AirPods 2 clones (finally a perfect 100% copy with H1 chip)

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
The only difference is, the back hinge on the clone charging case is shiny chrome
& the back hinge on the AirPods charging case is matte chrome.
These cost $66.49 with free shipping.

 

Gregintosh

macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
1,779
417
Chicago
I already got the real ones but boy am I tempted to try these too. I’d much rather pay $67 a year to replace them after battery starts dying than $200.

Edit: Just got to the part on battery life and 2 hours ain’t enough for a new unit. I guess it’s still worth the money to have the real deal and 5 hours.
 

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
Citation please.
They are using a "Airoha 1526P" bluetooth 5.0 processor.
It mimics Apple's proprietary W1 chip & more.
[doublepost=1557748179][/doublepost]Here's a better "AirPod 2" clone than the one in my original post.
And it's only $27 with free shipping.
It also has the W1 chip pairing functions.
The popup battery level of the charging case is real on this one (with all others, it's a fake 80% all the time).
You can use either AirPod by itself (with all others, you can only use the right side by itself).
The sound quality is better & louder.
The microphones sound great (with others, it's pretty bad).
It doesn't have the Apple printing on the box, charging case & AirPods (that's ok).
You get a silicone case & AirPod leash for free (sport kit).

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...-Charging-Bluetooth-5/932707_33010935890.html

This guy works for the company that makes it.

I'm not affiliated with the seller.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: TJ82

sunapple

macrumors 68000
Jul 16, 2013
1,930
2,889
The Netherlands
I already got the real ones but boy am I tempted to try these too. I’d much rather pay $67 a year to replace them after battery starts dying than $200.

Edit: Just got to the part on battery life and 2 hours ain’t enough for a new unit. I guess it’s still worth the money to have the real deal and 5 hours.
You don't have to replace AirPods every year for a new battery, as you can get the batteries replaced by Apple.

By the way, not a fan in any way of cheap knock-offs. There's always a catch.
 
  • Like
Reactions: radiologyman

raymanster

macrumors 6502
Feb 13, 2008
341
101
UK
You don't have to replace AirPods every year for a new battery, as you can get the batteries replaced by Apple.

By the way, not a fan in any way of cheap knock-offs. There's always a catch.
Getting the batteries replaced on both airpods and the case works out very close to getting a whole new set. Not much point unless you just use the one airpod a lot more then the other.
 

sunapple

macrumors 68000
Jul 16, 2013
1,930
2,889
The Netherlands
Getting the batteries replaced on both airpods and the case works out very close to getting a whole new set. Not much point unless you just use the one airpod a lot more then the other.
I figured with a lot of usage, a year of use is pretty bad for the AirPods but okay. The case however, can't imagine that needs replacing too so soon. Did anyone have to replace the case?
 

batman75

macrumors 6502a
Apr 15, 2010
596
75
Isn't it illegal to knowingly buy a product of intellectual property and copyright theft?

To me I wouldn't want to have customs screening this package. Better to buy the real thing. I'm sure the real thing will be discounted soon. There was a promotion yesterday morning where Airpods 2 without wireless charging case was $139.99. Unfortunately I was slow to pull trigger and now they are back to $159.99

UPDATE: I was able to get $100 for my Airpods 1 in an eBay auction so I pulled the trigger and bought the Airpods 2 with wireless charging since it was in stock at the local Apple store. The $125 price difference is a bargain for the upgrade given that I get new batteries and wireless charging.
 
Last edited:

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
You don't have to replace AirPods every year for a new battery, as you can get the batteries replaced by Apple.

By the way, not a fan in any way of cheap knock-offs. There's always a catch.
AirPods knock-offs are starting to get real good.
You just need to find the good ones.
Read reviews. watch YouTube, read the comments.
I already own 2 pairs of first generation Apple AirPods.
Last Sunday, I bought some AirPods clones in a Chinese electronics store for $24 + tax.
They are as good as my Apple AirPods.
They look 100% the same.
They battery level screen pops up when I open the charging case.
They sound the same. They come with a lightning cable & silicone case.
The only thing they lack is proximity sensors. The black dots are there but they're painted on.
The microphones sound good. I can use either AirPod by itself.
They do "Hey Siri". They have more features than Apple AirPods with tap control.
You wouldn't be able to tell they are fake unless you see that there is no Apple printing on
the back of the charging case (or notice the painted on proximity sensor dots).
I'm not afraid of losing or breaking these at all. These are basically disposable.
If you buy them wholesale, they cost about $7.
Apple is making tons of profit on AirPods at $159 & $199.
 

