Apple’s AirPods are so common that they’ve spawned their very own ecosystem of equipment to help them. There are a large number of merchandise, resembling supplementary cases and other compatible Apple AirPod add-ons, that assist overcome minor shortcomings (which, for some folks, are large shortcomings).

Here is a fast have a look at a few of the greatest AirPod equipment, primarily based alone hands-on expertise with every AirPods accent over the previous few weeks and months. They’re largely circumstances (together with one charging case) and earbud enhancements, with a couple of different attention-grabbing AirPod equipment I’ve discovered.

Observe that whereas Apple released the AirPods Pro in October, these prime picks of AirPod equipment are primarily based on the non-Professional, or normal, variations of the true wireless earbuds

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You will discover cheaper knockoff variations of Catalyst’s AirPods Case ($25), however the Catalyst is arguably one of the best AirPods rugged case you should buy. Not solely does this act as a canopy to guard your AirPods’ case but it surely additionally makes your case totally waterproof. One other key characteristic: The bundled carabiner enables you to strap the case onto a belt loop or backpack or use it as a keychain case to assist hold your wi-fi earbuds from getting misplaced. The case is accessible in a couple of completely different coloration choices, together with a glow-in-the-dark model and particular Apple Store-only colors for $5 extra.

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This ear hook accent solves two AirPod points with one accent. AhaStyle’s Earbuds Ear Hooks combine a sport fin with earbuds and switch the “open” AirPods right into a noise-isolating design that helps hold ambient sound out and improves bass efficiency of the wi-fi earbuds.

You get two fins — small and huge — each of which have the identical measurement ear tip, which is on the small facet. I wasn’t capable of obtain a decent seal with the included ear tip (it might be good if medium and huge suggestions had been included) however there was sufficient of a seal to enhance bass efficiency and the general sound of the AirPods. It is also value noting {that a} small silicone case is included that you could connect to a keychain.

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After I first noticed the title of this accent, I assumed 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 circumstances, with a tough plastic shell moderately than the mushy silicone end of the Catalyst circumstances. 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’ll run with them. However different ears, like mine, aren’t good AirPod receptacles. And that is the place silicone cowl choices are available in, together with many who characteristic built-in earhooks or “sport fins.” 

I’ve used the EarBuddyz, which now are available in a model 2.0, however you’ll find loads of different comparable choices, together with ones from AhaStyle and others that work with each EarPods and AirPods. All of them price round $10 for 2 or three units of hooks.

The one situation is that to get the AirPods again of their case it’s important to take away the fins and retailer them someplace. That is a nuisance, and also you would possibly need to put money into a case that matches each the AirPods and EarBuddyz. The new AhaStyle ear hooks include slightly carrying pouch for the hooks however not to your AirPods.

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The EarBuddyz Extremely are just like the AhaStyle possibility (they could have been made in the identical manufacturing unit) — and price the identical value ($14). They do include three sizes of ear suggestions as an alternative of two. I might have favored for an XL tip to be included. The massive tip did not create a decent seal for me, but it surely 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 deliver it again.

Sure, that is the primary spinning case to your AirPods, and it is frankly type of ingenious. Accessible in three coloration choices, the ZenPod has precision bearings on both 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 — possibly we’ll see that battery charging characteristic in a future model? 

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Apple’s new $249 AirPods Pro 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 situation is that this wi-fi charging case prices $79 (although you may at present discover it for $65 on Amazon), which appears a tad expensive for the power 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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Made from rugged leather-based and outfitted with a snap closing system, as nicely “loss-prevention” clip, Twelve South’s AirSnap leather-based case is slightly little bit of a distinct tackle an AirPods case. It is accessible in three coloration choices in leather-based for $35. 

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What do you do if you wish to use your AirPods with an in-flight leisure system or make them appropriate with the TV constructed right into a machine on the fitness center that requires a wired connection? One workaround is shopping for a comparatively cheap Bluetooth transmitter that you could plug into any 3.5mm audio jack. There are a number of transmitters accessible from TaoTronics and different little-known manufacturers (I attempted the TaoTronics). They price $25-$35.

To pair your AirPods with a transmitter it’s important to flip off the Bluetooth in your telephone (or simply put it into Airplane mode), put your AirPods of their case, maintain down the Bluetooth button on the transmitter till it goes into pairing mode after which hit the pairing button on the AirPods case. 

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Why would we put a set of wired earbuds in a roundup of AirPod equipment? Effectively, in case you do not shell out for a Bluetooth transmitter (about $30), you will not have the ability to use your AirPods on a airplane to look at in-flight leisure. After all, you could possibly ante up for an costly set of noise-canceling headphones (you can see our top noise-canceling picks here), but it surely does not damage to have an inexpensive, sturdy, good-sounding pair of wired headphones readily available. We have at all times favored the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, which price lower than $9.

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