Urbanista is following up its solar-powered over-ear headphones from final yr with a pair of solar-powered true wi-fi earbuds known as the Phoenix, the corporate formally introduced as we speak. Just like the headphones, Phoenix makes use of Powerfoyle photo voltaic panels produced by Exeger to increase their battery life with energy from the solar’s rays. However 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. As an alternative, they’re constructed into the Phoenix charging case.

The choice to shift the solar-charging tech to the charging case is smart given the small dimension of the earbuds. But it surely’s more likely to imply that customers must make an effort to maintain 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 exterior, for instance, however most individuals are likely to preserve their earbuds’ charging case of their pocket or bag whereas listening out and about.

They’re accessible in black or pink.
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Urbanista says the Phoenix can get 8 hours of playback from the buds themselves. Mixed with the charging case, nonetheless, you’re taking a look at 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 pleased with sweat however not a heavy downpour), assist for Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB-C charging port to high up their energy after they ultimately run dry. The Phoenix earbuds assist lively noise cancellation, have a transparency mode for listening to the world round you, and there’s additionally the choice of connecting to 2 units concurrently (useful for taking calls on a telephone with out forgetting a connection to a laptop computer). Accessible colour choices embody black and pink.

On their very own, the earbuds look pretty typical.
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Whereas Exeger’s CEO Giovanni Fili confirms the Phoenix are the “world’s first Powerfoyle-powered true wi-fi 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 marketing campaign to fund an analogous pair of earbuds, nevertheless it 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. However we’ll nonetheless have just a little longer to attend for the discharge of the Phoenix, which aren’t attributable to ship till the fourth quarter of 2022. After they’re launched, the must be accessible globally at a value of $149 (£129, €149).

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