Travel Gadgets

The Best Portable Speakers

Do you like to listen to music, podcasts, or movies while you relax at the hotel, pool, or beach? If you’re ready to ditch your earbuds and only rely on your phone’s speaker system, the best portable speakers can fit inside your carry on, offer world-class sound, and won’t bust your budget.

Amazon Echo

Best Portable Speakers

The Amazon Echo might be marketed as a “smart home device,” but you can also consider it a “smart travel” device because of it’s utilitarian features and Dolby-powered speaker. Your echo fills the room with 360° omnidirectional sound.

You can also use the Alexa skills to play music from the various music apps like Amazon Music or Pandora. Of course, you can also use Echo to access your Alexa travel skills to plan your day, check a flight status, or even get translations to accurately communicate with the hotel or restaurant staff.

To begin playing your favorite music, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, Play Pandora” or “Alexa, Play Spotify.” Before you know it, songs will be coming from each direction of the Echo speaker to fill the room with sound.

Oontz Angle 3

Best Portable Speakers

The Oontz Angle 3 is one of the best portable speakers for these reasons:

  • Water resistant (IPX5 rating)
  • Sand resistant
  • Built-in speakerphone for phone calls

Its Bluetooth speaker packs plenty of volume but also has a built-in speakerphone that lets you take phone calls with your smartphone or iPhone. The triangular design lets you lay the Angle 3 on its side or standing up wherever you travel. This speaker will pack plenty of punch for an average sized room.

In addition to connecting wirelessly to your Bluetooth speakers, you can also connect the Oontz Angle 3 to your tv or non-Bluetooth device with an auxiliary cord.

JBL Clip 2

Best Portable Speakers

The JBL Clip 2 is one of the smallest Bluetooth speakers you might find with these dimensions: 3.7 x 1.6 x 5.5 inches. This speaker is about the size of your current smartphone. You can clip it to a bag or backpack handle to make sure you never lose it. Once you sync the device to your phone or tablet, the remaining battery life will display on your mobile device.

Here are a few more stats regarding the JBL Clip 2:

  • IPX7 Waterproof rating
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Built-in 3.5mm audio cable
  • Integrate microphone to answer phone calls
  • Connects with additional Clip 2 speakers

Despite being a small speaker, the Clip 2 audio quality is surprisingly loud and clear. If space is a premium, the Clip 2 can be one of your best options because it’s so small and comparable to a point-and-shoot camera.

Razer Leviathan Mini

Best Portable Speakers

The Razer Leviathan Mini provides up to 10 hours of CD-quality sound with Bluetooth and aptX technology. It also has a built-in mic to answer phone calls with crystal clear sound. The Leviathan Mini can be linked to another mini to instantly amplify the sound.

One possible drawback to the Leviathan Mini is that it isn’t waterproof so you won’t want to get too close to the water. But, this is still a great travel option to listen to your audio content in the hotel, in the park, or at the poolside.

When you’re at home, you can also add the 19″ Leviathan Mini sound bar to get the ultimate audio experience from your portable speakers for any Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth device. This can be used for gaming, movies, and music.

Altec Lansing OmniJacket

Best Portable Speakers

Do you need a portable speaker that floats? Look at the Altec Lansing OmniJacket.

This puppy offers stellar performance capabilities including:

  • 50 foot Bluetooth connectivity
  • Up to 60 hours of battery life
  • Built-in mic for smartphones and tablets
  • Hands-free call decline and answer
  • Dustproof, sand proof, and waterproof (IP67 rating)
  • Micro USB and aux cable to connect to any device

The OmniJacket can connect to another speaker to amplify sound if you need to provide tunes for a large party or you’re having a beach party. The hands-free call answer and decline is another cool feature that you might not find in other portable speakers.

Fugoo Style

Best Portable Speakers

Get 40 hours of battery life with the Fugoo Style. It’s also waterproof in depths of 3 feet for up to 30 minutes! But, it doesn’t float like the Altec Lansing Omnijacket does.

The Fugoo Style is also compatible with Bluetooth devices plus Siri and Google Now apps. There are also six speakers on two different sides to offer 360° sound. You have three different jackets designs to choose from — red, sand, and charcoal.

JBL Charge 3

Best Portable Speaker

With the JBL Charge 3, you can charge your smartphone while using the speaker. The Charge 3 offers up to 20 hours of playback when fully charged. In addition to the charging capabilities, the Charge 3 is also waterproof with an IXP7 rating.

Let’s also take a look at its Bluetooth capabilities:

  • Built-in Mic with noise canceling technology
  • Wirelessly connects to up to three Bluetooth devices
  • Connects to multiple JBL Connect devices for instant amplification

JBL has packed a lot of punch into the Charge 3 and you’ll be surprised at its capability.

Marshall Kilburn

Best Portable Speakers

Audiophiles will LOVE the Marshall Kilburn as this is quite possibly the ultimate portable speaker. The Kilburn offers 20 hours of wireless playback with bass-reflex from two 3/4 inch tweeters and one 4 inch woofer. It even has top-mounted analog knobs so you can instantly fine-tune the volume, bass, and treble for the ultimate audio experience. Your non-Bluetooth devices can be connected with the included 3.5 mm audio cable.

Despite having superior sound quality, the Marshall Kilburn isn’t water resistant or sand proof like many of the other speakers mentioned here. It also weighs seven pounds, which is on the heavier side. But it can be a perfect option when you need a high-end speaker that outpowers the other leading portable speakers.

Summary

These portable speakers will give you all the audio you need while you travel or relax at home. Whether you need to use a speaker in your hotel room, the beach or pool, or for a business function, the best portable speakers offer Bluetooth connectivity and out-of-this-world sound quality at an attractive price. And, they easily fit inside any backpack or carry-on.

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