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Mojawa Run Plus Review

Last updated: 9 months ago
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Mojawa Run Plus on a rock

Mojawa Run Plus are ideal bone-conduction headphones for sportspeople and swimmers, thanks to the 32 GB of onboard storage. And, they sound great compared to other bone-conduction headphones.

Run Plus are the new flagship bone-conducting headphones from Mojawa that are an update over the Mojo2 on almost every front (except build quality, which is identical).

Headphones now support a companion app, providing firmware updates, EQ presets, and a few other features.

Most importantly, they also have onboard memory and a set of swimming earplugs, which is perfect for swimmers. For that reason, the Run Plus arrive with an IP68 rating rather than IP67.

Sound quality is also much more balanced compared to other bone-conducting headphones. However, the bass suffers from severe distortion. More on that later.

Are Mojawa Run Plus, despite their flaws, a worthy pick for $150, or should you pick Mojo2? Let’s find out.


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Pros & Cons:

  • Most balanced sound from bone-conductive headphones
  • Stable fit, suitable for intense sports activities
  • Onboard MP3 player for outdoor runners & swimmers
  • Quality build with an IP68 rating
  • Bluetooth multipoint support
  • Mediocre call quality muffles your voice
  • Pretty noticeable bass distortion

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    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    Mojawa Run Plus are one of the most balanced-sounding bone conduction headphones. They can still get shouty and overly shimmery, but they’re much better than their competitors.

    The bone conduction technology in the transducer gives a slightly clunky sound. So it doesn’t produce amazing audio quality. However, the Run Plus are a step in the right direction, at least for tuning.

    Apparently, 5 Grammy-winning producers sat down and made the tuning (which is somewhat of a reoccurring trend among headphone brands). And they did a good job.

    There are some spots where the sound gets a bit harsh, but nothing close to what you usually hear from bone-conduction headphones. That said, transducers struggle with bass, causing distortion.

    Mojawa Run Plus bass distortion
    Mojawa Run Plus are so close to being a fantastic all-around pick, but that bass distortion holds them back.

    Bass: Pretty good until it distorts

    The bass quantity is pretty low. You can hear some punch and rumble when listening in a quiet room. Otherwise, you’ll mostly feel the gentle vibrations from transducers.

    When you hear the bass, it’s decently tight (for bone conduction) and produces faith rumble. That said, don’t expect to hear “deep and resonant bass”, as stated on the official website.

    By opening the app, you can switch to a Bass preset that slightly boosts it, but you’ll primarily feel a little more vibrations rather than bass.

    If you want a stronger rumble, you must seal your ear canals with the provided plugs, albeit that makes it a bit bloaty. However, all that is expected.

    Mojawa Run Plus ear plugs
    Using earplugs lets you hear a deeper bass, but it quickly becomes bloated.

    What you don’t expect, though, is a pretty significant distortion in the bass. You don’t hear it immediately, but on songs like “Wild Thoughts” by Rihanna & DJ Khalid, it’s very obvious.

    Distortion is present even during a phone call, and you listen to the other person speaking. It’s a strange oversight from Mojawa to let it slide.

    Midrange: Quite balanced, albeit a bit thin

    Mid-frequencies are the area where Mojawa Run Plus made the most improvements. Compared to other bone-conduction headphones, the mids in these are much closer to a natural sound.

    Vocals aren’t just a thin-sounding mess but actually have some body and texture. We can say the same about instruments, especially guitars.

    On the other hand, due to the lack of proper bass, the midrange still sounds a bit thin and shouty, especially the vocals. Fortunately, you shouldn’t expect any sibilance.

    You can make the mids sound better by using the Vocal preset in the app, however, at the expense of treble energy.

    Treble: Good quantity with decent texture and air

    Treble performance is also surprisingly good for the type of headphones. Listening to “In The Gallery” by Dire Straits provides a pleasant shimmer from the cymbals and a good overall texture.

    Speaking of cymbals, they sound well when the song is relatively calm, like the one from the Straits. 

    However, they’ll get buried under other things during busy rock tracks. In the song “Lying from You” by Linking Park, loud guitars and vocals mask them completely.

    Mojawa Run Plus music listening
    Mojawa Run Plus work well with most music genres, except for classical, due to the inability to portray tiny details.

    Furthermore, the decay is relatively short, so while cymbals have a lovely shimmer, they quickly sizzle away.

    What is most important, the treble quantity is just right, which is excellent.

    Their design also helps with a slightly wider soundstage, pushing the sounds further out of your head.

    On the other hand, the imaging could be better. You get some directional awareness, but you surely won’t use these headphones for playing competitive mobile games.

