Can You Use Bose Headphones While Charging?

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Sometimes, we just can’t get enough of a particular song that we just keep grinding regardless of the battery state of our headphones. If you have ever asked this question “can you use Bose headphones while charging?” well, I have the answer for you.

No! You can’t use your Bose headphones while charging. Bose QC35 will not even power on if plugged in a working charger. There is a way around it though — you can use an audio cable if you feel you want to charge your headphones and enjoy your music at the same time.

Going by recent reports, there have been fears of electrocution from headphones while charging, but this has mostly been reported for cases where a headphone is connected directly to a phone while the phone is charging.

Although, the cases of electrocution while charging only headphones and using them are not as rampant, do well to be patient and wait for it to charge fully before using to avoid any avoidable stories at the end.

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How to charge a Bose headphone

There are certain things you should note while charging your Bose headphones, but the most important is the lights because they indicate the present status of the battery when plugged in.

Amber: Once the battery is plugged in, the battery indicator in your Bose headphone shows the “Amber” lights to signify the charging status of your battery

Green: As soon as your Bose headphone is fully charged, the battery indicator changes from “Amber” to “Green” which signifies battery full.

The following steps should guide you on how to charge a Bose headphone successfully:

Step 1: Plugin the USB cable

Locate the right earcup on the Bose headphone, you will see a micro USB connector — fix the small end of the USB cable into the Micro-USB connector.

Step 2: Connect the other end to a power source

Locate a power outlet — it could be a wall socket or the USB port of a powered computer. Ensure the amber light for charging is displayed on the Bose headphone.

Step 3: Allow charging

A Bose headphone should give you a full charge in about 3-hours, and a full charge should last you for at least 14-15 hours. Like I stated earlier, the green light on the battery indicator signifies when the battery is full.

However, if you are in a haste to use your headphone, a 15-min charge should power your headphone for about 2-hours — and remember, a typical Bose headphone won’t play while charging, but it’s always worth the wait.

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How do you charge Bose QuietComfort Earbuds?

Unlike the Bose headphone discussed above, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds has a different charging instruction as I will be explaining below.

Charging the Earbuds

Step 1: Place the Earbuds on the charging contacts

Before charging the Earbuds, ensure they are at room temperature. Place the Earbuds exactly on the pin contact in the charging case — the left earbuds to the left part of the case, and the same goes for the right Earbud.

You know an Earbud is properly placed in the charging case when you feel it magnetically snap into place. Cover the charging case as soon as you confirm that they are properly placed, except

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Step 2: Take note of the charging light on the case

Just like the conventional Bose headphones, the Bose Earbuds have a light signal to show you the level of charge.

  • A slow blinking white light indicates that the Earbuds are charging.
  • A solid white light simply indicates that the Earbuds are fully charged.

However, if you notice the Earbuds are blinking red and white lights at the same time, contact the Bose customer service as this signifies an error.

Generally speaking, the Bose Earbuds take about 2-hours to fully charge, and just like the Bose headset, a 15-min charge should take you about 2-hours tops — that’s if you really feel a pressing need to use it, while a fully charged Earbuds should last for about 6-hours.

Charging the case

Step 1: Use only the specified charger

Avoid using chargers that aren’t verified or meet the standard local requirements such as CSA, UL, CCC, and VDE. inferior chargers will only damage your charging case in the long run, so refrain from using them. This verified charger will do the job effectively.

Step 2: Close the case

Ensure you close the charging case before plugging it into a power source — the manufacturers strongly recommend it.

Step 3: Locate the USB-C port and make the necessary connections

Use the small end of your USB cable to connect the charging case to a wall charger (verified) or a powered computer. The following lights should be emitted accordingly.

  • 1 white light means the battery is at most 20% charged
  • 2 white lights indicate that the battery is at most 40% charged
  • 3 white lights indicate the battery is at most 60% charged
  • 4 white lights indicate the battery is at most 80% charged
  • 5 white lights indicate the battery is fully charged.

It takes at least 3-hours for a compete for a charge. However, note that it might take up to 30-minutes for the first white light to show if the battery of the case is drained completely. A fully charged case can effectively charge a drained earbud twice, although, the charging time for the earbud in a case can vary based on several factors.

The Bose franchise has given the all-clear to charge the case overnight without having to worry about overcharging due to the lithium battery design that enables it to stop charging once the battery becomes full.

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Can I charge Bose headphones with an iPhone charger?

