There are lots of things to consider when buying a Bluetooth headset. Price. Sound quality. Comfort. But maybe the biggest is battery life. It isn’t always convenient to charge a headset on the go, so you need to be confident it won’t run out of power when you need it the most.
In this guide, we’ve picked seven of the very best Bluetooth headsets with good battery life. And what do we mean by good battery life? We’re looking at headsets that will get you through a full day’s use, or will last at least a week on standby.
Battery life: 12 hours talk, 15 hours listening.
The Plantronics Voyager Focus UC is an on-ear headset that delivers a comfortable listening experience. It offers an impressive 98 feet range that means you don’t need to remain tied to one place to use it.
There’s active noise cancellation to help keep both sides of your conversation crystal clear. And there’s even a handy dynamic mute feature that alerts you if you try to start speaking when you’ve silenced the mic.
You get a stylish magnetic charging stand in the box, but you won’t need to use it too often. This headset will get you through a good 12 hours of use between charges.
Battery life: over 20 hours talk, 490 hours standby.
The VXi BlueParrott B250-XTS is an absolute beast when it comes to battery life. It’s rated for over 20 hours of talk, and more than 150 hours in standby. For added convenience, it’ll charge via any standard micro-USB cable.
The headset is great for use on the go, thanks to the presence of noise cancellation which helps to reduce traffic and other unwanted background sounds. The only downside is that it doesn’t support other audio playback, including music or GPS guidance. If you need that, take a look at the BlueParrott B350-XT instead.
Battery life: 11 hours talk, 16 days standby, 180 days hibernation.
The Plantronics M70 is small, lightweight, and extremely affordable. But for all its apparent simplicity it still packs in extraordinary battery life. The battery is good for over 11 hours of talk, and with a clever DeepSleep hibernation mode it’ll last six months with light use.
The M70 supports music and other audio streaming, plus Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant. You can activate all of these through on-headset controls—you won’t even need to remove your phone from your pocket. On top of that, there’s HD voice quality and 91 percent noise cancellation, which combine to make it ideal for use in loud environments.
Battery life: Five hours talk, 15 hours with charging case.
At first glance the five-hours battery life of the Jabra Elite 65t might seem a little short. However, these are part of the new breed of true wireless earbuds that come with their own charging case.
Every time you remove the Elite 65t buds from your ears and pop them into the case, they begin recharging. That helps to bump the battery life up to a mighty impressive 15 hours before you need to dig out your charging cable and plug them in.
That’s not the only thing to like about these earbuds. They’re lightweight and very discreet. They’re IP55-rated, which means they offer some protection against water and dust. They contain four microphones for clear calls. And they have built-in support for Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
The Elite 65t are pricey, but they are among the best true wireless earbuds.
Battery life: 12 hours talk, 200 hours standby.
If you want a great value, no-frills Bluetooth headset that will last you a full day, look no further than the Mpow Pro Trucker. The battery is good for 12 hours of talk, and as much as 200 hours on standby. It’s quick to charge too, going from zero to 100 percent in just two hours.
It isn’t a looker, to be fair, but its users report it to be very comfortable. They’re equally impressed with its sound quality, thanks to the included noise canceling mic. Other features are limited—there’s no music support, for example. But that doesn’t matter. This headset is all about great battery life at a super affordable price.
Battery life: Six hours talk, 192 hours standby.
The Jabra Talk 45 is a seriously small yet feature-packed Bluetooth headset. Among its standout features are HD Voice and noise cancellation for outstanding call quality. There’s the ability to stream other media, including music and GPS directions, plus Siri and Google Assistant support. Better still is Jabra’s companion app which, among other things, reads out your text messages as they arrive.
The battery life of six hours talk and eight days on standby is a little shorter than the others we’ve listed. It’ll still be good enough for a full day’s use for all but the most demanding of users.
If you’d prefer a Jabra model with really long talk time, take a look at the cheaper Jabra Talk 25. It’s part of the same range, but its larger, more traditional styling finds enough room for a battery than can deliver eight hours of talk.
Battery life: Nine hours talk, 192 hours standby.
With nine hours of talk the Motorola Boom 2+ will breeze through a full day, and it pushes 200 hours on standby. There’s a lot more to this headset than just impressive battery life too.
The earbud is small and very tidy. It has a massive range of 300 feet, and with NFC support you can connect it to your phone in a flash. There’s noise cancellation on board, as you’d expect, and lots of smart prompts to help you along the way. For example, the Boom 2+ will speak the name of your caller, and also alert you whenever the battery starts to get low.
The Best Bluetooth Earbuds
Now that the iPhone and a growing number of Android phones are ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth headsets are essential. The ones we’ve highlighted above are all fantastic for voice conversations. A lot of them let you listen to music as well.
But if you want some compact buds that will truly excel when listening to music, you may be interested in the best cheap Bluetooth earbuds instead. If you don’t mind wired earphones, try one of these budget wired earbuds.
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