    Overall, Mojawa Run Plus is an excellent addition to the bone conduction market, with great sound quality. If they could somehow fix the bass distortion over the firmware update, that would be fantastic.

    Nonetheless, you’ll hardly hear any of these flaws during sports activities, especially underwater.

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    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    Mojawa Run Plus offer a superbly stable fit during intense workouts and remain comfortable during long sessions. However, you first have to get used to them; otherwise, you might get headaches.

    Bone conduction headphones are made specifically for sports, so their stability is undeniable.

    You can do whatever you want, and they’ll stay on your head.

    Run Plus can easily survive jumping and head shaking. They’re even secure enough to stay in place when swimming, although making complex underwater pirouettes might dislodge them.

    Construction-wise, headphones are made of silicone, plastic, and titanium, which gives them rigidity. They’re overall light but not the lightest we’ve tried.

    Mojawa Run Plus in hands
    Wearing bone conducting headphones can feel unnatural at first, so you have to get used to it.

    The contact points where transducers touch your skin are bare plastic, unlike Mojo2, which were covered in silicone and had small kitty footprints.

    Consequently, the contact doesn’t feel as comfy in comparison. You also start sweating a bit sooner. However, the worst thing is that you start feeling them more and more, which can fuel some headaches during the first couple of listens.

    Remember that even when you start wearing glasses, you might experience the same thing, and it takes some time to get used to it.


    Star Rating
    5.0 Perfect

    Mojawa Run Plus are made to withstand the harshest environments, from full water submersion to getting buried in powdery sand. A hard case would also provide drop resistance, but a softer pouch also suffices.

    Mojawa tested the Run Plus for an IP68 rating, which means that the Run Plus can now endure underwater for more extended periods (up to 2 hours, according to the official website), which makes them ideal for swimming down to 2 meters (or 6.6 feet).

    During our review of the Mojawa Run Plus, we exposed them to sweat, splashes of water, and some dunking into a cup filled with water. Headphones survive all close encounters with water.

    Mojawa Run Plus water splash
    Mojawa Run Plus are fully waterproof, so a little splash does no harm.

    Headphones can also resist dust, preventing tiny particles from entering the housing and causing havoc. That’s good to know if you plan to run or cycle on country roads when it’s windy.

    As for design, Mojawa Run Plus have a primarily plastic body where you’ll find transducers and modules for volume controls and charging. They’re covered in silicone to feel nicer when in contact with skin.

    On the flip side, the back of the headset, the frame, is made of titanium. That offers rigidity and flexibility while keeping the weight down.

    All in all, you shouldn’t worry about the durability of the Run Plus. Mojawa even ditched the swirl pattern on the physical control button, which collects dust like crazy, making them easier to clean.

    Overall durability gets even better by using the included carrying pouch. It doesn’t offer drop protection, but it should prevent headphones from getting scratched.

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    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    Battery test results: Mojawa Run Plus have a battery life of 8 hours and 43 minutes when playing music at 50% volume. While that makes them average, they at least charge very fast, filling up in just 50 minutes.

    Mojawa Run Plus Battery Comparison

    Mojawa Run Plus battery comparison

    Bone-conduction headphones have to work more to produce sound compared to regular headphone drivers. Naturally, they consume more energy. So far, only Orange O Bones managed to break the 10-hour mark.

    Battery test

    In our battery life test, where we leave headphones playing music at 50% volume, the Run Plus managed to last:

    • 8 hours and 43 minutes.

    Official numbers state that they can play for around 8 hours at 75% volume, which seems somewhat unlikely. Nonetheless, even with our results, you can easily use them for at least two days before searching for a charge.

    What is slightly unfortunate is the use of a proprietary charging cable, which means having an extra cable laying around. It also terminates into USB-A, so you need an older power brick or charge the headphones with a computer.

    Mojawa Run Plus charging pins
    Mojawa Run Plus use a proprietary magnetic connector with 4 charging pins for data transfer, compared to 2 pins on Mojo2.

    Fortunately, you can expect pretty fast charging:

    • Mojawa Run Plus can charge from 0% to 100% in just 50 minutes.

    Furthermore, the magnets on the charging pins are soo strong that they easily withstand the weight of the headphones. Unlike TOZO OpenReal, which uses laughably weak magnets on their pins.


    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    Mojawa Run Plus are one of the most feature-packed bone conduction headphones, offering their own app, EQ presets, and built-in storage for offline listening. However, their call quality could be better.

    Run Plus are made particularly for extreme sportspeople like trail runners and swimmers. Let’s start with storage.

    Built-in music player

    Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones offer 32GB of storage for offline listening. That eliminates the need to carry a smartphone that would only slow you down.

    Mojawa Run Plus only take headphones
    Thanks to internal memory (32GB capacity), you’re no longer bound to a phone when listening to music.

