Portable Bluetooth Speaker Reviews: Big Sound, Small Budget

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Reviews – Big Sound, Small Budget! This speaker doubles as a PA system, has a USB charge port and easily fits on a picnic table – Camping For Foodies .com

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Reviews: Big Sound, Small Budget

Whether you are going to your favorite campsite in the wilderness or partying on the beach, you want your favorite tunes to sound awesome. We have checked out three different sized units for our portable Bluetooth speaker reviews and found you don’t have to sacrifice sound quality when you are hanging out in the great outdoors. To make it even better, these portable wireless speaker reviews focused on affordable models to make sure you are getting BIG SOUND on a SMALL BUDGET just in time for the camping and beach season that is right around the corner! (Updated April 2016.) Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Reviews – Big Sound, Small Budget! Find A Speaker That Fits Your Mobility Needs – This speaker is small enough to fit in a drink holder – Camping For Foodies .com

Review Of: Roker S-Cannon Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker With Handsfree Speakerphone and 3.5mm Jack

Sound Quality And Size

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The Roker portable Bluetooth speaker is the smallest speaker of the three we are featuring in our portable Bluetooth speaker reviews. It has a stylish look, non-slip base and is compact in size. The Roker has a great range of sound; we found the bass surprisingly impressive with only a 3 watt 40mm speaker especially when sitting on a solid surface such as a picnic table or cooler. At just over 2 inches tall and wide, this thing fits in the palm of your hand and weighs in at about 8 ounces. In spite of its small size, this speaker competes in performance with some of its larger and more expensive competitors.

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About The Battery

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The fully charged lithium ion battery on the Roker portable Bluetooth speaker lasts around 5 hours and has a range of about 30 feet from your Bluetooth device. This speaker comes with a USB charging cable so you can charge it from your computer or smartphone USB compatible wall plug. Obviously, you don’t have the luxury of household charging sources while camping or at the beach, but you can use a solar charger battery pack like this Solar Charger Battery Matone, which actually has two USB output ports that allow you to charge two different devices at the same time!

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Delivery Of Music

There are three ways to get your music to play through this Roker portable Bluetooth speaker:

      1. Micro SD Card
      2. Stereo 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable
      3. Bluetooth

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We found the Bluetooth range to be good at a distance of 30 feet or less; anything further than that … we started to lose our signal between the devices. We love that there is no passcode necessary for pairing this speaker with your smartphone or other Bluetooth device. If your music storage device is not Bluetooth enabled, you can use the included audio cable or an SD card like this SanDisk Micro SD 16GB card to play your tunes.

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Extras

You can answer inbound calls to your smartphone by talking through the small built-in microphone within the Roker portable Bluetooth speaker. If you are playing your music via Bluetooth or the cable, the music automatically mutes when your phone rings and stays muted throughout the time the phone continues to ring or you answer the call, thereafter, the music will resume. Even though this is a cool feature, we didn’t find the audio quality to be great for this use.


Review Of: DKnight Magicbox Ultra-portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Sound Quality And Size

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In our lineup of portable Bluetooth speaker reviews we found the Magicbox portable Bluetooth speaker to be a great value with awesome sound quality for a device that is only about 6 inches long and weighs just over 8 ounces. This small unit has two 40mm speakers which are driven by 6 total watts of power. There are six buttons on the top that allow you to manage every aspect of your music including: play, pause, volume and the ability to skip tracks and even receive or reject an incoming phone call.

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About The Battery

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The Magicbox portable Bluetooth speaker is expected to have up to ten hours of battery life on a fully charged battery but we were only able to get around 5 hours with it when operating at the upper volume levels. Unfortunately, we were unable to get through an entire weekend of camping on a single charge; that’s an issue when we are dispersed camping (aka  remote camping or boondocking) without electricity. But, you can recharge it with a solar device like this Anker 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger PowerPort. When you are in civilization, the Magicbox can be connected to your computer or other power source that is USB compatible through a USB charging cable that is about 20 inches long and included with the speaker.

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Delivery Of Music

There are three ways to get your music to play through the Magicbox portable Bluetooth speaker:

      1. Micro SD card
      2. Stereo 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable
      3. Bluetooth

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With the Magicbox portable Bluetooth speaker, if you are playing music from a Micro SD card, you can use up to a 32GB size card in this device. This is sufficient for most music-lovers’ tunes … in fact, a SanDisk 32GB card holds about 8,000 songs! If you want to play music from your computer or some other non-Bluetooth device, you can connect the device to the Magicbox with the included stereo audio cable through its 3.5mm male-to-male aux in jack. The Magicbox supports Bluetooth 3.0 technology and we found the range to be good to a distance of about 30 feet. We love that there is no passcode necessary for pairing this speaker with your smartphone or other Bluetooth device and found the controls to be fairly simple to use.

