Engineering Student Creates Custom AirPods With USB-C Charging Case

After showing off the world's first iPhone with a fully functional USB-C port last year, engineering student Ken Pillonel has now created custom AirPods with a USB-C charging case instead of Apple's proprietary Lightning connector.

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Pillonel told The Verge that he managed to design a custom flexible PCB that allowed him to fit the necessary USB-C charging hardware inside the AirPods case, and he plans to open source the project so that others can attempt the project themselves.

He shared a short video of the USB-C AirPods on YouTube and plans to release a full-length video with more details in the coming weeks.

In addition to a USB-C iPhone and USB-C AirPods, Pillonel also managed to add a fully functional Lightning connector to a Samsung smartphone.

Apple has opposed proposed EU legislation that would require the company to offer a USB-C port on devices like the iPhone. Apple does offer USB-C ports on some devices, such as the latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models.

Top Rated Comments

jayducharme Avatar
10 months ago
I just went on a trip and had to pack three different cables for three different Apple devices. I wish they’d take this guy’s hint and just shift everything to USB-C.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ratspg Avatar
10 months ago
People want Apple to utilize USB-C so badly, lol.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Barron Avatar
10 months ago
Come on, Apple! It's time to go to ONE charging connection worldwide - USB-C for all devices. You'll still make plenty of money and people will be able to stop all the cable madness. The time is N O W, Apple.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
10 months ago

Does anyone actually charge their AirPods case with a cable? Lol it's not 2005 anymore.
yes cuz I dont have a hundred years to charge my things and I usually need to charge them on a plane or whatever
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaro65 Avatar
10 months ago
Glad to see this guy continues to pick up new projects to show Apple what's possible. :-)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kiranmk2 Avatar
10 months ago

Come on, Apple! It's time to go to ONE charging connection worldwide - USB-C for all devices. You'll still make plenty of money and people will be able to stop all the cable madness. The time is N O W, Apple.
Not just one cable for charging - one cable for everything.

* Charging
* Display output
* Connecting peripherals
* Data transfer
* Audio
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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