Adidas has released a new set of wireless headphones that promise to keep working when your workout stops, with its new RPT-02 SOL headphones featuring auto-charging technology.
The headphones make use of an Exeger Powerfoyle solar panel built into the headband. This absorbs light of any kind, whether natural or artificial, which means you can charge the battery both indoors and outdoors without having to plug your headphones into a wall outlet.
Further enhancing their sustainability credentials, the new Adidas cans are made with recycled plastic and polyester, while also being ready for most outdoor conditions thanks to IPX4-rated splash resistance.
You can count on up to 80 hours of stored playback time from the built-in battery. If you are living in a cave and cannot charge the headphones by normal means, the RPT-02 SOL can also be charged via a USB Type-C cable.
While the RPT-02 SOLs come in a more rugged, action-ready form factor, it’s not the first time we’ve seen a set of cans use this type of renewable energy technology.
Exeger previously supplied the same Powerfoyle light source panels to Swedish brand Urbinista for its solar-powered Urbanista Los Angeles headphones late last year, which, unlike Adidas’ latest effort, feature active noise cancellation. .
Since then, Urbinista has also unveiled a pair of true wireless headphones that use a solar-powered charging case that also has a similar panel.
While Adidas has yet to reveal how much light it takes to power its new headphones, an hour of direct sunlight on Urbanista Los Angeles was enough to keep them running for three hours of playtime.
The Adidas RPT-02 Sol is priced at £199.95 (about $240, AU$344) and is set to go on sale on 23 August.
Analysis: New Adidas cans could signal a new era for solar-powered technology
Those of us who are old enough to consider ourselves children of the ’80s will likely remember Casio’s HS-8 – a pocket calculator that almost magically needed no batteries thanks to its tiny solar panels.
The HS-8 offered a window into a possible future without discarded Duracells or heavy power supplies. Things, of course, didn’t work out that way.
Fortunately, there have been signs that solar is back on the agenda once again with tech companies.
Samsung has notably featured light source panels on its latest high-end TV remotes, with the South Korean company also widely rumored to be developing a solar-powered smartwatch, while these latest Adidas headphones show off. that it’s not just low-power devices that can utilize the technology.
The success of the RPT-02 SOLs will, of course, depend on how good they sound, but if their production can match their sustainability credentials, Adidas is sure to be a winner.