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Extras

You can answer inbound calls to your smartphone by talking through the small built-in microphone within the Magicbox portable Bluetooth speaker. If you are playing your music via Bluetooth or the cable, the music automatically mutes when your phone rings and stays muted throughout the time the phone continues to ring or you answer the call, thereafter, the music will resume. Even though this is a cool feature, we didn’t find the audio quality to be great for this use.

Upgraded Version Available

There is also a 10 watt version of the Magicbox speaker which is designed to produce louder volume, richer bass and supports Bluetooth 4.0.


Review Of: Ion Audio iPA77 Tailgater Portable Bluetooth Speaker PA System with Microphone, AM/FM Radio, and USB Charge Port

Sound Quality And Size

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The Tailgater portable Bluetooth speaker is probably our favorite and most versatile speaker in our lineup of portable Bluetooth speaker reviews. Not only is it a Bluetooth speaker, but, it is also a PA System with Microphone, AM/FM Radio, and USB Charge Port! It’s definitely heavier than the other speakers at around 17 pounds and takes up more space than the other two units at around 9 x 12 x 13 inches … but this thing is awesome! This Tailgater Bluetooth speaker system has 50 watts of dynamic power with a wide-range 6.5 inch speaker and a separate tweeter for high quality sound. The Tailgater is easy to carry with indented handles on the sides of its very durable case which also has reinforced corners and rugged construction.

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About The Battery
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The Tailgater is powered with a high capacity sealed lead acid battery which has been rated at 50 hours. In testing, it has provided us up to 15 hours of active playtime at higher than moderate volume levels … plus … charging a few of our other devices … yes, that’s right … this is not a typo … up to FIFTEEN HOURS OF PLAYTIME AND CHARGING OTHER DEVICES through its USB charging port and we still had over half battery life remaining on the battery level indicator! You can charge other cool stuff like these Cork Shaped USB Powered Rechargable LED Battery lights for bottles with the Tailgater! We love that no passcode is necessary for pairing the Tailgater with your 3.0 Bluetooth device. It is fully charged in four to five hours with its provided AC power cord that plugs directly into a wall outlet; this works fine when you are in civilization but is an issue when in the wilderness camping or at the beach without wall outlets.

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If we need to charge the Tailgater battery when we are in an area without wall outlets, we use our inverter which plugs into our car or RV cigarette lighter socket. This BESTEK 300W Dual 110V AC Outlets Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Adapter has two AC plugs as well as two USB ports so you can charge multiple items at the same time. A word of caution: It is not likely you would drain your vehicle battery to the point that it won’t start, but just in case, be sure to run your vehicle from time-to-time to recharge its battery if you are using the inverter extensively. It would be a bummer to be stranded out in the wilderness with a dead vehicle battery no matter how good your tunes sound!

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Delivery Of Music

There are three ways to get your music to play through the Tailgater portable Bluetooth speaker:

      1. Digitally tuned AM/FM radio
      2. Stereo 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable
      3. Bluetooth

The built-in digitally tuned AM/FM radio has a telescoping antenna for better reception. The cable required to connect your music storage device to this speaker’s 3.5mm male-to-male aux in jack is included with this unit. We can’t come up with too many bad things to say about the Tailgater except that it does not have an SD card slot to play MP3 music.

Extras

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When using the Tailgater as a PA system, you’ll appreciate the 90 inch cord on the high quality microphone which has a convenient on/off switch. This unit also has a separate mic volume control knob which allows you to adjust the microphone input in contrast with the music volume if you choose to talk over or sing along with the music karaoke style. This is kinda cool unless you become “That Guy” at the campsite next door … be careful with this feature … you don’t want to end up infamously on YouTube!

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If you are playing your music via Bluetooth or the cable, the Tailgater will mute the music when your phone rings but it won’t double as a speaker phone. We already mentioned the Tailgater’s ability to charge your other electronic devices via the built-in USB charge port  … We totally love this feature!

All-In-One Non-Solar Power Backup
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If you want to be prepared for just about anything, the Duracell Powerpack Pro 1300 has a little of everything including a built-in inverter with dual AC wall outlets, dual USB charging ports, built-in air compressor for filling tires and it even has built-in jumper cables to help jump start a car. You’ll be able to recharge your portable Bluetooth speakers with this thing and just about anything else! The Duracell Powerpack is a great all-around backup power device.

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With all the talk about solar charging devices, you might want to check out more Solar Products For Camping!

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Kim Hanna is the creator of Camping For Foodies®. On her blog, http://www.CampingForFoodies.com, she shares her passion for camping, hiking and cooking as well as living a balanced yet dream-pursuing life. Kim has appeared on several local TV networks, in magazines and at live special events as the ‘Modern Society Weekend Escape Expert’ she has become…inspiring others to unplug from their hectic lives one camp recipe at a time. She believes many adults are so consumed with their 24/7 connected lives that they don’t take time to enjoy nature and live in the moment. Kim gladly issues “permission slips” to adults who request them! She is a contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show. Kim is a Christian and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats.

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