When Apple first announced the AirPods, it was love at first sight for me, but as someone who had issues exercising without the EarPods falling out, I was a bit skeptical about the AirPods falling out also.
When I got the AirPods late last year, I found that they did, in fact, stay in while exercising — just as Apple advertised. That being said, I do find that after many hours of use, they do start to slide out of my ear, especially if exercising outside in hot weather.
Enter Earhoox 2.0 (a set of large and small ear hook attachments made of silicone for EarPods and AirPods). I took a chance on these during the Prime Day extravaganza. I figured that for $7.99 (now $9.99) if I didn’t like them or they didn’t work as advertised, then I wouldn’t feel too bad.
So, let’s get to the point: This is probably the single best add-on accessory you can use with EarPods or AirPods. This less than $10 accessory completely changes the feel and sound of the AirPods. Let’s take a look at the gritty details to see why I came to this conclusion.
First, the good. These add the ear hook and when they’re in your ears, they’re not going anywhere. You can jump, you can run, you can do flips and they will not come out. So, that works great and as advertised.
One of the things that I didn’t expect was that it also adds more of a seal to the AirPods when in your ears, and therefore reduces some of the background noise that you’d normally hear with just the AirPods in your ears alone. It’s sort of a cheap noise isolation addition to the headphones.
Another nicety that I found: Due to the ear hook, the AirPods position themselves so that the sound is directed into the ear canal a bit better, providing louder sound and more bass. Although, this may not be the same for everyone.
Now for the bad. Even with a better seal and the fact they don’t move, there’s a few downsides.
The biggest downside is that these are really hard to get installed easily — because it’s silicone you have to force the AirPod inside, then adjust it so that all of the cutouts line up. It can take a solid minute to get them installed.
That brings us to the second downside: You cannot charge with this accessory installed — if they were just a little slimmer it would allow the AirPod to reach the charge contact points in the case with the case lid opened, but as it is currently the end of the AirPod cannot reach the charging contacts at the bottom of the case.
So, what’s the final verdict? I’m definitely pleased with it and will use them on a regular basis whenever I workout, but not sure if it’s an accessory that I will keep installed on my AirPods since I cannot charge them with it on, even though it does provide the extra noise isolation.
The Objective Developer is a blog written by Cory Bohon