One of the most important ways to protect your investment is to look into ways to make your listening device last a longer time. In this review, we go over the top 5 ways to make your headphones last a longer time
1. Pick up a Case or Bag
Definitely, the best way to look after your headphones is to keep them in a case or bag whenever you’re not wearing them. If your headphones do not come with a bag, you can acquire one for $15 or less on eBay or the Amazon marketplace. This is by far the number one most effective way to make your headphones last longer.
In general, you want to keep your headphones safe from the environment. Another way to keep them safe is to hang them on a headphone stand. If you don’t want to buy a headphone stand, a little known trick is to use a spare banana hanger you might have! In terms of keeping them protected from the elements, make sure to store them in a safe place (away from younger kids and pets).
2. Clean and Preserve Your Leather Pads
Often, the simplest way to clean headphones is the best way. General tap water is useful for cleaning headphones without worrying about extra elements getting into your leather pads. Plain tap water and a cloth or sponge to dab it with can do the trick. You probably don’t want to use polishes that are water/acrylic based which can be bad for leather earpads.
If they’re really dirty, you can simply clean them with a damp soft cloth or leather cleaner. To preserve the headphones over time you can apply a coat of leather conditioner (about $15 a bottle) about twice a year. Whatever you go with, make sure to first test it on the headphone to see if it preserves it properly and doesn’t disturb the leather.
3. Stop Wrapping Your Earbuds Around the Music Player
Music is all over the place, and one of the best ways to get ahold of your favorite music is by using in-ear monitors or earbuds. If you’re anything like me, you use your earbuds almost every single day to listen to your favorite beats, shows or podcasts. One of the most common ways that people destroy their earbuds is by storing them improperly.
For one of the best ways to make headphones last longer, you absolutely want to stop wrapping your earbuds around the music player. If you leave it in it will damage the cable (especially if you wrap it tightly) and put strain on the plug as well. Over time, you might notice your music getting choppy unless you bend the wire a certain way. Don’t let it get to this point! Always unplug your headphones first and then loosely coil them apart from the music player.
4. Clean Your Earbuds
We all have wax in our ears. Some more than others, and some of it may get lost in our earbuds. A great way to prevent this in the first place is to clean your ears. Use daily showers to help you clean your ears (along the outside and inside), as well as wax removal kits which can help you clean out your ears a few times a year. Make sure not to use Q-tips too deep in your ears, as these can cause wax to pile up.
If you do get wax in your earbuds, you may get debris clogging up the speakers. This can hurt the quality of sound over time. For this reason you want to clean it often, for example using a needle (or similar shaped object) to pull out those contaminants. Another way would be to run a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol around the edges and interiors of the buds.
5. Coil Your Headphones Properly (Not a Figure Eight)
If you do a quick search on how to coil your headphones, you will see a lot of advice telling you to do a figure eight. Many quality headphone sites actually give advice that cables do not be bundled, wrapped in a figure eight, wrapped around headphones, twisted over or kinked at right angles.