If you want to travel or if you spend a lot of time outside, a good portable Bluetooth speaker is a must. But which Bluetooth speaker is the best? And which one does have the best battery? Let’s find out.
Someone once said, “good sound is fine wine made audible”. Good sound in many ways can be a function of the instrument with which the sound is made and conveyed. And guess what? You need great sounds when relaxing at home, on the beach when you share sounds with folks, and on the road while traveling.
We have created a list below of half a dozen Bluetooth speakers that are perfect for all of the above needs and many more. We also included a thing or two about their specs and must-knows. Let’s get started.
1. Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom
The Ultimate Ears’ Boom speaker line have been renown for their functionalities and quality. and just like the UE Boom 2 made quite a reputation in this regard, so is the Wonderboom.
The device is portable, cylindrical, and can fit into a cube with 4 x 4 x 4 inches dimension. The volume control is easy to identify, while the brand logo serves to control the speaker, i.e. to pause music, play, skip, and establishing connections via Bluetooth.
Wonderboom is water-resistant based on IPX7 rating; guaranteeing safety even if you drop it in a meter deep bucket of water for half an hour. What else can it survive? A drop from almost 2 meters; and does so without any distortions to its silicone casing. It also has a hanger feature that helps users connect the device to their backpack.
The speakers are equipped with double audio drivers designed to churn out lucid and high-quality roundabout sound. Still, on the speakers, their design includes two passive bass radiators meant to deliver a low end that is neutral, with minimal distortions around 250 to 500 Hz. In fact, from 80 Hz to 20,000 Hz, the Wonderboom booms across the entire frequency band of the human auditory system.
This device has a fair enough battery lifespan of 10 hours; more can be done about this though. It does not come with an auxiliary port and an inbuilt mic, unlike the last speakers in the UE series. The Wonderboom sure does very well compared with its competitors, delivering quality sounds in a portable system.
Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom Specs and Price
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||3.7 x 3.7 x 4 inches|
2. Fugoo Tough
This brand, as relatively new as it is, has become a major player in the league of outdoors speakers in the portable audio market. The Fugoo Tough is a typical Fugoo in an aluminum casing, equipped with a bike and strap mount, as well as a remote control.
It has an IP67 rating and can survive in dusty environments and in water, as much as it can handle tough handlings such as shocks from dropping from a height and even deliberate crashing against hard objects. And what’s more? A roundabout quality sound that covers the frequency ranges of 60 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
The Fugoo Tough’s sound actually fades out in very noisy environments, but its great for an indoor audio speaker. But the speaker has the aptX compatibility feature that makes it a sound system that plays aptX audio sources with very phenomenal quality. It has an inbuilt mic, USB port that can serve as a power bank, and has a 40-hour battery life.
Fugoo Tough Specs and Price
|Output Power||8 Watts|
|Battery life||Up to 40 hours|
|Dimensions||2.3 x 7.8 x 2.9 inches|
3. Bose SoundLink Revolve+
With a long-lasting aluminum body and an IPX4 rating, this device can survive in the rain and withstand massive water splashes. The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is the next generation of the SoundLink Mini II with Quality of Life upgrades that gives it a competitive edge.
Although the Revolve+ has the dimension 4.13 x 4.13 x 7.25 inches, it has a weight of 2 pounds. The speaker is also equipped with a battery life that lasts as long as 16 hours. It also has a USB port that can be used to charge other devices for as long as 4 hours.
The Revolve+ can produce really loud sounds and handles high volumes without any distortion. It has buttons on top of it that control the power, Bluetooth, volume, and source. As for the source button, it makes it possible for the speaker to play from Bluetooth, USB, NFC, and auxiliary port. The aux source might buffer slightly, so it might not be the best option.
For some folks, the speaker is a little big to carry about, but that depends on how much you crave great sounds because as for sounds the Revolve+ rocks.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Specs and Price
|Inputs||Bluetooth, NFC, Aux, USB|
|Battery life||Up to 16 hours|
|Dimensions||4.13 x 4.13 x 7.25 inches|
4. Bang & Olufsen Play P2
The Bang & Olufsen Play P2 delivers about the cleanest sound any speaker can do, and it has a very rich bass to follow that. The Danish company Bang & Olufsen certainly knows its onions in the area of home theaters and quality audio output. Quality and portability merged with durability are some of the main features that come with this speaker, and it has aptX support enabling it to offer very quality sounds often better than what you get from a normal Bluetooth source.
The Play P2 is so compact (just 3.1 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches) that it can fit in a palm, and it weighs barely 0.5 pounds. But make no mistake with the size, because, on the other hand of size, the size of its sound can be a mystery. Its volume can be raised to fill any room.
The design of the Play P2 was done to minimalists’ prescription. Only a power button can be found on one side of its aluminum casing. The rest of the controls can be operated by using a tap and shake feature built into the device. For some persons, this is innovative, while for others, it’s clumsy and would rather have their usual buttons back.
The device has an inbuilt mic, a 10-hour battery life, as well as a USB-C port that can provide 2 hours of charging; this can be improved on. Although there is no IP rating, B&O claims that their P2 device is splash and dust resistant.
Overall even with the few flaws that come with the p2 device, its compact structure and sound quality definitely make up for a lot.
Bang & Olufsen Play P2 Specs and Price
|Output power||2×50 Watts|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||3.1 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches|
5. JBL Flip 4
If you are looking for a speaker that can undergo the most rugged conditions and make it out a hero, then you probably need the JBL Flip 4. While this speaker is durable, it also boasts very quality audio playback.
The JBL flip 4 was designed for everything but aesthetics, with an IPX7 rating and has been proven to make it out even from a washing machine.
It comes with basic controls as well as a straphanger to carry the speaker about. The Flip 4 also has an inbuilt mic and a battery life that spans 12 hours. It can recharge other external devices for 3.5 hours.
The frequency range of this device is from 70 Hz to 20,000 Hz, for which it sounds without distortions to the audio quality. Although its inbuilt mic and sound quality are not the best, it beats many other speakers that sell within its price range.
JBL Flip 4 Specs and Price
|Output power||16 Watts|
|Battery life||Up to 12 hours|
|Dimensions||6.9 x 2.8 x 2.7 inches|
6. Harman / Kardon Onyx Mini
This is one of the first Bluetooth mini speakers developed by Harman / Kardon. The company which manufactures high-end speakers basically reduced the size of its amazing Onyx 3 Speaker. With a dimension of 5.7 x 6.2 x 3.7 inches.
The device has a very clear sound that would make you fall in love; in fact, it seems to have traded other features for this very high-quality sound. for example, it does not have a USB port for recharge purposes and is not designed to withstand rugged usage.
The Onyx Mini has a good mic for calls and delivers roundabout sound optimized very well with its round shape. without compromising the guitar and lead sounds, the passive bass sweeps through the sound you play, keeping you loving whatever good thing you play.
As the volume is increased towards the maximum, the sounds get a little distorted. The speaker also has a battery life of about 10 hours; we may say this is the mean battery life for most Bluetooth speakers. Designed with 5 LED’s that serves to indicate how much charge is left within the system.
This speaker is especially amazing among many others, perhaps an increase in its battery life is all it needs to compete among the very bests.
Harman / Kardon Onyx Mini Specs and Price
|Output power||16 Watts|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||3.7 x 6.2 x 5.7 inches|
There you have it. 6 awesome Bluetooth speakers that can go with you anywhere from your next vacation to your gym sessions. Just check out the specs and figure out which one works best for you, and enjoy great sounds ever-after.