As you know, Apple AirPods earned zero points from iFixit at one time, since they cannot be disassembled without damaging them. More precisely, the iFixit specialists thought so initially, although later they themselves were able to replace the battery in the first generation AirPods.
However, now a company has appeared in the world that put it on stream. It is called Podswap, and it costs $ 60 to replace the batteries in the AirPods of the first or second generation. Against the background of the cost of new headphones, this is a good option.
The company was founded by two girls from the University of California: Emily Alpert and Emma Stritzinger. They do not reveal their secrets, but say that the process they have invented is based on specialized equipment and precision robotics. In addition, it is automated, which is very important for such a business.
However, at the moment, apparently to speed up the process, Podswap works in a very unusual way. The user pays the cost of the service and they immediately send him AirPods that have already passed the battery replacement procedure. After receiving the device, the user in the same package sends their AirPods back to Podswap. The case is not replaced, and the delivery is paid by the company. That is, the user does not receive his own, but someone else’s repaired headphones. The company claims that it thoroughly disinfects all AirPods, but for some, this option may still not work.
By the way, iFixit specialists have already checked everything. They arranged with Podswap to have the company repaired and return their headphones to iFixit without the original replacement. As a result, the repaired headphones were disassembled, and Aucopo batteries were found inside – the same ones used in AirPods by Apple itself. True, the capacity was slightly higher: 95 mWh versus 93. As for the work, the 18-month-old earbuds again provided about 4 hours of battery life, just like the new ones.
By the way, Apple itself does not repair AirPods, but simply changes them to new ones.
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