Portable Bluetooth speakers afford you the luxury of carrying your music anywhere you want. You simply need to pair it with your phone, play your favorite playlist and you should be sorted. You can go for a long hike up the hills, a trip down the river, or just a fun BBQ party on your backyard. However, the fun will be shortlived if the speaker decides to call it a day in the middle of the party. And that's where Bluetooth speakers with long battery come into the picture.
These speakers pack a massive amount of juice that can take your summer jams to a new high. You just have to remember to keep them charged. However, keep in mind that massive batteries also increase the device's weight.
If that's not much of a concern for you, here are our recommendations for the best portable Bluetooth speakers with long battery life.
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1. Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0, compatible with version 4.2 through 5.0
Do you want a speaker to liven up a party? Do you want a speaker with a thumping bass? Are you looking for a speaker with a battery life equal to a day? If your answer to all the above questions is yes, it's time you got introduced to the Ultimate Ears Hyberboom. This portable Bluetooth speaker promises a battery life of 24 hours and brings several cool features to the table.
For one, the battery can last 24 hours on moderate volumes. And that's not the end of the story. If you have an AC source nearby, you can even plug it in for unlimited music. Cool, right?
Apart from that, the Hyperboom lets you connect up to two Bluetooth devices and can remember up to 8 paired devices. It also has the option to hook a pair of earphones/headphones via the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Now, coming to the most important part— Audio Quality. The Hyperboom delivers a refined sound with booming bass. It's loud and clear, and the integrated mic makes sure to optimize the device's volume as per the area. As per the folks at CNET, the audio doesn't distort and maintains the clarity. Well, that's a plus for a portable speaker, right?
However, at 13 pounds, it falls a tad on the heavier side. Though you will be able to move it around, it won't afford you the same flexibility as a small speaker. On the upside, if you have other UE speakers, you can link them up and add to the sound effect. And hey, it has an IPX4 rating.
If the above speaker's size is a bit off, you should have a look at Marshall Stockwell II. It's small and designed like many of Marshall's amplifiers. But don't let that small size put you off, for this tiny speaker packs a mean punch. It delivers powerful audio complete with full and rich bass. And like any quality speakers, the audio doesn't distort even at high volumes.
And the second-best thing about the Stockwell II is its unique design. As mentioned above, its shape is like a mini amplifier with knobs and a mini leather handle at the top. You will find knobs for the Volume, Bass, and Treble. Though the latter appear gimmicky, they help you change the characteristics of a song. Do note that there are no controls for playback or track navigation.
The battery life of 20+ hours means you can charge it once and forget all about it. Similar to the Hyperboom, this one also bundles a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plus, USB-C for charging is a huge plus.
At 3.04 pounds, it is also a bit heavy and might not be ideal for walking around with it. And hey, this one is also rated IPX4.
If you are looking for an inexpensive solution, you should have a look at the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra. This small and portable Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Soundworks has a lot to offer. For one, this waterproof speaker can get you playback time of 20 hours on moderate volume. Secondly, it bundles Bluetooth 5.0 which means longer range and better connectivity.
The triangular shape makes it functional, and you can either keep it straight or horizontal.
More importantly, this small speaker is loud, especially for its size. The bass is there, but it's not as amplified when compared to the above speakers, and that's quite acceptable given the vast difference in price.
Several reviewers on Amazon back the loudness and the sound quality of this device. Like the UE Hyperboom, you can also connect a secondary speaker to get louder and rich stereo output.
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4. Anker SoundCore Pro Plus
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.2, NFC button for fast pair
Up next in our list we have the Anker SoundCore Pro Plus. This Bluetooth speaker's massive 8,000mAh battery powers it to deliver around 18 hours of playback time on one single charge. It packs a 25W speaker, which is enough to fill a medium-sized room easily, and Bluetooth 4.2 brings a fairly consistent connection to the table and is effective to around 66 feet.
When it comes to sound quality, it is loud and the onboard drivers and tweeters do their job in producing a refined sound. It offers a decent bass for its size and also comes with a Bass Up feature.
The reception of this product has been fairly decent, with users liking it for its battery life and sound quality. But one of the biggest gripes of many users is the huge volume step.
Due to the large battery, this thing is heavy at almost 2 pounds. On the upside, the huge battery means you can also use it to charge your smartphone should the need arise. Yep, you read that right! Some might say, it's a powerful power bank that plays music.
So far, all the speakers above were a little too big for their size. So, if you are looking for one that is small in size but yet packs a punch, the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is your best bet. At 2.9 x 2.9 x 7.25 inches, this speaker resembles a tall soda can. With a maximum volume of 90 decibels, the Boom 3 is loud (hence the name) and is enough to fill your pool parties and beach outings.
What makes it interesting is that not only is the UE Boom 3 IP67-rated, but it can also float in water. Plus, with Bluetooth 4.2, you can pair it with two devices at the same time.
Though the Boom 3 is loud, the audio is not sharp. and you might miss the detailed notes. Thankfully, the 360-degree audio helps its cause.
It offers a playback time of 15 hours. The actual playback time is quite low. Regardless of some of its shortcomings, users love it, and it has received high praise for its portability, loudness, and sound quality.
With Boom 3, you can connect up to 150 UE speakers. The best part is that the feature is backward-compatible. Now, that's a plus.
On the downside, the Boom 3 bundles a micro-USB port for charging.
Lastly, with a battery life of 12 hours, we have the JBL Flip 5 to round up this list. Design-wise, it looks like any of the Flip devices that were released over the years. There are passive radiators at the end and the controls across the spine. The good news is that JBL has upped its ante when it comes to the sound. The Flip 5 sounds clearer and has the right amount of bass to have you grooving to your favorite songs. The best part? The bass doesn't distort even at high volumes.
While JBL claims a battery life of 12 hours, the Flip 5 lasts around 9.3 hours as per the folks at SoundGuys on moderate volumes. This battery life should be more than enough to get you through a casual day out by the pool or when you are out walking on a trail. And guess what, you can have it paired with two compatible devices.
Like its counterpart above, the Flip 5 has had its great share of user reviews.
It does come with its share of limitations. For one, it doesn't have speakerphone functionality and or an AUX input.
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Set the World On Fire
Well, not literally! The right set of Bluetooth speakers can set the right mood for a get-together, be to a riveting party, or a late-afternoon get-together. And with the right battery unit, you needn't worry about the get-together going music-less.
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