Urbanista is following up its solar-powered over-ear headphones from final yr with a pair of solar-powered true wireless earbuds known as the Phoenix, the corporate formally introduced immediately. Like the headphones, Phoenix makes use of Powerfoyle solar panels produced by Exeger to lengthen their battery life with energy from the solar’s rays. But in contrast to the Los Angeles headphones which have photo voltaic panels constructed into the headscarf, the panels aren’t included on the Phoenix earbuds themselves. Instead, they’re constructed into the Phoenix charging case.
The resolution to shift the solar-charging tech to the charging case is sensible given the small measurement of the earbuds. But it’s seemingly to imply that customers can have to make an effort to hold the photo voltaic panels directed on the solar. A headphone band on high of your head goes to be ideally positioned to choose up the solar’s rays everytime you’re utilizing them outdoors, for instance, however most individuals have a tendency to hold their earbuds’ charging case of their pocket or bag whereas listening out and about.
Urbanista says the Phoenix can get 8 hours of playback from the buds themselves. Combined with the charging case, nevertheless, you’re round 32 hours of complete playback, and this could improve by round an hour for each hour spent in direct daylight. As with the earlier Los Angeles headphones, the charging standing of the Phoenix will be tracked from Urbanista’s companion app, which additionally gives the choice of adjusting the earbuds EQ, or customizing its contact controls.
Away from the photo voltaic charging, different extra conventional earbuds options embody IPX4 water resistance (which ought to imply they’ll deal happy with sweat however not a heavy downpour), help for Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB-C charging port to high up their energy after they finally run dry. The Phoenix earbuds help energetic noise cancellation, have a transparency mode for listening to the world round you, and there’s additionally the choice of connecting to two units concurrently (useful for taking calls on a telephone with out forgetting a connection to a laptop computer). Available shade choices embody black and pink.
While Exeger’s CEO Giovanni Fili confirms the Phoenix are the “world’s first Powerfoyle-powered true wireless earphones,” it’s much less clear in the event that they’re the primary solar-powered earbuds ever. An organization known as Pearl Audio beforehand introduced an Indiegogo campaign to fund an analogous pair of earbuds, but it surely doesn’t seem as if these “AI-Powered Earbuds” ever truly shipped. The marketing campaign’s final replace was from final November, and as of this writing its crowdfunding web page has been suspended and is crammed with feedback from backers requesting refunds.
In distinction, Urbanista has a significantly better observe file, having already launched a pair of solar-powered headphones final yr. But we’ll nonetheless have somewhat longer to watch for the discharge of the Phoenix, which aren’t due to ship till the fourth quarter of 2022. When they’re launched, the needs to be out there globally at a worth of $149 (£129, €149).