Our puppy dog is a bad finger. Every now and then he gets the urge to chew and then he steals some cardboard boxes, firewood or the like and bites it. Unfortunately, this time he chose something less good, namely my wife's AirPods Pro case.
The good news is that the case itself still works reasonably well. It charges the AirPods Pro and can also be charged itself. You can continue to use the AirPods Pro. Visually, however, the case is pretty battered. It has dog teeth marks all over it and looks pretty wrinkled.
The folding mechanism also seems to have a small quirk, because the case is always slightly open. Furthermore, the button on the case is over, which prevents you from pressing the Reset AirPods Pro can. That's not a bad thing, since they work on my wife's iPhone and Mac and don't have to be set up anymore.
Solution 1: AirPods Pro Case repair or replacement - too expensive
If you want to have the case repaired, you quickly realize that this is not offered by Apple. Instead, Apple offers the wireless charging case and the MagSafe charging case for the AirPods Pro for 109 euros - mind you, without the earbuds in them.
Update 13.10.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: I just have an article on the subject AirPods Pro case lost written and note that Apple has already increased the prices. The AirPods Pro Case now costs 119 euros.
If you then consider that the batteries in the earplugs only last three to four years, then you can consider whether it makes more sense to buy new AirPods Pro straight away. Some of these are new for as little as 170 euros if you find an offer. Since the case is not completely defective, my wife wanted to save on buying a new one and the replacement case.
Another tip at this point: If you occasionally hear noises such as crackling or scratching in the AirPods Pro, the model could be a case for Apple's exchange program (source: 9to5mac).
Solution 2: Case for the AirPods Pro charging case
Since the charging case is still doing its job, it was actually about concealing the bite marks. You can also do one Silicone case for the AirPods Pro use. In our case, it would make sense to have a model that is also waterproof, because the closure is held closed so far that the slot on the lid is no longer visible.
Solution 3: Order a third-party charging case
The last option that my wife is currently struggling with is ordering a charging case from a third-party manufacturer. At Amazon, for example, there are replacement cases that look a lot like AirPods Pro. Unfortunately - probably for legal reasons - desperate attempts are made to avoid the term "AirPods" on the product page. It says "Compatible Phone Models: Headphones Pro (3rd Generation)", which probably means "AirPods Pro (3rd Generation)".
We have not yet ordered such a replacement case because we are not sure if it will really work. When evaluating such products, there are some critical voices that complain about the battery life of the case.
If you already have experience with such third-party charging cases, I would appreciate a comment.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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2 Responses to “AirPods Pro Case bitten – what can you do?”
A few years ago, one of my cats nibbled on a wifi antenna. Unfortunately, that was the antenna of the alarm system. The reacts to manipulation attempts with an alarm. The guy from the company had to come and take out the alarm. 170 euros including travel expenses. Both antennas now have an electric empty cable preventer.
Well, the dear little animals seem to like the expensive things best. 😂