The Twelve South AirFly Pro — I tried it

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Flying can be stressful. Anyone who has ever been through airport security knows this. Whether it’s knowing when to take your shoes off, what electronics you need to take out, or whether your snacks can stay snug in your bag or not, that’s a lot. And that’s all before it even reaches your doorstep.

Needless to say, after spending an extra two hours before takeoff to arrive and transfer from line to line, you probably just want to breathe and relax once you board the plane. So when you’re finally in your seat, all buckled up and ready to go, and you realize you don’t have the right headphones to connect to your in-flight entertainment system, this may be another box to check the “reasons to avoid stealing”.

Sure, sometimes the airlines give them out, but a few still charge for them. To avoid both the boredom of staring at a seat for hours and shelling out extra money for outdated technology, we’ve come up with a solution: a wireless transmitter that connects your Bluetooth headphones to devices that require a headphone jack. 3.5mm.

And before you think it’s too good to be true, or doubt the sound or the strength of the connection, business editor Alexandra Deabler tried the best-selling gadget on a five-hour flight from San Francisco to New York and found he had completely turned it into a flight. experience.

AirFly Wireless Transmitter Operation

“It’s incredibly simple,” Deabler said. “You just need to charge it, then turn it on and connect it via Bluetooth to your headphones, just like you would connect your headphones to your phone or other Bluetooth devices.”

According to the brand, the AirFly Pro has a battery life of over 16 hours – a nice feature for someone like Deabler, who travels the coast a lot. It takes two hours to fully charge via an included USB-C cable, but when it gets low, the device will alert you by flashing an orange light three times.

“I live in New York, but I’m from California, so I fly back and forth a lot to see my family and friends. Despite this fact, I usually suffer from procrastination, so I tend to wait until the last minute for everything and I usually forget to download movies on my iPad. It’s a problem because I could only watch movies on the plane and I don’t have headphones with the 3.5mm jack.”

Trade Editor Alexandra Deabler uses the AirFly Pro Wireless Adapter
Courtesy of Alexandra Deabler

What does the AirFly Pro do?

The AirFly Pro connects to most Bluetooth wireless headphones, including AirPods (Deabler’s headphones of choice), Bose and Beats products. It is also designed for shared listening and can connect to two wireless headphones simultaneously.

“I love how this device allows two people to connect at once,” Deabler said. “So if you’ve downloaded something ahead of time and you and your travel buddy want to watch it together at the same time, you can, without having to bring a bulky splicer or each share a headset.”

In addition to providing a wireless listening experience, the AirFly Pro also has receive (RX) mode functionality and can be used as an AUX IN adapter, allowing you to send audio from your phone to a car stereo, boat or even a non-Bluetooth speaker.

“Although I’ve used them on an airplane, they’re great for other gear designed for 3.5mm headphone jacks,” Deabler said of the device’s versatility. “I’ve used it while exercising on a treadmill at the gym and also with my TV remote which has a headphone jack.”

Hacks like AirFly Pro can make all the difference when you hop on a flight. Amazon also has a bunch of top-notch, affordable gadgets that can make travel easier.

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“Before using the AirFly, I had developed this habit of just putting on movies and trying to lip-read actors,” Deabler said. “But despite this developing skill, it’s exponentially better to watch them with dialogue and music as intended. Using the AirFly, I was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality and found the device worked well.”

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