As a sportswear brand, it makes sense that adidas would want you to be active, rather than being tethered to an outlet waiting for an audio device to charge. The new adidas RPT-02 SOL headphones reflect that desire. These innovative headphones eschew cases with extra charges in lieu of the ability to charge themselves using solar power.
The adidas RPT-02 SOL headphones are effectively constantly recharging themselves using any available light, whether that’s in or out of doors. With power being constantly replenished, you won’t need to worry about dead batteries or having to stop the action to get a recharge done. The headphones use a Powerfoyle solar panel that is built into the headband to soak up light and transform it into electricity. In theory, you’ll never have to plug these headphones in as long as you leave them exposed to some light. Tracking how much power you have is as simple as downloading the adidas headphone app for your smartphone, however, there’s also an indicator on the left ear cup that shows how much light you’re getting. The right ear cup offers a five-way control knob to manage volume, skipping backward and forward, and on/off, play/pause.
In the event that you’re not going to be getting much light, you’ll still get about 80 hours of life from a full charge before you need to plug the unit in via a USB-C port. These are on-ear headphones rather than over-ear, so there’s no active noise cancellation, but they’re sports-focused, so noise cancelling isn’t really the point. And if you are wearing them while working out, no need to worry about being overly protective as they have an IPX4 rating. Many of the parts are also removable and washable. Plus, they’re made from 87 per cent recycled plastics and nylon, so they’re good for the environment as well. What’s more, they’re competitively priced at USD$229.99. Not bad for a set of headphones you could theoretically never plug in.