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The best Apple AirPod and AirPod Pro accessories for 2021

It might seem strange to buy accessories for something that is already an accessory, but when you consider that the AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro are going to set you back at least $200 for wireless freedom, any accessories — from cases and covers to chargers and more — that can extend their life and help you get the most bang for your buck should be more than welcome.

Best Apple AirPods Pro Accessories

Spigen Rugged Armor AirPods Pro Case

The Wireless Charging Case that comes bundled with the AirPods Pro isn’t the most durable thing in the world, chipping or even cracking after a drop or two. What can we butter-fingered individuals do to stop our shiny new AirPods Wireless Charging Case from looking like it’s been through the wringer? Enter the Spigen Rugged Armor AirPods Pro Case.

Constructed from silicone, with a slim and lightweight profile for pocket-friendliness, Spigen’s Rugged Armor AirPods Pro Case is for all intents and purposes an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Suit for the Wireless Charging Case, creating a shock-absorbent, scratch-resistant barrier between the dangerous outside world and the fragile Wireless Charging Case within.

Heck, it even has a slot to attach a carabiner. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Elago Slim Protective AirPods Pro Case

If you’re in the market for something a bit cheaper, and maybe not as austere, look no further than Elago’s Slim Protective AirPods Pro Case. It isn’t quite as durable as the Spigen, but you can bet your bottom dollar this case-for-a-case will stop your Wireless Charging Case from wearing, chipping, and fading over time — just what the average Joe (or Jill) needs.

The minimalist, one-texture design is a lot more appropriate for the average consumer who’s just looking to protect their Wireless Charging Case from the odd knock, bump, and drop. It’s also available in multiple colors from black to lavender, making it the more attractive option for both women and children alike, versus Spigen’s military-style aesthetic.

dBrand AirPods Pro Wireless Charging Case Skin

Nowadays, you can find a skin for nearly everything, including the AirPods Pro Wireless Charging Case. That’s right — market leader dBrand has a range of stick-on vinyl for the companion that’ll let you change your buds from the basic white finish to something a little more outlandish, like bamboo, carbon fiber, camouflage, and leather, as well as everything in between.

Just keep in mind that while a skin will make your Wireless Charging Case look a little more exciting, it won’t protect it from a drop or bump. Sure, you’ll have some protection against the scrapes it could incur from being in a pocket with a set of keys or loose change, but that’s about it. So if you’re thinking this will protect it from a drop off Mt. Everest, you’re in for a nasty, expensive surprise.

Twelve South AirFly Duo

Being wireless, the AirPods Pro rely on Bluetooth to establish a connection with a source. This means they can’t be connected to anything that doesn’t emit a Bluetooth signal, like an in-flight entertainment system. Fortunately, there’s a workaround that can have your AirPods hooked up to the screen in the back of the seat in front of you in no time. It’s a little pricey, though.

We’re talking about Twelve South’s AirFly Duo, a little dongle that attaches to a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and breathes a dose of Bluetooth-y goodness into it, letting you connect any wireless headphones or earbuds, including the AirPods Pro, for up to 16 hours on a single charge. Plus it can hold up to two connections at a time, so your friend can connect his too.

Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger

While you can always plug your AirPods Pro into a wall charger, it’s much more convenient to simply drop them onto a compatible wireless charger. This Qi-standard Belkin station is one of our favorites because it can charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods Pro all at the same time, a perfect fit for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

iPhones charge at 7.5 watts, and the Watch and AirPods charge at 5W. It’s also designed to charge through thin cases so you don’t have to worry about taking your iPhone out of its case. It’s easily one of the best solutions for big Apple fans who want a central location to set down their devices and charge them up fast.

Best Apple AirPods Accessories

Catalyst Waterproof AirPods Case

Many Apple enthusiasts were hoping for more fitness features and waterproofing when the second iteration of AirPods was released, but those sadly were not added to the device. Just because Apple doesn’t provide waterproofing capabilities doesn’t mean you can’t augment your AirPods. There are a few cases that protect your earbuds from moisture, but the Catalyst Waterproof AirPods Case is our favorite. While the case won’t do you any good if you drop the actual headphones in water, the flexible, silicone case will protect your AirPods from getting wet and damaged from falls, so you can rely on them working when you actually need them.

EarBuddyz 2.0 AirPod Covers

While most people find the AirPods fit snugly enough in their ears that they can exercise and move around town without fear of them falling out, that’s not the case for everyone. Enter the EarBuddyz 2.0 AirPod Covers, which will help ensure your earbuds never fall out of your ears again. The small silicone covers provide a bit of cushion and hook more securely into your ear than the naked earbuds.

Twelve South AirFly Duo

One of the biggest draws of the AirPods is that they aren’t wired like so many earbuds in the past have been. But just because Apple’s technology has advanced far enough to not need cords on your headphone, doesn’t mean every piece of technology in your life has as well. The Twelve South AirFly Duo is our favorite option for creating a wired connection with your AirPods, whether you want to use them for in-flight entertainment or with a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth for whatever reason. This transmitter will also let you use your AirPods with your Nintendo Switch.

Spigen TEKA RA100 AirPods Strap

If you don’t want to worry about losing your wireless earbuds, going back to basics can be a great solution. Spigen AirPods Strap is the least expensive item on our list, costing only $9. You will get high efficiency at the lowest possible cost without detracting from quality and durability. This smart accessory keeps your earbuds together wherever you put the strap: around your neck, in your pocket, or in the void that is your backpack. The cord is also much thinner than most of the competition and will blend in nicely with your AirPods.


Emerge AirPods case

You no longer have to worry that your typical case won’t protect your AirPods from a hard fall. If you lead an active lifestyle, whether in the great outdoors or the concrete jungle, you’ll want a case that can survive an untimely drop. Emerge’s AirPod case boasts military-grade drop protection — just look at that rugged, ribbed shell — and includes a carabiner and a lightning charging port. You can take your AirPods on a rugged nature hike or even to the beach without worrying about dust or water damage as this case is water and dirt resistant.


Satechi USB-C AirPods Charging  Dock

Recent models of AirPod charging cases are now compatible with wireless chargers. Wireless charging is beneficial for AirPods because setting them down on a pad is a simple step, and you can put the charger in an easy-access area. That way, your AirPods always have enough juice. That brings us to this innovative Satechi dock: a mini wireless charger explicitly designed for AirPods. You can connect it to your computer with a USB-C connection for a rapid charge, and its tiny size makes it perfect for toting around in your laptop bag. There’s also a handy indicator light that tells you when the case is fully charged and ready to go — plus the grooves around the mini-charger ensure your AirPods don’t slip off.


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