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Unofficial 3D-Printed Kit to Fix your AirPods Charging Case

Along with replacing the Lightning port with USB-C, the kit.

Despite the fact that one engineer may know of an unauthorized fix, AirPods have a bad reputation for being irreparable. An open source repair kit for first- and second-generation AirPods has been developed by Ken Pillonel (famous for the USB-C iPhone). If you feel comfortable opening the case, you can make repairs (such replacing the battery) and resume operations using a 3D-printed spare part. Additionally, the kit will bring your AirPods up to date by switching the charging connector from Lightning to a USB-C connection that is compatible with the EU.

The required PCB (circuit board) and 3D printing files are available on Pillonel’s GitHub repository. Although he is unsure whether he will personally sell ready-made repair kits, he is receptive to the idea.

It’s obvious that this solution is not for the weak of heart. You’ll require technical know-how and access to printing equipment. But Pillonel thinks the effort is worthwhile. If the AirPods charging case breaks or loses too much battery life while in regular usage, it will end up as electronic garbage. The DIY kit promises to extend the life of your case and provides connectivity that you won’t get if you get one from Apple.

Pillonel has made numerous attempts to carefully open the AirPods case, all of which have had the same outcome. Instead, he is using 3D printing to create an AirPod case that can be used in place of the original if it breaks.

Pillonel wrote to Interesting Engineering in an email, “I think the cost of installing the pieces is quite inexpensive, assuming that someone manufactures the parts I’ve created in huge quantities. The replacement shell costs less than $1 in plastic and takes 5 to 10 minutes to install.”

The lithium batteries can be changed with those purchased online once the casing has been opened. Unfortunately, only that component is easily replaceable. Pillonel claims that if another component of the gadget is damaged, it can only be repaired using a component from an additional device.

In order for anyone to produce these cases using a basic 3D printer, Pillonel made the design open source. This gives the AirPods more service alternatives. The engineer is aware that his videos can appeal to a technical audience.

For those audience members who aren’t tech smart and want to give their AirPods a new lease on life, Pillonel advises:

“If a non-technical person can get their hands on what I’ve created, all they need to give their device new life is a knife and a screwdriver. What’s the worst that can happen if it turns out to be a pleasant weekend endeavour but the device is already broken? Further damage to it? If you don’t attempt, you won’t learn.”

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