Powerbeats Pro are designed to go anywhere with you, whether you’re working out at the gym or hustling through the rain to get to your bus stop.
Sure, they can withstand some moisture exposure, but can they really go in the shower with you?
Can You Shower With Powerbeats Pro?
With their IPX4 rating, Powerbeats Pro can be worn in the shower as long as you do not submerge them in the water. They can withstand splashes and sweat but not submersion. They also run the risk of failing if liquid chemicals from toiletries get into them.
The truth is, a little bit of water probably isn’t going to destroy your Powerbeats Pro.
They are built with an IPX4 water-resistance rating, which means that they can take some splashes and sweat.
But their innermost components are still sensitive to liquids (as well as solids that manage to sneak their way in).
Users who have owned Powerbeats 3 have stated that their earbuds have failed after sweat or water exposure, but they have absolutely no IP rating (which I will explain more in-depth in just a moment here).
This means they were not designed to withstand any sort of splashes or sweat exposure.
But the Powerbeats Pro can – to an extent.
Just because you can do something does not always mean that you should.
Any electronic device, even with an IP rating, is still vulnerable to chemicals.
Think about how many chemicals you come into contact with during the course of your shower – your body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, foot scrub, lotion.
Any of that stuff carries chemicals that could potentially pose a threat to even an IPX4-rated set of earbuds.
Let’s talk about why you can shower with your Powerbeats Pro in your ears but shouldn’t do so while using various toiletries.
This little tidbit of knowledge could help spare your expensive, awesome-sounding earbuds from some serious potential damage.
What is an IP rating?
IP stands for Ingress Protection.
What exactly is that, you ask? Well, it essentially refers to a device’s ability to withstand intrusion from both liquids and solids.
The higher the IP rating, the better a device is able to withstand intrusion.
You will see two numbers after an IP rating that indicate how it can withstand solids and liquids.
The first number is for dust resistance, ranging from X (no rating provided) to 6 (fully dust-proof).
The second number indicates water resistance, with numbers ranging from X (no rating provided) up to 9K (meaning it can withstand powerful, high-temperature water jets).
With an IPX4 rating, there is no known dust resistance for the Powerbeats Pro, but it can withstand direct water spray from any direction.
So, yes, it can be worn in the rain or in the shower.
Testing the Powerbeats Pro’s Water-resistance
And those results? They’re pretty darn encouraging.
They’ve been dunked in a bowl of water for 20 minutes with only minimal – and reversible – damage.
Still, you should probably avoid showering with them since they struggle to hold up against intrusion from liquid chemicals.
Can you shower with Beats headphones?
While you can shower with the Powerbeats Pro in, it generally is not recommended.
This isn’t due so much to the water as it is to all of the chemicals that could possibly get into the earbuds.
They are not rated against the chemicals contained in your shampoo or body wash.
A few drops of that stuff could seriously impact your earbuds, causing everything from a muffled sound quality to total failure.
So be careful what you expose your Powerbeats Pro to if you do take them in the shower.
Can I wear Powerbeats Pro in the rain?
The Powerbeats Pro can withstand some rain, but it is still recommended that you don’t expose them for too long.
You do run the risk of dropping and submerging them into a puddle.
If you do get caught in the rain with them, it is probably a good idea to dry them off as soon as you can to prevent any possible damage.
Why should I avoid exposure to liquid chemicals with my Powerbeats Pro?
Chemicals can seep into your Powerbeats Pro while you are in the shower. There is no telling just how much damage they might cause.
Apple does not recommend that you take your Powerbeats Pro in the shower for this reason.
How to Deal With Water Damage
If your Powerbeats Pro do end up receiving some water damage, you will need to act quickly to resolve this issue.
Failure to act quickly could result in permanent damage.
Best case scenario if that happens is that you just get some muffled sound from your earbuds.
But you still don’t want to even risk that on such a pricy set of wireless earbuds.
When you get water damage, you are going to need to break out that bag of unused rice you have lingering around in your kitchen cabinet and put it to good use.
The rice method might not work for everyone, but it is definitely worth a shot.
Put some rice into a clean bowl and set it on the counter.
Immerse your earbuds in the rice so that the earbuds are both submerged in it.
You will need to leave it there, uncovered, for 48 hours.
Some people will take their electronic devices out after 12 hours, but that might not be enough time for the rice to absorb all of the moisture that got into the Powerbeats Pro.
When they are done, take the earbuds out and gently wipe them down with a lint-free microfiber cloth.
Then, try using them again to see if your sound quality is still good.
If you cannot use your Powerbeats Pro at all, then you will need to contact Apple Support to see about getting a replacement through your Apple Care+ warranty coverage.
A good rule of thumb with your Powerbeats Pro is that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Can you shower with them in? Yeah, probably.
But that does not mean that you should.
There is too great of a risk for contamination by liquid chemicals which can wreak havoc on Powerbeats Pro.