So you’ve dropped some money on a new pair of headphones. What can you do to make sure your audio companions keep working as long as possible for you? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you keep your Kinivo Headphones fresh and working properly for a long time. You can make your headphones last if you follow some or all of our tips below.

Breaking in headphones

There are two schools of thought on the idea of breaking in headphones. According to a small, single-blind experiment by Tyll Herstens at Inner Fidelity, there was a correlation between an increase in sound quality after some usage of the headphones. Whatever your belief about breaking in headphones, one truth is for certain — your headphones will last longer and sound better when listened to at moderate volume.

Volume Level

Blasting your headphones at high volume will increase the risk of ruining the sound quality and blowing out the driver/speaker. If you hear crackling, buzzing, or any other type of distortion (poor Bluetooth connection in wireless headphones can also cause this), you should turn the volume down; your ears and headphones will thank you for it.

Listening at high volume

Extremely High/Low Temperatures

You might have noticed that most electronics products come with a disclaimer to avoid extremely high or low temperatures. Batteries are a primary component in wireless headphones that can be affected by cold temperature as it slows the chemical reactions in batteries that generate power. You will notice your battery life drop significantly if you’re out in the cold. It’s good practice to keep any and all electronics away from extreme heat or cold.

Headphones and cold temperatures

Liquids/High Humidity

Water and electronics don’t mix. As you probably know, water causes corrosion on metal. Quite simply put, this corrosion causes issues with the transfer of electrical signals and ultimately the audio signal within your headphones. While you may get away with some water damage temporarily, the corrosion can develop as time goes on and ruin your headphones. This post by HZO describes what to do if you experience water and corrosion damage.

Water is bad for headphones

Handling and storage

Always fold up your headphones and store in a case (if provided) when they’re not in use, this will help prevent them from breaking accidentally. If you’re using wired headphones, never yank on the cable as this can easily disconnect the only path for the battery/audio signal, effectively making your headphones worthless. Getting your cables tangled can not only be annoying, but it can deteriorate the integrity of the cable. A good solution is organize your cables prior to storing; watch this video for a quick and easy way to do it. If you do happen to break your headphones, you might find these tips helpful for repairing them. 

Taking care of your headphones

Cleaning your headphones

Keep dirt, sweat, and grime off your headphones if at all possible. Clean your headphones semi-regularly, but be careful not to overdo it with the water and soap. A lightly damp cloth with a minor amount of soap will do the trick, or even better yet, use hand or baby wipes. Some headphones come with removable ear pads (such as the Kinivo BTH240) that make it even easier to clean the part that’s arguably the dirtiest as it comes in contact with your skin and sweat directly.

Always leave your headphones out in a position that allows for good airflow so they can dry after cleaning. If you followed our instructions not to use an overly wet cloth, then there shouldn’t be much if anything to air out; it’s just a safe precaution. Check out the Wikihow article for more detailed instructions on how to do it right.

Cleaning headphones


It’s easy to make your headphones last if you follow the steps laid out in this blog post. If you ever come across any issues with your Kinivo headphones, feel free to reach out to our friendly tech team based right here in the United States. We offer phone, live chat, and email customer service options for your convenience. If this article doesn’t help you find the answers you need, then reach out to us anytime Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time.

Written by: Nivo
January 20 - 2016

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