They are cold if you are cold; bring your Airpods inside if you are cold.
In all seriousness, if you live in a region where the temperature can drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to take precautions to ensure that your Airpods do not become exposed to the freezing temperatures outside.
Apple advises that Airpods should only be used in environments where the ambient temperature ranges between 0o and 35o C (32o to 95o F) or lower. Anything lower or higher than those temperatures may cause the Airpods to alter the way they regulate their own internal temperature to compensate.
It’s also a good idea to keep your Airpods somewhere where the temperature is between 10 and 45 degrees Celsius (14 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you leave your Airpods in the car overnight and the temperature drops below 0oF, the battery life of your Airpods may be significantly reduced, and they may even shut themselves down.
Let’s talk about what to do if your Airpods become too cold, as well as how to store and transport them in the most effective manner to avoid any potential complications.
Is it possible for Airpods to become too cold?
Airpods, like virtually every other electronic device, do not perform well in extreme heat or cold conditions. While they can survive for a few days submerged in a snowbank or puddle, this isn’t the best situation for the animals. Your AirPods may suffer damage as a result of this.
Is it possible that wearing AirPods in cold weather will harm them? What happens if you unintentionally leave them out in sub-zero temperatures for too long? Is it possible to undo any potential harm? Continue reading to find out more about how Airpods react to cold temperatures in greater detail.
Let’s talk about it. Is it possible that wearing my Airpods outside in the cold will cause them damage?
First and foremost, let’s get this over with. The answer is no, leaving your AirPods out in the cold will not cause any damage. What could cause problems is transferring your Airpods from a cold environment to a toasty warm environment too quickly.
The formation of condensation within the pods as they warm up can cause significant damage to their electronic components.
If condensation does manage to get into your Airpods, it is a good idea to place them inside a Ziploc bag filled with brown rice and seal them tightly. Although the rice may be able to draw the condensation out and absorb it, there may still be long-term consequences.
Is it possible that leaving my Airpods in the cold will cause the battery to die?
Extreme temperatures are known to be fatal to lithium-ion batteries. Exposure to extremely cold temperatures can hasten the depletion of an Airpods’ battery life significantly. While taking a brisk 15-minute walk in sub-zero temperatures will not harm the Airpods, leaving them in the car overnight in such temperatures may shorten their battery life significantly.
Furthermore, according to University of Michigan experts, it is critical not to charge your lithium-ion battery-equipped device after it has been exposed to extremely high temperatures for extended periods of time.
Allow your Airpods to warm up before using them, and be sure to store them in a Ziploc bag filled with brown rice to prevent any condensation damage from occurring.
In the event that my Apple AirPods are dropped in the snow, what should I do?
Airpods have a tendency to fall out, and because of their white colour, they blend in extremely well with the snow. So, if they fall into a snowbank and you are able to locate them, you can rest assured that they will most likely be fine if you retrieve them as soon as possible.
It is recommended that you dry them with a cloth or paper towel if they have been there for more than a few hours. Don’t use them right away, once again. Make use of the rice-in-a-Ziploc trick to coax any potential condensation out of the air. Before charging them, make sure they’re warm and completely dry.
What are the best temperatures for using Airpods at?
Airpods are capable of operating in a wide range of temperatures, but they perform poorly in extreme heat or cold. You should use your Airpods in temperatures ranging from 0o C to 35o C (32o to 95o F), ideally. This is the location where they are least likely to encounter difficulties. Of course, you must also store your Airpods in temperatures that range between 10o and 45o C (14o and 113o F) in order to avoid any potential damage to the pods while they are in storage.
How to Repair or Replace AirPods That Have Been Damaged by the Cold
If your AirPods have been damaged beyond repair due to exposure to the cold (or to extreme heat), you will be forced to purchase a new pair of AirPods, which will cost you money.
For the first year of service, starting on the day they were purchased, the manufacturer’s warranty covers manufacturing defects. After that, the warranty expires. Accidental exposure to the cold is not covered.
According to Apple, if your AirPods or case are accidentally damaged, you will be able to replace your damaged item for a fee if it is outside of the warranty period. If you have any questions about the fees, it is best to speak with a customer service representative or bring your Airpods into an Apple store to get more information.
Lastly, some final thoughts
Apple strives to make its products as long-lasting as possible, but AirPods are not indestructible. They can suffer some damage if they are subjected to extreme heat or cold. Cold temperatures can have a variety of negative effects on these tiny little devices, ranging from a battery drain to the Airpods simply shutting down.
When it comes to troubleshooting accidental cold exposure, there are a few simple steps to follow. However, if these steps fail, be prepared to spend some money on replacement Airpods.