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JBL claims that its new Reflect Eternal headphones can deliver "infinite" battery life

The JBL Reflect Eternal headphones. (Source: Indiegogo)
The JBL Reflect Eternal headphones. (Source: Indiegogo)
JBL has launched the Reflect Eternal headphones via Indiegogo. The OEM claims that they are capable of self-charging, so that it may never run out of battery life or be dependent on a cable for play-time. This is conferred by Powerfoyle technology, which is found in the device's headband.
Deirdre O Donnell,

To some, wireless headphones are the un-tethered, tangle-negating audio devices of their dreams. However, as with most such products, they often become part of a regular charging routine in order to keep them going. JBL may have developed a solution to this cycle in its new Reflect Eternal product. The company asserts that they are self-charging, and, as such, would never run out of battery abruptly on the street again.

The Reflect Eternals apparently owe their ground-breaking new ability to Exeger's Powerfoyle technology, described as capable of converting light, whether artificial or natural, into battery power. It is found in the headband of these new wearables, and may thus avoid the need for conventional charging.

JBL claims that 1.5 hours of exposure to appreciable light results in 68 hours' worth of listening time with the Reflect Eternals. 2 hours of the same apparently engenders a total of 168 hours of on-time, whereas 2 and a half hours is associated with infinite headphone use. However, those estimates are based on certain use conditions and the caveat that the user has to be able to go outside for the "self-charging" durations specified.

Nevertheless, should the Powerfoyle-enhanced band somehow fail to be that reliable, JBL has also integrated USB charging (the type of which is not made clear; however, it confers 2 hours of listening time in exchange for 15 minutes of being plugged in) into the Reflect Eternals. They are currently available as an Indiegogo reward for a minimum of US$99 (correct at the time of writing); however, they ship to the US or Germany only.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12-18 (Update: 2019-12-18)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.