    You connect the Mojawa headphones using the provided magnetic USB-A cable. They support MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, APE, and FLAC files, no matter the quality.

    One minor issue with this is that only a few people have audio files on their computers, so this solution mostly comes in handy to users who have already used headphones with storage and have a lot of music files.

    Unfortunately, you can’t transfer offline playlists from your music streaming service to the headphones, as the app doesn’t support that.


    Headphones use a touchpad and multifunction button to navigate music playback and answer phone calls. Let’s start with a physical button on the left conduction pad.

    • Play/pause & answer/end call – one click
    • Next track & pause a current call to answer a new call – double click
    • Previous track – triple click
    • Power on/off – click and hold for 2 seconds
    • Switch between MP3/Bluetooth mode – double click and hold for 2 seconds

    Touch controls are located on the left module behind your left ear:

    • Volume up – swipe up
    • Volume down – swipe down (the amount of volume reduced depends on how fast you swipe)
    • Normal/shuffle/repeat loop in MP3 mode – double tap
    • Activate smartphone’s voice assistant in Bluetooth mode – double tap

    One thing to mention is that the touch control sits very close to your earlobe, almost behind it. So, it is pretty tricky to perform swipes.

    Mojawa Run Plus volume controls
    Due to the awkward placement of the touch-sensitive controls, it is difficult to change the volume by swiping.

    Companion app

    The Mojawa app is new by this point, as the Google Play store only lists around 100 downloads.

    However, when scanning the QR code in the manual, it sends you to the Mojawa website, where you download an .apk installation file, and not to Google Play or App Store.

    That said, the app offers to update firmware and accurately monitor battery percentage (headphones only tell you whether the battery is low or high when you turn them on).

    Mojawa Run Plus app front page
    The Mojawa app’s front page is pretty barebones, only showing the firmware version and the battery percentage.

    Inside the settings, you can switch between 4 EQ presets:

    • Balanced EQ: offers optimal performance but can occasionally get shouty.
    • Swim EQ: boosts midrange and treble so you can hear them better underwater.
    • Bass EQ: adds slightly more bass, with a noticeable increase in transducer vibrations.
    • Voice EQ: reduces treble and upper midrange to make the sound more forgiving and better tailored when listening in quiet environments.

    Furthermore, you can deactivate voice assistant summoning and select the app language, which is currently only limited to English and Mandarin. However, some pop-up messages are still in Mandarin.

    Mojawa Run Plus app
    Sound “Modes” on the left, and a few extra options on the right.

    Microphone quality

    Mojawa Run Plus have a fuller-sounding call quality than the Mojo2, but they appear much more muffled. Even when speaking in a quiet environment.

    Mojawa Run Plus microphone test (quiet & background noise):

    You get to hear some low-end, which gives your voice some fullness and warmth. However, the high-end is cut off, resulting in a lack of clarity.

    Furthermore, the microphone over boosts the input signal, so your voice can sometimes clip and distort. Sure, others can still understand what you’re saying, but they might struggle with some words.

    Moving to a noisier place doesn’t help. On top of the muffled voice, you also get background distortion. If you’re making calls near a busy road, others might have difficulty understanding you.

    In conclusion, Mojawa Run Plus Bluetooth headphones are all right for making or answering urgent calls. However, pick something else if you plan to make many video or professional calls.

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    2.5 Average

    Mojawa Run Plus let you hear your surroundings for increased safety, but others can also hear your music due to severe sound leakage. At least they don’t produce much extra wind noise.

    Since bone conduction headphones classify as open ears, they have non-existent passive noise isolation. That’s why we test them for wind noise and sound leakage instead.

    Starting with wind noise, their performance is pretty good. We don’t hear much extra wind noise produced by headphones when going for a run.

    Even cycling doesn’t make things worse, thanks to smaller transducers that prevent creating stronger air drag.

    Mojawa Run Plus and Mojo2
    Wind noise performance is equal between Run Plus and Mojo2, but the sound leakage is like a night and day.

    On the other hand, Run Plus bleed sound much more than the Mojo2, which are really quiet in comparison. As a result, people around you can easily hear what you’re listening to.

    While that isn’t that big of an issue during outdoor workouts, you can’t enjoy listening to these headphones when someone is in the same room as you (unless you don’t care about bothering them).


    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    Mojawa Run Plus have a stable close range and a pretty great indoor Bluetooth range of around 50 feet. They support basic Bluetooth codecs but no Game mode, so they lag significantly during mobile gaming.

    It’s great to see neckband open-ear headphones like Mojawa Run Plus provide great Bluetooth connection results. They use Bluetooth 5.2 to ensure a stable connection without any hiccups. 

