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(Pocket-lint) - It's no exaggeration to call the release of Apple's AirPods a few years ago a bit of a revolution. All of a sudden, true wireless earbuds were in the mainstream, and they've only got more popular since then. They might not be to everyone's taste when it comes to design but they are excellent in terms of convenience.

Unlike the company's iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch, the AirPods only come in white and Apple doesn't offer any own-branded accessories for them, except a wireless charging case. That doesn't mean other companies haven't decided there is a market for AirPods accessories though - some of which are pretty clever.

Whether it's a case to make the AirPods case more protective, or hooks to keep them in your ears more securely while exercising, here are the best AirPods accessories we have come across.

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Twelve South AirFly Pro


If you want to connect your AirPods to gym equipment or use them on a flight, it's worth investing in a bluetooth transmitter like the Twelve South AirFly Pro. The AirFly Pro offer eight hours battery and it comes with a 3.5mm headphone cable, USB charging cable and travel pouch.

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Belkin Wireless Charging Pad


If you have the second generation of AirPods with the wireless charging case, or you have the AirPod Pros, getting yourself a wireless charging pad will make charging a dream. Just pop your AirPods in their wireless charging case down on the pad and they will charge away. No need to find your Lightning cable, or faff around plugging them in.

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Gazeon Qi Wireless Charging Case


This is a clever solution for those with the original AirPods that don't come with the wireless charging case. The Gazeon Qi Wireless Charging case slips over your AirPods case, allowing you to charge them wirelessly, without buying the official wireless case from Apple. There are a number of options available and a clip to attach your AirPods to keys, bags or belts.

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AhaStyle Silicone Earbud Covers


If you need a more secure fit than the original AirPods or AirPods 2 offer and you don't want to upgrade to the AirPods Pro, then you could try AhaStyle's Silicone Earbud Covers. The covers come in large and small sizes and they feature ear tips, designed to help with sound and offer a better fit.

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Lenlun Protective Silicone Cover


For those who do have the latest AirPods Pro, Lenlun offer a protective silicone cover in a range of options to protect against scratches and make the white case pop a little more. There's also a metal carabiner clip for attaching your AirPods Pro to your bag, keys or belt.

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Elago EarHooks


If you're a runner or gym-goer and you can't justify investing in the AirPods Pro, the Elago EarHooks are designed to keep your AirPods secure when doing exercise. There are eight options to choose from and all you have to do is pop the AirPods into the loops and hook the ear hook over your ear.

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Olixar Anti-Loss Cable


The Olixar Anti-Loss Cable is compatible with all generations of AirPods and is designed for keeping your AirPods secure when exercising. Just slip your AirPods into the loop and the strap will sit behind your neck. It sort of defeats the object of the brilliant wire free design though.

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Power Support Silicone Dual Cap Case


The Power Support Silicone Dual Cap Case for the original AirPods and second generation model comes in a range of different options with each model offering two different version caps. The silicone skin wraps around the white casing to protect from bumps and scratches.

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Catalyst Waterproof Case


The Catalyst Waterproof Case is made from silicone and it not only gives your AirPods or AirPods 2 water protection, but it offers drop protection too. This case comes in a number of options - including a glow in the dark option - and it includes a lightweight carabiner for attaching it to your bag or belt loop. 

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Incase AirPods Case With Woolenex


Incase offers a couple of different case options for the AirPods and AirPods 2, including this form-fitting case made from Wollenex. The lightweight fabric offers good abrasion and weather resistance and underneath the material is a polycarbonate shell. The case comes in four options.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Editing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on 2 December 2019.