The Apple page about "Wireless Charging" talks about Apple's new AirPower mat due in 2018 working with iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Elsewhere it talks about standard Qi charging technology being used.

Does that mean today’s AirPods charge with any Qi-compliant charging pad?


Yes, but...

Current AirPods can only be charged with a Qi-compliant charging pad if they're in the appropriate case. By appropriate case I mean Apple has launched a new optional charging case that supports wireless charging for AirPods.


You may wish to read:

Apple revealed a new AirPods case that works with Apple's new AirPower charging pad. To charge the new wireless case, you place it on the AirPower. If your AirPods are in the case, you’ll see an orange light if they’re charging, or a green light when they’re nearly fully charged. If no AirPods are in the case, the light still goes on when you open the lid, but it indicates how much battery life is left in the case itself: orange for needs charging and green for good life left.

As of this writing, Apple has not released pricing for the new wireless case, nor has the company said that it will replace the original case with the new one with a new pair of AirPods. The wireless case will be available in 2018.

Source: See second link above

  • ??? What does "appropriate case" mean? You mean some third-party product that envelopes the AirPods case? – Basil Bourque Sep 13 '17 at 6:06
  • Can you cite some source for this info? – Basil Bourque Sep 13 '17 at 6:07
  • It was mentioned in their event, although it wasn't highlighted in any way. I will see if I can find something in writing and add it to my answer. – Monomeeth Sep 13 '17 at 6:09


No, today's AirPods do not work with Qi charging technology.

You have to read the fine print. Click the itty-bitty tiny 6 footnote link. Read the text in tiny font (emphasis mine):

Sold separately. Requires compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, or AirPods. AirPods with wireless charging capabilities coming in 2018.

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