Review: Rowkin Ascent Charge True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Rowkin has delivered what users have been waiting for in a pair of micro-sized earbuds, namely Qi-based wireless charging. The Ascent Charge and Charge+ ($129.99–139.99) from Rowkin earbuds are about as small as they could be, which could make you worry about losing them. Fortunately, the free companion app includes a Find My Earbuds feature, similar to Apple's Find My iPhone app. The app also helps you customize the sound for your liking.

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Ascend Charge+

As mentioned, the Ascent Charge and Charge+ support Qi wireless charging, with the difference being that the Charge+ includes a Qi wireless charging pad, about the size of an Apple TV, only thinner. You place the earbuds in the included charging case and that case is then charged via Qi. The case can also serve as a power bank for charging other devices using the USB-C port. Rowkin claims to deliver enough battery life for a whopping 50+ hours of music and talk time, but keep in mind that that includes recharging the earbuds with the charging case. 

Pros

  • Incredibly small.
  • Wireless and charges via included Qi wireless pad.
  • 50+ hours of music and talk time (using charging case.)
  • Includes USB-C port for charging other devices.
  • Find My Earbuds via app.

Cons

  • Almost too small?
  • Battery life estimate based on using charging case to recharge over the 50 hours.

Final Verdict

The Ascent Charge+ from Rowkin boasts wireless recharging and 50 hours of battery life when recharging via the carrying case. 

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