Apple’s AirPods Pro earbuds have created their own accessory ecosystem, complete with supplementary Apple AirPods case options and other add-ons that help overcome minor shortcomings that, for some people, may be major. David Carnoy/CNET You can find cheaper knockoff versions of Catalyst’s AirPods Pro case ($30), but the Catalyst is a better Apple AirPod case than many of the imitators, not to mention one of the top AirPods case options you can purchase. David Carnoy/CNET I like Catalyst’s original Waterproof Case (see above — $30) but if you want something that delivers maximum protection, its newer Total Protection case certainly measures up to its title. Catalyst’s original Waterproof case has a rubberized finish, while this has a hard plastic finish. Also, the carabiner seems securely attached to the case (with some silicone cases, the carabiner can end up getting torn off if you snag the case on something). However, some people complain that because the rubber is so thin it has a tendency to stretch easily and end up not fitting as well as it should.
However, this model from amBand, which mainly sells smartwatch bands, manages to stand out for its attractive design and reasonable price (around $12 and sometimes a little less). CharJenPro also sells its AirFoams Pro Form Fit eartips ($22) that have a slightly more convex shape than the original AirFoams Pro ($17). You can get foam tips that cost less (more like $12-$15), but as I said, Comply is the gold standard and it may be worth paying a little more. David Carnoy/CNET For several years Comply has been the gold standard for memory foam eartips and now you can get Comply tips for your AirPods Pro. David Carnoy/CNET The husband-and-wife team of Charlie and Jen at CharJenPro pulled off a successful Kickstarter for AirPods foam earbuds in early 2020 and now have a growing line of AirPods Pro foam eartips, including the new AirFoams Pro Active ($28) that have a silicone layer over the foam that’s designed to protect the tips from sweat and ear wax and help them last longer (the company claims three times longer). This AirPod Pro case fits like a glove and wears nicely over time. If you happen to drop your AirPods in the ocean or a deep lake, the case is rated as waterproof down to 330 feet (100 meters).
The case has a kind of band that slides up and clicks into the lid, locking it down. Also, it’s hard to tell they’re charging because the LED that lets you initially know the AirPods are charging is hidden under the case. If you want a genuine leather case versus silicone material, a charging case or a wireless charging case, all of those are available. RHA RHA has a slightly different take on a wireless flight transmitter. Both plugs tuck back into the transmitter. It has a stick on attachment for the back of your phone, that lets you clip the case (and the AirPods Pro) to your phone. The options are seemingly endless and they prevent the AirPods and their case from scuffs. This AirPods case cover protects your AirPods’ own case, as well as makes it fully waterproof. From the best AirPods Pro case to the best wireless charger and more, here’s a look at some of CNET’s top picks of accessories for AirPods, wax seal set based on my own hands-on experience with each product. Another key feature: The bundled detachable carabiner lets you strap the AirPods 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 compatible with PopSockets’ PopGrip base so you can use it with another PopGrip if you own one already. This one has two foldable 3.5mm jacks: You can either opt to use one 3.5mm plug, or two for those older in-flight systems that have two jacks. The only issue is that you may have trouble plugging it in if you have some sort of case on your computer (it has to plug all the way into the port to work). Well, one workaround is buying a Bluetooth transmitter that you can plug into any 3.5mm audio jack. Two sets of ear hooks are included — one that’s translucent (shown here) and one that’s white. Its Rugged AirPods Pro case is one of the best I’ve tested. If you’re looking to personalize things further, you can even get an AirPods case cover or an AirPods skin. You can get very thin silicone skins that cover the bud portion of the AirPods Pro or a set of wings like these that not only cover the bud but add a sport fin (they do help lock the AirPods Pro in your ears).