There’s a lot to think about when you’re buying wireless earbuds or Bluetooth headphones, with a staggering array of tech to choose from. In this guide, we’ll take you through the considerations when purchasing some earbuds for your vacation or business trip, as well as looking at how to connect them to your device and recharge them.
Think about where you’ll use your headphones, what you’ll use them for and how long and how often you’ll use them. A secure and comfortable fit is important — choose between stem and bud style earbuds to get the right fit for you. Battery life and charging options are also crucial — you don’t want to be running out of charge halfway through a song or call.
If you’re using earbuds in a noisy environment such as a plane, or for work calls, look for Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC). This cuts out background noise to make your voice clearer, making business calls easier.
A reliable connection is vital when pairing your Bluetooth earbuds with one of your devices. To connect them, open the case and ensure the earbuds are in pairing mode. Open the Bluetooth settings on your device and search for the name of your product. Select it and it will pair automatically. Once paired, all you need to do from now on is open the case and it will connect to your device by itself.
In-ear headphones are safe to use, but it’s important to limit your exposure to loud noises to prevent long-term hearing loss. To help with this, many mobile devices monitor your listening volume and can warn you if you’re at risk. Children’s hearing is particularly vulnerable, so all our kids’ headphones are limited to a maximum of 85dB to keep them safe. Our adults’ headphones are limited to 98db.
It’s also safe to use earbuds outdoors. All our earbuds have a minimum IPX4 rating, which means you can take them on your travels come rain or shine without damaging them.
A comfortable, secure fit is a must with earbuds, as this helps stop them falling out —particularly important when you’re exploring and don’t want to lose them on a mountainside or busy street. All our earbuds come with different sized ear tips to suit different ear canal sizes, helping you get the perfect fit — great when you’re running or working out. Starting with the smallest, insert the earbud into your ear and give it a little wiggle. If it feels loose, try the next size up until you find the most comfortable set.
Battery life is important when you’re out and about and listening to your earbuds all day long. Recharging wireless earbuds couldn’t be simpler: just put them into their case and away they go. To recharge the case, plug it in using the included cable. Our higher-end models boast wireless Qi charging, letting you place the case on a wireless charging pad to top off the power.