On March 30, 2020, 3M announced that it will be discontinuing the 3M Peltor WS Protac XP  Bluetooth headset effective immediately, introducing the brand new Peltor Protac XPI as its replacement. 3M’s Protac WS headset series has consistently been on the front lines of hearing protection in the workplace, and the latest XPI presents another high-tech upgrade to the market. 3M Peltor Protac XPI

Aimed at workers in manufacturing, construction, aviation, and other industries, the Protac XPI is built tough with an IP68 microphone, comfortable foam pads for all-day wear, and environmental listening for situational awareness.

The 3M Peltor Protac MT15H7AWS6 headset integrates Level-Dependent Technology and advanced Bluetooth to deliver clear communications through the noisiest environments. Made with the working professional in mind, the 3M Peltor WS Protac XPI is now one of the toughest, most advanced protective communications headsets ever built.

Read below to discover the features and technologies comprising this next generation headset.

  • Highlights
  • Environmental Listening
  • Rugged Ingress Protection
  • Features
  • Push to Listen (PTL)
  • Battery Life
  • Bluetooth Multipoint

Highlights for 3M Peltor Protac XPI Headset:

  • Protective communication solution for hands-free, clear communication in noisy environments
  • Helps provide hearing protection when exposed to hazardous noise
  • Bluetooth multipoint technology for simultaneous, wireless connection to two devices
  • Environmental listening
  • Water and dust-proof noise-canceling microphone (IP68) for clear speech transmission in noisy and harsh environments
  • Bright yellow color for enhanced visibility
  • Built tough for the working professional

Environmental Listening

Environmental listening technology allows workers to hear external low-noise sounds without having to remove the headset, and guards against hearing damage when exposed to loud noises.

Rugged Ingress Protection

The XPI is designed to operate in the harshest environments with an IP68 rating for dust and water protection. IP68 is the highest rating possible, so you will have no issues communicating clearly in the dust or the rain.

New 3M Peltor Protac XPI Features:

  • Push-to-Listen (PTL)
  • Advanced Battery Technology
  • New FLX2 accessory jack (select models only) for the ability to add external source via cable for safe & independent communication.
  • Bluetooth 4.2 including Multipoint.
  • Improved MMI menu set-up for easier handling in daily operations.
  • Support for Bluetooth A2DP
  • Ground Mechanic solution included in the main product.
  • Compatible with 3M Peltor WS Ground Mec adapter.

Push-to-Listen (PTL)

The new PTL technology allows you to communicate face-to-face with people close by in a noisy environment, without being tempted to remove your headset and risk hearing damage.

Advanced Battery Technology

The Protac XPI has been upgraded to automatically power off after 4 hours of inactivity to save battery life, and it will give you a warning when the battery reaches low power. Powered by AA or rechargeable NiMH pack, the XPI now delivers 45 hours of battery life compared to 24 hours by its predecessor.

Bluetooth Multipoint

Bluetooth Multipoint technology allows your Protac XPI headset to connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. This can be helpful when you carry two phones, as the headset can automatically answer calls from the device that is ringing for example.

Comparison of the Protac XPI to the Protac XP


Protac XPI

Protac XP

Battery Type

AA or NiMH

AA or NiMH

Battery Life

45 Hours

24 Hours


V 4.2 (Multipoint)

V 2.1

Recommended Industries




General Manufacturing

Ground Operation

Industrial Maintenance

Process Industries


Communication Type

Bluetooth Technology

Environmental Listening

Bluetooth Technology

PTT Adapters or Interface Solutions



Net Weight




ANSI S3.19-1974


ANSI S3.19-1974


Push-to-Listen (PTL)

Advanced VOX (Voice Operated Transmit)

External Audio Input



Level Dependent Function for Ambient Listening



Noise Attenuating Headsets




3M has combined ear protection, advanced Bluetooth Multipoint technology, and a noise-canceling microphone to produce the most advanced wireless communications headset for industrial professionals. Designed to keep workers safe in loud, fast-paced environments, the 3M Peltor Protac XPI includes environmental listening to enhance situational awareness and is colored safety yellow to maximize visibility in the workplace.

By discontinuing the Peltor Protac XP, 3M has taken the opportunity to usher in a new generation of Bluetooth headsets meant to protect the working induvial without impeding productivity.

3M have recently been phasing older headsets and replacing them with newer models. View the headset conversion chart presented by 3M for more information on recent replacements and upgrades as of May 2020.

Interested in learning more about XPI headset or have questions about a product? First Source Wireless is happy to assist. Please contact sales@firstsourcewireless.com or by calling our representatives at 800-991-4569 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET.

TAYLOR THOMAS is a Marketing Manager at First Source Wireless. With her experience in critical communications, she helped public safety professionals enhance their communication through the help of two-way radios and headsets.

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