Saunas and steam rooms are amazing places to relax, detox, and unwind. They’re also very hot and humid, which is not ideal for your Airpods or other devices, like Apple Watches.
Can I wear AirPods in the sauna?
You shouldn’t wear Apple AirPods in the sauna because the heat and humidity can damage the internal components of your Airpods, temporarily shorten the battery life, or cause your AirPods to shut down. According to Apple, you should use AirPods in temperatures between 32ºF to 95ºF (0ºC – 35ºC), while the temperatures in a sauna typically range from 90°F to 200°F (32°C to 93°C). In addition, the moisture can cause problems with the charging port and make it difficult to charge your Airpods.
If you absolutely must use your Airpods in a sauna or steam room, be sure to keep them in a safe place where they won’t get wet. And be sure to dry them off completely before putting them back in their case.
In this article, I will explain in detail if AirPods are water or sweat proof, and what alternatives there are for listening to music in a sauna.
Are AirPods Waterproof or Sweatproof?
No, Airpods are not waterproof. However, they are sweat and water-resistant, which means they can withstand splashes of water, sweat, and rain. But they are not designed to be used in the shower or while swimming.
AirPods have a water resistance rating of IPX4 which means they are resistant to water splashes from any direction.
Your AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods (3rd generation), MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods (3rd generation), Lightning Charging Case for AirPods (3rd generation), and MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) are water and sweat resistant, but they are not waterproof or sweatproof.
AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd generation) aren’t designed for use in water sports like swimming, or for showering.
If your AirPods do get wet, be sure to dry them off completely before putting them back in their case.
Can AirPods Overheat? (What Is the Maximum Operating temperature)
Yes, AirPods can overheat. The maximum operating temperature for AirPods is 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).
If your AirPods get too hot, they will stop working and temporarily shut down. You can restart them once they cool down.
Unlike your iPhone, the AirPods do not alert or show any message if they are overheating.
If your AirPods do overheat, be sure to let them cool down in a safe place before using them again. And if you’re using them in a hot environment like a sauna or steam room, be sure to keep them in a safe place where they won’t get too hot.
Why Do My AirPods Die in the Sauna?
There are a few reasons why your AirPods might die in the sauna.
- First, the heat can cause the battery to overheat and stop working.
- Second, the moisture in the sauna can damage the electronics in the AirPods.
- Finally, if you’re using them in a steam room, the steam can condense on the AirPods and cause them to short out.
To avoid this, be sure to keep your AirPods in a safe place where they won’t get too hot or wet, and be sure to remove them before going into the sauna.
How Long Will My AirPods Last in the Sauna?
There is no direct answer to how long your AirPods will last before dying in the sauna.
However, I found some threads online where people talk about this question.
Someone wrote in the Apple community that their AirPods usually last around 7 minutes in the sauna and after that the battery shows much lower charge than before going in the sauna. In the same thread other people reported using their AirPods in the sauna for 30 minutes or more at a time.
In Reddit, many people shared their experience with AirPods in the sauna. Someone said they have been using their AirPods in the sauna for years without issues, while someone else said the constant sauna treatment has worsen the battery life of their AirPods.
As I’ve said before in this article, it’s best not to bring your AirPods in the sauna at all because you will likely cause damage to them.
Alternatives for Listening to Music in the Sauna
You should get a waterproof Bluetooth speaker or install wall-mounted speakers in your sauna that are designed for high heat and humidity.
There are many great options available at Amazon.
For home use, you can install mounted sauna speakers or a full sound system.
Can Apple AirPods Explode if They Overheat?
It is possible for the AirPods to overheat and explode, but it is unlikely.
The batteries in the AirPods are designed to shut down before they reach a temperature that would cause them to explode.
However, if you’re using your AirPods in a hot environment, such as a sauna, it’s important to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get too hot. If they start to feel warm, remove them from the sauna and allow them to cool down, but it’s best not to bring your AirPods in the sauna in the first place.
Conclusion: It’s Best not to Wear AirPods in a Sauna
If your AirPods overheat, they will stop working. Heat and humidity may you the battery life to decrease temporarily and in extreme cases, your device might AirPods might break.
If you’re using AirPods in a hot environment like a sauna or steam room, keep them in a safe place where they won’t get too hot to avoid this issue, although my recommendation is not to bring them in the sauna in the first place.
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