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Best Wireless Earbuds for Running Under $50

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As runners, our earbuds can take a beating. Rain, sweat, daily use, getting crunched in a gym bag, our earbuds must be tough little suckers in order to survive. Sometimes, this means finding a cheap pair that you feel comfortable throwing around. Or, maybe you need a second pair of earbuds to serve as a backup when you forget to charge your favorite pair. Whatever the reason, it’s always good to have a cheap pair of earbuds you can count on. Here are my top choices for the best wireless earbuds for runners under $50:

1) Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones

2) Trogonic TE1 Wireless Earbuds

3) TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds

4) Vislla 5.0 Bluetooth Sport Headphones

5) TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones

6) Boltune Bluetooth 5.0 IPX7 Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

7) iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds

8) Linklike Quad Drivers Bluetooth 5.0 Sport Headphones

Even though these earbuds are low in cost, they aren’t low in quality. In fact, you may find that they become your favorite pair of earbuds for years to come. Before we dive into each of the options more deeply, first, let’s talk about what you should consider when looking for a new pair of running earbuds.

What to Consider When Buying Earbuds for Running

Earbuds that you use for running will get a lot more wear and tear than earbuds that you use around the house. There are some key things you’ll want to keep in mind to make sure that your earbuds last beyond your first run with them.

1. Find a Waterproof or Water-Resistant Option.  Even if it’s the middle of summer with a clear forecast, rain showers seem to know when you step out your door for a run. It’s also nice to be worry-free when you step outside in the middle of winter in an apparent thunderstorm (don’t do that! Ok, we all do it, but you shouldn’t). It’s bad enough to run in the rain without having to worry about whether your headphones are going to die. 

Aside from rain, headphones accumulate A LOT of sweat overtime. Think about how earbuds fit snugly into our ears. You don’t need to be sweating very hard for it to become damp in there. It’s likely that your earbuds will be exposed to moisture on a daily basis, which means that a waterproof or water resistant pair will have a longer lifespan than one that isn’t.

2. Decide If You Want a Cord Between the Earbuds or Not. Wireless earbuds are great for running. But, the wire we’re talking about is the wire that connects your earbuds  to your phone or device, not necessarily the wire connecting the earbuds themselves. 

I personally love wireless earbuds because I’m constantly getting my wired earbuds caught on things and having them rip out of my head. I’ve even cut straight through them with a paper cutter. But, I digress. 

I like for my wireless earbuds to have a wire, or band, between both of the earbuds. For me, it just feels more secure while still eliminating the annoyance of having a long cord connecting your phone to your ears. 

Yes, you can run with Apple AirPods without them falling out. When positioned correctly in your ears, these earbuds can withstand any normal movement you’re doing throughout your day. 

That said, my Apple AirPods are too expensive for me to take a chance with them falling out. I like having that cord connecting the earbuds so that I’m sure I won’t lose one of them. This is definitely a personal preference though. Some people don’t like the feeling of a band wrapping around their neck or having a cord flapping around.

For others, their ears are shaped in a way where it’s hard for stand alone earbuds to stay in place. If you’re not sure what you prefer, you may want to get a set of each and test them out.

3. Consider Battery Life. Especially if you’re a long distance runner going out for hours on end, you want to be sure that your earbuds will hold a charge for as long as you need them to. I’ve had a pair of bad earbuds die at mile 17 of a marathon. You bet that I was cursing for the rest of the race. 

Make sure that you get earbuds that will last you for 2 or 3 runs. That way, you aren’t charging them every day, but you’re charging them enough that they don’t die on you when you need them most.

Here’s a quick trick for increasing battery life! If you get earbuds that are not connected to each other, each earbud has its own battery life. This means that you can wear one earbud and drain it’s power and then switch to the other, fully charged earbud. If you’re ok with only wearing one earbud at a time, which is a good safety precaution for runners anyway, you can basically double the battery life of your earbuds by using them one at a time.

4. Would a Charging Case Make Life Easier? I don’t know if Apple started the idea of the charging case when they invented the AirPods, or if they simply jumped on the trend and made it popular but, either way, charging cases are great. When you use your earbuds as often as you do as a runner, it can get annoying to constantly pull out the charging cord and rearrange the rest of your electronics to find an open power outlet. Any of the choices on this list that come with a charging case will make your life much easier in the charging department.

Alright, now that we know some of the basics that you need to keep in mind, let’s dive into my top choices of wireless earbuds for runners under $50.

1) Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones

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No, that isn’t a typo in the reviews section. The Mpow Flames have over 27,200 reviews at the time of this writing. That’s a lot of people that love these earbuds! The combination of low price and high quality makes these a winner.

The Mpow Flames have a long battery life, good sound, isolation when calling, waterproof protections, and a good ergonomic design. Seems perfect, right? While these do get high reviews, remember that you’re paying a low price for them. With any of the earbuds on this list, don’t have the same expectations as you would for earbuds triple the price. That said, the Mpow Flames are really good for the price.

