How Many Years Do Bose Headphones Last?

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Bose headphones are extremely popular among devout music listeners. 

Because Bose headphones come with a high price tag, they can be quite the financial commitment. 

Before you purchase a pair of Bose headphones for yourself, consider how long they are going to last you.

How Many Years Do Bose Headphones Last?

On a single charge, Bose headphones can last anywhere from 6 to 45 hours, depending on the model. In terms of durability, Bose headphones last for two years without problems. After two years, replace the headphones’ ear cushions. Cleaning and storing headphones properly will extend their lifetime.

If you’re planning on purchasing some Bose headphones, you’ll want them to last as long as possible.

In this post, you learn just how long Bose headphones last and how you can make them last longer.

Bose Headphones: Durability and Warranty

Bose builds their headphones to endure the everyday bumps and bruises associated with normal use. 

Take the Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones, for example. 

The Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones are made from custom cast metal. 

The hinges on the headphones use cast metal to prevent damage.

The headband of these headphones is constructed from glass-filled nylon. 

These materials protect the headphones from damage associated with drops and maintain the headphones’ shape.

The Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones also feature synthetic leather ear cushions. 

Even synthetic leather can be a durable material. 

However, if it gets too wet or too warm, it will wear out at a rate faster than normal. 

Some Bose headphones feature sweat and weather-resistant properties.

This helps protect the headphones while working out or listening to music in drizzling rain.

While Bose headphones are durable, they too are prone to breaks or malfunctions. 

If this happens to your headphones, they may be covered by Bose’s warranty program. 

Bose covers all products for one year with a limited warranty plan.

This warranty does not cover user-caused damage; however, it does cover defects in the materials and workmanship of the product. 

Since the Bose warranty doesn’t protect your headphones if they break, you should be careful not to break them. 

You should also consider cleaning and caring for them to extend how long they last. 

With normal use, your Bose headphones could last for two years before they begin to wear down or experience technical failures.

Bose Battery Life

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When purchasing a new pair of Bose headphones, you should be concerned with more than just how long the headphones will last you in the long run.

You should also consider how long the headphones will last with each charge.

The Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones, for example, last 24 hours with a single charge after 2.5 hours of charging. 

Need to use your headphones sooner? After just 15 minutes on the charger, you can listen to your headphones for 3 hours! If you don’t use the active noise cancellation technology, your Bose headphones could last even longer with each charge.

While the Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones last for an entire day on one charge, some pairs last as little as 5 hours. 

Here is a table depicting different models and their charge life:

HeadphonesBattery LifeCharge Time
Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones24 hours2.5 hours
SoundSport wireless headphones6 hours2 hours
Bose Sport Earbuds5 hoursn/a
QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II20 hoursn/a
Bose on-ear wireless headphones15 hours1.5 hours
SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II15 hours3 hours
Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds6 hoursn/a

Source: Bose

The pair of Bose headphones that last the longest is the A20 Aviation Headset.

These headphones are powered by two AA batteries and can last up to 45 hours of continuous use before they need to be replaced. 

Of course, these likely aren’t the headphones you need unless you plan on flying a plane.

As you can see, Bose headphones and their battery lives vary widely. 

And yet somehow, their charge times aren’t all that different.

If you’re looking for headphones that are going to last you all day, opt for the Bose QuietComfort 45 or the QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.

Keep in mind, battery life will depend on how long you use noise-canceling technology as well as the volume that sounds are played at.

How to Care for Bose Headphones

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Your Bose headphones don’t have to last just two years.

With proper cleaning, care, and storage, your headphones can last nearly a decade.

(Of course, you may want to update them before then.)

If your headphones have earbuds, they need to be cleaned out frequently.

Remove the ear pads and clean out any ear wax every one to two weeks. 

Not only will this keep your headphones in good working condition, but it will improve the sound quality over time.

Most Bose headphones come with a carrying case and if they don’t you can always purchase one from the Bose accessories section. 

Whenever the headphones aren’t in use, keep them in their carrying case. 

Doing so will prevent any unwanted breaks. 

For headphones that have a cord, wrap them in loose coils that follow the curve of the wires. 

If the coils are too tight or go against the wires’ curves, then they could break or short out. 

This is a problem that would likely require the headphones to be replaced.

While some of Bose’s headphones are water-resistant, not all of them are. 

Regardless of your headphone’s water resistance, if they get wet at all, dry the water off with a towel as soon as possible.

In worst-case scenarios, turn the headphones off and put them in rice to absorb any water. 

Although your Bose headphones might survive a few splashes of water, it’s better to avoid getting them wet at all.

When listening to music with your Bose headphones, you might be tempted to listen at a louder than needed volume. 

If you’re using an Apple device, you’ve likely seen the warning pop up that listening to music at loud volumes for an extended period of time will damage your hearing. 

Not only will it damage your hearing but it puts excessive wear and tear on your headphones’ speakers. 

Keep your headphone speakers working longer by listening at a lower volume when possible.

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