Waterproof tech has become increasingly more popular as of late, and as such we’re starting to see it show up in more forms than just smartphones. 2017 flagships like the Samsung Galaxy 8 and LG G6 offer water and dust resistance, so it’s no surprise we’re starting to see accessories that offer similar protection. After all, with the price of gear these days, the last thing you want to worry about is water damage. Today, we’re taking a look at the Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones in our first of many product reviews to come here at Android Unfiltered.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Leophile is an award-winning team of folks with different cultural backgrounds and a similar focus on the wireless audio industry. The EEL is the company’s first venture into the IP67 market, and it’s a solid offering at its retail price of $69.99. They meet or exceed my expectations in all of the important areas. Unlike many of the earbuds I’ve come across in my day, They’re comfortable, stylish, and deliver amazingly solid audio quality.
The headphones showed up on my doorstep in a small, easy-to-open package with attractive branding. Leophile wastes no time defining its intended user base by showcasing the fact that the EEL are perfect for runners, hikers, campers – pretty much anyone with an active lifestyle. There’s a micro USB charging cable, extra earbud tips and an instruction manual along with the headphones themselves in the box. There’s nothing overly flashy in terms of packaging, but that’s often times a good thing.
The Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones are designed with activity in mind. The neck piece is made of skid-proof silicon, which keeps them from slipping around. The earbud covers are also silicon, so they sit comfortably in your ears without falling out. The headphones are split into two halves connected by a double strap. One side houses the main computer and the other side the battery to balance out the weight. Three buttons on the left side of the neck piece control the device. Volume Up is on top, the Multi-function button in the middle, and Volume Down at the bottom of the row.
There’s also a tiny LED light at the bottom that indicates when the device is on and has a Bluetooth connection. On the back side, there’s a micro USB port with a silicone plug to prevent water from getting inside of the charging mechanism. The single design flaw I can point out is only slightly annoying. If I had to change something, it’d be the non-retractable cables. They remind me of those glasses straps you’d expect to see on a librarian. No offense to any librarians reading this, of course.
Connecting the Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones To Your Device
The EEL are Bluetooth headphones, so that means they’ll work on both Android and iOS. If your phone has Bluetooth, congrats! It’s compatible. Pairing the headphones with your device is a straightforward and simple process. Just like any other Bluetooth device, you simply need to make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is on and discoverable.
To put the headphones into discovery mode, press and hold the “Multi-function” button down for about seven seconds. The device’s tiny LED light will flicker back and forth from red to white, and the EEL will display on your phone’s list of available Bluetooth devices. Your phone asks you to confirm the connection once it locates the headphones. After confirming, all call and media audio plays through the headphones until you turn them off or disconnect them from their source.
I’ll start this section out with the following disclaimer: I am by no means a technical reviewer when it comes to sound quality. I’m an average, everyday guy who loves music and knows the difference between when it sounds good and when it sounds bad. That said, the Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones produce sound that’s nothing short of amazing.
Bass is deep and robust and treble is crisp and clear. In fact, they sound better than any earbuds I’ve ever tested, although I’ve been out of the game for a few years. They’re plenty loud, and cancel outside noise well, due to the way they fit in my ear. It’s a comfortable fit, but it does essentially plug up my ear. All-in-all, I’d say the sound quality here is on par with that of many $99+ over-ear headphones.
The headphones function as one would expect. It’s worth mentioning that double-tapping the Multi-function button invokes Google Now or the Google Assistant on Android phones, and Siri over on iOS. This is pretty handy, because I can double-tap, ask for a song on Google Play Music, and have it play automatically, without having to touch my phone. In fact, I just used it to fire up the new Stone Sour CD while writing this portion of the review. Killer CD, by the way. I highly recommend you give it a listen, if you haven’t already.
It’s also nice for asking Google Maps for directions while driving. The built-in microphone does a good job of picking up my voice, and rarely fails to understand what I say. When I use it for making calls, the person on the other end of the line has no trouble hearing me, so that’s an obvious plus. Lastly, the Bluetooth signal range is sufficient. I can move about my apartment freely without it disconnecting unless my phone is all the way on one side and I’m on the other. Then I have a few stutters, but that’s to be expected.
Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones come with a water and dust resistance rating of IP67. To break that down, IP stands for Ingress Protection, also known in some places as International Protection. The first number – the 6 – stands for the level of dust protection, on a scale of 1 to 6. This means the device is completely protected from dust. The second number – the 7 – stands for the protection level against the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15 cm and 1 meter.
Theoretically, The EEL should be just fine at those depths for up to 30 minutes at a time. You can find an IP Rating Chart at this link for additional information about the protection rating system.
I’ve worn them in the shower every day since getting them. I even dunked them in a glass of water for the sake of this review. I left them for 10 minutes, fully submerged, and they still work just fine. A quick wipe to get all the water off and a shake to get any left over out of the ear buds is all it takes to dry them. After a week or so of regular water exposure, I haven’t noticed any alteration or degradation to the device’s performance.
The battery life on the EEL headphones is as impressive as its design. The box says they’re good for 300 hours of standby time and 10 hours of music time. My tests align with these projections, as I can make it through an entire 8-hour work day on a single charge and still have battery life to spare. Speaking of which, a full charge only takes an hour and a half, from completely drained to completely full. Even if you forget to charge them the night before, you can throw them on the charger in the morning before you head out, and you’ll have enough time to leave with a full battery.
Wrap Up & Final Rating
In summary, the Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones are a stellar value and a solid pair of headphones. They sound great, and they fit comfortably in my ears. They’re $69.99 on the Leophile website, but you can pick up a pair on Amazon for only $49.99 using the Amazon link underneath the our ‘Final Rating’ box below.
I highly recommend these if you’re in search of a pair of headphones to compliment your active lifestyle, or if you just want your music to sound good without padding Apple and Dr. Dre’s pockets. Sorry, BEATS… We still love ya!
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Leophile EEL Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones: Manufacturer’s Website