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How to protect your new AirPods Pro from scuffs and damage

I like my AirPods Pro. What I don't like is how they get all scuffed in my pockets. Here's how to stop that.
AirPods Pro in the Spigen Lock Fit AirPods Pro case on green and yellow background.

Spigen Lock Fit AirPods Pro case.

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I like my new AirPods Pro. I like them a lot. The new second-generation earbuds from Apple are a huge step forward over the previous models in terms of comfort, sound quality, and advanced features like noise cancellation.

But there's a problem with the AirPods Pro.

First, the case gets really scuffed when they're carried in pockets with other things like coins and keys. You could say that this scuffing adds a "patina" to them that makes them unique, but I think they just look rough.

The second problem is even more annoying. If my AirPods Pro fall out of my pocket and hit the ground, they spill out, with the case and two earbuds all going in three different, unpredictable directions. It's aggravating when that happens indoors, and enflaming when it happens outdoors and the earbuds roll into something unpleasant.

Also: AirPods Pro 2nd Gen: 6 tips and tricks to get the most out of Apple's newest wireless earbuds

Enter the Spigen Lock Fit AirPods Pro case

There are three parts to the Lock Fit case: A top bit, a bottom bit, and a carabiner (which is actually quite a good one).

Three parts to the Lock Fit case on green and yellow background.

Three parts to the case.

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This case fits both the first-generation and second-generation AirPods Pro case.

You slip the AirPods Pro case into the two sleeves, and you're done!

AirPods Pro in the Spigen Lock Fit AirPods Pro case on green and yellow background.

AirPods Pro fully protected.

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The case is made from thermoplastic polyurethane and polycarbonate, and not only protects the AirPods Pro battery case from scuffs and damage, but also features a latch on the front that keeps the case closed, preventing your precious AirPods earbuds from spilling everywhere.

Top view of Spigen Lock Fit case.

The latch is good at keeping the case closed, but is quick and easy to open, even with one hand.

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The good thing about this case is that it doesn't impede you from pressing the pairing button on the back of the case or seeing the charging light on the front. The hole at the bottom for the Lightning connector is ample for even bulky charging leads, and if you've gone wireless, you'll also have no problems when using this case.

Closeup of Lightning connector of Spigen Lock Fit case.

Charging is no problem, whether you use the Lightning cable or wireless charging.

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It's a really nice, well-designed case.

Spigen Lock Fit case with carabiner on green and yellow background.

Even the carabiner is a good quality one!

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Also: AirPods Pro 2 vs AirPods Pro: Were they worth the wait?

Yes, the Spigen Lock Fit does add a bit of bulk and extra weight (the case weighs 1.7oz or 48g), and Spigen does make cases that are a lot less bulky (such as the Spigen Ultra Hybrid), but the latch on this one makes it my favorite of all AirPods Pro cases I've tried.

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