Wireless self-charging headphones

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Urbanista’s new solar-powered wireless headphones come with a number of high-end features at a relatively affordable price, making them an interesting option for anyone looking for a new pair of cans. Wireless headphones usually come with only a few hours of battery life and progressively get worse over time. However, Urbanista’s new headphones promise something never seen before in the segment – a pair of cans with near-infinite battery life.

JBL announced the solar-powered Reflect Eternal headphones in 2019, though it hasn’t seen the light of day yet. The device was initially expected to launch in 2020, but it faced significant delays due to the pandemic, and JBL ended up refunding Indigogo’s early backers. This makes Urbanista’s offer the only one on the market in early 2022 and an interesting option when shopping for a new pair of headphones.

The Urbanista Los Angeles solar-powered headphones come with what the company claims are ‘infinite playtime’ thanks to solar panels built into the headband. It can automatically charge itself in any kind of light, natural or artificial, giving users an uninterrupted audio experience. Plus, it comes with a massive 80-hour battery reserve for listening in the dark, which ensures you never run out of power. The device even comes with a USB-C charging option that allows users to plug it into an outlet whenever they want.

In terms of features, Urbanista Los Angeles offers Hybrid Active Noise Canceling which can reduce background noise like any standard noise-canceling headphones or activate Ambient Sound Mode which helps the user to stay aware of the surroundings. Additionally, the headphones can be controlled via a mobile app available for Android and iOS. The headphones come in Midnight Black and Sand Gold colors and are priced at $200 on Amazon.

Green energy options are gaining in popularity, especially as they offer sustainable energy when the climate crisis is at the top of everyone’s mind. Solar power has been around for a long time but has been gaining popularity lately as a real alternative to fossil fuels, underactive sponsorship from major companies such as Tesla. The company not only sells solar roofs but also offers a battery system called ‘Powerwall’ that integrates with solar panels and stores energy as a backup for unexpected outages. With solar power gaining in popularity, it will be no surprise if devices like the Urbanista Los Angeles become more popular in the coming years.

KEY FEATURES

  • Virtually infinite playtime
  • Always charging when exposed to light
  • 80h battery reserve
  • Hybrid Active Noise Canceling
  • Ambient Sound
  • On-ear detection
  • USB Type-C charging
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Siri and Google Voice Assistant
  • Compatible with iOS & Android

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Drivers: 40 mm dynamic, moving coil
  • Microphone: electret condenser
  • Echo canceling: built-in DSP
  • Battery capacity: 750 mAh
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Bluetooth class: 2
  • Profiles: A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5, HFP 1.6
  • Codecs: SBC and AAC
  • Range: ≤10 m
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 107±3dB @ 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm ±15 %

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