AirPods were launched in 2016 and AirPods Pro arrived in 2019. If you’ve had first- or second-generation AirPods or first-generation AirPods Pro for several years, the batteries are probably wearing out. Let’s look at a range of options for what to do with old, dying AirPods, including replacing, selling, and recycling.
Apple does not specifically share the number of charge cycles to expect from the batteries of AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. How long they last will largely depend on how much you use and charge your AirPods.
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While AirPods are under warranty, defective batteries are covered. But for many, the batteries may die when the AirPods are out of warranty.
Instead of just buy a new pair and throw them away (or hopefully recycle : ), let’s look at some other options.
What to do with old AirPods
At this time, there is no trade-in program for AirPods with Apple, but you can recycle them at any Apple Store (Best Buy and Staples as well) if you’re ok with not receive money. We’ll talk about that in more detail below, but you can also check the trade-in value with our partner to get money for your AirPods if they work normally.
AirPods Battery Service with Apple
With Official Apple Battery Serviceyou’re looking at $49 for AirPods and AirPods Pro (per headphone), and the same price applies to all AirPods charging cases.
Meanwhile, AirPods Max Battery Service costs $79.
Do you have AppleCare+?
You’ll also be covered beyond the standard one-year warranty if you’ve purchased AppleCare+ coverage for your AirPods. In this case, you will be covered for two years and there is no deductible for battery service in this window.
Did you buy AirPods with a credit card?
If you purchased your AirPods with a credit card, you may be eligible for an extended warranty. It’s not as seamless as whether you’re in Apple’s standard warranty window or have AppleCare, but it might be worth checking out.
Contact your card provider to see if your card adds additional one or two year coverage to purchases like electronics and how to proceed if you are covered.
Often you pay Apple for the repair and then submit the receipt and other necessary evidence to your bank/card provider for reimbursement.
Replace old AirPods with The Swap Club
The exchange club is a neat service to replace the batteries of your AirPods at a reduced price. You can swap out your Gen 1 or Gen 2 AirPods with dead batteries for a refurbished, sanitized pair with “restored battery life.”
The company has found a way to replace the batteries in AirPods with “specially developed equipment”. You’re not getting an official Apple battery here, but The Swap Club says it’s done independent testing to make sure “the batteries we use perform similar to the original Apple ones.”
You can receive AirPods with new life starting at $49.99. You get “like-new battery life”, a 90-day warranty, free shipping, and refurbished AirPods that have been fully cleaned and disinfected.
The Swap Club is also working to offer a replacement program for AirPods Pro.
Have you lost one?
Discover the people who sell Individual AirPods on services like eBay and Craigslist. You can also find discounted refurbished AirPods and AirPods Pro, but that can be risky because it’s hard to tell the true status of the battery (or the earbuds themselves).
If you are planning to buy refurbished/used AirPods from any source, a Disinfectant for UV devices can be a good investment and of course useful for more than AirPods.
Put and Swap Options
If you’re looking to sell your AirPods, check out a quote from 9to5Mac’s recovery partner Decluttr. They allow you to see how much your AirPods are worth and get cash for them without the potential headaches of selling them on your own.
For a detailed look at the best way to trade in your AirPods, check out our comprehensive guide:
If you’re up for a little more legwork, of course, you can always try selling your AirPods on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, and more. You can often sell them for a little more, but it usually takes longer. and potential risks.
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