Apple AirPods waterproof? Everything you need to know | ENBLE

Apple AirPods waterproof? Everything you need to know | ENBLE

The Water Resistance of Apple AirPods: Everything You Need to Know

So, you’ve just treated yourself to a shiny new pair of AirPods or you’re considering it because, let’s face it, they’re among the best wireless earbuds money can buy. But there’s one burning question on your mind: Are AirPods waterproof? The answer is no, AirPods are not waterproof, and you definitely shouldn’t wear them while swimming, in the shower, or during a water balloon fight. However, if you happen to own the third-generation AirPods or the first or second-generation AirPods Pro, you’re in luck because they are water resistant. In this article, we’ll delve into what exactly that means and explore the water-resistance capabilities of each AirPods model, as well as their ratings on the Ingress Protection (IP) scale.

Water Resistant vs. Waterproof

Before we get into the specifics of the AirPods’ water resistance, let’s clarify the difference between “waterproof” and “water resistant.” Waterproof devices are completely watertight and can be fully submerged in water without any damage occurring. This is determined by the IP rating system, which measures the device’s resistance to water, dust, and dirt. On the other hand, water resistance means that a device can withstand limited exposure to water, such as splashes, sweat, or light rain, for specific periods of time. The IP rating system also applies to water resistance, so it’s important to understand the levels before purchasing any water-resistant device.

AirPods 1 and 2: No Water Resistance

Let’s start with the AirPods 1 and 2. While the second generation introduced several technological updates, water resistance wasn’t one of them. These AirPods are not designed to withstand water or moisture, so exposing them to raindrops, sweat, or any kind of water can cause damage. While there are accessories available to waterproof the charging case, the earbuds themselves remain vulnerable.

AirPods 3: IPX4 Sweat and Water Resistance

With the release of the AirPods 3, Apple finally added water resistance to the lineup. The AirPods 3 boast an IPX4 water-resistance rating, as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). IPX4 means they can withstand water splashes from any direction. In practical terms, this means you can wear them in the rain, while sweating during a workout, or even while cooking without worrying about damage. However, it’s important to note that IPX4 does not make these AirPods entirely waterproof. Submerging them in water for any length of time is not recommended (that level of protection falls under IPX7). So, swimming, showering, or wearing them near bodies of water is not advisable.

AirPods Pro 2: IPX4 Sweat and Water Resistance

The AirPods Pro 2, the second-generation version of the popular AirPods Pro, also come equipped with IPX4 water resistance. This means they can handle splashes of water from any direction, making them safe to wear in the rain or during light water exposure. Apple has extended this water resistance to the AirPods Pro 2 charging case as well, allowing you to use them without worrying about long-term damage. However, it’s still advisable to avoid getting water inside the charging case.

AirPods Max: No Water Resistance

Unlike the earbud-style AirPods, the over-ear AirPods Max lack any type of water resistance. Their design makes them more susceptible to water damage, so it’s crucial to keep them indoors and away from any sources of moisture.

Water Resistance of AirPods Charging Cases

Until recently, none of the AirPods charging cases offered water resistance. However, the third-generation AirPods and the second-generation AirPods Pro have introduced MagSafe and Lightning cases with an IPX4 rating. This means the cases are resistant to water splashes, providing an extra layer of protection for your AirPods.

What to Do When Your AirPods Get Wet

Accidents happen, and you might find yourself with wet AirPods. While this doesn’t mean instant doom for your beloved earbuds, it’s important to take immediate action to minimize any potential damage. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Remove the AirPods from the water or rain as quickly as possible. Turn them off and disconnect them from your device.

  2. Wipe down the AirPods with a soft, clean cloth, ensuring you remove all visible water. Gently shaking them can help dislodge water from crevices.

  3. Place the AirPods in an open, dry area where they are safe. Avoid putting them back in the charging case, as you should never place wet AirPods inside. Allow them to air dry for at least 12 hours or longer if they were fully submerged. Do not use compressed air, a hair dryer, or heat to dry them, as this can cause further damage.

  4. Once they are fully dry, return the AirPods to the charging case and recharge them. Attempt to reconnect them to your device.

With this knowledge, you can confidently navigate the world of AirPods water resistance and enjoy your wireless audio experience without any water-related worries. Remember to consider the water-resistance rating of each AirPods model before engaging in activities that involve water exposure.