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Urbanista turns its solar-powered smarts to a Bluetooth speaker

Use it exclusively in sunny environments, and the Malibu’s battery life might stretch on indefinitely. | Image: Urbanista

Urbanista’s latest Bluetooth speaker, the Malibu, is equipped with solar cells that the company claims could extend its battery life indefinitely. Like Urbanista’s previous solar-powered audio gear — the Los Angeles over-ear headphones and the Phoenix earbuds — the Malibu uses Exeger’s Powerfoyle solar cell technology to keep topped up with power, drawing extra charge from both indoor and outdoor light. It’s set to cost $149 (£149 / €169) when it goes on sale in late September.

Per Wired, the basic amount of battery life you can expect from the speaker’s built-in 3,600mAh battery is around 30 hours. But out in the sun, that could extend to up to a theoretical 45 hours of playback, and even when used indoors (albeit next to a window), you…

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