AirPods replacement battery

Sg335man

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I presume Apple AirPods and there Pro version are planned obsolescence once the battery stops taking charge? Depending usage maybe 2 years or longer. I guess the technology of replacing is possible and I am sure they would offer such a service at pricing outrageous for actual what it cost them. Shame its not a simple install for the enduser?
 

cmaier

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I presume Apple AirPods and there Pro version are planned obsolescence once the battery stops taking charge? Depending usage maybe 2 years or longer. I guess the technology of replacing is possible and I am sure they would offer such a service at pricing outrageous for actual what it cost them. Shame its not a simple install for the enduser?
There would be no possible way to have that form factor and also have a user-replaceable battery.
 

Duncan68

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Apple makes more money with them being throwaway, so of course replacement batteries "aren't possible in this form factor".
 

Duncan68

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if you are so good a designer please explain how they could physically make it work?
If Casio can use a replaceable, rechargeable button battery in a G-Shock, Apple has the smarts to figure out how to do it with wireless earphones. They simply don't want to.
 

Prof.

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I'd imagine you'd pay a small fee and they'd just give you new (refurbished) AirPods...

Unless their official stance is "oh well..." when it comes to battery death.
 

nickdalzell1

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Forces consumerism to remain alive and well despite how unsustainable it is:

1. Two or three years (if you're lucky maybe 5) you have to buy new AirPods.

2. Eventually the latest generation of AirPods will require the latest iOS which might mean buying a newer iPhone.

"Our world is in peril"

~ Captain Planet.
 

V_Man

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if you are so good a designer please explain how they could physically make it work?
I always thought the stem should have a screw-on end section with the battery and maybe the mic also.

Battery get worn. $25 for a new stem.

I would happily pay $50 for a new set batteries every 2 years
 
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ericwn

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I always thought the stem should have a screw-on end section with the battery and maybe the mic also.

Battery get worn. $25 for a new stem.

I would happily pay $50 for a new set batteries every 2 years
That’s a nice idea. For a company specialised on miniature products this should be easy to do.
 
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rdy0329

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Water/sweat proofing would be null with the screw on stem Idea. Lets wait for the product to reach 3rd or 4th gen, I’m sure Apple is researching the hell out of their best selling product.
 

RecentlyConverted

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My first gen AirPods batteries have been terrible. One AirPod died after about 4 months, got a replacement, but now one is at 30% when the other reaches empty. My partner has the new Pro AirPods with the older firmware, nice units. Very good, but with the firmware issues and other problems showing up and the inability to change a battery, I am going for the Sony. Small, noise cancelling and changeable batteries.
 
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V_Man

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My first gen AirPods batteries have been terrible. One AirPod died after about 4 months, got a replacement, but now one is at 30% when the other reaches empty. My partner has the new Pro AirPods with the older firmware, nice units. Very good, but with the firmware issues and other problems showing up and the inability to change a battery, I am going for the Sony. Small, noise cancelling and changeable batteries.
If I start to have problems with mine. I’ll probably just return and get pb3 pros. I have the older version with the wire and was happy.
I really am enjoying the APP. Hope they continue without and hiccups. Time will tell I’m sure.
 

nickdalzell1

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I am trying to eke out at least 5 years out of mine. I just got them a little over a week ago. I hear they last 2-3 years but I might be able to squeeze another year or two after that by using 'one pod at a time'. keep one in while the other is charging in the case.

I worry the design will change and I am far more fond of the 'wireless EarPod' design of the AP2 over the Pros. I hope the Pro isn't the new standard as anything 'in' my ears bugs the living crap out of me.