How to find a good waterproof bluetooth speaker for your outdoor adventures
Whether you are simply a bass head or an avid outdoor adventurer, there’s always a suitable waterproof Bluetooth speaker for your needs. The conditions in the outdoors should not stop you from enjoying your music and sounds during those trips. Camping or hiking should not limit you to the sounds of nature alone. What are the elements you want a good waterproof Bluetooth speaker to have for your outdoor adventures?
High degree of durability
Going on an outdoor trip can involve getting scrapes and bruises along the way. Your Bluetooth speaker is not going to be immune to its own mishaps as well. The Bluetooth speaker you choose should be able to keep up with your active-paced outdoor lifestyle. It has to be geared to take drops into puddles, stormy weather or spilled drinks. You should be able to take it to the beach or pool and not be worried about the device getting splashes, albeit unintended ones. The speaker has to be both water- and weather-resistant while also being dirt-resistant. A high level of ruggedness in its build is desirable. This ensures that the device will still keep playing your favorite playlist even when it gets wet. Some high-end units are even submersible, which enables them to survive getting accidentally plunged into the lake or pool. You want a waterproof, mud-proof and shockproof model. Some speakers even come with optional jackets that enable you to change their looks when you want.
Long battery life and reliable signal strength
Battery life is variable across various models and brands. While some models are equipped with battery life from 8 to 10 hours, others are designed with extended battery life varying between 12 to 20 hours. Some premium quality speakers offer up to 40 hours battery life so you can enjoy your music playlist for days on a single charge.
A major factor in your choice of Bluetooth speakers for outdoor use is signal strength. This is influenced by the placement of the device. Will you speaker still be able to transmit sound from the source even when a large metal object, such as a fridge or car, a building or other form of infrastructure, or even a person blocks the path between the unit and the audio source? Or will the sound simply get dropped? Typically, the audio source should be within 33 feet of the Bluetooth speaker.
Linking to another device such as a laptop or cell phone is achieved by speakers that use Bluetooth wireless technology. These types of devices work with a variety of mobile devices including Android smartphones and Apple iPhone. On the other hand, WiFi speakers leverage a home network to deliver a more stable and stronger signal. WiFi speakers can handle physical obstructions and distance better between them, the music source and the router. Ideally, they offer reception at a distance of 200 feet or farther from the router, with 100 to 150 feet being more usual. Some top-rated models are engineered to have both Bluetooth and WiFi. This gives you greater flexibility. Make sure the device you choose is easy to use.
Performance and convenience
Who wouldn’t love to enjoy big sound in a small package? While some less stellar Bluetooth speakers for outdoor use provide average midrange, they produce robust bass and crisp or well-balanced treble, making them deliver good sound despite their small build. What you really want are well-balanced treble, midrange and bass, although some models do not have well-defined midrange.
You can connect equipment including a TV or portable audio player if your wireless speaker has auxiliary audio inputs to accommodate that need. Some models are even able to charge other devices using a USB port. A DVD/CD or Blu-ray player can be connected if the device has an optical digital audio input. With outputs, you can link the device to another subwoofer for sending video from a TV or docked iPad. USB ports allow connection to an iPod, iPhone or other device. Some models feature docks or connectors that accommodate the old-style 30-pin connections in older iPhones, iPods and iPads.
You want the device to be lightweight and easy to carry. It should also enable you to control the music from it. Others employ a typical remote control or an app on a smart device. A handy feature is voice recognition. Some WiFi models can access some premium music services aside from being able to stream digital audio from your PC. With handsfree speakerphone functionality, you can take phone calls at the press of a button.