After reading these... (and unfortunately after already buying this pad), I found that you CAN charge airpods on these, but you do have to be very specific about where you place them. I can't say it's 100% but if you put the metal on the back of the airpods on the shiny circle of the pad, it does turn the LED on and charge the airpods. If I had known that it would be this much trouble (i.e. if I had read the reviews), I would NOT have bought these and expected it to work with the airpods. I'm taking mine back and will find something that works better with both airpods and iPhone.