OnBeat Solar Headphones Will Charge Your Phone While You’re Out In The Sun
For music aficionados, it should be made clear that the importance of headphones cannot be overestimated. While some of us are content to walk around with ear-buds, there are more than a few that need to have a massive pair of phones pumping the jams into their ears.
A Glaswegian family-run business has come up with an innovative solution to smartphone battery life using headphones: OnBeat Solar headphones that recharge your phone on the go.
How it works
The OnBeat Solar Headphones have an integrated flexible solar cell that covers the full headband which capture solar energy whilst out and about. The solar cell has a surface area of 55cm3 with a charge capacity of approximately 0.55W. The energy is stored in two light-weight Lithium Ion batteries held within the two ear cups for a balanced weight and fit on the head. For those rainy days they have also developed the headphones to be able to be charged via USB directly from your computer or mains socket.
The OnBeat Solar headphones feature a lightweight and fully adjustable folding headband with custom developed ear-pads to ensure a comfortable fit for hours of gaming and music.
It can also be charged up at home via mains, making the device like a solar-powered battery pack rolled into a pair of headphones.
But Andrew Anderson, who is also a music producer, hasn’t scrimped on audio quality. “We don’t want to create a novelty [product],” he says. “We want to create a good quality set of headphones”.
Their KickStarter page reads : We have been working hard for the last year to develop a set of headphones that not only provides excellent sound quality, but simultaneously re-charges your mobile devices on the go. The integration of rechargeable batteries and a full headband solar panel means that wherever you go you will be able to keep your devices running all day.
The OnBeat Solar headphones have 40mm audio drivers, an impedance of 32 +/- 10% Ohms, frequency response of 20hz to 20,000Khz and sensitivity of 100 +/- 3dB.
At the moment you can donate to the Kickstarter (the company is seeking £200,000), which actually bodes well for you in the long run. You can reserve a pair on Kickstarter for the early bird price of £69 plus £20 shipping, with an expected delivery date in February next year.
The OnBeat Solar headphones might not be such a bad idea for us in India, as we are mostly exposed to ample sunlight!