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Aukey Bluetooth earbuds after 2 months of hard use

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by  
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As most of you know, I’ve struggled to find a wearable digital music solution that can actually handle being bathed in sweat on a daily basis. For years I went through these often pricey gadgets like disposable razors.

These are some of the products I’ve tried, and had fail. I’ve included body counts, since I usually got replacements under warranty (or was within the return window).

As you can see, I’ve tried everything from low end stuff, to high end products like the Jaybird X2. None of the products listed above have been able to withstand being subjected to daily sweat baths.

About two months ago I started using the inexpensive AUKEY Sport Bluetooth Headphones. JSF member ‘Derwinator’ had good things to say about these earbuds, and after my second pair of X2 Sport Bluetooth earbuds died, I ordered a pair. I’ll admit that I didn’t have high hopes, but who would after going through so many products that claim to be “sweat proof”? I was especially dubious because of the extremely low price.

After three weeks of rock solid performance, I posted my initial thoughts on the Aukey earbuds in this blog. In that blog I compared the sub-20 dollar Aukey Bluetooth earbuds to the expensive Jaybird X2 earbuds, and I pulled no punches.

It’s been almost a month since I posted that blog, and during that time the Aukey earbuds have continued to see daily use. It’s been brutally hot here in Florida, and the earbuds have performed flawlessly while being subjected to buckets of sweat. I use the Aukey earbuds on my daily rides, and I also wear them while doing yard work and other outdoor activities.

The Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are so inexpensive that I picked up a couple spare sets. The spares are still sitting in their boxes.

The Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are so inexpensive that I picked up a couple spare sets. The spares are still sitting in their boxes.

 

I’ve taken calls on these earbuds several times, and the call quality is surprisingly good on both ends. When a call comes in the number of the caller is announced, and taking the call is a matter of pressing a button. The other day my wife called me while I was on a ride, and she said she could hear me perfectly after I told her I was talking to her using the earbuds’ built-in mic (I stopped riding to take the call, of course).

Battery life has been excellent. I’ve literally never had a low battery warning, and I’ve approached 4 hours on a single charge. I believe the manufacturer claims 4.5 hours, so that seems accurate.

Most of the people who read this blog are into sports, and dozens of you ordered the AUKEY Sport Bluetooth Headphones after I posted my May 13, 2016 blog. Personally I’m sold, and I’m thiiiiiiis close to adding these excellent Bluetooth earbuds to my Favorite Things list. Before I do, though, I would love to hear feedback from those of you who ordered these earbuds. Have I just been lucky, or are these earbuds as good as they appear to be?

If you’ve got a pair of Aukey Bluetooth earbuds, please leave a comment with your honest feedback!

John Stone Fitness Comments

42 Responses to “Aukey Bluetooth earbuds after 2 months of hard use”
  1. Picked up a pair right after that blog (when the price dipped to around $15). I don’t sweat like you do, but I’ve been very impressed with them. After messing with the wings a bit, I found a fit that works well for my tiny ears, and I’ve not had any issues with them falling out. Call quality (on the rare occasion I’ve used them that way) has seemed solid, per my small sample size (wife).

    One thing to mention (and it’s an odd thing, but maybe someone else is thinking it) — I assumed this type of headphone was designed to have the cord between the earpieces hang BEHIND your head, out of the way. What I’ve found, though, is that the cord has a semi-rubbery feel to it, and it wants to stick to your neck or clothing, which then causes the earpieces to pop out sometimes. I’ve had much better luck just letting them hang under my chin. They haven’t gotten in the way, even when doing oly lifts like cleans or presses, and then they never fall out.

    Color me satisfied thus far.

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    • Thanks for the great feedback, VB!

      I’m glad you brought up the point about the cord. I noticed the same thing early on, but I fixed it and forgot all about it. My solution was to pull a small loop (like an inch) to the front under my helmet strap on each side, just under my ears. That won’t work for you, unless you wear a helmet while deadlifting.

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  2. Glad to hear your experience has matched my own with these wireless headphones! Like you, I had tried loads of different earbuds, wired and wireless, and found most of them to not stay in my ears, experience signal cutouts, or have poor reliability. The pair of Aukey sport earbuds I purchased last November are still going strong after 3-4 workouts a week and numerous amounts of sweat. They are rock solid and the best pair of headphones I’ve found so far.

    Pros: fits well, stays in my ears during exercise, connects to my devices almost instantly when powered up, stays connected for the duration, decent sound, long battery life.

