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Best AirPods Max accessories

Make the most of your investment.
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April 15, 2022
co2CREA Hard Carrying Case
By co2CREA
The co2CREA Hard Carrying Case with the AirPods Max and Smart Case inside.
9.2
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Positives
Fits Smart Case and power adapter
Zipper closure and carrying loop
Shock, dust, and water-resistant
Negatives
Smart Case still required to put AirPods Max in sleep mode
The Bottom Line.
This hardshell case protects the AirPods Max, and even has room for a few accessories.
TOLUOHU Headband Cushion
By TOLUOHU
The TOLUOHU Headband Cushion in black on the black AirPods Max.
7.6
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Positives
Easy installation
Washable
More secure fit than mesh headband
Negatives
Break-in period
The Bottom Line.
If you want a more secure fit with your AirPods Max, get this gippy headband attachment.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO
By Spigen
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO headphone protectors on the AirPods Max.
9.6
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Positives
Easy installation
Prevents scratches and scuffs
Works with AirPods Max Smart Case
Negatives
Price
The Bottom Line.
Spigen’s headphone attachments protect your AirPods Max from scratch marks without affecting the headset’s design.
Anker PowerCore Slim
By Anker
The Anker PowerCore Slim portable battery pack in black against a white background.
9.4
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Positives
Compact portable battery bank
Easy to use
Charge via microUSB or USB-C
Optimized mode to charge low-power devices
Negatives
No USB-C output
The Bottom Line.
This is the charger to get if you need to top-up your AirPods Max outside of the house.
Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable
By Apple
The Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable in black against a white background.
8.6
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Positives
Allows you to enjoy lossless audio
Works
Negatives
Price
Flimsy
The Bottom Line.
Audiophiles who want to get the most out of their high-resolution tracks should invest in Apple’s Lightning audio cable.

You just dropped a significant chunk of change on the Apple AirPods Max, but how can you maximize your feature-packed audio investment? We’ve rounded up the best AirPods Max accessories from cases to cables, so you can get the most out of your newfangled smart headset!

Editor’s note: this Best AirPods Max accessories article was updated on April 15, 2022, to update the Notable mentions section, add FAQ, and update formatting.

Protect your AirPods Max with the co2CREA Hard Carrying Case

The maligned AirPods Max Smart Case provides minimal protection to your expensive new headphones. In order to keep your AirPods Max working for years to come, we recommend the co2CREA Hard Carrying Case. A zipper keeps the hardshell case shut, while an external loop makes it easy for you to attach the case to a bag.

co2CREA Hard Carrying Case
9.2
The co2CREA Hard Carrying Case with the AirPods Max and Smart Case inside.The co2CREA Hard Carrying Case with the AirPods Max correct and incorrect placement on display.
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There’s ample room in the co2CREA case for the AirPods Max and the proprietary Smart Case. You can even store a charging cable and power adapter in the cutout between the headband. While the case isn’t made of luxury materials, it’s durable and affordable. Cases are meant to be roughed up anyway, so no point in overspending here as long as it keeps your AirPods Max protected.

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The TOLUOHU Headband Cushion keeps the AirPods Max in place

The AirPods Max uses a unique mesh headband design that immediately separates it from the slew of AirPods Max alternatives, but this design may not be comfortable for all listeners. Fortunately, third-party vendor TOLUOHU makes headband inserts to prevent the headband from slipping down the crown of your head.

TOLUOHU Headband Cushion
7.6
The TOLUOHU Headband Cushion in black on the black AirPods Max.The TOLUOHU Headband Cushion splashes into water.Diagrams demonstrate how to install the TOLUOHU Headband Cushion on the AirPods Max.
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The TOLUOHU Headband Cushion comes in five colorways (black, navy, orange, red, and green), and you can clean it just by running it under some water. The silicone attachment has angled, embossed lines that run across it to add a bit of interest to the design. Not only does it create a more comfortable, secure fit, it also protects the delicate mesh fabric from tearing.

