Available for preorder on Indiegogo starting at the early bird price of $89, Changer also acts as a mobile USB power bank, a charging cord for the headphones and other devices and has the magical capability to share (or when they are not looking steal) battery power from a friend’s smartphone.
As an experienced headphone manufacturer, 49101 says users should expect premium sound from Changer earphones, while its big differentiation will be solving the universal problem of the dreaded “low on battery” alert. "The stylish and comfortable neckband of the headphones is sophisticatedly engineered to perform numerous tasks, acting as a data transfer cable and multi-purpose charger. With Changer users can cut the cords while listening to chords as the headphones can be used to charge smartphones without the need to carry around additional charging cables," states the company.
Changer features an internal connector-swapping system for users to choose between Micro USB, Lightning and Type C connections at any moment. And most importantly, it also has another unique trick up its sleeve, which is the ability to share battery between smartphones! Changer can be connected to another smartphone where it can reverse the power supply to allow people to share and donate battery.
With its patented electrical management technology, changer has the magical ability to steal or borrow battery power from another Android smartphone, allowing one device to act as a mobile power bank for another. The headphones can be recharged by unplugging one side of the neckband to expose the USB connection that can be plugged into any wall adapter or mobile power bank. To charge other devices, the other side of the neckband can be opened to access the multi-functional connector that can power devices with a Micro USB, Lightning or Type C power connection.
Changer will be the fifth product in the 49101 portfolio of affordable audio products and the company has already secured more than half a million dollars’ worth of preorders in Asia ahead of its North American offering and will ship in the United States in January 2019.
“With Changer, we are not only providing a premium audio experience but also solving people’s battery charging problems,” says Helena Wei, Marketing Director of 49101. “In one affordable package, you get an amazing pair of Bluetooth headphones that’s easy to charge and can even charge all your other devices, cutting the need to carry around a bunch of cables. Changer’s magical ability to share power even lets you steal a friend’s charge if you need!”
Changer specifications include 13mm drivers, a Bluetooth 5 Low Energy module, a neck-mounted IPX5 water resistant design, aluminum and silicone construction with an integrated volume control for easy control for music listening or calls and comes with one set of memory foam ear tips and two sets of silicon ear tips. Changer will offer 12 hours of playback and 500 hours of standby time on a single charge, and the cord supports 2A fast charging, allowing for twice the charging speed of a standard cable. Recharging takes just over one hour to reach full battery again. A very intriguing proposition from 49101 is the claim that Changer’s battery can even be replaced, with additional batteries sold separately.
Changer is available for preorder now on Indiegogo.com and shipping is expected to begin in Q1 2019. Early bird pricing starts at $89. If you want to know, the brand name 49101 means that they focus on providing 101% value for 49% of the cost :)