Helios Bluetooth headphones offer solar powered convenience
A new project offering solar powered cordless headphones has kicked-off on Kickstarter. Cordless, or wireless, headphones have been popular for quite a while now thanks to the ever more ubiquitous Bluetooth connection. But using up batteries and switching them when they run out is just a different kind of inconvenience compared to the previous wire-tethered misery you experienced.
Soon headphone wearing music fans will no longer have to choose between wireless or batteryless cans, at least those in sunny parts of the world, thanks to Helios solar-powered Bluetooth headphones. The Helios headphones Kickstarter project has been started by a Paris-based startup by the name of Exod.
We are told that a fully charged pair of Helios headphones can provide musical delights for around 15 hours. That’s a nice long listening stint and surely enough to last most people several days. During that time you will get plenty of time to recharge your Helios just by walking around in or leaving the headphones in sunlight. The firm says that the solar panel, which is integrated sleekly into the wide comfortable headband, will provide 30 minutes of listening for every hour it is exposed to natural light. If you don’t get sufficient light – due to the weather or winter for example you can also plug your Helios headphones in to charge via the microUSB port.
Helios headphones specifications:
- Solar photovoltaic recharge panel plus 430mAh Li-polymer battery cell
- MicroUSB port + cable provided
- 14mm audio drivers
- 5mm audio jack + cable provided
- Built-in microphone
- Hardware buttons: volume controls, track advance/skip, answer call and solar panel toggle
- Weight 255g
- Bluetooth 4.0
If you are interested in this product it is still possible, at the time of writing, to be one of the first 100 backers to secure a pair of these headphones for £100. The final RRP of them is supposed to be £180, so that’s a nice discount for your early support. Right now, after just a couple of days and 36 days left to go in the Kickstarter campaign Exod has raised £2,800 of the £50,000 goal. So things have to accelerate a bit for this to take off and achieve its funding targets.