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
Getting the batteries replaced on both airpods and the case works out very close to getting a whole new set. Not much point unless you just use the one airpod a lot more then the other.
Lets do some math...
AirPods cost $159.
Out of warranty fee to change all 3 batteries: $69+$69+$59=$197
What an awesome deal! :eek:
 

Gregintosh

macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
1,779
417
Chicago
You don't have to replace AirPods every year for a new battery, as you can get the batteries replaced by Apple.

By the way, not a fan in any way of cheap knock-offs. There's always a catch.
The question is will apple reliably replace everyone’s AirPods at 11.5 months into the purchase? Or do you have to prove something is wrong with them? Cause at 1 year the battery still is fairly decent its when you start approaching 1.5 years or 2 years it starts to noticeably go down and FAST.

If Apple will replace at 1 year, I guess I should set a calendar appointment now to make sure I can get the AirPods 2 I ordered replaced in time.
 

sunapple

macrumors 68000
Jul 16, 2013
1,930
2,889
The Netherlands
AirPods knock-offs are starting to get real good.
You just need to find the good ones.
Read reviews. watch YouTube, read the comments.
I already own 2 pairs of first generation Apple AirPods.
Last Sunday, I bought some AirPods clones in a Chinese electronics store for $24 + tax.
They are as good as my Apple AirPods.
They look 100% the same.
They battery level screen pops up when I open the charging case.
They sound the same. They come with a lightning cable & silicone case.
The only thing they lack is proximity sensors. The black dots are there but they're painted on.
The microphones sound good. I can use either AirPod by itself.
They do "Hey Siri". They have more features than Apple AirPods with tap control.
You wouldn't be able to tell they are fake unless you see that there is no Apple printing on
the back of the charging case (or notice the painted on proximity sensor dots).
I'm not afraid of losing or breaking these at all. These are basically disposable.
If you buy them wholesale, they cost about $7.
Apple is making tons of profit on AirPods at $159 & $199.
You write your comments like a poem ;)

There are knock-offs for every single product in our lives. You just have to deal with lesser/no service, shipping and quality. People joke that the Apple logo adds so much to the price when in reality, it's mostly the costs of importing/exporting, marketing and whatnot. Like with clothing or off-brand charging cables that come straight from the factory, the difference in price is always huge.

Just don't be amazed when a cheap MacBook charger starts a fire, or if your fake AirPods melt. But it saves you some money, I'll give you that.

Lets do some math...
AirPods cost $159.
Out of warranty fee to change all 3 batteries: $69+$69+$59=$197
What an awesome deal! :eek:
Batteries are $49 + $49 + $49 = $147 actually, but it's expensive for sure (they cannot actually open up those AirPods, they just replace the whole thing which is why it's so expensive).

I can't believe the charging case would need replacement every year though, mine certainly doesn't. My AirPods are still fine as well after 1.5 years (not a heavy user), can't imagine their life span to be shorter than two years. Same can't be said for the knock-offs.

The question is will apple reliably replace everyone’s AirPods at 11.5 months into the purchase? Or do you have to prove something is wrong with them? Cause at 1 year the battery still is fairly decent its when you start approaching 1.5 years or 2 years it starts to noticeably go down and FAST.

If Apple will replace at 1 year, I guess I should set a calendar appointment now to make sure I can get the AirPods 2 I ordered replaced in time.
It doesn't matter when you replace you batteries if it's just for normal wear. With or without warranty, it'll be $49 I believe.
 

Gregintosh

macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
1,779
417
Chicago
It doesn't matter when you replace you batteries if it's just for normal wear. With or without warranty, it'll be $49 I believe.
At 149 to replace the battery case and both AirPods you pretty much pay the same as a new pair, maybe even more if you get a good deal online somewhere on a new set. Now, if it was 49 to replace the set for battery issues TOTAL (not per pod) then I think 80% of people would be quite satisfied, me included.
 

steve knight

macrumors 68030
Jan 28, 2009
2,644
7,105
Lets do some math...
AirPods cost $159.
Out of warranty fee to change all 3 batteries: $69+$69+$59=$197
What an awesome deal! :eek:
I have two pair or had two pair of the AirPods 1's they both got charged twice a day I got two years out of them or so. they got dow not 2 or so hours. thats heavy duty use. the case is going fine it should last a fair amount longer then the airbuds
 
