Forget waterproof – Samsung’s earbuds seem to be fireproof

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Earbuds have a knack for getting bashed about and while there are some that are more indestructible than others, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro appear to be one of the toughest.

A recent tweet from the tech blogger Maaz Perwez reveals that even after being burnt in a house fire, the buds are still working, including their location-finding function. And while the charging functionality of the buds is fried, Perwez did say that they are “built like a tank”.

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Even more surprising is the fact that Samsung’s SmartThings Find – its service for locating Galaxy devices – also worked to locate them. It’s how Perwez says that he was able to find them in the rubble. 

The phrase ‘rising like a phoenix from the ashes’ comes to mind when picturing him finding the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in working condition. One of the key functionalities of the SmartThings Find service is that it works when offline. And this recent story is the best proof we have of this.   

If you’re not familiar with SmartThings Find, Samsung launched the device-locating feature in 2020. Like Apple’s Find My, it offers an offline feature that helps you find your device. It works by using the signal of other Galaxy devices to send the location of your lost earbuds.   

Rising from the ashes 

As one of the best in-ear headphones out there – in our review, we went as far to say that they’re easily the best Samsung Galaxy Buds yet – it’s not entirely surprising that the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are built as solid as they sound.

We don’t yet have a ‘best fireproof earbuds’ guide but if we did these would be at the top of our list. We (thankfully) don’t often test how fire retardant earbuds are – there’s testing a product, then there’s putting a product through its paces. 

Alternatively, if you’re after the best waterproof headphones then take a look at our guide. We also have one covering the best headphones in general too, if surviving different elements isn’t what you’re looking for. 

Amelia Schwanke
Senior Editor UK, Home Entertainment

Amelia became the Senior Editor for Home Entertainment at TechRadar in the UK in April 2023. With a background of more than eight years in tech and finance publishing, she's now leading our coverage to bring you a fresh perspective on everything to do with TV and audio. When she's not tinkering with the latest gadgets and gizmos in the ever-evolving world of home entertainment, you’ll find her watching movies, taking pictures and travelling.