JBL launched an Indiegogo campaign for its new JBL REFLECT Eternal Headphones. JBL, a renowned company holding an Indiegogo campaign for a product? Seems Interesting. The JBL REFLECT Eternal is a unique headphone. The device has “virtually unlimited playback time” with its solar charging technology. JBL’s threw their bold claims but will they deliver it in the final product?
The JBL REFLECT Eternal is now available for pre-order on their Indiegogo campaign. The headphone uses solar energy from the sun to charge its battery. The device has a solar panel array on the top of the headphones. The headphone comes with the Exeger Powerfoyle solar charging material, which also works in indoor lighting. Dear Readers don’t rejoice early as the device will charge slower in with the indoor lighting. JBL hugely claimed that the solar charging material gives up to an unlimited amount of playback time after 2.5 hours of charging directly in the sun (under 50,000 lux).
Talking about the headphones, it looks like a regular on-ear headphone. It has the 40mm JBL drivers and comes with the USB charging port if you don’t get enough sunlight to charge your device. The JBL Reflect Eternal supports basic Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless connection. It comes with built-in support for Google Voice Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The device can seamlessly switch between one Bluetooth source to another. The headphone controls are located on the side of the ear-cups. The final product design might not match the product as advertised.
Whether or not JBL succeeds, but the campaign has funded tons of money for their project. They have even surpassed their goal, and still, people are supporting the campaign. The features and the manufacturing process device helps JBL to lower the carbon footprint of the product. Using solar energy and renewable energy sources helps the environment and reduces the carbon footprint of the user.
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It is a considerable approach coming from JBL, but still, the prototype hasn’t been made. According to the timeline the Indiegogo campaign ends during January 2020 and the company will develop a working prototype in February 2020. The device’s final appearance and functionality will change, and it might not look as advertised. Even if the prototype passes testing, the production of the device will start in August 2020. The pledgers will get their devices only in October of 2020.
Indiegogo campaign has a wide range of successful and backed-out stories. Funding an Indiegogo campaign might seem promising and inspiring, but the chances of getting a final product are a 50/50 coin toss. So It’s quite risky while backing an Indiegogo campaign. The JBL Campaign offered 3 ways to support the project. The early bird option started at $75, which sold out. The 2 option Early adopter and Indiegogo Discount are still available priced at $99 and $129.
A hiker or a person who spends all their day outside in the sunlight, this device would be a great addition to their music collection, but JBL is only taking orders from the US and Germany. So it will be hard to get a hand on the headphone.