  • Like
Reactions: sunapple

turbineseaplane

macrumors 603
Mar 19, 2008
6,070
8,994
Am I reading it right...
Only 2.5 hours of music listening on these when brand new?
[doublepost=1558031345][/doublepost]
AirPods knock-offs are starting to get real good.
You just need to find the good ones.
Read reviews. watch YouTube, read the comments.
I already own 2 pairs of first generation Apple AirPods.
Last Sunday, I bought some AirPods clones in a Chinese electronics store for $24 + tax.
They are as good as my Apple AirPods.
They look 100% the same.
They battery level screen pops up when I open the charging case.
They sound the same. They come with a lightning cable & silicone case.
The only thing they lack is proximity sensors. The black dots are there but they're painted on.
The microphones sound good. I can use either AirPod by itself.
They do "Hey Siri". They have more features than Apple AirPods with tap control.
You wouldn't be able to tell they are fake unless you see that there is no Apple printing on
the back of the charging case (or notice the painted on proximity sensor dots).
I'm not afraid of losing or breaking these at all. These are basically disposable.
If you buy them wholesale, they cost about $7.
Apple is making tons of profit on AirPods at $159 & $199.
What about battery life?
Any links to ones you recommend?

thx
 

oneMadRssn

macrumors 603
Sep 8, 2011
5,030
11,774
Europe
Isn't it illegal to knowingly buy a product of intellectual property and copyright theft?
Short answer, no it isn't illegal.

Long answer: I take "illegal" to mean "criminal." It is not a crime to purchase stuff that infringes copyright. It is a crime to distribute copyright infringing stuff for a profit, but not to be the casual buyer. And there are no criminal statutes for patent or trademark infringement. Doing those things may lead to civil liability, theoretically, but I don't consider civil liability to mean "illegal" because doing things that risk minor civil liability are a daily occurrence for almost everyone (think about how often you're technically trespassing, but no one cares).

All that said, don't buy that rubbish on Aliexpress. They're almost certainly awful.

Most importantly, it's probably super dangerous. Think about what these are: small lithium batteries inserted into your ears - small amounts of unstable and super flammable material in or very near your ear canal. It can be made safe with good design, good manufacturing practices, and built-in safety systems. But I am sure the knockoffs on Aliexpress have none of that. I've actually seen what happens to someone that has a cheapo Chinese vape-pen lithium battery explode in their mouth while vaping. Think Looney Tunes golfball-sized hole in their front teeth and gums. Super gross. Any lithium batteries going anywhere near my body have to from a reputable company with good engineers, good manufacturing, and proper safety designs.
 
  • Like
Reactions: haruhiko

steve23094

macrumors 68030
Apr 23, 2013
2,681
1,451
They are using a "Airoha 1526P" bluetooth 5.0 processor.
It mimics Apple's proprietary W1 chip & more.
Really though? According to Airoha’s own webpage and their Code of Ethics they are ‘committed to ethical business practices and we take allegations of ethical misconduct in our business dealings seriously’, which includes ‘Misappropriating or stealing equipment or other property’. So either it isn’t a copy of the W1 or their ethics statements are not worth the pixels they’re written on. Somebody is telling porkies.

Source: http://www.airoha.com.tw/webe/html/about/07.aspx
Here's a better "AirPod 2" clone than the one in my original post.
And it's only $27 with free shipping.
It also has the W1 chip pairing functions.
The popup battery level of the charging case is real on this one (with all others, it's a fake 80% all the time).
You can use either AirPod by itself (with all others, you can only use the right side by itself).
The sound quality is better & louder.
The microphones sound great (with others, it's pretty bad).
It doesn't have the Apple printing on the box, charging case & AirPods (that's ok).
You get a silicone case & AirPod leash for free (sport kit).

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...-Charging-Bluetooth-5/932707_33010935890.html

This guy works for the company that makes it.

I'm not affiliated with the seller.
The pairing is a slower and the tap controls fail half the time. And I wouldn’t put much stead in an employee’s opinion that the sound quality is better.

But possibly most importantly as another poster has already pointed out, I wouldn’t be comfortable putting a knock off lithium battery into my ear.
 
  • Like
Reactions: haruhiko

batman75

macrumors 6502a
Apr 15, 2010
596
75
Short answer, no it isn't illegal.

