If you are planning to go out camping, hiking, backpacking or going to the beach, bringing a speaker with you can enhance your trip. Any portable Bluetooth speaker can do, but outdoor speakers go even further. These speakers are built to survive harsh outdoor elements while delivering incredible sound. Great outdoor speakers can handle splashes of water or sudden drop to the ground and still work perfectly. If you want tunes blasting with you while you go on your next adventure,
here are some of the best outdoor speakers that are worthy of being one of your travel must-haves:
1. JBL Flip 4
JBL Flip 4is one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers overall, as it comes with an excellent combination of size, sound quality, bass response, loudness, and a waterproof design. This speaker produces stunning midrange sounds with punchy bass and crisp highs, making powerful audio. The dual external passive bass radiators on either side of the speaker enhance the bass response. It features a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery that provides a 12-hour playtime.
Its rugged waterproof exterior is rated IPX7 so you can submerge it underwater without worrying about damaging the speaker. Its light weight of 1.4 lbs. makes it highly portable. It even comes with a carabiner-like string at the top so you can tie the speaker to your bike or backpack while you’re outdoors. The battery of this speaker can last up to 12 hours of continuous music. Be the life of the camping or hiking party with this music.
2. JBL Charge 3
JBL Charge 3 is a small and powerful speaker perfect for outdoor adventurers to poolside loungers. Sound-wise, it offers powerful audio with warm and punchy bass (thanks to the passive radiators on each end), along with clarity. You can crank it up to extremely loud volumes and expect minimum distortion. Rated IPX7, this speaker can be used at the beach or near a pool without worrying about damaging the speaker. It allows the speaker to be fully submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
This is a cylindrical speaker that can stand both vertically and horizontally. There’s also a built-in microphone so you can use it as a speakerphone with a mic. Its battery life is long – a killer 20 hours per full charge. You can even recharge your phone and tablets with it via USB, making it a perfect travel companion.
If you want to really pump up your pool or beach party, or go wild while camping, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom is a serious choice – given that you don’t mind paying extra. It’s an improved version of the UE Boom 2 (which also appears on this list). The Megaboom has boosted bass response, perfect for playing dance party music. Its wireless Bluetooth connectivity is powerful and can reach up to ranges of 100 feet. It can run up to 20 hours.
This speaker is rated IPX7, making it a perfect pool party companion. It’s lightweight so you can easily bring it anywhere, plus it’s also shock-proof. It’s a bit expensive for a rugged Bluetooth speaker, but it’s amazing sound, waterproof built and long battery time makes it worth it.
Bose is a well-known brand in the world of speakers and audio equipment, so you can also expect a great outdoor Bluetooth speaker from them. Bose SoundLink Color II is one of the most versatile Bluetooth speakers in the market today. It’s small enough to tuck into a day pack or a small compartment in your backpack. It features a sturdy and smooth case with rounded corners available in 5 fun colors.
When it comes to sounds, the unit produces a deep, warm bass that is common with Bose products. It also handled the sound of a guitar and acapella really well, keeping the purity of human voice. It’s a great speaker that produces clear, crisp and impactful sounds. It can run up to 8 hours on a single charge, and you can simultaneously recharge your devices by using the micro USB cable. It charges phones fast, too, considering how long the battery of the speaker lasts. It is rated IPX4 water resistant, which means it can resist sprays of water in all directions, but you can’t let it get submerged in the water.
Eton Ruckus Xtreme is a pretty tough outdoor speaker that is perfect for people who love to spend time off the grid but doesn’t want to give up their tunes. One great advantage of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme compared to other speakers on this list is that it features a large solar array that charges up through the sun, and has an internal battery that keeps it going for up to 8 hours when the sun goes down. It has two full-range drivers that bring superior sound.
The body of the speaker is built for tough terrain and can survive a few splashes and light rains. Its shockproof shell is also rated to survive drops of up to three feet without getting shattered. The energy collected by the solar panel of this speaker can also be used to charge smartphones, tablets and other USB-powered devices while you’re away.
Featuring a unique circular design, Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is one of the best, extremely portable speakers you can find. The first thing that you’ll notice about this speaker is its size and shape, which is so portable that you can strap it to your bike, backpack, kayak or anything with its stretchy, marine-grade bungee. It is unbelievably light – weighing only 0.7 lbs., so it’s really attachable to a backpack.
UE Roll 2 is extremely loud for its size, with a decent and deep base, but don’t expect booming bass since it’s so small. The sounds are crisp, clear and pleasant. This speaker is rated IPX7 waterproof, and even comes with an inflatable floatie so it can float on water as you play your music. Like the other UE products on this list, Roll 2 also has a superb 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range. This unit can play continually for 9 hours.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is the ultimate poolside speaker and a perfect sound machine while you’re kayaking, fishing, boating and doing water-based activities. Its small size and ball shape make it a very portable speaker while you’re on your adventures. This IPX7 waterproof speaker comes with a little inflatable ring, so it can float with you as you swim by the pool. It is even shock-resistant and can withstand falls of up to 5 feet without incurring damages. It’s a cute yet tough speaker after all.
The Wonderboom can produce amazing sounds that you won’t expect this size and weight class and has a weighty bass. The music sounds rich and balanced. The dual 40mm drivers can turn up your music to a powerful 86dB.
8. APIE IPX6
Here’s another badass outdoor speaker. APIE IPX6 is a portable speaker that has a really durable construction that can resist outdoor elements. Its body is built like a tank with a shockproof design and has a carabiner clip on one side so you can attach it easily to a backpack. Rated IPX6, this speaker can survive direct splashes of water. It can deliver up to 10 hours of continuous playtime on a single charge.
APIE IPX6 features high-definition stereo sound that you won’t expect with a speaker this small. It produces sounds with great volume as it has dual 5 Watt drivers. It gives crystal clear sound and robust bass quality through its passive subwoofer and acoustic drivers. It also allows hands-free calls on the go as it has a built-in mic and speakerphone.
Like the Megaboom, Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is an IPX7 waterproof and shockproof speaker. It’s an insanely good speaker with a loud 360-degree sound, deep bass and rich treble tones without distortion. Even when maxed out, the music still sounds clear. The sounds are layered, detailed and punchy, which is very impressive considering its portable size.
The Boom 2 has 15-hour battery life and 100 feet Bluetooth range. It also charges very quickly compared to other Bluetooth speakers. This is also more affordable compared to later UE models. If you have noticed, this model is the 4th UE product on this list – it’s just because they make great portable outdoor speakers.
10. Photive HYDRA
A best-selling speaker, the Photive Hydra is a winner in terms of value and quality. On the outside, it is encased in a smooth rubber with a tough metal grill. The accessory ports are covered by a flexible round pop off cap. It has an IPX6 rating that means it can survive being exposed to splashes of water from all directions, and it can run up to 8 hours within a single charge. If you don’t want to connect through Bluetooth, there are AUX cable inputs you can connect your devices with.
The sound produced by the Photive HYDRA is spectacular – it’s clear and crisp. You can hear the separation of vocals and instruments as if they come out of different speakers. The bass sounds good and punchy considering the size of this speaker.