There's a lot to like about Apple AirPods: no clutter, automatic pairing with Apple devices, good battery life, and solid audio performance. But there are two things you do not like. There is the premium price and the fact that they can easily fall out of your ears. While we can not do much about the price, there is a cost-effective solution to keep an eye on the AirPods ($ 1
On the recommendation of CNET's David Carnoy (see Carnoy's list of the best AirPod accessories), in recent months I have used a set of silicone earplugs that glide over the AirPods. They magically made sure the AirPods did not fall out. In fact, they now stay in my ears better than most of the wired earphones I use.
The silicone tips I got were the AhaStyle AirPods earhooks. They cost less than $ 15 on Amazon and are available in two sizes: large and small. Although I'm not a big guy, I found that the big ones fit better and stayed in my ears better. By default, for $ 15, you will receive both a number of large and a series of small ones that you can try. You can also choose to receive only two small or two large pairs for the same price. And they are available in white or black.
Please note that the products discussed here are independently selected by our editors. CNET can generate a portion of the revenue when you buy something presented on our website, stay in your ears. For years, the wired headphones that Apple has supplied with the iPhone ($ 1,000 at Best Buy) – technically called EarPods – never fit well in my ears and would fall out of tension at the slightest twist of my head or head the wires. I was told that the problem has something to do with the shape of the cartilage in my outer ear – the tragus.
The AirPods were on their own a little better, with no wires to pull on them. However, adding the AhaStyle tips completely fixes the problem and I found it comfortable to wear.
The surprising bonus was that the AhaStyle earphones actually improved the sound of the AirPods. As Carnoy wrote in his list of the best AirPods accessories, "these silicone tips transform the" open "AirPods into a noise-isolating design that keeps out ambient noise and improves bass performance."
The worst thing about using these extra earphones is that you need to take them off to charge the AirPods that fit right in their charge hunt. And then you have to put the tips back on, if you want to use the AirPods again. AhaStyle contains a small silicone bag to carry the tips. I carry both the AirPods in their bag and this silicone bag in my pocket. At first I felt it as a pain. But as for the inconvenience, it's about the same thing as pulling my wired headphones out of their pockets and unraveling them before putting them in my ears.
The other caveat is that I would not recommend falling asleep in your ears with these if you're on a plane or a train or somewhere else in public. Although the silicone tips hold the AirPods remarkably well in your ears, I had times when I fell asleep during a flight and my head nodded towards my shoulder and an AirPod sprang out. As a result I searched for the missing AirPod through the folds of my clothes, my seat and on the floor. Since it costs $ 69 to replace a lost AirPod, you need to be extra careful with these things.
Alternatives to AhaStyle and AirPods
While the AhaStyle EarHooks are the most popular option on Amazon, there are many alternatives – different designs to keep the AirPods in your ears, and many different colors.
One of the more interesting alternatives is Insignia's "Accessories" for Apple AirPods, the three sets of ear tip tips (small, medium and large), a set of silicone hooks that wrap around your ears to hold the AirPods in place, and a silicone cable that you can use to attach to the AirPods and to hang around your neck so you do not lose them.These have begun to become popular.I have recently received several packages of Insignia accessories in a Best Buy Express kiosk
Occasionally there were rumors that a future iteration of the AirPods offers an in-ear version that is more reminiscent of traditional earphones, which would obviously make these silicone tips superfluous as this version of the AirPods comes with This seems increasingly unlikely, however, as the AirPod design has become more and more of an icon and the Apple Beats brand own competitor, the Powerbeats Pro, which has earphones and earhooks and many of the seamless connectivity benefits of the AirPods. Of course, the $ 250 Powerbeats Pro are even more expensive than the AirPods.
Also note that there are new solutions such as the 1More Stylish True Wireless ($ 100) and Samsung Galaxy Buds ($ 130), which offer wireless versions of traditional earphones. Both are cheaper than AirPods, but they are not as small and sleek as the AirPods and do not provide auto-connect capabilities for iPhone users.