Use the Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO to prevent headphone scratches

The AirPods Max boasts a minimalist design and it would be a real shame if the ear cups became chipped, scratched, or scuffed up. If you want to protect your investment at all times, attach the Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO to each AirPods Max ear cup.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO
9.6
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO headphone protectors on the AirPods Max.The Spigen Ultra Hybrid PRO is Smart Case-compatible.
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These transparent protectors are resistant to discoloration and can remain on the AirPods Max as you use them. You can even keep it on when you sheathe the AirPods Max in the Smart Case. Spigen’s protectors include cutouts around the Digital Crown and Noise Control button. The pieces snap on and off the AirPods Max and have a slightly glossy finish.

Charge your AirPods Max anywhere with the Anker PowerCore Slim

Anker has its hand in just about everything but it’s well-regarded in the portable power bank space. This is the AirPods Max accessory to get if you’re constantly out and about, and don’t want to worry about charging the headset.

Anker PowerCore Slim
9.4
A man holds the Anker PowerCore Slim portable battery pack in front of a street.The Anker PowerCore Slim portable battery pack in black against a white background.The Anker PowerCore Slim bounces off a dirt surface.
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The PowerCore Slim has a 10,000mAh capacity and features microUSB and USB-C inputs. You can use it to charge more than just your headphones: it can charge any portable device like a smartphone or tablet. Anker’s 11-point safety system keeps you and your devices safe while charging, and it even optimizes charging for low-power accessories like true wireless earbuds cases and standard wireless earbuds.

However, there is only a single USB-A output, so to charge the AirPods Max you either need a Lightning to USB-A cable or a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

Enjoy high-resolution audio with the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable

There’s not much to say about the proprietary Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable. The Lightning end plugs into the AirPods Max and the 3.5mm plug goes into your device. Why would you want another cable in your life? It lets you get the most out of high-resolution music streaming services like Qobuz and Amazon Music HD.

Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable
8.6
The Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable in black against a white background.
Apple Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable
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If you’re using the AirPods Max in wired mode with a new iPhone, you’ll also need to pick up a 3.5mm to Lightning dongle adapter. Yes, this is an unnecessary mess of cables and dongles, and it’s all Apple’s fault.

Best AirPods Max accessories: notable mentions

  • Anker Lightning to 3.5mm audio cableIf you don’t want to give Apple even more of your money, grab Anker’s Lightning audio cable instead.
  • Anker Nano 20W PIQ 3.0 PowerPort IIThis charging brick is great for your apartment and it’s as small as they come.
  • Geekria UltraShell Case: Another hardshell case on the list, but this one has a mesh pocket for small accessories instead of a divot.
  • TOLUOHU Silicone Cover for Apple AirPods MaxThese silicone headphone covers are similar to Spigen’s, but they’re softer and more shock-absorbent.
  • Seltureone Compatible for AirPods Max Earpads: If you don’t want to spend $65 USD next time your AirPods Max needs new ear pads. This set of pads is $10 USD and is more resistant to dirt than the original set. Be aware that third-party ear pads may affect the fit of your AirPods Max, though.
  • Spigen Klasden AirPods Max Carrying Case: This case is a bit cheaper than the co2CREA hard case and a bit bigger, too. It works with Apple’s Smart Case and includes an exterior loop to hook it onto a bag.
  • Spigen Urban Fit Protective Ear Cup Covers: Slightly cheaper than the Ultra Hybrid Pro covers, and in a subdued techy tweed-like material, this set of ear cup covers will keep your ear cups from getting scratched.
  • SUPERONE Headphone Stand: This somewhat pricey headphone stand automatically sets your AirPods Max into low power mode, a feature you ordinarily need to use the AirPods Max case to access. It looks nice on your desk too.
  • Twelve South AirFly Duo: Sometimes all you want is to make a wired connection wireless. This is essentially a Bluetooth transmitter that connects using a 3.5mm.

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Frequently asked questions about the best Apple AirPods Max accessories

Technically, you don’t need extra accessories. The AirPods Max sells with its included case for instance, but the case does not comprehensively cover the entire unit. In addition, the headset is expensive and you probably would like to preserve it by preventing it from getting scuffed up. Meanwhile, extras like chargers just make life easier.


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