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iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones review

Recently We were contacted to review the new iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones. This seemed the perfect fit as we’re once again doing nothing but virtual school in Nashville, and the office/school we have involves at least three people in the same room.

TL;DR – fits everyone, lacks some features but makes up for it with comfort and usability, average sound.

iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones

There’s only so much Alphabet Safari an adult can listen to without snapping during a zoom meeting I’m told.

Volume limiting iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones

As with most child-aimed headphones, there are volume limiters and you can choose between 74, 85, and 94 decibels. This has proven to be a better than expected thing as we’ve forced the volume down and when their input volume is down the kid’s output volume is down as well.

From an adult perspective, the headphones are good. They’re not as good as my current favorite headphones that are about 13x the price, but they’re good. That they’re marketed at kids and not kids and adults seems to be a marketing failure to me. It fits my giant noggin.

Charge ahead? No? Quick charge.

Of course the question you’re all wondering is whether it supports USB-C audio since it charges off of USB-C, and that appears to be no. It’s not listed in the product specs and when I plug it into my computer I get that the device has malfunctioned. Checking device manager I get that the device descriptor request failed. Oh well, can’t have everything.

We received these on I believe December 9th and had been running off of the initial charge on both until Friday January 8th when I got reports that one of them was cutting in and out. Turned out it was the class audio, not the headphones, but trying to get a diagnostic report from a 7yo is difficult.

The specs claim 40 hours on a charge. My belief is we were somewhere around 16. Good battery life even if it dies at 16 hours. You can refuel four hours of use in 10 minutes off of USB-C for when you forget according to the spec sheet.

I don’t know how many headphones we’ve tried on the kids but these have been the first they’ve wanted to use. This may also have to do with that they have lights they can change, and no wires. The wired headphones lead over and over again to laptops nearly meeting their end. Don’t get young kids wired headphones without taping their laptops to the desk. Don’t.

Take them off occasionally

My 5yo discovered much to her joy that she could wander into the bathroom and poop and still hear her class. That’s 25 feet through 2 plaster walls and some bathroom tile. Instructions were given to leave the headset at the desk the next time.

For kids I really like the slide switch and power indicator. There is no question when these are accidentally left on. Which they will be. But they also can get 4 hour use charge in 10 minutes so it’s not a huge deal. You can also plug them in via a standard headphone jack if you need to.

When I am listening to music on this (testing them, I didn’t steal these from the kids) it’s a resounding and completely average headphone experience. They’re not designed to wow. They don’t, but that’s ok. These are kid’s headphones and not studio quality or bass boosting monsters. Stereo separation is actually pretty good when you listen to songs like Starman.

I don’t know how many devices it can be paired with at the same time, but I am thinking one may be the max. It seems to be either paired or not, and putting in pairing mode seems to disconnect. Let me know if I am wrong.

The iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones construction does not feel cheap, but not premium either. Overall they seem like a decent set of headphones. I stress that these are the only ones the kids have managed to go over a class or two in without complaints. That’s a huge plus.

Get the iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones?

You probably will not be disappointed. The only thing my kids wish these had were more options for the LED lighting.

The iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones are available at Amazon currently. If you purchase through that link we get maybe 2-6% commission.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.