Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.
I’m pissed, but I’m not sure who to be pissed at. You may recall that, at the end of last year, I wrote here about a pair of Bluetooth headphones that I got myself so that I could watch TV without having to turn the sound up to 11. This made my wife happy because she and I could watch TV together — me wearing my headphones — without her feeling as if the volume was blowing her ears out.
Well, up until last night I was very happy with my headphones. They are supposed to last around 20 hours per charge and I would charge them overnight every other or third night. But after charging them all night on Saturday night, last night we had been watching TV for only about 20 minutes when I heard a female voice saying “Please charge me.”
Why was that lady in my headphones telling me to charge her? Was she trying to seduce me or was she simply informing me that she needed more juice? Assuming it was the latter, I removed my headphones, plugged them into the the wall outlet via a cable and a USB charger. A little red light on the headphones was illuminated, indicating that the headphones were charging. I went back to the couch, sat down next to my wife, and, much to her annoyance, turned the TV’s volume up to nuclear blast.
Normally it takes around two hours to fully charge the headphones, so it was around 9:00 and went to retrieve said headphones, which had been plugged in since around 7:30. I noticed that the little red light was still illuminated, but I figured that they must have been mostly charged by then, so I unplugged them and put them back on my head. Within five minutes, though I heard that sultry female voice once again begging me to charge her.
I removed the headphones, plugged them back into the USB charger, and said to my wife, “Fuck it. I’m going to bed.”
When I woke up this morning, I noticed that the little red light indicating that the headphones were not fully charged was still illuminated. Shit! WTF? I was getting ready to call the headphones’ manufacturer and tell them that their POS headphones barely lasted two months, when my wife suggested that I should try a different USB charger.I told her that was nonsense, but she said to try it anyway “just to be sure it’s not the charger.”
Fine. I got one of my iPhone USB chargers and plugged my headphones into that. The red charging light came on, and I figured I’d give it two hours to see if the red charging light turned off, indicating that the headphones were fully charged.
Sure enough, two hours later the light was off. So maybe my wife was right and it was the USB charging thingie, and not the headphones, that had failed.
In any event, I won’t know for sure until tonight, as we typically don’t watch TV during the day, if the headphones are holding their charge and if using a different USB charger did the trick.
All I know is that I’m pissed that some piece of technology wasn’t working as it was supposed to work. I just hope it’s the cheapo USB charger and not the headphones.
Watch this space.