Bluetooth Headphones Review: Effortless SleepPhones with Wireless Charging

I have reviewed a number of SleepPhones wireless headphones from Acoustic Sheep over the years, and while they always do the job, namely serve as Bluetooth headphones integrated into a soft headband, suitable for sleeping, I did write that I wish they had could charge as easily as my Apple Watch and iPhone do. I'm glad to announce that they now come with wireless charging!

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There is one small catch; the Effortless Wireless Headphones ($149.95) that SleepPhones sent me to try use a proprietary wireless charger. It's a little bigger than an Apple Watch charger but smaller than most Qi-based chargers. While I might have preferred using the Qi-standard, the SleepPhones charger actually has an improvement. It has two small magnets on opposing diagonals. This is important because it ensures the SleepPhones stay in the appropriate spot to charge completely, which they do in about three hours. When charged, they last 10 hours, which is longer than I ever get to sleep, but not enough to cover two nights without recharging. As with previous models,  SleepPhones  come in assorted colors and two versions. Both have soft comfortable headbands but one is more porous, for hotter climates.

Pros

  • Soft, comfortable headband
  • Integrated Bluetooth earpieces
  • Assorted colors
  • Wireless charging with magnets
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Includes A/C adapter... just order the right model

Cons

  • Needs to be charged nightly
  • Not Qi-based wireless charging

Final Verdict

The Effortless Wireless SleepPhones are the ultimate headphones for sleeping in and now you can charge them as easily as you charge your iPhone.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.