- If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, especially with an iPhone, Apple’s AirPods are among your best options for wireless earbuds.
- AirPods automatically pair with your Apple devices the moment you open the case nearby, and you can use your Apple devices to help you pinpoint a misplaced AirPod.
AirPods with Charging Case
The original and standard AirPods with Charging Case are the base and cheapest AirPods you can buy. You get the regular AirPods wireless earbuds and a charging case that charges via a Lightning cable, the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.
The AirPods have a five-hour battery life, and the case stores 24 hours of battery charge. A quick 15-minute charge in the case gives them an extra three hours of listening time. These are not sweat or water resistant — you’ll have to check out the AirPods Pro below if that’s important to you.
- Get Apple AirPods (2nd-gen) for $139.95 at B&H Photo (originally $159) [You save $20]
AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are identical to the 2nd-gen AirPods with Charging Case, except the charging case can be charged wirelessly as well as via a Lightning cable. That means you can charge the wireless charging case on a wireless charging pad that uses the Qi wireless charging standard. Thankfully, that means you can charge the AirPods’ wireless charging case on pretty much any wireless charging pad, including the pad you already use for your iPhone, if you already use one.
- Get Apple AirPods (2nd-gen) Wireless Charging for $139.99 at Micro Center (originally $199), in-store only, contactless pickup [You save $60]
- Get Apple AirPods (2nd-gen) Wireless Charging for $169 on Amazon (originally $199) [You save $30]
The AirPods Pro are Apple’s highest-end AirPods, and they’re the most expensive. They have a shorter stem than the original AirPods design, and they have an in-ear design that fits more securely in more ears using tips of three different sizes — if you’ve ever had difficulty keeping Apple’s earbuds in your ear, these are the solution. The wireless charging case is also wider than the non-pro charging cases.
Despite their smaller size, they come with active noise cancellation, and they sound a little better than the regular non-pro AirPods. Battery life with noise cancellation enabled isn’t as long as the regular AirPods, but it’s still pretty good (4.5 hours versus 5 hours). If the AirPods Pro run out of battery, a quick 15-minute charge in the case gives you an extra three hours of listening time. The AirPods Pro come with a wireless charging case that holds a 24-hour total charge for the AirPods.
The AirPods Pro are also sweat and water resistant, whereas the regular non-pro AirPods are not.
- Get Apple AirPods Pro for $219.99 at Verizon (originally $249.99) [You save $30]
- Get Apple AirPods Pro for $234 on Amazon (originally $249) [You save $15]
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