Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bluetooth Earbuds: 4 Solutions For Athletes Looking To Go Wireless

Bluetooth earbuds are a fantastic way to connect listen to music on your phone, without the hassle of cables. With some phones, such as the iPhone 7, no longer supporting standard 3.5 mm headphone outputs, Bluetooth earbuds are a fantastic solution and may become more popular as time goes on.

Athletes may find Bluetooth earbuds particularly helpful. The cable from regular earbuds can be quite annoying while running, since it can get in the way. Bluetooth removes this problem and allows you to run freely, without having to worry about snagging the cable.

Many Bluetooth earbuds have convenient features located directly on the earpiece such as a power button, volume control, and even options to change the track. Others also feature a built in microphone, allowing the user to easily make phone calls with them.

Since Bluetooth earbuds aren’t directly connected to the phone, they require their own power source. Normally, this works fine and they can last for hours at a time. Unfortunately, many people might struggle remembering to charge their earbuds and will find that they won’t ever be charged when they need them.

Also, the battery as well as radio within the Bluetooth headphones makes them considerably larger and heavier than conventional earbuds. They typically require a separate hook pieces that holds the earbuds in your ear, instead of just relying on the speaker portion like normal earbuds.

Though Bluetooth earbuds aren’t directly connected to the phone itself, many do still have a cable that connects the left and right ears. This allows them to communicate properly together so there will be no synchronization problems. Another advantage of this cable is that it prevents them from being lost. Let’s be honest, a set of earbuds with a cable in between is much easier to keep track of then two separate tiny earpieces. Also, it one earbud happens to fall out while in use, the cable will catch it, whereas separate earbuds could fall to the ground and be damaged or lost.

We’ll be covering some of the best Bluetooth earbuds for the money, only considering those that are with the price range of the average consumer, and comparing their quality and features.

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones

The Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones are specifically targeted for athletes who require a sweat proof headset and secure mounting. These headphones are universally compatible, allowing them to be used with any type of cell phone with Bluetooth support. They also feature a long battery life, allowing up to 8 hours of playback on a single charge. These headphones wrap around the back of the ear, preventing them from falling out even under the most extreme workout conditions.

As a lower price Bluetooth earbud option, these are great to get started, but some have found their longevity to be less than spectacular. There have been a few reports of these headphones no longer working after a 6 months to a year of heavy use, though most people won’t have any problems.

AELEC S350 Bluetooth Headphones

The AELEC S350 Bluetooth Headphones have a slightly different design than the previous model. These earbuds have a hook that sits within the ear to hold them in place. Since most people’s ears are different, they include a few different sized ear hooks, and we would definitely recommend experimenting with them for optimal comfort and security.

These earbuds also have built in features such as controls for volume and track change. There’s also a built in microphone, allowing for hassle free phone calls without needing to remove the earbuds and take out the cell phone.

CellBee WAVE Series Bluetooth Earbuds

The CellBee WAVE Series Bluetooth Earbuds are also designed to be used by athletes. These headphones have an ear-loop to prevent them from moving during heavy exercise. They also feature a high capacity lithium battery, allowing for 8 hours of music, 10 hours of phone calls, and 250 hours on standby. The controls buttons are located on the cable between the two earpieces, and features a volume control, phone call answer button, and a microphone.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones

The TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones are designed for security with the athlete in mind. These headphones have an over-ear hook, as well as a clip that you can likely attach to the back of your clothing, preventing any risk of the headphones falling out and being damaged during even the most extreme conditions. They feature convenient volume, track change, and a multifunction button right on the earpiece, as well as a microphone for taking phone calls. They also come with a few different earbud sizes for different ears. The earbuds include CVC Noise Cancellation Technology, to block out external noise when taking phone calls. Though the 7-hour battery life may not be as long as some of the other options, these headphones may be the right choice if comfort and security is a priority.

Overall, Bluetooth headphones are a fantastic way to listen to music wirelessly, and there’s no need to go spending several hundred dollars on a set of Apple AirPods. We’ve covered a few different sets of earbuds, but would definitely recommend the TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones to any athlete looking to listen to music while exercising.

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