The 8 Best AirPod Accessories of 2020

Make your AirPods even more convenient

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Best Overall: GAZEON Qi Wireless Charging Airpods case

GAZEON Qi Wireless Charging Airpods case

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The newest model of Apple’s AirPods come with a wireless charging case, but if you have the older version, there’s an affordable solution. Simply slip your existing AirPods case into this GAZEON case to enable wireless charging. Then you can lay the case on any Qi-enabled wireless charging pad/mat and it’ll receive the wireless transmission and outputs power via its lightning pin to power the AirPods charging case.

The case has a rubber coating that protects it from marks and scratches while the key ring and carabiner lets you secure it to your bag so you don’t lose it. People praise the case for its snug fit and functionality, though some note that the hinge feels flimsy compared to Apple’s case.

Best Budget: Spigen sgp airpods Strap White

The beauty of Apple’s AirPods is that they are truly wireless, meaning you don’t have to deal with tangled headphone wireless ever again. However, that makes them much easier to lose. Unless you have this Spigen AirPods strap, of course. While the concept might seem as silly as attaching a spiral phone cord to your smartphone, it can be practical in many situations, especially when you’re exercising outdoors or on the go.

The strap has two head grips so you can insert the bottom of the AirPod securely into it. The diameter of the head grip measures 0.3 inches, just like Apple’s original design, making the fit perfectly snug, and is 22 inches in length for ample slack. The strap is made of durable TPU material and its white color matches the AirPods perfectly. It also has a convenient clip that makes it easier to store when not in use.

Best Waterproof: Waterproof Airpods Case 2 & 1 Cover

If you lead an active lifestyle, wireless earbuds are a must-have, but your expensive investment needs protection to keep up with you. That’s where this waterproof case by Catalyst saves the day: It’s rated IP-67, meaning it’s can be submerged in water up to 3.3 feet. It’s also shockproof, rated MIL-STD 810G military standard for impact and drops from up to 6.6 feet. The exterior is made of durable and scratch proof polycarbonate, protecting your case from dents and damages. The bottom of the case has a ring hole where you can attach a carabiner for better portability.

The case is compatible with Qi wireless charging and a small flap at the bottom gives you access to the Lightning port while still being waterproof. It comes in nine different colors, including a glow-in-the-dark option perfect for camping or other after-dark activities.

Best Charging Dock: elago AirPods Stand

With the second-generation AirPods, you can expect five hours of listening time on a single charge, and the case holds multiple charges. Impressively, if you charge your AirPods in the case for just 15 minutes, you can get up to three hours of listening time. Still, if you listen to a lot of music or make many calls on an average day, you’ll need to charge up your case every few days. The elago AirPods stand makes a beautiful bedside table buddy for storing and charging your AirPods.

Made from soft silicone, it has a groove carved perfectly for your AirPods case, though it won’t fit with a cover. Simply thread the Lightning cable up through the bottom of the stand and you’ll be ready to charge. (Note that the stand doesn’t come with cables included.) Some people note that the cable doesn’t always stay in place, but if set up properly, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Best All-in-One Charging Dock: BEACOO for Apple Watch Stand

If you have AirPods, chances are you also have an iPhone, and maybe even an Apple Watch. In that case, you’ll want a charging stock that accommodates all your devices. This BEACOO stand does just that, with style, no less.

It’s compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch, iPhone 5 and later, and AirPods generation 1 and 2. The charging stand also offers four different ways to position your phone to accommodate different types of cases, and it can be displayed in horizontal or vertical positions. Likewise, the Watch stand can be adjusted but when set to the highest position at a 45-degree angle, the clock face is easily visible. To set up the stand, just thread the charging cables from below, which keeps them hidden and organized. (Note that cables do not come included.) The stand comes in black, pink, and white to match your Apple devices.

For more options, take a look at our guide of the best charging stations for your devices.

Best Earhooks: EarBuddyz 2.0 Ear Hooks and Covers Accessories

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Apple AirPods have become just as iconic as the original wired models. Still, many people just don’t understand how the design fits anyone’s ears securely. And when you’ve got a pricey piece of tech in your ears, you want to make sure they aren’t going to slip out and fall down onto the subway tracks. For those people, we recommend these EarBuddyz ear hooks, which are “engineered for comfort and fit.” The hooks easily slip over the earbud and then wrap around your ear, however, the ear hooks must be removed in order to charge the AirPods back in their case.

The ear hooks are so popular that they’ve scored an Amazon’s Choice rating. However, it's important to note that these ear hooks don’t have holes over the sensor, so your AirPods won’t automatically detect when you’ve removed them from your ears. If that’s a dealbreaker for you, level up to the EarBuddyz Ultra, which have holes for the sensors.

Best for Travelers: Twelve South AirFly Wireless Transmitter

Wireless AirPods are great… until you board a long flight. Because you can’t connect your wireless headphones to inflight entertainment, you’re either stuck with the cheap pairs provided by the airline, or it’s subtitles only for you. That is, unless you have this AirFly wireless transmitter from Twelve South. Perfect for frequent travelers or gym goers, it plugs into the headphone jack plane seat or treadmill and connects to your AirPods via Bluetooth. The device is small, roughly the size of your AirPods charging case, making it easy to toss in your gym bag or carry on. It also holds a charge for eight hours, and includes a USB charging cable should it die on you.

Although they were designed for AirPods, AirFly works with any wireless headphones. Set up is easy, too: Just plug in the device and press and hold the “pair” button on the front for 10 seconds. Put your AirPods in their charging case and, with the lid open, press and hold the pair button on the back until the light flashes white. Then, you’re paired.

Best Wireless Charging Pad: Anker Wireless Charger, 10W Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Pad

The latest model of AirPods supports wireless charging, but that won’t get you far without a wireless charging pad. This wireless pad from Anker provides 7.5W charge for iPhones and AirPods, which claims to be 10 percent faster than other wireless chargers. (It also works with Qi-enabled Android devices for 10W charging.) The charging pad is sleek and has a TPU surface to prevent slippage. It’s case-compatible (for cases 5 millimeters and thinner), but for best results, you’ll need to place your phone in the middle of the pad rather than skewed to the side. The pad also comes with a three-foot MicroUSB charging cable so you can easily plug into the wall from your bedside table or desk, plus there's an 18-month worry-free warranty if you're not satisfied.

Check out other Apple accessories with our reviews of the best Apple Watch accessories and the best Apple watch stands.