Review: Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods Pro

I have been a fan of Catalyst's iPhone cases for some time, in large part because the company made iPhones waterproof long before Apple attempted to. I was able to try the Waterproof Case for AirPods Pro ($29.99) when I visited the company's booth at CES. They've done it again, this time for AirPods Pro. Keep in mind that the AirPods Pro case is considered water resistant but not waterproof. This is an important distinction that you don't want to find out the hard way, given how expensive those earbuds are.

Related: Apple AirPods, AirPods 2 & AirPods Pro Guide: Charging, Pairing, Setting Up, Using, More

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The Catalyst AirPods Pro case offers IP-67 waterproof performance, for up to 3.3 feet of water (and drop protection of up to 4 feet). It protects your AirPods Pro case against rain, snow or dust. The case is sold in black, red, or dark blue. It has an easy-open flap that locks out water and dust when closed. The LED shines through so you know when the AirPods Pro charging case is charging, whether wirelessly or by pulling back the rubber flap to access the Lightning port directly to charge via a cable.

There is a carabiner keychain included so you can attach a tracker from Tile or another vendor and/or attach the case to your gear bag. Catalyst has several cases for AirPods and AirPods Pro and not all are waterproof so make sure you order the right one. It's not cheap and, at around $30, might cost more than other cheap earbuds but if you spent close to $250 on Apple AirPods pro, this case is a good insurance policy. 

Pros

  • IP-67 waterproof, up to 3.3 feet
  • Protects against rain, snow, or dust
  • Available in black, red, or dark blue
  • Easy-open flap
  • Carabiner keychain included

Cons

  • Costs more than other earbuds but good insurance policy
  • Need to choose properly as they have an assortment of cases

Final Verdict

The Waterproof Case for AirPods Pro from Catalyst can protect your investment in the expensive AirPods Pro.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.