Wireless earbuds offer great convenience, but often come with poor battery life. We review the best for earbud power users.
Worried that your wireless earbuds are going to fizzle out mid-use? You aren’t alone. In our review of the current best wireless headphones on the market for value, we found decent batter life ranging from 4-6 hours of active use. But for power users, that may not be enough. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can extend that useable life to 7+ hours. Our testers tried over 30 brand name wireless earbuds, attempting to talk and listen to music until the fully-charged batteries gave out. The results? 3 clear category winners for best battery life.
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BeatsX Wireless Earbuds
If true battery life is your game, then it’s hard to match BeatsX. With 8+ hours of active use time, these wireless earbuds are the longest lasting and most compact set of headphones in our lineup. In fact, when faced with our grueling wear down test, BeatsX lasted well over the stated charge time. These headphones also come with a recognized brand name, which may give comfort to those seeking alternatives to the many Chinese headphone manufacturers currently soaking up the value segment.
The BeatsX does win a place in our 2017 Best Battery Life lineup, but could take some cues from other high end manufacturers on sound quality. That said, the mix between talk quality and sound is acceptable, with BeatsX doing just fine for most users. Extreme audiophiles, on the other hand, may want to check out our list of ultra-premium studio headphones.
Thor Wireless Earbuds
6+ hours of active use with a monster 80+ hours of standby. $60 – $70 on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
While Thor doesn’t have the same name recognition as the other category winners for best battery life, these tiny dynamos more than make up for it when put to task. The newcomers to the wireless earbuds category (this is our first encounter with the brand) performed admirably, pushing past the six hour mark in our wear down test, and proving extremely efficient in standby mode at over 80 hours! That’s a record for standby, and one that makes Thor quite attractive to everyday users who may not remember to recharge daily.
Thor also gets marks for a handy, slim carrying case that doubles as a charger. While the other units awarded best battery life have their own charging solutions, none are quite as sleek and portable. And for the price – less than half that of any other contender – Thor wireless earbuds are very compelling indeed.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Earbuds
6+ hours of battery life with the best sound in the category. $200 – $250 on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
When you buy Bose, you know you’ll be getting two things: A best in class sound system, and a wallet-busting price point. The SoundSport wireless earbuds are no exception to either rule. In our tests, SoundSport performed very well. And although they come in at about six hours of battery life during aggressive use, the quality of sound you get while enjoying those six hours is a different standard.
Bose also thought to create a few color combinations, not always the case at the high end of the market. That makes these wireless earbuds somewhat of an outlier – head and shoulders above the other winners for 2017 best battery life in both sound quality and price point. While Bose isn’t for everyone, if you can afford the best you won’t be disappointed with SoundSport.