Earbuds, if you think about it, are not the best form factor for headphones. Sure, they’re space-effective, but they can be fairly difficult to keep in your ears, especially if you’ve got an odd ear shape or move your head quickly. We’ve all accidentally flicked somebody with our earbuds, or accidentally become a one-man comedy show on the train as the things keep falling out or just won’t fit. Fortunately, the Sprngclip can help keep your earbuds in place, although perhaps at a cost of a little irritation.
Designed for Apple Earpods, specifically, the Sprngclip is a simple piece of plastic that you click onto the stem of each bud. It extends a piece of plastic past the earbud and above it, so, when you put in the earbud, it’s braced against some of the ridges of your ear, giving you a firmer fit and making your earbuds less likely to drop out. Adjusting is as simple as sliding the earbud up and down for an ideal fit, and they can snap on and off in a flash, so if you don’t want them, it’s as simple as a quick tug to remove them. Also, they’re cheap: A pair of clips will run you $10.
The main question is, should you use this, or should you shell out for better headphones? Not everybody will enjoy having their ears being used as a seating for a clip, especially if their ears are sensitive. Of course, if you have sensitive ears in the first place, you’re probably not using earbuds anyway, and if you are, stop trying to tell people you own an Apple product, the pain isn’t worth it. Get some closed-cup headphones, for Pete’s sake.
But if you need stable earbuds, this seems to be the best solution out there. And hey, they’re cheap.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.