Surge Mini wireless earbuds bring solid sound and a snug fit
The Surge Minis are a stylish pair of wireless earbuds that promise great sound, a snug fit and generous listening time when used with their sleek wireless charging case. We tested them out for a couple of weeks to see how all these claims check out.
Pairing the Surge Minis with a mobile device, in this case running iOS, was straightforward enough. You remove the buds from the charging case which automatically turns them on, and pair them through the Bluetooth menu in the phone. After that initial pairing, they connected every time, almost instantaneously, whenever taken out of the case.
They can take a little getting used to when it comes to finding a comfortable fit. These are passive noise-canceling earbuds, so the tips are designed to go someways into your earhole to block out surrounding sounds, but with a little tweak here and there you can strike the right balance between a secure fit and one that doesn't feel like its posing a threat to your brain tissue.
Once this sweet spot was found, the Surge Minis had no problems holding their position during head shaking, jumping and other activities like walking and cycling. Tiny buttons on each bud offer easy access to play and pause controls, phone calls and Siri or Google Assistant through a two-second hold.
The sound quality is decent without being exceptional, about what you'd expect from a pair of Apple earbuds, while the design's ability to block out ambient noise is very good – doing enough to deter us from using them when cycling through the city. Play time on each charge is good for around three hours which is plenty of time for commuting and the like, while the charging case holds enough juice to charge them 25 times over.
The charging case itself takes 45 minutes to reach a full charge and doubles as a 2,000 mAh power bank. It features ports on either end for USB and Micro USB connections, and with one hour spent charging an iPhone, can bring the battery bar to a healthy 73 percent.
The charging case and ear buds together can offer 100 hours of listening time, and placing them in and taking them out is made super-convenient with a magnetic design, which locks them into place even when we opened the lid and turned the case upside down.
The Surge Minis are currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where early pledges of US$49 will put you in line for a pair, charging case included. Delivery is slated for December 2018, with the earbuds expected to retail for $99 thereafter. You can check out the pitch video below.