10 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers for Camping
The digital revolution has occurred in lockstep with revolutionary advances in sound, battery and wireless technology. The result is that the static-filled, quirky, unreliable transistor radio of your parents and grandparent’s day is a thing of the past. Your outdoor sound options today are virtually limitless. They’re powered by state of the art rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, are effectively sealed against the weather and can be used up to 100 feet from the signal source. They’re also attractive, durable, available in a multitude of designs and colors and some cost less than a good pair of jeans. One of the most important things to keep in mind when purchasing a portable Bluetooth speaker for camping or other outdoor use is the waterproofing. This is expressed by an industry-standard known as the “IPX” rating. The number attached to the IPX designation (say, IPX7 for instance) indicates the level of resistance the device has to water. The higher the number, the better. So, IPX2 is barely water-resistant, while IPX7 or IPX8 is completely waterproof. Below, we’re going to take a look at the 10 best Bluetooth enabled speakers for camping, pool parties, road trips or any other type of outdoor fun you have in mind. That said, let’s get started.
1. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3
- 100 ft wireless range.
- Bluetooth 4.2.
- IPX5 water resistance.
- 14 hours of battery life with full charge.
- 5 fun color combinations to choose from.
- Cambridge Soundworks quality.
We lead off this list of the best Bluetooth speakers for outdoors with this powerful, compact, high-quality offering from the legendary Cambridge Soundworks. The OontZ Angle 3 is IPX5 rated. That means it’s not bothered if you accidentally leave it on the picnic table in the rain. It also features a wireless reach of 100 feet. Which is twice that of most Bluetooth speakers. The lithium-ion battery provides up to 14 hours of continuous use on a full charge, and there’s 5 fun color combinations to choose from. Setting your high tech speaker on a picnic table is not the same as placing it on the kitchen table. There’s wind to consider, falling branches, kids running around, frisbees flying and more. The big advantage of the OontZ Angle 3 is the triangular design. It’s the most stable outdoor speaker we tested and simply refused to be knocked over. Throw in the integrated mic for digital assistant integration and the affordable price point, and it’s not hard to understand the popularity of the Angle 3.
2. Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 12 watts of power.
- Advanced signal processing.
- Water and dust resistant.
- IPX 7 Waterproofing.
- 24 hours on full charge.
- Wireless stereo pairing.
When it comes to compact portability, Bluetooth speakers don’t get much better than the Anker Soundcore 2. What we love about this device is that it’s small enough to fit in the side pocket of your cargo pants. And at less than 1 pound you’ll barely notice it’s there. But it wouldn’t be much good if it was just small and light. Fortunately, it’s also completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. That means you can drop it in the stream or the lake and it won’t be any worse for wear. The Soundcore 2 also boasts an impressive battery life. You’ll get up to 24 hours of continuous use out of a single full charge. It also has an integrated mic that allows you to answer calls or talk to Siri or other digital assistants. To top it off the sound quality is as good as or better than any other wireless speaker on the market, with only a few possible exceptions. An excellent choice for lounging around the campfire soaking in the stars and the scent of the pine trees.
3. Bose SoundLink Revolve
- 30 foot operational range.
- Seamless, durable aluminum shell.
- 12 hours on a full charge.
- Voice prompts to access digital asst.
- Can be paired with other speakers.
- 360 degrees of sound.
With Bose speakers, you can be sure of two things: they’re going to sound great, and you’re going to pay for that audio quality. That said we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their SoundLink Revolve for RV enthusiasts. It’s also a solid choice for inside your walk-in tent. Whether you’re having a late-night card game in the woods or hosting a wedding party. It’s called the “Revolve” because it provides 360 degrees of pure, powerful sound. So just find a central location for it and turn it on. Everyone will enjoy equal sound quality. Because of its modest IPX4 rating, this isn’t a speaker you’re going to want to leave on the camping table when storm clouds are gathering. And it probably shouldn’t see too much service at poolside, where there’s a risk it could end up in the drink. As we said, it’s ideal for the RV or trailer. But it’s also a perfect choice for the outdoor kitchen or wedding tent because it really projects that sound. You get 12 hours off a full charge, and you can use it to answer calls or interact with your digital assistant.
4. Tronsmart T6 Plus 40W Outdoor Speakers
- 40 watts of power.
- Portable power bank.
- Voice activated for Siri and more.
- 15 hours on a full charge.
- Bluetooth 5.0 technology.
- Intuitive control.
- 3D deep bass.
If you like your outdoor speakers to pack some punch, you’re going to love the Tronsmart T6. It provides an impressive 40 watts of power underpinned by the company’s 3D deep bass technology. The net effect is that the speaker sounds like a much larger indoor system. And if you pair two of these puppies up well, you might run into issues with other campers. The T6 also provides integration with Siri and Google Assist and enables hands-free calls with high-def sound quality. The Bluetooth 5 technology at work here is the fastest and most stable yet. You can also use the T6 as a portable power bank if need be. And the lithium-ion battery provides 15 hours of continuous use on a full charge. It’s IPX6 rated, which means if it gets caught in a downpour or you drop it in the lake and retrieve it quickly, it should be fine.
5. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Speaker
- 12 hours on full charge.
- IPX7 Waterproofing.
- JBL connect+ compatible.
- JBL bass radiator.
- Lay it down or stand it up.
- 9 color combinations.
