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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:42

Five Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers You Can Bring Onto Your Kayak

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The primary function of a speaker is to play great audio, but when you are out in your kayak on the water there are some additional features that become very important. Some people appreciate the added functionality, such as the ability to charge your phone, offered by certain Bluetooth speakers, while others simply want a speaker that is portable and can survive a drop.

Here are five Bluetooth speakers that we feel are worthy of taking up valuable space on your kayak and our reasons for why they made the cut.

 

Most Portable:  UE Roll 2 Volcano

$99.97 at Amazon

A kayak is not exactly a yacht, so when it comes to deciding what gear to take along with you on the water, you have to make the best use of your available space. This is why we love the design of the UE Roll 2 so much. It is an ultra-portable wireless speaker that weighs in at 330 grams and a diameter of only 5.3 inches. Don’t let its small size fool you either, as the sound quality is great and this speaker can be turned up pretty loud. It features a 2-inch driver with two 3/4 tweeters that can pump out tunes at a maximum sound level of 86dBA. The UE Roll 2 comes with a stretchy, attachable bungee and is waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter. The manufacturer claims you can bungee this speaker to the front of your kayak and continue to play music while going over a waterfall, but we haven’t tested this personally. Thanks to its rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery the UE Roll 2 also delivers a respectable 9-hour battery life between charges. One thing is for sure, if you are looking for a quality blue-tooth speaker that is lighter than a can of soda you really can’t go wrong with the UE Roll 2.

Most Kayak Friendly:  Splash Tunes Pro

$49.95 at Amazon

The Splash Tunes Pro is billed as the perfect Bluetooth shower speaker, but it functions just as well in a kayak. What we like about this speaker is just how kayak friendly it is. Buttons on the speaker enables you to control the volume, skip songs and play or pause tracks. This, along with the built-in microphone for hands-free talking means you don’t have to fiddle with your phone while you are out on the water. This is a good thing as the Splash Tunes Pro has an IPX7 rating, which means it is waterproof, while your phone probably isn’t. The speaker also floats, which is another bonus if it does accidentally fall into the water. A large suction cup allows you to stick the speaker securely to your kayak, so this probably won’t happen, but better safe than sorry. Despite its small size, the sound quality is quite good and it actually uses the kayak’s surface for amplifying the volume, which is quite neat. An impressive 12-14 hours of battery life ensures that your tunes won’t end before you are ready to head back to shore. Last, but not least, the Splash Tunes Pro is available in four different colors, so you can pick the one that is the best match for your kayak.

Best Battery Life:  Fugoo Sport

$149.99 at Amazon

Most Bluetooth speakers feature pretty decent battery life, which is great. as charging them on a kayak isn’t really an option. However, for those who love spending all day out on the water the FUGOO Sport is our top pick. The manufacturer claims that it features some of the best battery life in the world and with about 40 hours of playback at 50% loudness, we are inclined to agree. This doesn’t come at the cost of quality either as the FUGOO Sport has six drivers on four sides, which delivers 360-degrees of audio at a volume of 95dB SPL-A. This model is the rugged sport version, which means it is snow proof, sand proof and, most importantly, an IP67 rating, which means it is waterproof to three feet for up to 30 minutes. Thanks to its compatibility with a collection of unique mounts the FUGOO Sport is also easy to secure on your kayak. If you are looking for a speaker that can provide you with tunes on your way to the water, all day on the water and still keep going on the way back home then you really can’t go wrong with the FUGOO Sport.

Best All-Rounder:  Braven BRV-Pro

$107.99 at Amazon

Although there are plenty of speakers that excel in one department only to fall flat in another, the BRAVEN BRV-PRO managed to impress us on all fronts. It is not only a great looking speaker, but also features a rugged design that can take a pounding and keep going. The BRV-PRO has a waterproof rating of IPX7 and is packed in a resilient aluminum housing. With 15 hours of playback, it will keep you company on the water as you listen to its crisp, clear highs and warm bass. The BRV-PRO is also one of the most feature-rich portable speakers we have ever seen. Anyone who loves accessories will be over the moon with what you can accomplish with this speaker. Optional extras include a solar charging panel, GoPro compatible action mounts, sound-doubling stacking plates as well as a rechargeable battery pack. You can even charge your phone’s battery right from this speaker and use the built-in speakerphone for hands-free call answering. At 1.4 pounds it is not the lightest speaker on the list, but its all-round performance makes it worth the extra weight on the kayak.

Most Durable:  Altec Lansing iMW577 Life Jacket 2

$149.99 at Amazon

No matter how careful you are, when you are out on a kayak, there will be times where you are going to get wet. In fact, there might even be times where your kayak capsizes and everything onboard goes for a swim. If you don’t want to see your prized Bluetooth speaker fizzling out or sink to the bottom, then the Life Jacket 2 is what you want. Altec Lansing describes this speaker as “everything proof”, which thanks to its IP67 rating, is no idle boast. The Life Jacket 2 is shockproof, dustproof and waterproof, but for extra peace of mind, it also floats. Dual 2.0” neodymium drivers and a passive radiator design delivers impressive sound quality and its battery life gives the FUGOO Sport a run for its money. Its universal mounting mechanism is built-in, so attaching it to your kayak is easy and it even has a built-in power bank for charging your mobile devices without having to stop music playback. Best of all, the Life Jacket 2 is a stylish bit of kit, so you won’t have to be embarrassed about taking it out on the water with you.

A last reminder, if you use your phone to play music while on the water - we would strongly suggest you pickup a waterproof case for your smartphone.

Last modified on Friday, 20 January 2017 08:55
Naomi Bolton

Yakangler's Community Manager and Editor - in charge of sourcing news and articles for the website.  If you have any ideas for new content, please do get in touch with me at: [email protected]

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# CentKyPaddler 2017-01-22 14:33
I have had experience with both the Altec Lansing Boom Jacket and currently own the Fugoo Tough. I had purchased the AL Boom Jacket first, the sound was great for a small Bluetooth speaker but within the first week the micro USB port quit taking a charge. So after taking back I decided to go with the Fugoo Tough. The Fugoo Tough is mostly comparable to the Boom Jacket but not as good of sound. The first year was good with the Fugoo but have recently started having Bluetooth connectivity problems.
 

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