Are you a travel and adventure enthusiast? Are you a music lover? Or are you both? Well if that is so, then we’re sure you own a Bluetooth speaker to carry around wherever you go. But were there times when your speaker gave up on you and deprived you of the “musical background” while you were feasting your eyes with a breathtaking view, just because it rained? That’s always a spoilsport!
You need not worry anymore as we have come up with 5 best waterproof Bluetooth speakers for travellers like you so you can enjoy uninterrupted music even during the wettest hikes!
Without delaying it any further, let’s get you acquainted with them already!
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
Design and Build
Almost like a cute-look short and fat soda can shaped speaker with three buttons on top and a small elastic loop attached to it. The bottom has a plastic flap covering the micro USB input.
The body is covered with waterproof fabric and technically, you can even submerge it under water for 30 minute. To make it more interesting, it’ll even keep on floating on water if you accidently drop it in a pool or lake! Pretty cool, isn’t it?
What’s fascinating about this speaker is how loud it can get! Whether you are going for a cycle ride or kayaking on a noisy stream, it won’t let you down. It sounds pretty excellent, the bass isn’t muddy and has impressive boom, the mid-range is prominent as well and the highs sound good as well but it can get off-rails at extremely high volumes.
Wonderboom will definitely impress you with its battery life – a whopping 10 hours! Though keep in mind that this rating was achieved with average volume. At considerably high levels, the battery life comes down to nearly 8 hours.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+
Design and Build
A classy-looking cylindrical body made out a single aluminium sheath and rubber on both ends. The top has 5-buttons to control volume, playback and connectivity, and also a handle making it feel like a lantern.
In the bottom, there is a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm Aux port along with a tripod mount! The grille design gives it a premium look and is very rugged. It is entirely waterproof and shock resistant. A complete package!
The tonal quality of the Revolve+ will satisfy your ears and senses. The sound is well balanced and has a decent amount of warmth to it. It can get as loud as you would expect from a Bluetooth speaker, thanks to its expansive soundstage. Even though it has a mono output, you’ll get a nice surround feel from it. The bass have quite an impact; sounds even better when placed near a wall.
At medium to high volumes, the Revolve+ can go up to 10 to 12 hours. When brought down to a reasonable volume, it will impress you with its 16 hour battery life. That’s more than enough you can expect while travelling!
Anker Soundcore Flare
Design and Build
Following a 360-degree sound design, the cylindrical body broadens a bit towards the bottom, almost making it look like those huge factory chimneys. The rugged build ensures to take care of the sudden slip-of-hands and its extremely water-resistant characteristic helps it blend in the beach or pool.
The top has the music playback controls along with a bass boost button and a RGB LED. You can find the 3.5 mm jack and micro USB port on the rear end of the speaker. The rugged rubber base has an LED light ring which can be set according to the groove of the song or a simple breathing mode! Imagine a light show along with some trance music in the middle of the jungle at night! Very tempting!
The Flare has an overall balanced sound although the highs can sound a bit harsh sometimes. That being said, it is very loud and the Bass Up features helps to produce an admirable bass quality. It does have a tendency to get distorted when the music gets heavy in higher volume levels. Toggling between the EQ presets helps you to shift the tonal balance of the speaker up to a great extent.
The battery life of Flare largely depends on the volume level and the intensity of the LED ring. With medium settings, it can last up to 8 hours straight. However, if you need to stretch the battery life, turn off the LEDs and it can go up to 12 hours as well!
Design and Build
The design of this adorable speaker is inspired from a coffee cup excluding the handle. It has a roundish design and the soft rubber coating on the exterior provides better grip. You can carry it around holding the rubber loop attached to it.
It is an upward facing speaker so the top has the grilled mess and the bottom has the down firing bass reflectors. As far as water-resistance is concerned, it can handle the light rain but avoid dunking it in the water. The back of the speaker houses the USB port and the auxiliary output protected by a thick flap. Three body colour options – red, blue and green – give it a funky look!
The punchy bass of this Sony speaker is just hard to ignore. And you would be surprised by how loud it can sound even at low levels, which is quite impressive given its tiny size. It does heavenly justice to Dubstep and Hip-Hop tracks. The sound gets a little compromised at higher levels as the bass starts to get a little distorted, even though it maintains the integrity of vocals and guitars.
The SRS is reputed to last as long as 14 hours at medium volume which is more than enough for a spending a day on the beach or going for a cycling trip. Reducing volume levels can significantly increase the battery life up to 16 hours.
JBL Link 20
Design and Build
It has a tallish-cylinder shaped body covered with a tough mesh fabric and black plastic capping at the ends. The rough and tough build makes it exceptionally rugged and ensure an expanded longevity.
The top has four buttons for playback, volume and pairing. It features Google Assistant and comes with two microphones. A series of four LED lights tell you whether you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. It is extremely water-resistant and can be submerged under-water for 30 minutes tops.
The JBL Link 20 is an ideal balance of low, mids and highs and it features a special very-heavy bass tone. You can literally feel the intensity and the dynamics of the song as it progresses. The vocals sound very bold and the minute detailing get the necessary prominence as well. From light acoustics to heavy metal, the Link can handle it all!
The battery of the Link is reputed to last for duration of 10 hours in a single charge. Though do keep in mind that Google Assistant is always active when connected to a Wi-Fi network even if you are not using it and that continues to drain the battery anyway.
All the above mentioned waterproof Bluetooth speakers are good to go with. It will definitely be worth the money you invest and won’t let you down. The price range of these products varies accordingly, so you can choose the one that fits your budget. So get your hands on one of them and set forth on a musical journey!