You are grooving to your favorite song while running on the treadmill and all of a sudden you hear a ping, and the earphones go silent after a few minutes. Bummer? Well, if you are someone who owns a pair of earphones with poor battery life, you might be well accustomed to this scenario by now.
Today, with most companies opting to go wireless for their earphones, it’s rather difficult to get an uninterrupted playback time like the good ol’ days of wired earphones.
However, all is not lost. There are a few earphones with pretty amazing battery life. And in some cases, you have a fast charging technique which tops up the juice in record time.
So yeah, if you have been on a lookout for the best wireless earphones with long battery life, here are some that you can consider.
1. Creative Outlier Air (30 Hours)
With excellent battery life, the Creative Outlier Air is one of our top choices. The truly wireless earphones boast of 30-hour long battery life. While the earphones yield a playback time of around 9+ hours on a single charge, the charging case is capable of carrying two full charges of 10 hours each.
It takes 2 hours for the case to charge completely, as per the folks at Sound Guys. That is quite reasonable given the long battery life.
Other than that, these earphones come with aptX over Bluetooth 5.0. The sound output is equally great with good quality and clarity. Plus, both the earbuds have their own set of microphones, meaning clearer phone conversations. Last but not least, they are IPX5 certified and are compatible with Siri and Google Assistant.
The Creative Outlier Air goes costs $79.99 and are available on Creative’s website.
2. Apple AirPods (2019) (20 Hours)
Apple’s second generation of the AirPods brings around 25 hours of battery life — 20 hours from the charging case and five hours on the earphones. But if you are concerned by the five hours playback time, let me tell you that the AirPods comes with good power management (longer battery) and a faster pairing process, all thanks to Apple’s proprietary H1 chip. As per the folks at TechRadar, the AirPods went from 25% to 100% in just an hour.
If you have a wireless charging pad, you can juice up the case without having to bother about wires and charging cables. On the downside, the lack of silicone ear tips may cause the earphones not to fit properly.
Apart from that, the sound output is detailed and balanced. But if you are someone who loves a deep punch and bass on their earphones, do go for a trail run (if possible) before buying it.
The Apple AirPods (2019) starts at $159.
3. Powerbeats Pro (9 Hours)
The Powerbeats Pro is a relatively new earphones pair. With a unique hook design, these earphones manage to stand apart from the rest of the earphones in this list. Not only do these hooks give you a cool look, but they also help keep the earbuds properly fitted. The silicone ear tips do their job in keeping the outside noise at bay.
When it comes to the battery, the Powerbeats Pro packs up to 9 hours of battery on a single charge. With the charging case, you can expect up to 24 hours of listening time in total. But unlike the AirPods these do not come with wireless charging.
Also, due to the better fit, the audio naturally sounds better. These are a bit on the expensive side at $249.95.
4. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 (14 Hours)
Up next, we have the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. Unlike the ones above, these are not truly wireless earphones. Instead, it features a light neckband design, which you can loop around your neck. This design makes them incredibly easy to carry even when you are not actively using them — no hassle of carrying an extra charging case with you at all times.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 offers a bunch of good features. For instance, you’ll find both Bluetooth 5.0 and aptxHD. Plus, battery life of around 14 hours (on moderate volumes) makes sure that they will last you a good two days.
The cherry on the cake is the company’s proprietary charging standard – Warp Charge 30. And if that’s not enough, a 10-minute charge will get you 10 hours of playback time.
I have been using the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 since their launch, and can safely say that they work as advertised. The sound quality is up to the mark (for the price) with deep bass. Again, the fit is comfortable, and they manage to stay put even during rigorous exercises. You have to make sure that you are wearing the right fit.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 cost $99.
5. Jabra Elite 65t (15 Hours)
Are you looking for earphones with good decent audio output, you might want to give the Jabra Elite 65t a try. Since these are truly wireless earbuds, you won’t get the 15 hours of battery life in one shot. Instead, a single charge will yield you run time of 5 hours, and the charging case will yield you another two cycles.
If you can live with that interruption, then yeah, you can consider them as your next earbuds. The sound quality of the Elite 65t is quite decent. We liked the deep punch that these wireless earbuds provide.
Moreover, we also liked the fit. Unlike the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, these come with a companion app in tow, the Jabra Sound + app.
The app has a slew of features such as a built-in Equalizer, HearThrough, and Soundscapes. Also, if you happen to have misplaced them, you can find them easily with the Find My Earbuds feature. What’s more, the auto-pause feature of the Elite 65t makes sure to pauses the music when you take off the earbuds.
Leave the Charging Cable at Home
With most earphones shunning the wire, battery life has surely gone for a toss. You won’t get the pleasure of playing for 12-13 hours without worrying about charging them up. Today, the max you can get is around 7-8 hours. Thankfully, the charging case is there to back you up. Or in other instances, you have ridiculously fast charging to bridge the gap.
Hopefully, in the coming days, we will get to see longer battery life with equally great audio output.
Next up: The Sony WF-1000XM3 and the Bose Soundsport Free are two of the popular pair of audio accessories out there. Read the following post to know if these wireless earphones will be right for you.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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