If you are lucky enough to own a set of AirPods, you love them, you take them everywhere, you show them to everyone, you run back into the house if you forget them. You are constantly grabbing and going these little wizards, which by most standards, are the best technology forward product Apple released in 2016. With all Apple products, I want to keep them safe and sound, but the high polish white plastic does not hold up very well against scratches.
Within about two days, my AirPods case was scratched and ruined. I use ruined fairly loosely, but any scratch on my Apple products is a total travesty. Thankfully, I stumbled across PodPockets, which now safely cradle my AirPods case.
AirPod PodPocket Protection
On a daily basis, I carry a keycard for entry to the office. Right pocket. My Jet Black iPhone, of course, gets its own. Left pocket. Therefore, if I want to constantly carry my AirPods around, what am I to do? I threw them in my right pocket with the keycard. Both are made of plastic, neither is particularly rough, so it should be fine. Wrong!
I must have walked less than a half mile with the card and my AirPods case in the same pocket and the case was completely wrecked. It looked like someone took sandpaper to both sides. The PodPocket aims to resolve this concern.
While the design is not completely enclosed, it still offers protection for a majority of the charging case. A thick silicon barrier fits the case extremely well. So well, in fact, that it is pretty difficult to spring the case from the PodPocket once inserted, which is a good thing. There is an opening on the bottom that allows immediate access to the charging port and also a way to push the case back out of the PodPocket. If you do clip this to your bag, the charging case is not going to accidentally slip and fall to its death.
A side loop connects to a tiny keychain with a clip, perfect for attaching to your day pack, purse, or belt loop. Although the belt loop may be awkward for everyone involved. The clip lets you stash it easily in plain sight, for a quick grab and go method I was hoping for all along.
Now with a PodPocket wrapped around the case, I do feel comfortable throwing it in my pocket with anything else. Keep in mind, the top is still exposed so you can grab the AirPods easily. The material is silicon and naturally grabs some dust and lint, like any other silicon case you may have tried for an iPhone.
Also, it is a little thick for my taste, to keep in my pocket daily. Consequently, I keep this in my day pack. After speaking with PodPockets, there is a potential to release a slightly slimmer version that lacks the silicon loop and clip, for easier pocketability.
The PodPockets perfectly achieve their intention, to give you protection and quick AirPod access on the go. I would certainly call them practical, before stylish. Considering this is the only AirPod case I have seen thus far, if you are worried about protecting your investment, grab a pair in blazing red, indigo blue or cocoa gray for a fair $19.95. Having tested all three, go for red!