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Truly Wireless Earbuds: Rowkin Bit Charge Eliminates Tangled Headphone Wires Forever!

Update: 4/5/17 After these earbuds for a few months the Bluetooth connection started getting a little finicky and they didn't always charge correctly. I ended up accidentally washing them after forgetting to take them out of my gym shorts pocket. I have to say that I wasn't exactly disappointed when I had to let them go.

Music is an integral part of my workout. The right tunes can get me amped for an intense lifting session even on a day when I previously had zero motivation.

But I was getting incredibly tired of headphone wires that turned into a tangled mess no matter how neatly I put them away.

I was frustrated with the earbuds getting yanked from my ear every time I bent down for a deadlift. And then there was the sweat factor.

I would typically run my wired headphones under my shirt to keep them from snagging, but this just created a superhighway for sweat to travel along and cause a wet spot on the front of my shorts.

Fed up with these annoyances, I hit the internet in search of the perfect pair of wireless earbuds.

“Wireless” vs Truly Wireless Earbuds

Most of the “wireless” options available seemed to offer decent performance, but they were still tethered to each other by a wire with an aesthetic that makes the wearer resemble a cyborg – not exactly my style.

Then I came across truly wireless earbuds!

If these things work as advertised, my headphone woes would be a thing of the past.

As I dove in to the market, I discovered that most of the truly wireless earbuds had mixed reviews (around 2 out of 5 stars!).

But I weeded through them all and decided to put my money on the highest rated in the bunch, the Rowkin Bit Charge.

Rowkin Bit Charge Review

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The Rowkin Bit Charge kit includes earbuds, portable charging case, cable, and 3 sizes of  rubber tips. 

I've been using my Rowkin Bit Charge (my first truly wireless earbuds) for about a month now and have to say that while they're great at home or on the train, I think they truly shine as a gym headphone.

Rowkin Bit Charge Features

From the outside, the design is simple with only a single button and tiny flashing light per earbud, but they're packed with features.

In addition to the earbuds themselves, you also get a carrying case that doubles as a portable charger.

Rowkin Bit Charge Earbud Features

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  • Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • 3-hour battery life
  • Works as a hands-free headset
  • IPX5 waterproof (can easily handle water, as long as it isn't high pressure)
  • Compact design, about the size of an earplug

Rowkin Bit Charge Carrying Case Features

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Earbuds are held in place magnetically while charging in their carrying case. 

  • Charges earbuds during storage
  • Recharges earbuds up to 15 times without plugging into a power source
  • Doubles as a backup cell phone charger
  • Magnetically holds earbuds in place
  • Charging plate retracts to protect earbuds within the case for travel

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The internal charger slides in to protect the earbuds.

When you consider all of these features, you end up with a pair of truly wireless earbuds that come in a protective carrying case that charges your earbuds and only needs to be plugged in every couple of weeks.

This means that they stay right there in your coat pocket or gym bag when you need them, fully charged and ready to go.

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The Rowkin Bit Charge acts as a backup charger for your other mobil devices. 

Rowkin Bit Charge Performance

Wireless earbuds are generally regarded as a neat idea that doesn't work very well in real life.

But today, while cooking tacos and listening to my new headphones, I decided that I needed to get out some of my thoughts about their performance.

I walked into my living room, popped open my laptop, and began to write.

What I didn't consider was the fact that I was more than 20 feet from my iPhone (the music source) and separated by a wall.

Yet there I was, with the Rowkin Bit Charge is still playing music exactly as when I was standing right next to my phone.

At the gym, they work within about a 40-foot range meaning I can leave my iPhone safely at the front desk and enjoy my music throughout most of the gym. Actually…

The Rowkin Bit Charge May Be The Perfect Gym Headphones

  • No wires to untangle, clean, or run under your clothing
  • Sweat-proof design
  • You don't have to wear or carry your music device
  • Compact design
  • Secure fit

I did have some trouble with them outside. I tried wearing them while raking leaves with the music source sitting on the front porch, but they were cutting in and out when I got more than 10 feet away.

