What do iPhone users and Tesla owners have in common? Both need more battery life. Yes, I know we’re asking a lot from battery technology. Look at all an iPhone can do. Apple even improved iPhone 11 Pro battery life by nearly five hours.
There is never enough battery life. My AirPods? Four hours. Tops. Then they need to be recharged and that takes up time where I would prefer to be listening to music or podcasts. New AirPods Pro have even less battery life than first or second-generation AirPods. So, how can anyone make wireless earbuds with 100-hours of battery life?
Various and sundry techno-gadget websites run articles about products, and they also run special deals for products; the deals look like reviews, but they’re really just selling something and the website gets a cut of the proceeds if or when you buy. Hey, we live in a capitalist world.
This week I came across just such a headline and promotion from Maren Estrada.
Anker’s new $100 true wireless earbuds last for 100 hours per charge, and they’re down to $60
Wow. What’s not to like about that?
Anker is a well known and respected brand. $60 is far less than Apple’s vanilla AirPods at $159. Who wouldn’t want 100 hours of playtime?
Sometimes it pays to read the fine print.
If you want great true wireless earbuds with phenomenal battery life at a reasonable price, AirPods are definitely not the answer.
There isn’t much that Apple sells that has a reasonable price– relative to cheap knockoffs or competition– and other than new iPhone 11 Pro models, phenomenal battery life isn’t something that Apple promotes.
Estrada buried the real story and you would be forgiven if you missed it. I did.
These impressive earbuds have important features like a lightweight design and graphene drivers, but the star of the show is the remarkable 100-hour battery life…
100-hour battery life? How is that even possible? Well, as it turns out, it’s not possible. Sure, battery life is mostly math, and there is math involved with these Anker Zolo Liberty Wireless Earbuds, but…
…between the charging case and the buds themselves.
That means when you use the wireless earbuds for eight hours they need to be recharged, but the charging case, itself little more than a very big battery, can recharge the earbuds up to about 100 hours total.
Apple’s AirPods are rated at 24-hours of battery life with the charging case. Ditto for the new AirPods Pro.
So, I wandered over to Amazon to see the details. The headline says 100 hours with the charging case and 8-hours of playtime. The headline also says Bluetooth 5. The details say Bluetooth 4.2. The details also say up to 3.5 hours of playtime on a single charge, boosted to 24 hours with the included charging case.
Elsewhere on the Amazon page, it says 100-hours and 8-hours again. Make sure to read the reviews on Amazon. This one did not have 5,297 Five Star reviews and no One Star reviews. As of today, Apple’s vanilla AirPods were discounted to $144 on Amazon and out of almost 4,000 reviews, nearly 80-percent were five stars.
As to the math, I could just as easily say my AirPods get unlimited battery life for a year. 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Of course, that’s a lot of swapping and recharging, but it would make a great headline.