True wireless technology is a new technology gaining ground. The Enacfire E18 earbuds are the best if want to experience true wireless technology at an affordable price. In this review, we cover and break down the Enacfire E18’s design, comfort and fit, packaging and accessories, sound quality, specs and more of the Enacfire E18. For alternative cheap Bluetooth headphone options check out our Enacfire E20 review or see our best Bluetooth headphones under 100.
Driver type: Dynamic
Driver size: 10mm
Headphone type: Closed-back/ In-Ear
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20000Hz
Headphone Connector: True wireless
Color options: Black, White
Headphone weight: 49.9g (without the charging case)
Battery Life: 3.5-4 hours for the earbuds and 15 hours charging case
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Looks and Build Quality
The Enacfire E18 is lightweight, compact and build with good quality materials. The casing is sturdy and plastic made with a matte black finish. You can also get the earbuds in white color that was recently released into the market. To test the build quality, we dropped the earbuds and sorry! However, there was no damage. Though we did it at a reasonable height, it is clear this earbud is built to last.
The Enacfire E18 is also pretty light, weighing up at 1.82 oz. Because they are light, you can have them for more extended periods without getting fatigued. Combined with their small nature, you might forget to take them off at some point.
The Enacfire E18 microphone is positioned on the left earbud as opposed to both of them. Am not sure if this offers better mic usability but am sure it leads to a reduction in the quality of audio.
This will also make the left earbud drain power faster especially if you will be using the mic more frequently.
Compatibility, Connectivity and Bluetooth Performance
The Enacfire E18 is compatible with any Bluetooth device up to Bluetooth 5.0.
Connectivity to the different phones we paired with the earbuds was painless, fast and intuitive. After the first pairing, the earbuds will automatically auto connect to your phone when you take them out of the charging case. When connected a woman’s voice says “left channel connected” “right channel connected” on the respective earbuds to signify a successful Bluetooth connection.
Bluetooth 5.0 has bought significant improvements; one of them is the range increase to cover a longer distance without dropping in the signal. In our testing, with the Enacfire E18, we could move up to about 10 meters before the connection dropped. However, in an outdoor environment, the range of the earbud is significantly reduced, and you will find the earbuds dropping the signal but will reconnect as soon as you move closer again.
The earbuds feature a single circular control on each one of them that control the playback options. To power them off without putting them in the case you can hold down the circular buttons on each earbud, or you can also press down the left earbud’s button and they will both power down. To skip or pause a track, you need to click on the button twice or once respectively.
Unfortunately, the earbuds lack a volume control button. While you can control the volume of the earbud with your device, the volume might differ from device to device.
Battery Life and Charging case
Like most true wireless earbuds, the Enacfire E18 holds up to 3 hours when fully charged, but this will differ from person to person. If you are someone who spends more than 4 hours a day on the phone listening to music, then you will find yourself charging these more frequently.
Fortunately, the earbuds come with a portable charging case that holds an additional 15 hours of extra power. The charging case makes the earbuds very practical for traveling – make sure the charging case is charged before traveling. When you buy this earbud, make sure you peel off the small plastic stickers over the charging connectors for charging to take place.
As I mentioned earlier, the Enacfire E18 is a very light earbud. It is light enough you can barely notice you have them in your ears. This makes the earbud very comfortable to wear for long periods of time without feeling or getting exhausted.
The Enacfire E18 also comes with three pairs of silicone ear tips (small, medium, and large) that can be used to customize your fit. Because of the different ear tips, you can exercise with the Enacfire E18. The earbuds are not waterproof but should be okay for running as long as you are not profusely sweating.
With the audio, the Enacfire E18 does not disappoint, but it is also not perfect like the high-end earbuds I have listened to. At the price, however, the clarity was excellent with a reasonable bass output. Obviously, this will not perform like the Sennheiser HD600 or other high-end headphones. If you are purchasing these for high-quality sound, then you should probably save your money. On the other hand, the Enacfire E18 is a great earbud for watching TV or for casual music listening.