They worked fine with the phone in my pocket however, so they should be fine on a run or bike ride outdoors.

As far as fit goes, I haven't had any issues with them falling out even during body jarring power cleans.

They also come with three sets of rubber tips to ensure a proper fit for your ear.

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Rowkin Bit Charge Sound Quality

DO NOT BUY THESE EARBUDS FOR SOUND QUALITY ALONE.

You won't feel the bass in your chest and the treble won't dazzle you, but the sound in between is clear as a bell.

I listen mostly to Hip-Hop while working out, so the lack of bass is a negative for me, but you can coax a little thump from them as long as you crank the volume.

For other types of music and Podcasts, they're just fine.

The noise cancelation is even good enough that I can hear them in most environments on the lowest volume setting my iPhone has, making them a good fit for the office.

Rowkin Bit Charge Overall Thoughts

If you can accept the fact that you aren't paying for the sound quality as you would with a pair of large over ear headphones, but rather convenience, functionality, and style, then these are the earbuds for you.

Also, I suspect that the bass issue can be improved, so I'm currently searching for an iPhone EQ app that I can use with streaming music but everything I can find only seems to work with the music library.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

If you're seeking freedom from tangled headphone wires and are tired of having your earbuds ripped from your ears when the cord inevitably snags on something, I really recommend you check out the Rowkin Bit Charge.

Buy the Rowkin Bit Charge on Amazon for $130 

All the best,

Nate

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Wilfredo
    November 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve seen some other truly wireless earbuds before, but I’ve always been too scared of losing them. I’ve been using the Jaybirds for quite awhile now (3 years) and they finally went out. So, I’ll have to give these a look.

    Great review by the way Nate!

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      I thought the same thing about losing them but it really isn’t an issue if you snap them back in the case rather than leaving them to lying around.

  • Reply
    Gentleman Jak
    December 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    These wireless earbuds sound damn near perfect. My initial concern was their resistance to water, but they seems to be pretty resilient per your description. I will need to look into getting a pair of these as wires can be quite bothersome when training in martial arts while trying to listen to music.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      They really are. I’m so spoiled now that when these died on me for the first time (it took over a month without plugging them in) I was ripping out my wired earbuds left and right. For gym purposes, wireless is where it’s at. Now if they can only get the sound quality on par with the convenience we’ll have it all!

  • Reply
    JP
    December 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

    You don’t like “regular size” cordless headphones that cover most of the ear? I find they drown out the background noise better than earbuds.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      I’m not totally against over ear headphones but prefer earbuds for working out. I’m currently looking into a pair of full size and wired over ear headphones so I have an option for the best sound quality when I don’t need to think about mobility.

  • Reply
    Michael
    December 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I have been working my way through various versions of different branded Bluetooth earphones. The 2 I have settled on are 1. TaoTronics – cheap and cheerful with ace sound. Downside is they are quite chunky. And 2. Plantronics Backbeat fit which tick all my boxes except noise cancellation.

    I had 3 sets of jaybirds x2 but I do a lot of cardio and sweat killed them very quickly.

    Interested in these now. Damnit take my money :-)

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Haha! I know what you mean, I’m eyeballing my next several headphone purchases at the moment. Thanks for adding some more options.

  • Reply
    Charles Parrilli
    December 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Nate – Because of your review, I snagged a pair of these on Amazon today. They are on a “Lightning Deal” for only $103.99!!!

  • Reply
    Alex J
    January 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

    These definitely have my interest, I feel you on the constant catching of the wire while deadlifting, often time my wire even snags while I do squats. It is incredibly annoying.

    My biggest concern with wireless headphones is my unparalleled ability to lose things. I love the carry case/charger I think that is absolutely brilliant. Ill gladly come back to this link when I have a few extra bucks.

    • Reply
      Nate
      January 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      The carrying case pretty much solves the issue of losing the earbuds. Besides storage, the only other time you have to worry is if you take them out to talk to someone. I’ve just made sure to put them in my pocket rather than getting in the habit of setting them down somewhere.

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