Skullcandy's new earbuds have a battery-free case to boost their eco credentials

Skullcandy EcoBuds
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Skullcandy has launched a new pair of eco-friendly wireless earbuds that take a unique approach to achieving sustainability.

They’re called the EcoBuds Sustainable True Wireless Earbuds. According to the official product page, the devices are made out of 65 percent recycled plastic and are claimed to have 57 percent less heavy metal when compared to other products. What’s interesting about the EcoBuds is they forgo the traditional rectangular charging case, opting instead for a charging base. The reason for this, as Skullcandy explains, is that the company didn’t want to have a lithium battery as part of the overall package. They can be pretty bad for the environment. A report by the Institute for Energy Research states the mining and production of lithium-ion batteries can be “worse for the climate than the production of fossil fuel vehicle batteries”.

Due to this design choice, the only battery the device will have is whatever is inside the buds and it won't last the whole day. At most, you get eight hours of audio playback. That runtime may be disappointing, but Skullcandy has a solution: reverse charging. Plugging the base into a smartphone via the integrated USB-C cable allows it to drain a bit of your mobile device’s battery. A quick 10-minute charge gives it two hours of juice.

EcoBuds reverse charging

(Image credit: Skullcandy)

Notable features

As for the rest of the hardware, there doesn’t appear to be any special features or drivers within the EcoBuds. Skullcandy focused on making the earbuds’ construction the main selling point. They're primarily a pair of mid-range earbuds.

The company states the EcoBuds have a “secure, noise-isolating fit” ensuring nothing leaks in, and house “expertly tuned” drivers outputting high-quality audio. They have a resistance rating of IPX4 meaning the devices can survive sweat and splashes of water. Plus, you’ll have access to three preset equalizer modes (Music, Bass Boost, and Podcast) giving you a way to adjust the earbuds to match a specific type of media.

Available in Glacier blue only, Skullcandy’s EcoBuds are on sale right now for $40 USD£30 in the UK, and €35 across the EU. No word if they're coming to Australia, although we did ask. This story will be updated at a later time.

If you want something with extra power, check out TechRadar's list of the best wireless earbuds for 2024.

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Cesar Cadenas

Cesar Cadenas has been writing about the tech industry for several years now specializing in consumer electronics, entertainment devices, Windows, and the gaming industry. But he’s also passionate about smartphones, GPUs, and cybersecurity.