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!


I have become rather obsessive about backing up my data, and I tend to evangelize about it.

What if you lost your computer today, along with all of your most important files and treasured family photos? Hard drives die, phones go missing, laptops get stolen—and these things can be devastating if you’re not prepared.

Thankfully, backing up is easier than it’s ever been. Here’s a glimpse into my current system:

  • I use Time Machine to back up the files on my Mac to an external drive. Time Machine is amazing—it’s a total “set it and forget it” solution. It automatically keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months.
  • I use iCloud Drive to sync my Documents folder to the cloud, adding some extra peace of mind for my most important work files.
  • My iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch are automatically backed up to iCloud as well—which makes it quick and easy to load up a new device when it’s time to upgrade or replace.
  • Nearly every digital photo I’ve ever taken is stored in my iCloud Photo Library, which makes photo organization (and rediscovery) a genuinely pleasant experience.
  • Most of my web projects are powered by WordPress, and I use VaultPress for those. Hands-off, automatic offsite backups and security from Automattic, the company behind WordPress itself.
  • I manually back up my static websites, because they don’t change much. (My web hosts also have their own backup systems in place, but I try not to depend on those.)

I didn’t realize until I made this list just how Apple-heavy my backup regimen is. It wasn’t always that way—I used to be a Windows guy—but it all really does just work.

Whatever solutions you go with, make sure you have something in place to save you from disaster. And don’t wait! Today could be the day you lose all those precious photos, or your tax documents, or that novel you’re working on.

Back it up!

100% Apple

It occurred to me today that I am now using Apple products for all of my primary work and entertainment devices: an iPhone 7 Plus, an iPad Mini, an Apple Watch, AirPods, two Apple TVs, and now, a 15″ MacBook Pro.

There’s something to be said for seamless integration between all of your devices. It really does just work.