What I like about the neckband with the Mpow Flames is that they come with an adjuster. This means that you don’t have to worry about the cord flopping around as you’re running. Having an adjuster instead of a static band means that you can customize these headphones to fit your head.

2) Trogonic TE1 Wireless Earbuds

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Many reviewers on Amazon talk about how the quality of the Trogonic earbuds rival those of big brands. Despite being an unknown brand with a low price tag, these are not “cheap” earbuds. Many reviewers also talk about how comfortable these earbuds are. The Trogonics come with a couple of pairs of tips so that you can customize the fit for your ears. 

The charging case may not be the prettiest depending on your design aesthetic, but it’s small and gets the job done. It’s also not as durable as the earbuds themselves, so don’t go throwing it around. The charging case with the Trogonic’s can charge your earbuds for 35 hours of use. Even as a long distance runner, that’s a long time! 

3) TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds

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The TOZO earbuds are at the top of our price limit and may tip above depending on how they’re priced when you’re reading this. But, if you look at the number of reviews, there’s no doubt that they’re worth talking about, even if they go up in price in the future. 

These TOZO earbuds are very similar to the Trogonic’s given their size, sleek design, overall sound quality, life span, and charging capacities. The TOZO’s differ in that they use a touch sensor for the controls. This can be really convenient when you’re trying to change something mid-run. On the other hand, it can be frustrating if you accidentally touch the earbuds and change your song when you didn’t intend to. That preference is up to you. 

The TOZO charging case resembles that of the Apple AirPods. If you’re an AirPod owner, you might appreciate having a case that requires the same muscle memory and looks consistent in your collection. The charging case is compatible with wireless chargers, which makes charging these earbuds really convenient.

4) Vislla 5.0 Bluetooth Sport Headphones

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What I like about the Vislla earbuds is that their ear clips offer a happy medium for people who are nervous about having stand alone earbuds falling out, but also don’t want the annoyance of a neckband. Not having a neckband also means that they can work with a charging case, which the Visalla comes with. The charging case is actually a soft case, which is unique for earbuds and may be a benefit depending on your aesthetic preferences.

Many reviewers praise the Visalla’s for their high quality at a low price. Some even claim that these earbuds are the chosen favorites in their collection. It’s not often that you find a design like this, so if that appeals to you, go for it. You won;t be disappointed with the quality and you’ll be happy with how they fit.

5) TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones

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Apple AirPod fans will like the TaoTronics based on the design of the earbuds. Of the choices on our list, these earbuds have one of the lowest one-time battery charges, yet one of the highest charging case battery life. This means that these are best for runners who go shorter distances and won’t run out of juice on their second or third run, but would prefer to charge the case less often. It’s also important to note that, unlike AirPods, these earbuds come with rubber tips to help them stay in place. This is a benefit if you like the design of AirPods, but have trouble with them staying in.

Many reviewers praise the TaoTronics for their high quality given the price. TaoTronics is a well-known company that makes high quality products. If you’ve been wary of some of the unknown brands on this list, you may be happy to go with these TaoTronic earbuds given their reputation.

6) Boltune Bluetooth 5.0 IPX7 Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

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Yes, you read that correctly — these earbuds have 16 hours of battery life, which reviewers have vouched is true. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it appears to be true. These earbuds are your long-lasting powerhorses. Reviewers also boast about the sound quality and design. As you’ll see, these earbuds don’t go over the ears, but they have in-ear support for those of us who worry about earbuds falling out all the time. 

While these are good earbuds all around, they’re worth it for the battery life alone. 16 hours is a LONG time for earbuds to last on one charge. These are a great choice for anyone like me who seems to be running out of juice in the middle of a run.

7) iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds

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Aren’t these pretty? Sometimes, you just want to add a little color and style to your pile of running gear. These iLuv earbuds come in rose gold, blue, black, white, and silver. Aside from being stylish, they’re good earbuds too. As you can see, they don’t win the battery life award, but they’re good quality earbuds with good sound. Like the TOZOs, the iLuvs are touch sensitive, which means that the controls rely on you tapping the earbuds as opposed to pushing actual buttons. These iLuvs require two taps to initiate a signal, so you’re less likely to accidentally change your song or hang up a call. 

8) Linklike Quad Drivers Bluetooth 5.0 Sport Headphones

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These earbuds are perfect for anyone who wants wireless earbuds, but wants them to be a bit more substantial than the others on this list. These earbuds have a strong neckband that can make sure your earbuds don’t fall out and run away from you. The earbuds themselves are magnetic and can connect together to prevent tangles and knots when you aren’t using them.

And, does it look like we have another camper in the 16 hour battery life camp?! Yes, it looks like we do! Reviewers claim that this battery life is accurate and holds up to the claims. While I don’t understand the technical stuff, these headphones are designed for good audio quality and are built for you to enjoy them.

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