Earphone hacks: Solution to some frequently asked questions on earphones.
While I try to reach people on forums like Quora to help them buy their perfect earphones and headphone, I see them searching for certain common queries.
Thus, here I try to present various solutions and cool hacks related to earphone problems.
Do ask any such queries in the comment section below and I will try to update this post with the solution. And also share your cool hacks with me and the fellow readers on the page.
1. How can I protect my headphones/earphones from sweat?
If you suspect that your headphone is going to expose with sweat due to various reasons, maybe you live at a hotter place or maybe you indulge in physical works that often leads to sweating. In that case, you should go for IP rated earphones.
IP codes stand for Ingress Protection Marking. It shows the level of protection to your device against the intrusion of foreign material like dust and water.
These ratings are like IPX4, IPX5, IPX6, IPX7 and IPX8.
Higher the rating better the protection.
Here, check out the list that helps you decide the IP rating( source: Wikipedia- IP Code)
|IPX4||Splashing of water|
|IPX6||Powerful water jets|
|IPX7||Immersion, up to the depth of 1 m|
|IPX8||Immersion to the depth of 1 m or more.|
Though there are IP ratings below 4 too, you should not go below IPX4. Go for 4 or higher.
2. How can I prevent my earphone from falling out while working out or running?
Many times I hear such questions from music lovers. Most of them are satisfied with their earphones but, they want it to make it more secure.
They look for ways to make their already bought earphones suitable for running in spite of going for a new one. And, it’s quite logical too.
The issue is worse with wireless earbuds, earpods and Apple Airpods.
So, how to keep earpods and Airpods from falling out when running? Is there a way out?
Yes, there are certain accessories available in the market that make your earphones more secure from any jerks and shocks while you run, play or exercise.
Made up of flexible and durable silicone material, Earhooks fits snugly on your in-ear earphones.
What next, its secure sharp-fin gives a tight fit to your ear.
Millions of music lovers are happily using Earhooks.
Check out this video to have an idea how this simple add-on works.
#2. Spigen TEKA RA100 AirPods Strap
igen TEKA is a simple and flexible rubber strap that attaches to your Airpods.
Just insert the Airpods to it and it turns into cool looking necklace preventing your Airpods from falling.
For the best results use Spigen Strap with Bud Buttons( discussed below)
3. How can I organize my wired earphones better while listening music and doing various tasks at the same time?
Many times it happens that you have to take off your earphones for a short period. During that period it keeps your hand occupied to hold the wires on.
Otherwise, it just falls to you knees hanging right front of your pocket. And the scene is really awkward.
You always wished that it just stayed there hanging little below at your neck so that you can quickly put it on again.
Well, you can do that with these simple accessories. Check them out.
The first one is BudStraps.
BudStrap is simple neck strap that helps you organize your wired earphones. You can easily strap it around your collar or neck.
Watch this quick video to understand BudStraps works.
#2. Bud Buttons
The next accessory that holds your wired earphones is Bud Buttons.
It’s more compact, simpler and effective.
It is a kind of magnetic clip that fits on your shirt. Just lock it up and it holds your earphone while you ride, run or work.
Watch this short video the see how Bud Buttons works
(Updated on 17th November 2017)
4. How can I attach more than one earphones to my phone while watching movies with my friend?
Well, you must have experienced such situation like while travelling in a train, when you have to watch some video and you can’t put the speaker on as it can be disturbance to others.
Here is a cool hack for you, that’s by using earphone splitter. It allows to insert multiple earphone to your phone.
5.Why does the left earpiece in a pair of earphones always stop working after a while?
Is there any way to repair a damaged earphone? I’ve so many earphones of which only one side is working and wonder if I could repair them somehow?
One side of my Sennheiser earphones stopped working. What can I do to fix it?
Solution: It’s a very common problem faced my many.
None of you would ever like to be in this situation where you find your costly earphones malfunctioning.
Anyways, in case you find yourself in such situation, there is an easy way out.
Well it happens mostly because the wire of earphones get stressed and lost connection.
You you need to do some engineering. You have to reconnect the wires rightly.
Don’t worry. To simplify your work, there are 3.5 mm jacks available in market. Or you can buy online on Amazon. It costs just around 100 bucks.
Here are some:
1. Stereo Connector 3.5mm jack Audio Connector Plug For Headphone Earphone Speaker (directs to Amazon page)
2.( directs to Amazon page)
Now. Let’s learn the repair work. Here, I have picked up three short YouTube videos that would serve your purpose.
#1. This video gives basic understanding of connection( skip first half of the video).
#2. This video gives some detailed step by step guidance.
#3. This one is a quick video guide.