Long answer: I take "illegal" to mean "criminal." It is not a crime to purchase stuff that infringes copyright. It is a crime to distribute copyright infringing stuff for a profit, but not to be the casual buyer. And there are no criminal statutes for patent or trademark infringement. Doing those things may lead to civil liability, theoretically, but I don't consider civil liability to mean "illegal" because doing things that risk minor civil liability are a daily occurrence for almost everyone (think about how often you're technically trespassing, but no one cares).

All that said, don't buy that rubbish on Aliexpress. They're almost certainly awful.

Most importantly, it's probably super dangerous. Think about what these are: small lithium batteries inserted into your ears - small amounts of unstable and super flasmmable material in or very near your ear canal. It can be made safe with good design, good manufacturing practices, and built-in safety systems. But I am sure the knockoffs on Aliexpress have none of that. I've actually seen what happens to someone that has a cheapo Chinese vape-pen lithium battery explode in their mouth while vaping. Think Looney Tunes golfball-sized hole in their front teeth and gums. Super gross. Any lithium batteries going anywhere near my body have to from a reputable company with good engineers, good manufacturing, and proper safety designs.
Some good points. Agree completely.

For personal curiosity though - what are some everyday innocuous examples of trespassing?
 

oneMadRssn

macrumors 603
Sep 8, 2011
5,030
11,774
Europe
Some good points. Agree completely.

For personal curiosity though - what are some everyday innocuous examples of trespassing?
- While on walking the sidewalk, and wandering onto someone's lawn to go around a puddle.
- While walking down the street, cutting through a private parking lot to save a minute.
- Parking your car at one store's lot, but going to a different store down the street instead.
- Using a restroom at an establishment that has a "restroom for customers only" sign without buying anything (this one is debatable)
 
  • Like
Reactions: haruhiko

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
Am I reading it right...
Only 2.5 hours of music listening on these when brand new?
[doublepost=1558031345][/doublepost]

What about battery life?
Any links to ones you recommend?

thx
Some of the new clones claim 4-5 hours (probably with the volume kept low).
The only one I would currently recommend is the "i60 TWS" for $25.50.
I don't own these yet, but I may order a few.
If you don't need wireless charging, get the "i30 TWS". The "i60 TWS" are a little better though.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...-Charging-Bluetooth-5/932707_33010935890.html
I'm not affiliated with the seller.

Listen how good the microphone sounds from these clones. This guy works for the company that makes these. He is using them in this video (read the comments, he mentions it). Most clones have poor sounding microphones. They sound like audio from a 2-way radio (walkie talkie).


These are an exact copy without any "Apple" printing on the box, charging case & AirPods.
They are the equivalent of the "AirPods 2" & the ONLY clone that shows real battery levels for the charging case. The other clones show a fake charging case 80% battery level.
You can also use either AirPod by itself. With other clones, you can only use the right AirPod by itself.
You get a real lightning cable, silicone case & neck leash too.
They don't have ear detection (proximity sensors), but none of the clones have that. The dots are there, but they are painted on. You do get more features with tap control than real AirPods.
I do own 2 pairs of the real Gen 1 Apple AirPods, but for 1/8 of the price (and no sales tax), I use these as "disposable" AirPods that I don't have to worry about.
[doublepost=1558051900][/doublepost]
Really though? According to Airoha’s own webpage and their Code of Ethics they are ‘committed to ethical business practices and we take allegations of ethical misconduct in our business dealings seriously’, which includes ‘Misappropriating or stealing equipment or other property’. So either it isn’t a copy of the W1 or their ethics statements are not worth the pixels they’re written on. Somebody is telling porkies.
Source: http://www.airoha.com.tw/webe/html/about/07.aspx
There are about 10 Chinese companies copying the W1 processor.
Last week, I saw a document in Chinese (translated) that named all the processors.
I don't remember how to find it again. If I do, I'll send you the link.
Another company that copies the W1 chip is "Realtek".
Most clones have the "Airoha" chip (probably because it's cheaper).
I read that the "Realtek" chip is better in many ways.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: turbineseaplane

ThugFreak

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2018
112
44
California
@ThugFreak

Thx!
Please do keep us up to date.

I have a clone pair coming just to test out - mainly curious
Which one did you order?
I'm going to order some "i60 TWS".
Have you seen the Apple Watch clones?


This has me freaking out a little now.
AirPods produce 10 times the EMF output compared to iPhone during a call.


 

Similar threads

  • nickdalzell1
0
Replies
0
Views
119
  • TheodoreMateo
2
Replies
2
Views
254
  • booksbooks
17
Replies
17
Views
701
  • BATman.Berlin
7
Replies
7
Views
339
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.