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.

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First Impressions

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.

Features

  • 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)

Usage

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.

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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.

As a way to test the sound quality of audio devices, I like to play this song. It has a lot of bass and sub bass, and those drops are sick bro. Check it out:

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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).