Adidas has released a new set of wireless earbuds that promise to keep working when your workout stops, because their new RPT-02 SOL earbuds feature auto-charging technology.
The headphones make clever use of an Exeger Powerfoyle solar panel built into the headband. This absorbs light of any kind, whether natural or artificial, which means you can charge the battery both indoors and outdoors without having to plug your headphones into a wall outlet.
Further enhancing their sustainability credentials, the new Adidas cans are made with recycled plastic and polyester, and are also ready for most outdoor conditions thanks to IPX4-rated splash resistance.
You can count on up to 80 hours of stored playback time from the built-in battery. And, if you’re living in a cave and can’t charge your headphones through these means, the RPT-02 SOL can also be charged via a USB Type-C cable.
While the RPT-02 SOLs have a more rugged, action-ready design, it’s not the first time we’ve seen a set of cans use this type of renewable energy technology.
Exeger previously supplied the same Powerfoyle light source panels to Swedish brand Urbanista for its solar-powered Urbanista Los Angeles headphones late last year, which, unlike Adidas’ latest effort, feature active noise cancellation. .
Since then, Urbanista has also revealed a pair of true wireless headphones that use a solar-powered charging case that also has a similar panel.
While Adidas has yet to reveal how much light it takes to power its new headphones, an hour of direct sunlight at Urbanista Los Angeles was enough to keep them running for three hours of pl.
The Adidas RPT-02 Sol is priced at £199.95 (about $240, AU$344) and is set to go on sale on 23 August.
Analysis: New Adidas cans could signal a new era for solar-powered technology
’80s kids will remember Casio’s HS-8 – a pocket calculator that, almost magically, needed no batteries thanks to its tiny solar panels. The HS-8 offered a window into a possible future without discarded Duracells or heavy power supplies. Things, of course, didn’t work out that way.
Fortunately, there are signs that solar energy is back on the agenda for tech companies; Samsung has notably featured light source panels on its latest high-end TV remotes and the South Korean company is rumored to be developing a solar-powered smart watch as well.
These latest headphones from Adidas show that it’s not just low-power devices that can utilize the technology.
The success of the RPT-02 SOLs will, of course, depend on how good they sound, but if their production can match their sustainability credentials, Adidas is sure to be a winner.