Yes, you absolutely can, but note that the iPhone cord isn’t compatible with the Bose USB port — only the charger is. All you have to do is to remove your iPhone cord from the charger and replace it with the designated cord that comes with the headset — you are good to go! Do not try forcing an iPhone cord into the USB port of the headset, as not only would it damage the charging port of the headset, but it could also damage the USB cord of your phone which might be quite expensive to replace in the long run.

How do I turn on my Bose headphone?

Turning on your Bose headphone isn’t such a big deal, however, there are certain things you have to know. To switch on/off your headphones, ensure you press and let go of the power/Bluetooth button. Once it turns on, you will hear a voice notification and see the bar lights glow – you will also hear a voice notification when turning off the Bose headphone.

There is also the Auto-off function that automatically turns off the headphone if no sign of motion or touch is felt on the touch surface for at least 10 minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable with this setting, always feel free to make the necessary adjustment to the app.

Anytime you find a need to turn off the headphones when no sound is emanating from them, simply enable the auto-off settings on the app. All these options and many more can be easily accessible on the app surface.

Why are my Bose earbuds not charging? 

Asides from certain accidents that can make your Bose earbuds not charge such as a heavy-fall or forgetting to remove it from your sweatpants and accidentally tossing it in the washer, there are certain troubleshooting steps you can take to ensure that all goes well in the end – some of them include the following;

1. Proper placement

Ensure your Bose earbuds are placed properly in the charging case – as I stated earlier – do not assume the earbuds are properly placed until you hear a magnetic click sound. No click sound or feel, no correct placement.

2. Check the case battery status

There is a very good chance that your battery case is depleted, and if this is the case, then your earbuds cannot be charged. Check the status of your battery casing by plugging it into a power source, and as I stated earlier in the course of writing this article, the earbud case is unlikely to show any sign of charging if it has been totally depleted, for at least 30 minutes.

3. High temperature

A Bose earbud is very unlikely to charge if it has been exposed to extreme temperatures (be it high or low). Before giving up on your earbuds, try allowing the earbuds to cool down to room temperature before attempting to charge them.

4. Look out for debris

One common factor we tend to overlook in such a situation is debris. The likelihood of the contact points being covered by debris is very high due to where you are likely to place the battery casing such as bags and pockets, which have a very high chance of containing debris. Try cleaning out the contact points from time to time to avoid blockage.

If any of these doesn’t work, then do well to contact the customer care for Bose.

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How do I reset my Bose headphones?

A few of the reasons you are likely to opt for resetting your Bose headphones are likely to revolve around sound issues, poor connection, and sometimes, streaming performance. The steps below will get you enjoying your Bose headphone in little or no time at all.

Step 1: Turn off the headphones and wait

As soon as you resort to resetting your Bose headphone, turn it off and wait for about 30 seconds. This waiting period is essential to getting things back to normal, so ensure you take it seriously.

Step 2: Connect headphones to a power supply

Once the time elapses, connect the headphones to a working power supply outlet – plug and wait for at least 5 seconds for the best result. Using a direct charger rather than a computer would be best at this point, except the computer is connected to a power outlet itself.

Step 3: Unplug, wait, and turn on

After elapsing the 5 seconds, wait for another 1 minute before turning on the headset. Go ahead and test it if you notice a significant change which should be the case if you follow the instructions properly. The Bose franchise also confirms that you won’t lose your pairing list if you choose to rest your headphone.

Take the timing very seriously.

Should I keep my earbuds always in the case?

Absolutely! They aren’t meant to be in your pockets so that they don’t stand the chance of them falling off accidentally or in a worst-case scenario – washed in the washer. Form the habit of keeping your earbuds in your pocket at all times. It helps it to remain charged at all times which is ideal for you to enjoy its full benefits, and you don’t have to worry about overcharging due to the lithium battery design that helps it to stop charging once the battery becomes full.

Can I charge the case without the earbuds?

Yes, you can. The case of your Bose earbuds can be charged on its own if you feel you need to use the earbuds at the time, or you feel the earbuds are charged enough. However, you can charge both the earbuds and the case simultaneously without any detriment to the earbuds or the case.

Can You Use Bose Headphones While Charging – Conclusion

At one point in life, we must have wondered what the world would have been like without music, and with time, there has been a constant evolution in how we enjoy music which has gotten us to the era of headphones and earbuds.

It has been generally advised to allow your headset to charge properly before allowing using them to avoid any form of electrocution. If you know the charge available on the battery won’t suffice for the situation at hand, ensure you plug it to charge properly before usage to avoid any form of disappointment.

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