We have previously covered two of Ken Pillonel’s viral modifications on this page. Back in November, Pillonel successfully modified the iPhone X with a fully functional USB-C port. So in April, Pillonel mounted a Samsung Galaxy A51 with a lighting port. The projects show that products can actually use universal connectors, even if the company that made them does not want it.
Pillonel’s latest initiative is the AirPods case. The video begins with a phone call to Apple, in which Pillonel is told by an Apple representative “it’s more economical just to replace the case” in the event that the charging port or battery is damaged.
AirPods batteries are not hard to come by and they are relatively inexpensive. However, the proprietary Lightning connector is not something you can just buy from a website, so if you want to replace the charging port on an AirPods cover, you need to find a donor case. In Pillonel’s case, a USB-C port solution had to be developed from scratch.
The next thing was to get into the AirPods case, which is impossible to do without ruining the house. For this, Ken has designed a replacement AirPods housing that can be easily reassembled for future service on the battery or plug.
Pillonel has made its designs for open source so that anyone who wants to take on this project can do so. He hopes that by making these solutions available to everyone, more AirPods cases can be renovated and given a new life instead of ending up in a landfill.
If you are interested in purchasing a set, you can submit your email address at the bottom of the project website: AirPodsDirtySecret.com, although kits are only sold if there is sufficient interest.