If you’re looking for a rugged Bluetooth speaker the next time you go camping, then this Aukey speaker may be what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look.
Weighing in at just over half a pound, this rugged device is perfect for camping, hiking, road trips, etc. The speaker is labeled as water resistant, although I wasn’t able to find an exact specification. The speaker grills are made from anodized aluminum, while the casing is made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). To get technical, it’s a thermoplastic polymer with three monomers.
ABS rubber is amorphous in nature so it doesn’t have a true melting point. It’s also impact and mechanically tough even at lower temperatures, providing a safe range of use between -4˚ and 176˚ F. Even though the rubber is durable, it’s also silky smooth to the touch, so holding the speaker is a tactile delight. For reference, ABS is what Legos are made of.
- Bluetooth version: 4.1
- Standard: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Weight: 1.43 lbs (650.6 g)
- Dimensions: 8.23 x 3.27 x 2.87in (20.9 x 8.3 x 7.3cm)
- Play Time: 30hrs
- Charging Time: 6hrs
- Operating Range: up to 10m / 33ft
- Power Output: 2×5 W
- AUX: 3.5mm audio-in jack
- Power Input: DC 5V
- Battery Type: Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (7.4V 2600mAh)
Even though this is a Bluetooth speaker, it still has an auxiliary port so you can plug in an aux cable directly into your phone. On the bottom, there is a 1/4’20 standard screw mount so you can screw it onto most camera tripods if you wish.
The speaker has dual 5W drivers which deliver a clear sound that is fairly balanced amongst bass, mids and highs. In addition, the speaker has a built in microphone to take audio calls.The sound output is loud so you don’t even have to turn it up much.
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On one end of the speaker you’ll find a place to attach a keychain attachment (not included) so you can hang the speaker from a tree branch, bike, a tent frame, etc.
The speaker battery seriously lasts for a long time. It’s 2600mAh, which may not seem like much, but it’s rated at 30hrs of battery life and that’s only if you use it frequently. I was able to use it for a week without needing to charge, but as it says in the manual, it does take six hours to charge.
Due to the bulk of the speaker you probably won’t find yourself casually throwing it into a purse or backpack, but it’s still portable enough to easily carry around in a suitcase or duffel bag.
After having reviewed several Aukey products, I can objectively say that they are a good company. This speaker, along with the Bluetooth headphones I reviewed, are both awesome products. It’s a great accessory for your smartphone, whether you have an iPhone or Android phone.
This speaker is affordable at $47.99 and you can pick it up on Amazon (Affiliate link).