Do my Earphones need a "Sweat Shield"?

Aug 9, 2007
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So, I've had this happen about three times while at the gym. I've got my iPhone in my pocket, using the iPod function with the screen locked. I'm using the stock earphones, which I usually run inside my shirt to minimize the wires bouncing around. All of a sudden, songs start to paus and unpause, skip to the next track, pause.... etc. I've tried pulling the earphones out of the connector a few times, rebooting the iPhone, and choosing different playlists, all to no avail. the only thing that seems to work is blowing on the mic/clicker, or swinging the eaphones around for a few seconds. I think the only explanation is that sweat is accumulating in the mic/clicker and causing it to short. I've got kind of longish hair and have worked up a pretty good sweat by the time this happens. Anyone else had anything like this happen. I'm thinking about adding some kind of foam "bead" onto the wire to try and stop sweat from reaching the clicker. :oops:
 

erroneous

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At first, I wasn't quite sure what you meant by,
"...using the iPod function with the screen locked...",
but after bringing up the iPod feature of the iPhone
and letting it go into "locked" mode I understand that.

If you take your theory about the "mic clicker" having
something to do with your music pausing, unpausing,
skipping to the next track, etc. ...

My question is:

Does the mic switch serve an additional
function to the iPhone other than its use with the "phone"?

And I guess the answer is Yes!
I'm playing with it right now as I'm writing here.

I did not know that double clicking the mic switch manipulated
the play list! Very interesting.

So your theory about perspiration playing a "switch" on your
"mic clicker" may have some merit.

Allow it to completely dry out, and start over with some type
of protective measure to your imagination and try it again.

Hmmm, another reason this forum is 'so' cool.

You can actually learn something from it.

John
 

Alexander

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Is it not possible that your just pressing up against it? Is it like a sports bra that would apply some sort of pressure and cause you to push against the switch, or a loose t-shirt?

Edit: Just realized you COULD be a guy. If so just change sports bra to some form of clingy clothing.
 

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sounds like it could have something to do with it... try it with normal ipod headphones to see if its that set of headphones or you iPhone acting up... but it could be the clicker bouncing around... if you think its the sweat then try to put some clinge wrap aound it to keep it dry
 

OJsakila

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I stand around outside all day sweating like a hooker in church and I'm afraid that the presperation will run into the earpiece like it did with my ipaq. So far so good, though...
 
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Don,t think it's from bouncing around.

Alexander- I am a guy:eek: (Avatar is a pic of the wife), so no sports bra. just a loose fitting Tee. I thought it could be from contact while running, but if I stop and sit down it just keeps happening until I blow all the moisture out of the clicker (at least that seems to be what stops it).

Skiz420- good idea about trying some other headphones with it. i'll have to pick up an adapter though.

I've got some of those foam earplugs (for shooting, etc.) that i think I can split one of and fit it over the wire between the earpiece and the clicker to see if that will act as a barrier.
 

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Alexander- I am a guy:eek: (Avatar is a pic of the wife)
Dude, no offense but I don't know how cool having a sexy photo of your wife in a bikini is gonna work in your favor. I thought you were a sexy chick sweating working out, jamming to some tunes. Now that image has been replaced with a hairy guy sweating ewwwww I feel all bleaaaaaachk I just threw up a lil in my mouth :mad: I need to take a shower with some Lava™ soap. ;)
 

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Dude, no offense but I don't know how cool having a sexy photo of your wife in a bikini is gonna work in your favor. I thought you were a sexy chick sweating working out, jamming to some tunes. Now that image has been replaced with a hairy guy sweating ewwwww I feel all bleaaaaaachk I just threw up a lil in my mouth :mad: I need to take a shower with some Lava™ soap. ;)
The llittle trademark symbol you worked there at the end was a nice little touch.:)
 
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I had the exact same problem with my headphones. I do a lot of running and after a month or so songs would skip, stop, etc while I was running. I brought the headphonesinto the Apple store and they swapped them out no questions asked. The headphones are covered by the same 1 year warranty as the iPhone.
 

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The only thing that keeps me using these headphones are the built-in Mic, but apparently it's got problems.

I suggest you switch to some real cross training headphones, they'll sound better for starters, and they're more suited for active use.

This is probably not the answer you want to hear, because you lose functionality, and that just begs the question of why bother using the iPhone in that case. It's obvious that it's convenient to take calls without having to stop your rhythm, so unless your idea works at collecting sweat, we've got a marketing problem waiting for a solution.
 

Crash Override

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Now I got nothing

Today while on the treadmill, I tried to answer an incoming call with the earphone clicker and it did nothing. The music kept playing and I missed the call. I wasn't really sweating much yet (sorry, Fosterhere), and the earphones seemed dry. I spent the next half hour messing around with them and could get the clicker to pause music about one out of every ten attempts. Kind of annoying, since apparently I overpaid for an iPhone by about $200.00:cool:
 

mjohnso8

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so its the headphones

it sounds like everyone is saying it is the head phones. My 3g will start to have the same problem of stopping and cutting in and out at about mile 3 of a run. I thought it might be the sweat getting into the iPhone itself but it makes more since that the headphones are the problem. Just to confirm, you think it is the headphones that cause the start/stop/skipping?
 

box

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I have the same problem! I'm using headphones w/ mic for my ipod touch, 2G, 8gigs. I experience it every time i'm on the treadmill. But now it attacks even when I'm off the treadmill. And yeah, I sweat really much. Could anyone please tell me how they went about this problem? I don't think i'm still covered by the 1year warranty. I'm over my 1 year... thanks guys.