Apple AirPods aren’t the lowest-priced wireless earphones, but with some clever engineering, at least one teen managed to make his own pair using wired Apple EarPods. Sam Cashbook, a 15-year-old teen on Reddit, wanted to make his own, so he started watching DIY videos and then bought a hands-free bone conduction headset from eBay for $4. Once he took apart the casing, he desoldered the wires from the original speaker in the headset, and connected the Apple EarPod speaker to the headset’s printed circuit board. Read more for a short video and additional information.
He replaced the battery with something rechargeable that was higher-capacity and then hot glued it all together. Sure, it’s not as pretty, but most importantly, the headphones work well, and even has buttons for power, pausing music, volume controls as well as skipping tracks. “This project was really fun and only cost me around four dollars, and helped me improve my soldering skills for smaller components. I encourage people to make cool things like this!,” said Cashbook.