    Even indoor range results are above average. Walking around the house, we managed to distance ourselves from the transmitting device by:

    • 50 feet (15.24 meters)

    That’s more than the Mojo2 at 40 feet but slightly worse than Orange O Bones at around 60 feet.

    Mojawa Run Plus other similar headphones
    TOZO OpenReal have a 65 feet indoor range, Orange O Bones can do 60 feet, whereas Run Plus sits at 50 feet.

    Headphones also support Bluetooth multipoint:

    1. First, connect them to two different devices individually.
    2. Then connect them to the first device, enable Bluetooth on the second, and connect them there as well.
    3. You should hear the voice from the headphones saying, “Second device connected.”

    Playback automatically switches to a device that started playing audio the last.

    How to pair Mojawa Run Plus?

    1. When pairing them for the first time, the process starts automatically when you turn them on.
    2. To pair them to another device, turn them on while holding the button until you hear “pairing.”

    What Bluetooth codecs do they use?

    Mojawa Run Plus use SBC and AAC, a standard set of Bluetooth codecs for Android and iOS users. They provide everything you need, as this type of headphones wouldn’t benefit from using higher audio quality codecs.

    Is there an audio lag?

    You can enjoy videos on YouTube and other social media without any visible lag. On the other hand, there is a noticeable delay during mobile games.

    Since there’s no feature to minimize the latency, the Run Plus are pretty much unusable for gaming (competitive one, at least).

    Should You Get Mojawa Run Plus?

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    Mojawa Run Plus should be on the top of your list if you’re looking specifically for bone-conduction headphones due to the clearest sound we’ve heard in headphones of this type.

    Furthermore, they’re robust in build and connectivity and offer offline music storage, so you don’t always have to rely on your phone for music.

    Mojawa Run Plus on a branch
    Mojawa Run Plus nailed almost everything, from durability to practicality and sound. If only the bass wouldn’t distort.

    On the flip side, if you don’t plan to swim with your open-ear headphones and don’t have any medical reason to stick to bone conduction, something like TOZO OpenReal is a better choice. You get the same ambient awareness but with a much fuller sound.

    How do Mojawa Run Plus compare to the competition?

    • They offer a more transparent, clearer sound, with a more natural midrange and textured treble than competitors.
    • Headphones have a companion app with additional features that most competitors lack.
    • Run Plus can store music locally for offline listening, whereas most competitors only work via Bluetooth.
    • Having an IP68 rating, they’re more robust than other bone-conducting offerings.
    • Headsets are equally stable during workouts as competitors but maybe a tad less comfy.
    • While they don’t tickle as much due to bass vibrations, their bass distorts much more than with competitors.

    Mojawa Run Plus alternatives

    Mojawa Mojo2

    Mojawa Mojo2 headphones

    A slightly cheaper alternative from the same brand offers a punchier bass that doesn’t distort. But the mids and treble aren’t nearly as clear.

    The ergonomics and design are almost identical, but you can expect slightly better comfort on Mojo2. Run Plus are still better in features, battery life, and Bluetooth stability.

    Mojawa Mojo2 review

    TOZO OpenReal

    TOZO OpenReal for workout

    Non-bone conduction alternative with a much clearer and fuller sound that can easily match some classic earphones. You even get a custom EQ in the TOZO app.

    While the stability is the same, the Run Plus are a tad comfier and produce less wind noise. But, the battery life of 9 hours per charge is around 3 hours less than in the OpenReal.

    TOZO OpenReal review

    What’s in the Box?

    Mojawa Run Plus accessories
    • Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones
    • USB-A to a proprietary jack charging cable
    • Pair of silicone earplugs
    • Carrying pouch
    • User manual & safety instructions
    • Warranty card


    Type: Bone conduction
    Connection: Bluetooth 5.2
    Back design: Open-ear
    Drivers: Magnetostrictive driver
    Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Impedance: n/a
    Weight: 1.05 ounces (29.7 grams)
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: IP68
    Battery life: 8h
    Charging time: 50 min – quick charge – proprietary charger
    Active noise cancelling: No
    Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC
    Wireless range: 50 feet (15.2 meters)
    Microphone: Dual silicone microphone with ENC
    1. Hi

      I Have an issue with my mojawa run plus .
      I try to swap to MP3 Mode by click twice and long push, but I never manage to do it .
      I just here my click but nothing happened, or the unit turn OFF and long push.
      What I doing wrong ?


      1. Hello moshe,

        what you should try is to:
        – Click, release, click and hold for 2 seconds.

        You were probably trying to “click, release, click, release, and hold”, which is what I did during testing, but that shuts OFF the headphones.

        Hopefully, this resolved your issue. 😀


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