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You may have heard rumors about the latest AirPods and AirPods 3rd generation being waterproof or water-resistant. But what does this mean, exactly? And more importantly, are AirPods cases waterproof? The answer is complicated. “Water-resistant” and “waterproof” have two very different meanings, for starters. Plus, Apple has some fine print details that need to be explored.
So are AirPods cases waterproof or just water-resistant? In this guide, Case-Mate breaks down the details. Then, we explore Case-Mate AirPods case covers and AirPods Pro case covers that can offer a little bit more protection from the elements.
Let’s get one fact straight: AirPods are not waterproof. You can’t go swimming with them. In fact, it’s really not a great idea to wear them while taking a walk in the rain (unless you’re under an umbrella, maybe) or while breaking a sweat at the gym. Your AirPods are just not built that way and, really, not many devices are.
So what gives? Doesn’t Apple claim that the AirPods can stand up to water? Well, yes, but only to a certain degree. Only the AirPods Pro offers a water-resistance, and even that can be somewhat confusing because the earbuds are one thing and the AirPods charging case is something entirely different.
Apple’s AirPods specs state that their 3rd Generation AirPods and AirPods Pro offer sweat and water-resistance properties. They are IPX4 rated, which means they can withstand non-water sports and exercise. However, water resistance is not the same as being totally waterproof.
So what does this mean for the cases themselves? Are they also IPX4 rated? Good question! The only Apple AirPods version that offers a water-resistant IPX4 rating on both the earbuds and cases is the AirPods 3rd generation with the MagSafe charging case. While the AirPods Pro boasts an IPX4 rating, it is only for the earbuds themselves – not the case! Even the AirPods Pro MagSafe charging case is not water-resistant.
These fine details are something that AirPods enthusiasts should be aware of. If your earbuds are somewhat damp from a workout, you should never place them back into their case. Instead, allow them time to dry first. Alternatively, you can find a more water-resistant and durable AirPods case cover to keep out any water.
Case-Mate understands how important it is to take care of your AirPods. We offer a huge collection of stylish and durable AirPods case covers and AirPods Pro case covers that can take on whatever life throws at them. Even if you have 3rd Generation AirPods with a MagSafe case and an IPX4 water-resistant rating, the extra coverage can protect your device from the elements and an accidental puddle drop. Because, as we pointed out, no AirPods case is completely waterproof!
However, If you are looking for the ultimate protection for your AirPods, look no further! Pelican AirPods cases feature a waterproof rating and will shield your AirPods from water, snow, dirt and dust. With a layered hardshell design and military-grade drop protection, your AirPods can withstand hard impacts, scratches, etc. Take a look at some of our waterproof AirPods case cover designs.
With an IP68 rating, the Pelican Marine AirPods case cover is completely waterproof. That’s right! Not water-resistant, but waterproof! An IP68 rating essentially indicates that the Pelican Marine case can withstand being submerged in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Plus, with a detachable carabiner clip and military-grade drop protection, the Pelican Marine AirPods case cover can stay attached to keys, belt loops and more, but is totally prepared for the accidental hard drop, too!
What else does the Pelican Protector case offer? With an accessible lightning port cable access and a wireless charging compatible design, you can charge your device however you prefer. Plus, the MicroPel® Antimicrobial Case Protection offers an extra grip to keep your device from flying out of your hands and into a puddle or pool. But just in case, this AirPods case cover offers the same military-grade drop protection.
Looking for a different type of AirPods case cover? Case-Mate offers a wide range of covers for each generation of AirPods and AirPods Pro. Explore everything we have to offer and choose the perfect case today!