Clear Craze! The '90s Transparent Tech Trend is Back—and It's Got a Modern Touch.

See-through landline phone, we miss you.

Jun 5

Photo via r/nostalgia on Reddit

While the world might think of the '90s as the time of grunge, those of us who were there remember things a little differently, dare we say, clearer? The clear craze of the decade was all-encompassing, and we're not just talking about see-through phones and other electronics.

Besides the abundance of 90s transparent tech like Game Boys and beepers (143 for life!), there was even a big-name clear soda called Crystal Pepsi. Yes, it was soda that looked like water but tasted like Pepsi. There was even a 1993 SNL skit that poked fun at the whole transparent trend about Crystal Gravy. 

Maybe until Apple got involved at the end of the decade, the true hot item was that see-through landline phone. Whether corded like the old Conairs or cordless like the V-Tech ones designed with translucent colors, if you had them, you were cool. And if you had your own landline phone number to go with it, you were hella cool.

Those who are into the '90s retro vibe—either because they were there or because they just think it's fun—might be delighted to hear that the trend of transparent and translucent tech is making its way back to us.

While these products might not feature the screaming neon of the 1990s, they still give us that throwback feel that reminds some of us of waking up on Saturday morning and watching Saved by the Bell. They are also totally tubular useful.

Not the Scary Kind of Ghost

Dive into nostalgia with the JBL Tune Flex Ghost Edition active noise-canceling earbuds.

These sleek, transparent earbuds combine '90s retro see-through style with cutting-edge technology, giving you the best of both worlds. The Ghost Edition’s crystal-clear design is cool to the max. It features active noise-canceling tech, ambient awareness (so you can stay aware of your surroundings), four mics for calls, and TalkThru, which allows you to have a quick conversation without removing your earbuds.

Available in clear white or clear black, these new, open-box earphones feature Pure Bass Sound and come with a charging case that can extend the battery life of the earphones up to 32 hours.

The new, open-box JBL Tune Flex Ghost Edition ANC earbuds are available for $55 (reg. $99.95).

Enjoy Up to 32 Hours of Pure Bass Sound, Perfectly Clear Calls, Bluetooth Convenience & All-Day Comfort

JBL Tune Flex Ghost Edition Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds - White (New - Open Box)

Enjoy Up to 32 Hours of Pure Bass Sound, Perfectly Clear Calls, Bluetooth Convenience & All-Day Comfort

$54.99$99.95
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Power Up Wirelessly While Keeping the Vibes Clear

You may get all the retro clear phone vibes from this, but this transparent wireless power bank is definitely for a phone of today.

This ultra-slim and lightweight MagSafe-compatible charger features 5000mAh and can boost your contemporary devices while looking industrial. Snap it to your iPhone 12 to 15 series and other Qi-enabled devices for the charge you need and the vibes you want.

It also features Type-C input/output and Lightning port charging along with pass-through charging—meaning you can charge your phone while you charge the power bank. Phew, we just said "charge" and "charging" a lot. 

Available in black, light blue, and silver, this $40 (reg. $59.99) transparent magnetic wireless power bank can sit on your desk without being too kitschy and easily charge a bunch of your devices.

This Transparent Power Bank Fast Charges Your Lightning & Type-C Devices While Giving Off an Aesthetic Industrial Look

Ultra Slim Transparent 5000mAh Magnetic Wireless Power Bank

This Transparent Power Bank Fast Charges Your Lightning & Type-C Devices While Giving Off an Aesthetic Industrial Look

$39.99$59.99
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A 3-in-1 '90s-Child See-Through Dream

This is a throwback that will come in handy for multiple Apple devices that need to be charged daily.

A 3-in-1 transparent magnetic charging station that has a wireless spot for your Qi-enabled phone, your Apple Watch, and earbuds? Clearly it's a winner.

It's a sleek little charging solution that would be great on a nightstand to keep your space tidy. This 3-in-1 magnetic wireless charging station features that transparent tech we grew up loving and is available for just $50 (reg. $69.99).

Keep Your Devices Charged & Your Space Tidy with This Charging Station's QC 3.0 Tech and Wireless Design

3-in-1 Transparent Magnetic Wireless Charging Station

Keep Your Devices Charged & Your Space Tidy with This Charging Station's QC 3.0 Tech and Wireless Design

$49.99$69.99
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Cute Little Power Cube or Super Mario Mystery Box?

We dare you not to hear the Super Mario power-up sound every time you use this dual USB-C charger.

Made to look like a little mystery box from the beloved Nintendo game series, this fun, fast 35W charger will have everyone who sees it reminiscing. Modern tech users can come to rely on its ability to charge two devices simultaneously. Those looking for nostalgia will get it from the see-through throwback look and obvious nod to our favorite Italian plumber.

Power yourself up in one of the most fun ways with this See Through Me USB-C fast charger for $35 (reg. $49.99).

Fast Charge Two Devices Simultaneously with This Charger's 35W Max Output, GaN+ Technology & Dual USB-C Port Design

See Through Me 35W Dual USB-C Ports Fast Charger

Fast Charge Two Devices Simultaneously with This Charger's 35W Max Output, GaN+ Technology & Dual USB-C Port Design

$29.99$49.99
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BT 'Buds in Five Crystal Color Options

Though these transparent 'buds are just like the see-through '90s throwback varieties above, they are unique in that they're equipped with Bluetooth 5.3, 10mm plus 6mm vibrating diaphragm for excellent call clarity, smart touch controls, and one-step pairing.

One of the main differences with these earbuds is that they come with a charging case that has an LED display that amplifies playback time to 30 hours and quickly shows you how much power your earbuds have left.

Available in silver, black, green, pink, and purple, you can grab these transparent Bluetooth earbuds (along with their LED case) for $40 (reg. $59.99) and enjoy some of your favorite throwback jams.

Nonstop Music and Calls! These Earbuds Boast Bluetooth 5.3, HiFi Audio, 30-Hour Playtime with the Included Case

Transparent Bluetooth Earbuds with LED Power Display Charging Case

Nonstop Music and Calls! These Earbuds Boast Bluetooth 5.3, HiFi Audio, 30-Hour Playtime with the Included Case

$39.99$59.99
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Budget-Friendly Clear Bluetooth Earbuds That Are Da Bomb

If you're looking to get in on the nostalgic tech action but don't really want to spend much, these transparent Bluetooth 5.3 earbuds are the way to go.

They have a lightweight design and are compatible with nearly all Bluetooth devices. This model has a high-def mic for calls, no sense of delay, and intelligent noise-reduction technology. 

These budget-friendly transparent earbuds are available in black, white, or red and cost just $22 (reg. $49.99).

Transparent Bluetooth 5.3 Earbuds

$21.99$49.99
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