June 10, 2023

Apple AirPods are the industry-leading earbuds. Whenever you get a pair of Apple’s in style 
, you may assume you have got what you want, however there is a litany of equipment that may bolster your listening expertise. Supplementary instances and different appropriate Apple AirPods add-ons may help overcome minor shortcomings (which, for some folks, are enormous shortcomings). The most effective AirPods equipment assist your shiny new gadget keep in its authentic situation for months.

These picks for the perfect AirPods equipment are primarily based by myself hands-on expertise and are largely instances (together with one charging case) and earbud enhancements, with a number of different fascinating AirPod equipment I’ve discovered. Notice that these high picks of AirPods equipment are primarily based on the non-Professional, or customary, variations of the true wi-fi earbuds

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You’ll find cheaper knockoff variations of Catalyst’s AirPods Case ($25), however the Catalyst is arguably the perfect AirPods rugged case you should purchase. Not solely does this act as a canopy to guard your AirPods’ case nevertheless it additionally makes your case absolutely waterproof. One other key characteristic: The bundled carabiner allows you to strap the case onto a belt loop or backpack or use it as a keychain case to assist maintain your wi-fi earbuds from getting misplaced. The case is offered in a number of totally different colour choices, together with a glow-in-the-dark model and particular Apple Retailer-only colours for $5 extra.

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After I first noticed the identify of this accent, I believed it was for the AirPods Professional. However Speck’s first AirPods case is definitely for the usual AirPods. Whereas it is considerably expensive at $30, the design is healthier than many AirPods instances, with a tough plastic shell somewhat than the comfortable silicone end of the Catalyst instances. The loop the place the included carabiner connects to the case is extra sturdy than the loop on the Catalyst case. 

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Some folks discover AirPods match so securely of their ears that they will run with them. However different ears, like mine, aren’t excellent AirPod receptacles. And that is the place silicone cowl choices are available, together with many who characteristic built-in earhooks or “sport fins.” 

I’ve used the EarBuddyz, which now are available a model 2.0, however yow will discover loads of different related choices, together with ones from AhaStyle and others that work with each EarPods and AirPods. All of them value round $10 for 2 or three units of hooks.

The one concern is that to get the AirPods again of their case you must take away the fins and retailer them someplace. That is a nuisance, and also you may wish to put money into a case that matches each the AirPods and EarBuddyz. The brand new AhaStyle ear hooks include somewhat carrying pouch for the hooks however not on your AirPods.

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The EarBuddyz Extremely are just like the AhaStyle choice (they may have been made in the identical manufacturing unit) — and value the identical value ($14). They do include three sizes of ear suggestions as a substitute of two. I’d have preferred for an XL tip to be included. The massive tip did not create a good seal for me, nevertheless it did create some noise-isolation and enhance the bass efficiency of the AirPods.

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The fidget-spinner craze could have come and gone, however the $25 ZenPod from Air Vinyl Design could assist carry it again.

Sure, that is the primary spinning case on your AirPods, and it is frankly type of ingenious. Out there in three colour choices, the ZenPod has precision bearings on all sides of the leather-based case that give it that spin issue that we have all secretly craved.

Alas, this leather-based case does not add wi-fi charging case capabilities to your AirPods case (the place is that new case, Apple?), so it isn’t completely zen, however who is aware of — perhaps we’ll see that battery charging characteristic in a future model? 

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Apple’s new $249 AirPods Professional comes with a wi-fi charging case, however Apple additionally sells a wi-fi case individually for purchasers of the first-generation AirPods. The one concern is that this wi-fi charging case prices $79, which appears a tad expensive for the flexibility to have a simple strategy to cost your earbuds, particularly as no charging pad is included with this AirPods charging case. (The Belkin pictured right here is an extra $45.)

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Product of rugged leather-based and geared up with a snap closing system, as effectively “loss-prevention” clip, Twelve South’s AirSnap leather-based case is somewhat little bit of a special tackle an AirPods case. It is obtainable in three colour choices in leather-based for $35. 

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Why would we put a set of wired earbuds in a roundup of AirPod equipment? Nicely, if you happen to do not shell out for a Bluetooth transmitter (about $30), you will not have the ability to use your AirPods on a airplane to observe in-flight leisure. After all, you possibly can ante up for an costly set of noise-canceling headphones (you possibly can see our high noise-canceling picks right here), nevertheless it does not harm to have an affordable, sturdy, good-sounding pair of wired headphones readily available. We have all the time preferred the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, which value lower than $9.

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