The best part about being a professional "person who reviews things" is that everyone has something they want to talk to you about. For the last two years, that thing has been AirPods. For the last two months, it's been AirPods cases.
Don't AirPods come with a case?
Yes! A charging case! What people were actually describing to me is more accurately thought of as an AirPod charging case case. But the case I'm here to talk to you about today envelops the existing case with a thin material, usually silicone, while still allowing you to open and close the case and access the charging port. It often includes a hook and small carabiner that lets you attach them to a belt loop or bag. The material is thin enough that you can still wirelessly charge a 2nd generation AirPod case. That also means it won't provide protection from anything more than little bumps and nicks.
When you think about it for more than five seconds, getting a case for your AirPods case sounds stupid. But while the true wireless AirPods themselves are pretty divisive—either a revelation that you cannot live without or an environmental nightmare that won't stay in your ears—everyone who I've talked to with an AirPods case case absolutely loves it. My seat mate on an airplane said the colored case helped her quickly identify which pods were hers after a group dinner. My friend clips his, which is shaped like Pikachu, to his backpack while he commutes into work.
After some research, the best AirPods case we've found is this $8 model from Bluewind. It's thin enough that it doesn't add a ton of bulk and allows for wireless charging, has a carabiner for clipping, comes in a ton of different color options, and a two-year warranty. The case does obscure the LED indicator light, but considering how little actual information that light provides, this isn't a big deal. For less than $10, something with one minor downside is pretty noteworthy.
If a plain silicone case isn't your jam, you have tons of other options (including this one plastered with several Supreme AND Louis Vuitton logos). We've found a few that are actually worth considering.
Originally Appeared on GQ