As you know, Apple AirPods earned zero points from iFixit at one time, since they cannot be disassembled without damaging them. More precisely, the iFixit specialists thought so initially, although later they themselves were able to replace the battery in the first generation AirPods.
However, now a company has appeared in the world that put it on stream. It is called Podswap, and it costs $ 60 to replace the batteries in the AirPods of the first or second generation. Against the background of the cost of new headphones, this is a good option.
The company was founded by two girls from the University of California: Emily Alpert and Emma Stritzinger. They do not reveal their secrets, but say that the process they have invented is based on specialized equipment and precision robotics. In addition, it is automated, which is very important for such a business.
However, at the moment, apparently to speed up the process, Podswap works in a very unusual way. The user pays the cost of the service and they immediately send him AirPods that have already passed the battery replacement procedure. After receiving the device, the user in the same package sends their AirPods back to Podswap. The case is not replaced, and the delivery is paid by the company. That is, the user does not receive his own, but someone else’s repaired headphones. The company claims that it thoroughly disinfects all AirPods, but for some, this option may still not work.
By the way, iFixit specialists have already checked everything. They arranged with Podswap to have the company repaired and return their headphones to iFixit without the original replacement. As a result, the repaired headphones were disassembled, and Aucopo batteries were found inside – the same ones used in AirPods by Apple itself. True, the capacity was slightly higher: 95 mWh versus 93. As for the work, the 18-month-old earbuds again provided about 4 hours of battery life, just like the new ones.
By the way, Apple itself does not repair AirPods, but simply changes them to new ones.
Adidas solar-powered wireless headphones can be recharged even from a night light
Adidas has introduced a new wireless headphones – Adidas RPT-02 Sol. They are co-created with Zound Industries.
As the name suggests, they can be recharged from the sun. The headphones are equipped with Powerfoyle solar cells from the Swedish company Exeger. As the manufacturer notes, without light, pure autonomy reaches 80 hours in music playback mode. However, the bright sun is not required, recharging is possible even with artificial light, including a night light in the bedroom.
In extreme cases, you can charge the headphones via USB Type-C. Headphones are equipped with 45 mm emitters, support Bluetooth 5.2, received protection against sweat and splashes (IPX4).
The Adidas RPT-02 Sol are priced at $229. Open sales start on August 23rd.
Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro Flagship Headphones Go on Sale in China
Xiaomi’s new products introduced last week, including the world’s thinnest Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 phone, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition, Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 tablet and Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro Bluetooth headset, go on sale today.
Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro are equipped with 11 mm speakers, active noise reduction system (up to 48 dB). They work up to 9 hours without a charging case and up to 38 hours with one. The headphones can be fully charged in just half an hour, and a 5-minute charge will provide an additional 3 hours of listening time. SBC, AAC and LHDC 4.0 audio codecs are supported, as well as Spatial Audio surround sound.
Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro earphones received a special mode for reducing wind noise and an ultra-low latency of 59 ms.
The Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro are available in gold and black for about $160.
The first ever rugged smartphone with built-in headphones Ulefone Armor 15 successfully funded on Kickstarter
Not so long ago, Nokia released the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio feature phone with a storage compartment for wireless headphones, after which Ulefone launched the world’s first rugged smartphone with built-in headphones on Kickstarter.
At the time of the announcement, it was reported that the developers had collected a third of the required amount, but now enough funds have been raised for the release of Ulefone Armor 15, which means that the smartphone will definitely be released.
A pair of TWS earphones are reportedly built into the top of the phone, and they will automatically connect to the phone when users take them out. In addition, the smartphone received powerful front stereo speakers.
Ulefone Armor 15 is equipped with a 5.45-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, MediaTek Helio G35 single-chip system. The phone has 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of flash memory, runs on the Android 12 system and supports NFC.
This phone is IP68/69K and MIL-STD-810G certified, making it waterproof, dustproof and shockproof.
The novelty is offered for $170.
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