Urbanista has presented a pair of headphones that are powered by Bluetooth and should never run down – because they recharge themselves when exposed to light. The manufacturer claims these are the world’s first solar-powered headphones.
In fact, the idea of solar-powered headphones is not new: back in December 2019, JBL had its solar headphones Reflect Eternal funded via Indiegogo. However, as these headphones have yet to ship, Urbanista’s device could actually be the first company to launch a solar-powered headphone.
The 750 mAh battery is supposed to recharge itself during operation via absorbed sunlight, making it not only particularly sustainable, but also especially convenient to use. Alternatively, it can also be charged in a conventional way, namely via USB-C. Without sunlight, meanwhile, the battery life is 50 hours, according to Urbanista.
A one-hour stay in sunlight is said to be enough for a battery charge that provides three hours of operation. In cloudy conditions, a one-hour stay outdoors should still allow for two hours of operation. Solar charging is also said to be possible indoors, as the Powerfoyle material that covers the headphones can convert any light into electricity. According to Urbanista, this means that continuous operation is possible in principle without using a power outlet.
Apart from the solar function, this is a device that is unlikely to attract much attention, as it is very plain on the outside. The headphones are completely black and have rounded shapes. It is equipped with active noise cancellation and integrated microphones that support both Siri and Google’s voice assistant.
Prices and availability
The headphones are scheduled to ship in the summer. The recommended retail price is 169 British pounds, which corresponds to about 195 euros.