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Apple’s well-liked AirPods have a whole ecosystem of equipment, together with supplementary instances and different appropriate Apple AirPods add-ons, that assist overcome minor shortcomings (which, for some folks, are enormous shortcomings).

These picks for the very best AirPods equipment are based mostly alone hands-on expertise and are largely instances (together with one charging case) and earbud enhancements, with a number of different attention-grabbing AirPod equipment I’ve discovered. Observe that these high picks of AirPods equipment are based mostly on the non-Professional, or commonplace, variations of the true wi-fi earbuds

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You could find cheaper knockoff variations of Catalyst’s AirPods Case ($25), however the Catalyst is arguably the very 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 absolutely waterproof. One other key function: 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 out there in a number of completely different colour 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 enormous — each of which have the identical dimension ear tip, which is on the small aspect. I wasn’t capable of obtain a decent seal with the included ear tip (it could be good if medium and enormous suggestions have 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 which you can connect to a keychain.

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Once 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 dear at $30, the design is healthier than many AirPods instances, with a tough plastic shell fairly than the smooth 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’ll 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 function built-in earhooks or “sport fins.” 

I’ve used the EarBuddyz, which now are available a model 2.0, however you’ll find loads of different related 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 difficulty is that to get the AirPods again of their case you need to take away the fins and retailer them someplace. That is a nuisance, and also you may wish to spend money on a case that matches each the AirPods and EarBuddyz. The new AhaStyle ear hooks include a little bit carrying pouch for the hooks however not in your AirPods.

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The EarBuddyz Extremely are much like the AhaStyle possibility (they could have been made in the identical manufacturing facility) — and price the identical value ($14). They do include three sizes of ear suggestions as a substitute of two. I might have preferred for an XL tip to be included. The big 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 might have come and gone, however the $25 ZenPod from Air Vinyl Design might assist convey it again.

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

Alas, this leather-based case would 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 function 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 patrons of the first-generation AirPods. The one difficulty is that this wi-fi charging case prices $79 (although you’ll be able to presently discover it for $65 on Amazon), which appears a tad dear for the power to have a straightforward option 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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Manufactured from rugged leather-based and outfitted with a snap closing system, as nicely “loss-prevention” clip, Twelve South’s AirSnap leather-based case is a little bit little bit of a unique tackle an AirPods case. It is accessible in three colour 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 health club that requires a wired connection? One workaround is shopping for a comparatively cheap Bluetooth transmitter which you can 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 you need to flip off the Bluetooth in your cellphone (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? Properly, when 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. In fact, you would ante up for an costly set of noise-canceling headphones (you’ll be able to see our high noise-canceling picks right here), but it surely would not harm to have an inexpensive, sturdy, good-sounding pair of wired headphones available. We have all the time preferred the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, which price lower than $9.

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