Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds Review

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The BackBeat Go 2 Charging Case and Conclusion



Plantronics knows that 4.5 hours of listening time isn’t long enough for many, so they came up with a carrying case that has a built in battery charger. This charging case adds 10 hours of listening time, so you know have a total listening time of 14.5 hours. The theory behind this case is that most people won’t be using the BackBeat GO 2 earbuds for 4 hours straight, so why not give people a place to safely store and recharge their headset? It sounds like a great idea to us and the case is rather compact and easily fits inside a backpack or purse. The case itself is made from ballistic nylon, which is a tough material that is often used on higher-end luggage and travel cases in the airline industry.


Here is a quick shot of the Plantroics BackBeat GO 2 plugged into the charging case and having the battery topped off.  Notice the LED light on the side of the earbud is glowing red, which gives you a visual indication that the battery is being charged. The battery charges rather quickly as well, just a 20 minute recharge will give you another hour of listening time! You can charge both at the same time as there is support for pass-through charging to both the case and earbuds.


On the bottom of the charging case there is a micro-USB port that is needed to recharge the battery inside the case along with indicator lights showing you how much power is left.

Plantronics BackBeat Go2 Black

Final Thoughts and Conclusions:

The Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds were found to be an excellent Bluetooth device and we love the mobility they give you. In this day and age you want to have wireless freedom and the BackBeat GO 2 does just that. Being able to walk up to 33 feet away from the device that you are connected to is nice if you’ve never been able to before. They look a little bulky, but springily stay in your ear rather well.  Whether you are at work, home, gym or on the road, the BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds are up for the task and deliver solid quality audio. Not too many products are this versatile and it is tough to try to do it all.  The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2’s are a big step up from entry level earbuds and pretty much do it all. We also like the fact that this is the second generation product for the BackBeat Go product line, so all the initial bugs and issues have been worked out.

The biggest con that many will have this this set of earbuds will most certainly be the battery life. Five hours of talk time and 4.5 hours of stereo listening time is a pretty good chunk of time, but some might want more. The good news is that a 20 minute quick charge gives you an additional hour of listening time and a full recharge takes just 2.5 hours. If you think you’ll be using them for more than 4 hours a day then it’s a good idea to look the battery case or another way to keep them charged. Most people won’t use them for 4+ hours straight as most people get ear fatigue with ear buds after just a couple hours. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2’s are comfortable, but we’ve never run across a pair of earbuds that we didn’t feel good to take out after 3+ hours of use.

When it comes to pricing the BackBeat GO 2’s run $69.99 shipped w/o the charging case or $89.99 shipped with the charging case.  The charging case is something that we were sure about when we first started using the earbuds, but we learned to love it as the battery charger keeps you up and running for all day use. If you travel or think you’ll be using the Bluetooth earbuds all day, the extra $20 up-sell is well worth it. Both versions come backed by a 1-year warranty.

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds give you everything that you want in a bluetooth headset with respectable battery life!


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  • Vanessa James

    Love my device had it for a year but suddenly it stopped connecting to my DROID stating NO DEVICE found. Tried numerous attempts connecting device.

  • JJTurns

    Bought these in September of 2013. Still going strong! Unfortunately I have washed them in the washer twice so far, both times they have recovered. Must say that out of any headsets I have ever purchased, these are hands down the very best; Wired or wireless.

  • Mike

    the other versions of bluetooth headsets I have tried in the past did not make it past three months before the battery gave up. With these I have had the most success with the battery lasting, but I am also struggling to keep them in my ears while I run. can someone post a link to the youtube video that explains the ear clips. If they would stay in place, then they would be perfect.

  • djurkash

    I am using it for over 2 weeks, and bought it for running mostly, and perhaps some usage while driving as well. Yes, in the beginning, I did experience issues with fitting them into stable position, but after viewing few youtube videos, found a right way to set ear clips. Now, they are much more stable, and during 30 mins run, it happens to fall out once or some times none. For me a good purchase…

  • I purchased the Backbeat Go 2. After months of fiddling with the adjuster accessories, I am unable to keep the earphones in my ear. These are the least ergonomic earphones I have ever used. I contacted Plantronics support to ask for an exchange, and they refused. The earphones do not stay in your ears. The little adjuster accessories are useless. Absolutely horrible. I used to think Plantronics was good, but after this headset, and their customer service, I will never buy another Plantronics item again.

  • Caro

    My earpieces keep falling out when I run. Why might this be? I have tried all three earpiece sizes. What can I do to stop this please?

    • cj

      Mine wouldn’t stay in either. Had to turn them. It was too bad because I liked all the features and ease of operation.

      • AZ

        were you guys using the stabilizers? aren’t they meant to hold them in?

  • Jonathon R

    I have a pair i use in the car rather than the BMW overhead. It totally cuts out the background noise when on conference calls. Love mine

    • Whodunnit

      @Jonathon R: so the ability to hear anything around you while driving is outweighed by your “need” to hear your music?