One of the best things I’ve ever purchased to make my travel more comfortable, besides signing up for Global Entry, is my Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling headphones.
Over the past year, I’ve been able to sleep through flights full of crying children and/or coughing adults, thanks to these technological wonders. That is, until I wasn’t.
While we’re tech-savvy, we don’t feel the need to upgrade when new versions of items we have are introduced, except for iPhones.
While I was happy to stay with my old Motorola RAZR when the original iPhone was introduced, Sharon wanted to try the newest smartphone on the market. Therefore, I’ve always been one step behind on the upgrade chain. We’ve worked this out by having Sharon get the newest phone available from Apple and I get the hand-me-down after a year.
When it was finally time for Sharon to get an iPhone XS, I was handed a one-year-old iPhone X. Quick to wipe it and load all of my apps, music and videos, I boarded our first trip with my new (slightly used) phone.
I unpacked my Bose headphones and realized what I’m sure many of you already know, the iPhone X lacks a headphone jack.
While I knew my iPhone X was missing a headphone jack, since I needed to bring a set of headphones with a lightning connector to the gym with me for the last month, it never dawned on me to change my packing list.
So when I got onto the plane and went to plug in my expensive noise-canceling Bose headphones, I realized my error. I couldn’t use them. I did have the set of Apple headphones I brought with me for when I went to the hotel gym (which I never did) (Note from Sharon: Anyone surprised? Anyone? Beuller?), but they were no match for the child three rows behind me who talked for the entire flight about everything he was going to do when they got to Disney World.
I get it, you’re excited but the whole plane doesn’t care and why aren’t your parents telling you to use your “inside voice?”
As soon as I arrived home, I checked Google for QC25 iPhone connector and found out that neither Apple nor Bose makes a connector for the two devices. Fortunately, there are some third party companies that do.
I found a product from Geekria that seemed to exactly fit the bill.
This cable plugged directly into my Bose headphones and into my iPhone, allowing me to use my noise canceling headphones with my new-ish phone. There are some reports on Amazon of only getting sound in one ear which also happened to me but by gently jiggling the plug in the headphone, I was able to resolve this problem. The only downside is that I can no longer pause the music with a button on the cable like I could before, as I now need to pause the music on the phone. That’s a small inconvenience opposed to buying a new $350 set of wireless headphones.
So for now, I’m happy with the $25 cable I purchased from Amazon.com, which will allow me to use my Bose headphones for many flights to come.
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