Stem Wear

I like the new Apple AirPods Pro. My old AirPods (purchased the day they came out) were getting a little long in the Bluetooth, so the upgrade was an easy decision. The AirPods Pro might be for you, too, if you are…

…in the market for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds and were already planning to spend $200 for the original AirPods with wireless charging case.

…someone who wanted a pair of the original AirPods, but you tried them and they didn’t fit your ear well.

…a music fan who really likes to feel their music’s bass in their eardrums.

…someone who always wanted a pair of AirPods, but were turned off by the look of the long white stems.

Original on the left. Pro on the right.

And they are NOT for you if you recently bought a pair of AirPods but they’re outside of the return window. If that’s you, and you don’t desperately need noise cancelling, then don’t fret not having the Pro model. Be happy with your AirPods knowing you saved some bucks. You’ll have another chance to upgrade when you lose them in two months.

Turn any headphones into bluetooth wireless headphones for $20

There are few things as unpleasant in life as getting a headphone cable snagged on a doorknob. Or the corner of a table. Or the watch of a total stranger passing me on the sidewalk.  Because the cable runs the length of my body, from the earbuds on my head to the phone in my pants pocket, it’s way too easy for it to get caught on just about anything, and it’s a truly jarring experience every time it happens.

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Ideal use for a small binder clip…


Earbuds are notoriously fickle creatures.  They get tangled way too easily, and when they get tangled too much, the internal wiring can suffer.  Sure, you can keep winding them back up in the case they came in, but that’s not so handy if you’re on-the-go a lot.  You can also invest in something like this, but but I’m not a fan of buying something you can do yourself for free.  Also, I’ve tried those solutions — they don’t save you any time, and you still have to wrap your earbuds tightly, which can damage them.

My quick and easy and cheap fix?  Just use a small binder clip.

Lightly loop the earbuds around your hand, secure them with a binder clip and that’s it.  No tangling.  Easy-peasy.