You Can Listen to These Solar-charging Headphones for 50 Days on a Single Charge

The 2nd-Generation Los Angeles headphones and Phoenix earbuds can turn any light into battery life.
The 2nd-Generation Los Angeles headphones and Phoenix earbuds can turn any light into battery life.

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With enough light, playtime is technically infinite.

Urbanista continues to innovate in sustainable audio technology with the second-generation Los Angeles over-ear headphones and Phoenix true wireless earbuds, featuring Exeger’s Powerfoyle solar charging material and upgraded power-efficient components. This combination enables potentially infinite playtime in optimal light conditions, all at a more accessible price.

“In 2021, Urbanista launched the world’s first Powerfoyle™ powered product. Now, three years later, they offer a full audio line-up and push to improve the products to make them more user-friendly and more sustainable. Together, Exeger and Urbanista have set a new standard for convenience and sustainability in the audio industry.” says Giovanni Fili, CEO of Exeger.

How Urbanista Revolutionized Solar Charging and Battery Life

Urbanista has retained the solar-charging technology from the first-generation Los Angeles headphones and Phoenix earbuds. These earbuds can recharge continuously in any light, indoors or outdoors. This means they will keep on charging even while you’re listening to music as long as there is light.

However, the second-generation models feature more power-efficient internal components. This enhances the devices’ energy management and extends their playback time.

The Urbanista Los Angeles headphones have a Powerfoyle solar cell on the headband for improved light access.
The Urbanista Los Angeles headphones have a Powerfoyle solar cell on the headband for improved light access.

Because of this, they can now provide weeks or even unlimited usage, depending on the light exposure.

For example, the Los Angeles headphones, with 10 hours of low (indoor) light exposure per day, could last over 50 days on a single charge if used for four hours daily. The Phoenix earbuds, on the other hand, could last for almost 16 days with the same conditions.

Urbanista estimates that these playtimes can practically become infinite if the devices are exposed to more consistent and stronger light exposure.

However, these are yet to be tested in real-world use cases. The good news is, aside from their solar charging capabilities, these devices also include USB-C ports for traditional charging to keep your headphones awake for longer.

The Los Angeles headphones offer 60 hours of battery life without solar charging, which is a drop from the previous model’s 80-hour battery life. Urbanista explains that this drop is made to equip the headphones with a smaller battery, making them lighter and more comfortable.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix earbuds offer 40 hours of total playtime (8 hours for the earbuds, and an additional 32 hours from the case) without solar charging. This is an upgrade from the 24-hour capacity of the previous model’s charging case.

Other Notable Upgrades

Aside from the improved power efficiency, the new generation of Los Angeles headphones and Phoenix earbuds feature several upgrades from their predecessors.

Some of the most notable ones are:

  • Adaptive Noise Cancellation: Urbanista’s new headphone models boast adaptive noise cancellation, a step up from the hybrid ANC in previous models. This feature responds to external sound changes in real-time for more effective noise reduction.
The adaptive noise cancellation is accompanied by noise-reducing microphones for clearer calls on both models.
  • Design upgrades: The new Los Angeles model now includes a much-requested 3.5mm jack for wired listening, addressing a major omission in the original design. The Phoenix earbuds now also boast an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance – a significant improvement from the previous version’s IPX4 rating.
  • Ergonomic upgrades: The headphones are lighter and feature a lower clamping force. As for the Phoenix earbuds, they are made to be more compact compared to the previous generation.
  • Multipoint Support: The Los Angeles headphones can now connect to multiple devices simultaneously. The Phoenix earbuds already have this feature in the previous generation, but it has been upgraded to be more intuitive via the Urbanista app.
“After the success of the first generation Urbanista Los Angeles and Phoenix, the Urbanista team has been working hard to offer an improved listening experience for consumers through improvements in both products’ design and with the addition of the latest features.” says Tuomas Lonka, Urbanista’s Brand and Marketing Director.

Pricing and Availability

The second-generation models are still under development but should be available by mid-2024. They are also expected to be launched at a lower price than their predecessors. The Los Angeles headphones will be sold at $179 (down from $199), and the Phoenix earbuds will be at $129 (reduced from $149).

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