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Best AirPods Accessories for 2020

Apple’s AirPods are so popular that they’ve spawned their own ecosystem of accessories to support them. There are a multitude of products, such as supplementary cases and other compatible Apple AirPod add-ons, that help overcome minor shortcomings (which, for some people, are huge shortcomings).

Here’s a quick look at some of the best AirPod accessories, based on my own hands-on experience with each AirPods accessory over the past few weeks and months. They’re mostly cases (including one charging case) and earbud enhancements, with a few other interesting AirPod accessories I’ve found.

Airpods Cleaning Kit

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Airpods Protector Case

Catalyst Case

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You can find cheaper knockoff versions of Catalyst’s AirPods Case ($25), but the Catalyst is arguably the best AirPods rugged case you can buy. Not only does this act as a cover to protect your AirPods’ case but it also makes your case fully waterproof. Another key feature: The bundled carabiner lets you strap the case onto a belt loop or backpack or use it as a keychain case to help keep your wireless earbuds from getting lost.

The case is available in a few different color options, including a glow-in-the-dark version and special Apple Store-only colors for $5 more. Read more about the Catalyst case.

Speck Presidio Pro

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When I first saw the name of this accessory, I thought it was for the AirPods Pro. But Speck’s first AirPods case is actually for the standard AirPods. While it’s somewhat pricey at $30, the design is better than many AirPods cases, with a hard plastic shell rather than the soft silicone finish of the Catalyst cases. The loop where the included carabiner connects to the case is more durable than the loop on the Catalyst case. 

Airpods Wireless Charging Case

Apple Wireless Charging Case for AirPods

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Apple’s new $249 AirPods Pro comes with a wireless charging case, but Apple also sells a wireless case separately for customers of the first-generation AirPods. The only issue is that this wireless charging case costs $79 (though you can currently find it for $65 on Amazon), which seems a tad pricey for the ability to have an easy way to charge your earbuds, especially as no charging pad is included with this AirPods charging case.

Airpods Earhooks

AhaStyle Earbuds Ear Hooks

This ear hook accessory solves two AirPod issues with one accessory. AhaStyle’s Earbuds Ear Hooks integrate a sport fin with earbuds and turn the “open” AirPods into a noise-isolating design that helps keep ambient sound out and improves bass performance of the wireless earbuds.

You get two fins — small and large — both of which have the same size ear tip, which is on the small side. I wasn’t able to achieve a tight seal with the included ear tip (it would be good if medium and large tips were included) but there was enough of a seal to improve bass performance and the overall sound of the AirPods. It’s also worth noting that a small silicone case is included that you can attach to a keychain.

EarBuddyz 2.0 Ear Hooks

Some people find AirPods fit so securely in their ears that they can run with them. But other ears, like mine, aren’t perfect AirPod receptacles. And that’s where silicone cover options come in, including many that feature integrated earhooks or “sport fins.” 

I’ve used the EarBuddyz, which now come in a version 2.0, but you can find plenty of other similar options, including ones from AhaStyle and others that work with both EarPods and AirPods. They all cost around $10 for two or three sets of hooks.

The only issue is that to get the AirPods back in their case you have to remove the fins and store them somewhere. That’s a nuisance, and you might want to invest in a case that fits both the AirPods and EarBuddyz. The new AhaStyle ear hooks come with a little carrying pouch for the hooks but not for your AirPods.

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