Summer Playlist on the Go: Best Speakers for Mobile Devices

Published On August 14, 2013 | Electronics

No summer activity, whether a mellow day at the beach, a backyard barbecue or an adventurous hike is quite the same without some jams playing in the background. But even the best of smartphones, MP3 players and other portable music devices can fall short when it comes to cranking up the tunes.

Luckily, there are dozens of wireless speakers for portable devices that can help even the most active people keep their music bumping on the go. We’re breaking down a few of the most impressive brands so you can stop online comparison shopping and get back to catching some rays.

For the Active Listener 

The best thing about the Ecoxgear? You can take it anywhere. Yes, anywhere. The tiny, yet boisterous speaker (it weighs in at just 1.6 lbs) is waterproof. So whether you’re hanging by the pool, kayaking down the river or just lounging on the beach, you can enjoy your music without worrying about breaking the equipment.

The stainless steel grill cover provides extra protection against drops and other damage. What’s more, the system works with all Bluetooth-enabled devices so it can also be used to field phone calls. Oh, and did we mention it floats? With a tough exterior and convenient size, it is clear that Ecoxgear was designed with the active person in mind. The speaker is less than $150.

For the Sun Bum

Battery life is one of the biggest challenges we face as we rely on our mobile devices more and more. And when you’re texting, using social networks and streaming music you can begin to see a low battery much sooner than you’d like. Who has time to change batteries or find an electrical outlet when you’re out enjoying the sun?

With the solar-powered Rugged Rukus, you don’t have to worry about it. In fact, you can even charge devices off of the speaker. Eton took this system a step further and also made it waterproof. The speakers received a waterproof rating of IPX4 so feel free to go right up to the water’s edge. The device is available for around $100.

For Those Who Want Double the Fun

The BOOM speaker from Ultimate Ears was made to party, and is the perfect accessory for any summer shindig. The 360-degree speaker projects sound in every direction, and is small enough to take with you wherever you go. The real perk of this speaker though, is that it gets along with its peers. Wirelessly pair two BOOM speakers up to 50 feet away to keep the music bumping through the whole party.

BOOM works with Bluetooth and NFC-enabled devices, is waterproof and stain resistant, and offers 15 hours of playback time. Pick up one (or two) of the fun colored speakers today for around $200.

For the Person on a Budget

For those who’d rather spend their cash on vacations, the iHome IDM11B offers a good bang for your buck. At just under $70, the rechargeable speaker has Bluetooth and speakerphone capabilities, and its sleek design gives it an edge over others in its price range. The speaker also has an audio input cable so those without Bluetooth devices won’t have to feel left out.

Regardless of what your outdoor plans are for the rest of the year, make sure you make the most of your entertainment needs with these speakers.

— By Jessica Oaks

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