Review: Air Pal Brings Wireless Charging to Older AirPods

If you already own a set of AirPods that do not have built-in wireless charging, don't despair. Pitaka sent a review unit of its Air Pal ($99). It comes in two finishes; the premium uses Aramid fiber, which looks like carbon fiber. The Air Pal adds Qi-based wireless charging to non-wireless charging AirPod cases Additionally, there is a built-in battery pack delivering up to three charges. This is great for traveling.

Related: Apple AirPods & AirPods 2 Guide: Charging, Pairing, Setting Up, Using, More

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The extra battery can even be used to charge an iPhone, using the right cable. The case has a USB-C port and comes with a cable that can connect to USB-C or Lightning. Just remember to bring it with you. It also includes a belt clip and the design works with Pitaka's other car and wall-mounted magnetic chargers.

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The AirPal does add some bulk and the size means it might not fit in those scalloped out dedicated AirPod charging pads on some wireless charging stands.

Pros

  • Adds Qi to non-wireless charging AirPods
  • Up to three additional charges
  • Available in low-end and premium finishes (Aramid fiber)
  • Can charge an iPhone
  • Includes belt clip and works with Pitaka's magnetic charger

Cons

  • Adds bulk
  • Might not fit in dedicated AirPods charging pads

Final Verdict

If you have original AirPods but would prefer wireless charging, you don't have to trade them in. You can just add the Air Pal from Pitaka!

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