There’s plenty to like about Apple AirPods: No wires to get tangled, automatic pairing with Apple gadgets, good battery life, and strong audio performance. yet there are two things not to like. There are the premium sticker price and the way that they can drop out of your ears so easily. While there very little we can do about the cost, there is a low-cost solution to assistance keep the AirPods ($159 at Amazon) cozy in your ears.
In light of a recommendation for the past few months, I’ve been using a set of silicone earbud tips that slip over the AirPods. They have had exactly the intended effect in keeping the AirPods from falling out. Truth be told, they currently remain in my ears better than most of the wired earbuds I use.
The silicone tips I got were the AhaStyle AirPods Ear Hooks. They cost less than $15 on Amazon and they come in two sizes, large and small. Even though I’m not an enormous fellow, I found that the huge ones fit better and stayed in my ears better. By default, the $15 will get you both a set of large and a lot of little to attempt. Be that as it may, you can likewise decide to simply get two small or two large pairs for the same cost. And they come in white or black.
The Best Part of Earbud add-ons
The beauty of this solution is that it takes care of the main problem: Getting Apple’s hard plastic earbuds to remain in your ears. For quite a long time, the wired headphones that Apple’s incorporated with the iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) – actually called EarPods — have never fit well in my ears and would fall out at the smallest turn of my head or tension in the wires. I’m told that the issue has to do with the shape of the cartilage in my outer ear — the tragus.
The AirPods remained somewhat better without anyone else’s input since there were no wires to tug on them. Be that as it may, including the AhaStyle tips fixed the issue entirely, and I found them comfortable to wear.
The astonishing extra was that the AhaStyle earbuds really improved the sound of the AirPods. As Carnoy wrote in his rundown of the best AirPods extras, these silicone tips “turn the ‘open’ AirPods into a noise-isolating design that helps keep surrounding sound out and improves bass performance.”
The Worst Part of Earbud add-ons
The most exceedingly terrible thing about using these add-on earbuds is that you have to take them off to charge the AirPods, which fit cozily into their charging chase. And afterward, you have to slip the tips back on when you’re prepared to use the AirPods again. AhaStyle incorporates a little silicone pouch to carry the tips. I carry both the AirPods in their case and this silicone pouch in my pocket. I found it to be a pain at first. Be that as it may, in terms of inconvenience, it’s about the equivalent as pulling my wired headphones out of my pocket and unraveling them before sticking them in my ears.
The other caveat is that I wouldn’t prescribe falling asleep with these in your ears if you’re on a plane or a train or somewhere in broad daylight. Despite the fact that the silicone tips keep the AirPods in your ears remarkably well, I’ve had times where I fell asleep during a flight and my head nodded toward my shoulder and an AirPod flew out. That left me looking through the folds of my clothes, my seat and on the floor for the missing AirPod. Since it costs $69 to supplant a lost AirPod, you have to be additional cautious with these things.
Alternatives to AhaStyle, and AirPods
While the AhaStyle ear hooks are the most popular choice on Amazon, there are lots of choices — different designs for keeping the AirPods in your ears and lots of various colors.
One of the additionally fascinating options is Insignia’s “Frill for Apple AirPods” that incorporate three sets of earbud tips (small, medium and large), a set of silicone hooks that folds around your ears to keep the AirPods in place and a silicone cord that you can use to append to the AirPods and hang around your neck so you don’t lose them. These have begun getting popular. I as of late observed a few packages of the Insignia Accessories in a Best Buy Express kiosk in an airport.
There have every so often been rumors that a future iteration of the AirPods will offer an in-ear version that is increasingly similar to traditional earbuds. That would clearly make these silicone tips outdated on the grounds that version of the AirPods would charge with the earbuds on. In any case, that appears to be progressively impossible as the AirPod design has turned out to be increasingly iconic and Apple’s Beats brand has released its own rival, the Powerbeats Pro, which feature earbuds and ear hooks and have a significant number of the equivalent consistent availability benefits of the AirPods. Obviously, at $250, the Powerbeats Pro is significantly more costly than the AirPods.
Also, remember that there are new solutions like the 1More Stylish True Wireless ($100) and Samsung Galaxy Buds ($130) that offer wireless versions of traditional earbuds. Both are a superior deal than AirPods, however, they additionally aren’t as small and elegant as the AirPods and don’t offer the automatic availability highlights for iPhone users.