While I'm sure this has been covered more scientifically elsewhere, I'll put down a few thoughts about the Apple AirPods for runners.
General experience running with the AirPods
- The AirPods sound better than any running headphones I've had in recent memory... perhaps ever.
- Until you've tried them, there's no way to know how great it is not to have a cable of any kind tugging at your ear every step. It's a marked improvement in comfort, even over the cable-behind-the-neck "wireless" headphones I've tried.
- They stay in the ear.
In short, I'm really enjoying the AirPods as part of my running gear, and would recommend them.
AirPods battery life during a run, by the numbers
I've heard battery life noted as a common question when runners are considering the AirPods.
Below are the numbers from my runs this weekend. In both cases, I started with a 100% charge, and streamed music from the Music app on my iPhone for the entire distance of the run.
- 6.4k; 4.0mi
- 39:59 time (6:09min/km; 9:54min/mi)
- 16°C; 61°F
- 87% charge at the end
- 5.6k; 3.7mi
- 31:24 time (5:39min/km; 9:05min/mi)
- 19°C; 66°F
- 89% charge at the end
(I note the temperature as I don't know how much temperature variation will affect the life of a charge, especially in colder temperatures.)
I don't run marathons, but if you can assume that the battery drain for the AirPods is linear (a big assumption), these numbers suggest you could get in a full 26.2mi marathon with a little room to spare on a single charge, if you maintain around a 10min/mi or under.
Your mileage may vary, unless you use the metric system. Ho, ho, ho.