Your AirPods Pro can run up to 4.5 hours when 100% charged. However, they are programmed to stop spending at 80% and won’t start over until they think you need that extra 20%. That means they won’t last long in your ears before you have to put it back in. And you might end up with the dead AirPods Pro if you’re out there, unable to plug in the charger and your carrying case runs out of battery.
Instead of carrying a portable power bank to charge your AirPods Pro and an AirPods Pro case, there is a situation you can disable.
Apple introduced the “Optimized Battery Charger” for AirPods Pro in iOS 14.2. If you’re not running that version of iOS, you have nothing to worry about. However, after you upgrade, this feature is enabled by default. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple’s Optimized Battery Charge, as this option is also available for your iPhone battery, and it works in a similar way.
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To turn off Charging optimized for AirPods Pro, connect the AirPods Pro to your iPhone, then go to Settings -> Bluetooth. Tap the info button (i) next to your AirPods Pro, then hit the toggle button next to “Optimized battery charging.” Your iPhone will give you a “Turn off tomorrow” option that you can choose from if you want a short period of time from the feature. However, you need to press “Disable” if you want the feature to be disabled.
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