I get it, you just finished using your AirPods and you decide you want to charge the battery case so that you can charge your AirPods. Unfortunately, when you went to charge your case, it didn’t charge.

This means that when your case runs out of battery, your AirPods aren’t going to charge as well.

Why is My AirPods Case Not Charging?

One reason why your AirPod case won’t charge is due to your case’s data port in the cases charging socket being dirty or damaged. Over time, lint and other dirt particles can get stuck in your case’s charging socket and this can prevent it from charging when you put you connect your lightning cable. Cleaning the data port is simple but if your case still won’t charge after, it likely that the data port is fully damaged.

If there’s a problem with the power source that you’re connecting your lightning cable to charge your AirPods case or AirPods Pro case with, then this can prevent it from charging problem. Ensuring that you’re giving your case the right amount of power from the right source is essential to how it charges. Failure to do this can result in the case not charging.

Another reason why your AirPod or AirPod Pro case isn’t charging is because of a software issue. There could be a bug that’s causing a failure in the operating system which is preventing the case from being charged. To remove this bug, a hard reset will need to be carried out so that the system can be refreshed and the software problem can be removed.

Airpod Case Not Charging But AirPods Are?

If your AirPods are charging but not your case, then this means there’s a problem with your case’s charging system and not your AirPods themselves. The internal components of your AirPod case that allows your AirPods to be charged is working completely fine and the only problem is the charging system of the case.

AirPods Themselves Not Charging?

If your AirPods aren’t charging along with your AirPods case, it could either be that your AirPod case is dead so it’s unable to charge your AirPods, or your AirPod case still has charge but the internal components that charge your Airpods aren’t working so it’s unable to charge your AirPods.

How to Fix AirPod Case Not Charging

Before you go ahead and try and troubleshoot the problem with your AirPod case, you need to make sure you’re charging it properly.  If you’re unsure how to charge your AirPod case properly, you need to make sure that you know how to charge it properly so this isn’t a cause of why your AirPod case is not charging.

To charge your AirPod case, connect the lightning cable to the bottom of the case. The status light should come on for a few seconds and turn off as the case charges > plug the lightning cable adapter into a power source and your AirPod case should be charging. If this process didn’t work, then you can conclude that there’s a problem with the charging process for your AirPod case.

To tell if your AirPod case is charging, you’ll see the orange light to indicate that it’s charging. If you can’t see the light turn orange when you plug in your charger, your AirPod case is not charging.

Reset Your AirPod Case

The first thing you need to do is to reset your AirPod case. This is a very good troubleshooting step to take when trying to fix your AirPods case because there aren’t that many troubleshooting steps you can complete with it.

Resetting your AirPods case is going to clear the operating system which could fix the charging process.

To reset the AirPods case:

  1. Press and hold the setup button on the back of your case
  2. Let go of the button when the status light flashes amber, then flashes white
  3. The battery case should charge now

If this step didn’t work, go to the next step.

Inspect the Charging Process

If hard resetting your case didn’t work, you want to go through each of the components of the case’s charging process and inspect those for damage.

The best thing to start with is your lightning cable power adapter. If you’re using your computer, car charger, or wall adapter to charge the case, take a close look inside them for any debris or gunk that may have gotten in there that could be interfering with the charging process.

After inspecting the power adapter, if you think you found anything that could stop your case from charging, don’t use a paperclip or anything sharp because that can cause problems with static electricity and it can do physical damage to your AirPod case or other components.

To clean out any debris from the power adapter, use an anti-static brush. If you don’t have an anti-static brush lying around somewhere, which most people don’t, the next best thing you can use is a new toothbrush. Before you use a toothbrush, make sure that it has no moisture since this can cause serious damage to the internal components of your iPhone or your charger.

Make sure you gently brush out using a circular motion. The other way you can try and fix your AirPod case not charging is by simply using another power adapter or using a friend’s. This is probably the easiest way to fix this issue.

Clean the Cases Charging Port

The next thing that you can do in this situation is to clean your AirPods charging port. Charging ports are notorious for getting lint and dirt stuck in them, especially if you always keep the case in your Jeans – jeans always have lint at the bottom of the pockets.

Before you know how to clean the case, make sure you don’t use anything wet or metal because this can cause a short circuit, and this can break your AirPods case for good.

To clean the charging port:

  1. Get a static brush or toothpick
  2. Scrape the dirt out
  3. Connect your lightning cable to the case and it should charge

If this step didn’t work, you can try the next step.

Use a Different Cable

The next step that I implore you to take is to change the cable you’re using to charge the case. If you’re using a cable that isn’t MFI certified, this may be causing the problem.

Fake cables don’t have good connectivity capabilities compared to MFI certified cables. Once you’ve switch lightning cables, you should check if you’re able to charge your lightning case with it.

If this step didn’t work, go to the last step.

Don’t Use an Extension

If you’re using an extension to try and charge your lightning cable, try switching to a wall socket. If there’s an issue with the extension, it can stop your case from charging properly. Once you’ve plugged it into a wall socket, the case should start charging.

How to Charge AirPod Case Only

The only way to charge your AirPod case and not the AirPods themselves is by removing the AirPods from the case before you charge them. When you take out the AirPods, the power is only diverted to the AirPod case and not the AirPods.

If your AirPods are fully charged, you can leave them in the case the power will only be diverted to the AirPod case. However, if your AirPods are out of battery and you put them in the case, the AirPods case will be charging but the AirPods will be draining the battery as it’s charging. Once the AirPods are done charging, then the AirPods case will start to charge.