Wireless mics are quite commonplace these days. We see them connected to cell phones for hands-free operation. We see them being used in business settings, museums, production studios and music performances. Of course, singers and musicians have relied on wireless mics for years and now adays independent media producers and podcasters use the tech to enable their businesses. All of these folks have one thing in common: a need for reliable battery power.
You would expect Pale Blue Earth to support the idea of powering wireless mics with rechargeable batteries. We do. Better yet, we encourage mic users to opt for USB-C lithium-ion batteries whenever possible. They are superior to alkaline batteries in every way. More importantly, they are just as effective at powering wireless mics.
Different Types of Mics
Before we get into talking about wireless mics and rechargeable batteries, we should probably discuss the different types of mics on the market. We have divided them into three different categories to make them easier to understand. Note that we came up with the category names. These are not industry-standard categories.
- Personal Mics – Personal mics are those small wireless mics we use with our cell phones, tablets, and video cameras. They offer adequate quality in a controlled environment. They are not suitable for professional performances.
- Production Mics – Production mics are microphones used for business or personal applications that go above and beyond the smartphone. A production mic could be Bluetooth, VHF, or UHF-based. It could be attached to a computer, mobile device, or even a professional mixing board.
- Performance Mics – The cream of the crop is performance mics. They can be hand-held, clipped to the lapel, or worn around the ear. They offer the highest quality sound and are designed for public performances – whether it be singing, speaking, or playing an instrument.
Performance mics rely on removable batteries by design. Manufacturers rarely design performance mics with hard-wired batteries because that would mean too little flexibility. Imagine forgetting to charge before a performance. You would be out of luck. To avoid that, manufacturers design their mics to use removable batteries.
It's Lithium-Ion or Bust
When it comes to personal and production mics, it is generally lithium-ion or bust. A typical personal mic has a hard-wired battery sealed inside its case. You charge the battery with a USB-C cable and either your computer or a charging station.
Like our USB-C batteries, you are looking at lithium-ion batteries that can be charged 1000+ times. Imagine you have a personal mic that you drain and charge once per day. The built-in battery would still give you three years of service.
Production mics are a little bit different. Some manufacturers rely on hard-wired batteries while others design their products for removable batteries. Either way, lithium-ion is the battery of choice. Lithium-ion batteries are more than capable of handling the power needs of a typical wireless mic. They can also be charged in under an hour. It just doesn't make sense to use another rechargeable type or disposable alkaline batteries.
Strong stable power
Paleblue batteries are a strong stable 1.5V, maintaining that voltage from start to finish. This means more reliable power and performance. Quick charging by USB makes charging before any work or performance easy.
Wireless mics are yet another product that benefits from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Whether it's a built-in battery or a USB-C battery from Pale Blue Earth, rechargeable is the way to go for all your wireless mic applications.
It’s worth mentioning, the state of charge indicators on most products are reading the voltage drop they expecdt from alkalines to gauge how much capacity is left in the battery. With Paleblue, this may not read correctly since our battery voltage does not drop throughout the discharge cycle, so don’t forget to charge up. The good news though, with a battery management system (BMS) on each battery, you can charge up any time from any charge state without adversely affecting the batteries’ reliability or future performance. A quick top off is AOK for Paleblue any time.