s Apple not telling us about the AirPods Max!?

A detailed look at charging, battery life and the mysterious low power mode, with some surprises.

Charging

Apple: “If you charge your AirPods Max for 5 minutes, you get around 1.5 hours of listening time.”

The different chargers we used to compare charging times.
Power draw vs. battery level when charging the AirPods Max.
Some of our testing equipment.
Needed charging time for typical use-cases.

Battery Life

Apple: “Your AirPods Max can get up to 20 hours of listening time, talk time, or movie playback when you have Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio turned on.”

AirPods Max Battery Life

Low Power Mode(s) and Battery Drain

Apple: “If you set your AirPods Max down and leave them stationary for 5 minutes, they go into a low power mode to preserve battery charge. After 72 stationary hours out of the Smart Case, your AirPods Max go into a lower power mode that turns off Bluetooth and Find My to preserve battery charge further.”

Apple: “If you put your AirPods Max in the Smart Case when you’re not using them, they go into a low power mode immediately to preserve battery charge. After 18 hours in the Smart Case, your AirPods Max go into an ultralow power mode that turns off Bluetooth and Find My and maximizes battery life.”

Triggering the Low Power Mode

Upper row: Four magnets to keep the Smart Case lid in place/closed. Lower row: Two additional magnets in the center of the Smart Case to trigger low power mode. Can be reproduced by putting two magnets close to the earcups at the right place.

What about stands?

Various stands for AirPods Max compared.

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