Microphone and Call Quality
Like most earbuds, the Enacfire E18 has an inbuilt microphone. However, the microphone is on the left earbud unlike with most earbuds where the microphone is on the right earbud.
During calls, especially in a busy environment, the microphone will pick up sound around you much better than your voice and make your voice sound quieter on the other end. This is the case with most earbuds because the microphone is placed far from the mouth. Using these for calls indoor is, however, better and sounded more clear.
The charging case is made of plastic and feels sturdy. It comes with a compact design, very portable and you can fit it into your pocket. The case is also magnetic, and this ensures the earbuds will not fall loose when the case is moved or inverted. The case also comes with a USB cable for charging and can take up to one hour to be completely charged.
Packaging and Additional Accessories
Other than the case, the contents of the package for the Enacfire E18 are like most other earbuds. The earbuds come in a black box with the name/logo of Enacfire on the front. Opening the box reveals the case that is somehow centered and surrounded by foam. Underneath the case, you will get the manual, while the USB charger is in the box labeled ‘USB.’
What we like:
- The Enacfire E18 earbuds are 100% wireless
- Seamless Bluetooth connectivity
- Sleek design
- Cheap and budget friendly
- Sound quality is not perfect but better than you would expect at the price
What we don’t:
- The earbud lacks a volume button which could render it useless if a user uses it on a device that also lacks volume control
- The earbuds are not water resistant making them less ideal for working out
|Enacfire E18||18 hours||No||No||In-Ear||3.52oz|
|Avantree TWS110||28 hours||No||Yes||In-Ear||1.6oz|
|Enacfire E19||18 hours||No||No||In-Ear||1.76oz|
|JLab JBuds Air||13 hours||No||No||In-Ear||5.6oz|
|TREBLAB X5||10 hours||No||Unknown||In-Ear||0.5oz|
Batt.* = Battery Life with Case Charges
Canc.* = Noise-Cancellation
Enacfire E18 vs. Avantree TWS110
The Enacfire E18 is right now one of the best cheap earbuds, but the Avantree TWS110 come in at a very close second. At just under $60, they are a little more expensive than the Enacfire E18, and one of power in the Avantree TWS110 is the power they come packed with. A completely 28 hours of charge, of course, this is when you take into account the charging case. The Avantree TWS110 also features Siri and Google Assistant Voice Command. They are a little bigger and offer good comfort levels but not like the Enacfire E18.
Enacfire E18 vs. Enacfire E19
The Enacfire E19 looks like an upgrade of the current E18 with minimal differences between the two earbuds. The Enacfire E19 comes with a new sleek and compact charging case, and you also get six pairs of silicone ear tips. Apart from the price difference (the Enacfire E19 being much cheaper) cheaper and the new charging case, the two earbuds do not have significant differences I could point out.
Enacfire E18 vs. Jlab JBuds Air
If you are looking for a good pair of earbuds for running, the Jlab JBuds Air would be the best one of the best choice at this price range. At just under $50, the Jlab JBuds Air held up pretty well when put to the test. They are bigger than the Enacfire E18, but their comfort is just as good. For exercises, whether running or at the gym, the Jlab JBuds Air come with cush fins which provide better comfort and better grip, snug fit. However, they only offer Bluetooth 4.2 compared to Bluetooth 5.0 for the Enacfire E18. We like them, but the Enacfire E18 is better in most ways.
Enacfire E18 vs TREBLAB X5
Well, if you like the design of the Apple AirPods, then the TREBLAB X5 can be your budget pick. They are noise-canceling earbuds and have support for Siri. Though the total charge of this earbud is 10 hours, the earbud itself can hold up to 5 hours of power. They are sweet proof and are suitable for use in the gym or while working out. They support Bluetooth 5.0, and the sound is above par.