AirPods Corrosion: They Don’t Play Well With Sweat

I’ve had my AirPods for more than a year at this point. I consider them one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever owned, and arguably the most revolutionary Apple product since the iPhone.

In many ways, they’re also great for fitness. They sound good, there are no wires to get in the way, and I can do everything from weightlifting to sprints and burpees without worrying about losing them.

But over the last few months I’ve encountered a problem.

I work out at least five times a week, and I’m usually dripping with sweat by the time I’m finished. And while I wipe down my AirPods regularly, I’ve noticed some green corrosion appearing at the base of both earbuds.

It’s not just unsightly—it has also begun to interfere with charging, and it has rendered the microphone effectively useless.

Others have experienced this issue as well.

To be fair, Apple never claimed these things were waterproof, or even sweat-proof—and indeed, water damage is not covered by the warranty.

But if you’re using your AirPods for working out, beware: they don’t respond well to long-term, repeated sweat exposure. Keep them clean and dry!