There are two kinds of people: those who stay loyal to one pair of headphones and those who keep upgrading to the next best thing. Regardless of which category you belong to, though, one thing is for sure: you want your Bluetooth headphones or noise cancelling headphones to last looooooong.
After all, once you bring them home, they become your BFF who shares the same love for music and audio as you. And no one wants their BFF to quit on them – ever!
The thing is, no matter how robust their construction or how ergonomic and durable their design, your wired and wireless headphones deserve to be handled delicately, with love, and a lot of TLC – just like your best friends and special ones. Right?
Remember, headphones can be quite fragile and prone to damage if not handled properly. So, how do you make your favourite pair of headphones last longer? It’s honestly not a secret – you just need to care for them longer to enjoy them longer.
Gather around, boAtheads, as we share our collective wisdom on how you can extend the lifespan of your headphones…
Tip #1 - Store Your Headphones in a Case or Pouch When Not in Use
Yes, it’s that simple. Just a couple of seconds of effort will protect them from dust, moisture, and physical impact. Also, avoid wrapping the cord around the headphones or folding them too tightly, as this can cause strain and breakage. Instead, use a cable tie or a Velcro strap to keep the cord neat and tidy. Easy peasy!
Tip #2 - Clean Your Headphones Regularly
Don’t be shy…go and clean your headphone, mate! If you think the pair that you have are the best headphones ever, then, surely, they deserve to look the part? Remember, dirt, sweat, and earwax can accumulate on your headphones and affect their sound quality and hygiene. So, use a soft cloth or a cotton swab to gently wipe the earbuds or ear cups. But be careful not to get any liquid inside the drivers or the ports.
Tip #3 - Avoid Exposing Your Headphones to Extreme Temperatures or Humidity
Did you know that high heat can melt the plastic or rubber parts of your headphones, while extreme cold can make them brittle and crack? Don’t worry, all boAt headphones are built to face the extremes of Indian weather, but one can never be too safe! There’s also humidity, that can also cause corrosion and short circuits. The best thing to do, then, is to keep your headphones away from direct sunlight, radiators, ovens, freezers, or humidifiers. If your headphones get wet, dry them thoroughly before using them again.
Tip #4 - Handle Your Headphones with Care
Yes, even wireless Bluetooth headphones! Just because they lack wires doesn’t mean they can’t get messed up. Even a minor yank can sometimes damage the circuits inside. And let’s not even think about dropping your headphones or tossing them around, as this can cause dents, scratches, or cracks. Pack them too tightly and they might bend or twist a little too much, resulting in weakened hinges or joints. Thus, be gentle, and treat your wired or wireless headphones as you would any other valuable device.
Tip #5 - Maintain Your Headphone Jack and Ports
Best friends always cover up each other’s weaknesses – so why not do the same for your fantastic headphones? Their weak points? Well, the jack and ports are where your headphones connect to your devices, such as your phone, laptop, or tablet. They are also vulnerable to dust, lint, or dirt that can interfere with the connection and cause distortion. So, just like your noise-cancelling headphones shield you from the ‘blah, blah, blah’ outside, you too must shield them from dust, lint, or dirt! To clean them, use a dry cotton swab to gently remove any debris. You can also use compressed air to blow out any dust.
And that's all! These tips will surely sound like music to your ears (and your headphones’ ear cups!). May they last as loooong as your passion for audiophilia!