Ever since AirPods made their long-expected albeit delayed debut, some Apple users—this author included—have been scratching their head over the inexplicable lack of a Jet Black edition. That’s why we’re thankful and excited for the BlackPods project.

Taking advantage of a proprietary three-phase coating system, BlackPods promises to give Apple’s first truly wireless earphones a luxurious scratch-resistant black finish that should match any Black, Jet Black or even Space Gray iPhone perfectly.

“We love Apple’s AirPods, but talked to many users who wished they could have them in other colors. It seemed that most AirPods owners wished they came in black to match their Jet Black or Black iPhones,” said Peter O’ Petteri, who founded BlackPods.

Their proprietary three-phase coating system was designed specifically for AirPods and developed in collaboration with automotive paint specialists, Petteri said.

Every pair of AirPods they paint black is hand-finished by a team of skilled artisans in Brooklyn, New York. “Whether you purchase them through us or send yours in, each pair of AirPods is subjected to a rigorous visual and quality inspection,” reads the website.

After sending your existing white AirPods to BlackPods for a paint job, you’ll need to wait about three days for them to complete repainting, plus additional shipping time (don’t worry, they will carefully package your newly black-clad AirPods).

Interested in pimping up your AirPods?

Head over to blackpods.store to buy a brand new custom-painted black AirPods for $249 or mail in your existing ones, in which case custom repainting will set you back $99 (for context, the standard cost for AirPods is $159).

Jet Black AirPods mockup top of post courtesy of Dutch 3D artist Martin Hajek.

  • MadeInNY

    Never underestimate the willingness of people to spend crazy dollars on things that don’t make a difference. The EarPods won’t sound better, will they? You can’t see them when you’re wearing them.

    • Others can.

    • rockdude094

      You’re trying to talk logic into someone who spent 159 to buy a normal earphone in the first place ?

      • AirPods are far from being overpriced. Bragi Dash starts at $199 so your logic does not apply. “Normal” branded wireless earphones that are as tiny as AirPods are are not priced as your regular wired earphones. Especially if they ship with a charging case, and I’m not even mentioning the W1 chip.

      • Blip dude

        Still overpriced, but really that’s all a matter of opinion though. Personally the W1 chip will only make a difference if all my devices are from Apple, which is no longer the case for me.

        Call it a first world problem, but it still is an inconvenience if I have to take off the EarPods every 5 hours (which will eventually become 4, and then 3) for 15 min just to get an extra few hours of charge.

        Think about that!! We have now reached the point where we might end up replacing earphones like the way we replace smartphones when they can no longer hold a charge long enough. So far the future sucks.

        Thanks but I think I’ll stick with the Powerbeats3 instead. 12 hours of battery life in 1 go is better than worrying about having to charge the EarPods halfway into the day. It isn’t an everyday scenario, but when it does occur I don’t want to need to be worrying about it. Oh, and the Powerbeats3 come in black too!!

      • KissMyKicks

        Perhaps you forgot to mention that beats are now own by Apple

      • Blip dude

        Okay, but what does that have to do with the subject?? If anything it should probably point out that MAYBE they aren’t even investing as much time on the AirPods as much as they are on the Beats brand.

        You figured if they could get 12 hours of battery life on the Powerbeats, they could do it on the AirPods as well.

      • rockdude094

        Essentially they are just earphones… there isn’t anything here that would make me pay 150+ for any of the wireless options currently. Yes I am a tough sell

      • Donato Bearint

        Then why buy anything from apple at all?? Everything they have is priced more then the competition. But people buy it for a reason. Yes because there is a little apple logo omit that means that whatever is behind that logo is better quality then anything without it. Just how the world works, you have to spend money for quality. Unfortunately quality is pricey. No one is forcing anyone to buy there products, if you don’t like the price don’t buy it. I personally enjoy well built things that work the way they are intended. If I really didn’t care I probably buy a 15 dollar Amazon pair too. Or an android device that works great for two months then is a great paper weight.

      • MadeInNY

        I know. I’ve also been known to tug on Superman’s cape, and spit in the wind. I’ve yet to pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, but I’m thinking of messing around with Jim.

      • nova12

        I am really old, so I appreciate that post.

    • Joey_Z

      Tell this to people who buy Bentleys… I can get from point A to point B just as comfortable in a Buick and as ‘slow’ during rush hour… But worthiness is subjective.

      • MadeInNY

        If someone bought a white Bentley, and then had it painted black for twice the price of the original white car, then we’d be talking the same thing,

        Fortunately, Bentley, unlike Apple will sell you a car in whatever color you want.

      • Joey_Z

        twice the price? but I guess it’s an analogy not a carbon copy on the situation. The point is the basic function is the same of getting people from point A to point B, the eye catching difference is in the badge.

      • MadeInNY

        Ok, 160% of the price. As for the Bentley, I’m willing to concede it is a premium product deserving a premium price. But to paint it for 60%. the price of the original. that’s insane. And it’s insane for earPods, which I’m also willing to concede have value for their original price.

      • Joey_Z

        well, you never know… to me, spending money to please others who really don’t care doesn’t make sense. But there’s demand for it for sure…

  • Alexander S

    Very cool. I wish there were some real world pictures of the finished product. Website only has renders at the moment. Thanks for sharing, Christian!

    • Zack Morris

      Agreed. Several articles about this new company and product but nothing yet to show. Seems odd they wouldn’t have a video showing the process or like you said pic of finished product.

  • Wilber Alexander Flores

    If you have to replace them at apple it’s voided it’s warranty and your out an extra 100$ lol makes sense

  • Donato Bearint

    If that’s not a scam then I don’t know what is. Sure take 100 dollars to paint something that takes 20 minutes including dry time. Void my warranty and don’t even have actual pictures to show what they product looks like when complete. Why don’t I just give you my bank account info social, debit card with pin # and you can use my car and drivers liscence to deliver them and use while they are being painted. Also take my iPhone so u can match the color perfect also. I trust you just bring them back when your finished.

    • Digitalfeind

      Just people cashing in on the Apple name. The paint and time probably costs around $25 at best.