Endless Sound Playtime: Urbanista Phoenix Solar Powered Earbuds
Urbanista, a Swedish company, has created the Phoenix solar-powered earbuds available for $150, powered by light through Powerfoyle technology.
The Phoenix solar-powered earbuds are the first self-charging wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and voice assistance integration.
The main attraction of these earbuds is the capability of the case to charge from either solar power or ambient light through the use of Exeger Powerfoyle solar cell.
The earbuds were fully charged in a couple of hours when placed in a southern-facing window and also kept topped up throughout the day when left in different parts of the house to soak up ambient light.
The earbuds have a solar cell that can charge through ambient light, eliminating the need for a USB cable, and the charging case is large and weighs 72 grams, making it useful for power users who often find themselves away from a power source such as hikers or campers.
The Phoenix headphones by Urbanista are similar in design and size to the Apple AirPod Pros 2, have added colors of black and Desert Rose, comfortable to wear, easy to forget due to their lightweight design, provide 8 hours of playtime when fully charged, and the charging case offers 34 hours of reserve power.
The Phoenix headphones have noise-reducing microphones, automatic detection when placed in the ears, automatic power off, support for various voice assistants, USB-C charging, Bluetooth 5.2 for faster pairing and longer battery life, and IPX4 rating for resistance to small splashes but not waterproof.
Pairing the earbuds with a phone via Bluetooth was straightforward and the included app provided information on the charge level and reserve time, also offered a selection of equalizer presets but custom EQ setting was not available.