    Cons: As noted by others, the rubbery cable between the earbuds can sometime stick to sweaty skin and pull the earbuds out of place. I find they work best on rides when I tuck the wires under my helmet straps and drape across back of neck. Other minor gripe with the small buttons on the earbud are not fat finger friendly and take some getting used to. However, I believe this is a problem with most wireless earbuds whether the controls are on the earbud or hang from the cable.

    I picked up a 2nd pair on the unlikely chance that I ever damage or lose the pair I currently. Still sitting in the box… 🙂

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    • I wear fingerless gloves, and once I got used to the layout of the controls I have not had any problems with the buttons. I do have slender fingers, however. But yeah, I think the small buttons are sort of required on these really small earbuds. There’s not much real estate to work with.

      I posted my solution to the cord sticking in sweat and on tugging the earbuds in my reply to volleyball. Sounds like we came up with pretty much the same thing.

      Thanks again for recommending these!

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  3. Got a pair of these after your post, they are working great! Strong battery, Great Sound, and excellent sweat resistance. Also got a pair of the RIVBOS sunglasses, which are on par with my Oakleys. You need to start a home shopping network John.

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  4. Used mine for sitting at the office, plus a run from the office. You were right, the wings made for a most solid fit.
    The only issue I had (a non issue at that) was my work badge was in my pocket with my iPod. Apparently RFID badges mess with BT signal.
    Badge in hand, ran the rest of my run with absolutely no complaints.

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  5. I had the same experience, frustration with the expensive Jaybird and other expensive ear buds. Naturally I was skeptical of a $20 set, but grabbed some a couple weeks back after your positive review. Well the old adage “you get what you pay for” certainly is not always true… These are more comfortable, stay in place much better and sound great, perhaps even better than the expensive ones I’ve gone through. Wow- and three for the price of one of the others… What else does Aukey make?? Cars maybe? 🙂

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    • I just hope Aukey doesn’t read my blogs and all these great comments, and then decide to raise their prices!

      Thanks for posting. I’ve still not had a single report of failure or other problems with these.

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  6. I got a pair and don’t really like them. The “hooks” are really hooks are they? I presume they’re more like something to push against your ear cavity to hold in place? I’ve not seen a clear picture of if that’s how they’re supposed to fit.

    That said I spent about 10 mins trying to get them to fit correctly in my ear but I cannot tell if they’re in correctly. I presume not since they keep falling out.

    Admittedly I’m not a fan of things being jammed in my ear so these are probably not for me. Even with the smallest adapter they’re not comfortable.

    And yes the wire is too rubbery and should be thinner.

    In any case, none of these issues are your concern nor take away from your recommendation but I figured I’d post my thoughts and opinion.

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  7. I too bought a couple of pair. I’ve used them washing the car, sitting at work, cleaning house and mountain biking. In all but mountain biking I’ve had zero issues once I figured out how to put them in my ear.

    It’s weird issues with mountain biking. The last two rides whenever I turned my head left the signal would cut out. It’s paired with my iPhone 6 that is in my back jersey pocket. I’m also running the Strava app on my phone. I also have a GPS on my bike that picks up my heart rate.

    Too many signals maybe? I’m not sure, but it happened pretty consistent on two rides. In the second ride I got so sick of it I pulled them off after about 20 minutes.

    So my review is still pending. Not sure what’s going on.

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  8. Unfortunately Amazon US doesn’t ship the EP-B4 to Japan and buy it from Amazon JP would cost me 160 bucks!
    I’m feeling it would be safe to buy another model from the same maker.
    Amazon JP has the EP-B22 for 25 dollars. I think it is worth a try!
    Thanks for this blog, John. I’ve been strugglin to find reliable earbuds for a while now.

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  9. Yeah John, I got the same ones off of Amazon and so far amazing. I was not used to how these have inserts that go inside the ear clavicle (excuse me if that’s not correct, my ear anatomy is not up to date). It actually stays in pretty well, pairs up well, comes with a lot of different inserts to fit different ear sizes and great sound, battery seems to be pretty solid and quick charge via USB as well.

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  10. I know it is unlikely anyone will see this but I just recently searched for these as I remember everyone raving about them so maybe someone will stumble across it.

    They are great for music and I haven’t had one issue with them there. I have also tried to use them for watching TV/movies while using my rower and there is a large delay in audio compared to video. Tested my phone to make sure it wasn’t my TV and have the same issue. Support didn’t acknowledge this is a known issue but they offered a refund rather than swap or anything to correct the issue, so I am getting the impression they know about it. Just a quick warning if you plan on using with video. They are great for music though.

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    • Not sure what was going on with your pair, but I use mine to watch Netflex movies while I’m on the trainer all the time. No issues at all. Lisa uses her pair to watch everything from movies to Youtube videos, no problems there, either.

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