The JBL Flip 4 was made for outdoor fun. It comes in an array of attractive colors, provides 12 hours of use on a full charge and is IPX7 rated. That means you can drop it in the lake or the stream in the woods and it won’t flinch. It’s light and powerful and features JBL bass radiator technology which really puts some legs under the sound. There an integrated mic for Siri access, a 3000mAh battery that charges fast and it works just as well laying down as it does standing up. Take it in the boat with you, on the inflatable raft in the pool or just lay it down next to you in the tent at night and listen to some tunes while you drift off. It’s light, tough and ready for anything the campground, beach or trail has in store. This is a particularly outstanding choice for any outdoor activity where water comes into play.
6. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
- 100 ft range.
- IPX 7 waterproofing.
- 10 hours on full charge.
- Max output 86 decibels.
- Clear 360 degree sound.
- Integrated carry loop.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom provides up to 10 hours of continuous use on a full charge. It’s another 360-degree speaker that you set up in a central locale so everyone can enjoy the music. Great for parties, backyard BBQs, weddings or taking to the campsite or beach. With its IPX7 rating, you can also take it right into the pool with you on your inflatable and bask in the music while you relax. It has a durable nylon carrying loop on the top so you can move it about effortlessly. But the real stars here are the crystal clear 360 degree sound and the 100 foot range. Most Bluetooth wireless speakers provide 30 or 60 feet of range. So a full 100 feet opens up all kinds of possibilities regarding how you can deploy this puppy. It’s also available in 10 different colors, so there’s sure to be one that dovetails with your tastes.
7. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
- 8 hours on a full charge.
- Soft touch silicone shell.
- Voice prompts to guide BT pairing.
- Available in 6 colors.
- Built in microphone.
- Bluetooth 4.2 technology.
Bose makes another appearance on our list of best Bluetooth outdoor speakers with their SoundLink Color. This is a powerful, lightweight, attractive piece of high-quality sound tech with 8 hours of battery life and full Siri or Google Assist compatibility. It’s not the most stable Bluetooth speaker on the market. And it only features IPX4 water resistance, which means it won’t be ruined if it’s caught in the rain for a few minutes. But don’t drop it in the lake. So why is it on our list? Because the sound quality is a thing of beauty. It comes in a variety of attractive colors. It charges fast and it’s easy to slip in your backpack or set up inside the tent. If you’re into RV-ing or trailer camping, you should also investigate the SoundLink color. The buttons are large and easy to read and with the various voice prompts you’ll never be at a loss trying to figure out what it’s connected to at any given moment.
8. Vanzon X5 Pro Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- IPX7 Waterproofing.
- 66 foot effective range.
- Type-C fast charging.
- TF card, computer and Bluetooth modes.
- 10 watts of power.
- 24 hours on a full charge.
The Vanzon X5 Pro has a lot going for it. And if this were the product of a more high visibility manufacturer, it would likely be the talk of the town. It features type-C fast charging, has a 66 foot wireless range and provides up to 24 hours of continuous use on a full charge of the lithium-ion battery. It also boasts IPX7 waterproofing so there it literally nowhere you can’t take it and nothing you have to fear from lakes, pools or Mother Nature. The sound quality is not up to that of top of the line Bose products. But we’d still rate it very good to excellent. And because it only costs a fraction of what a Bose wireless speaker will cost it’s also a smart choice for value-minded campers and outdoor types. It has all the bells and whistles including Siri and Google Assist integration, a 3.5 AUX input port and a durable, impact-resistant silicone case.
9. Bose SoundLink Revolve+
- Flexible carry handle.
- 30 foot wireless range.
- 16 hours on a full charge.
- Take calls or accesses digital assts.
- Can be paired for stereo sound.
- IPX4 waterproof rating.
Speaking of Bose, they’re back for one more curtain call with their outstanding SoundLink Revolve+. This is the enhanced version of their already impressive Revolve Bluetooth speaker and does everything that model does plus a bit more. The battery life is longer (16 hours v 12 hours) and it packs a bit more audio punch, especially at the low end. On the down side, it’s a bit heavier than its little brother (2 lbs v 1.4 lbs) and it’s going to cost you more. Still, if you’re a true audiophile who also happens to love the outdoors, this is the wireless speaker for you. As long as you have somewhere reasonably sheltered to set it up. Because like it’s smaller, less expensive sibling it’s only rated to IPX4. Which means it will survive a light shower but not a sustained downpour or a dunk in the pond.
10. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker
- Bluetooth 4.2.
- 66 foot wireless range.
- IPX7 waterproof rating.
- Ultra-compact design.
- 24 hours on a full charge.
- Voice input for Siri or Google Now.
- Light and tough.
The final item on our list of best outdoor wireless speakers is this value winner from Tribit. Like some other Bluetooth speakers on our list, it’s not the product of a globally recognized brand. Nor does it come with reams of glowing professional reviews to support it. That said, for the price you’re going to have a very difficult time finding a better wireless speaker to accompany you on your outdoor adventures. The sound quality is dependable and clear with decent bass and crisp high notes. With 24 hours of continuous use from a single charge, you’re not likely to get caught with a dead battery. It has an excellent 66 foot range, better than most of the more expensive Bluetooth speakers on our list. And it carries an IPX7 rating. Meaning it’s completely waterproof. All that’s really missing is the fancy name. But with the combination of build quality and features, the Tribit offers you’re not going to spend too much time pining for something more expensive.
The best Bluetooth speakers for outdoor fun come in all shapes and sizes and range in price from the very affordable to the very expensive. They’re true entertainment hubs that are going to enhance whatever outdoor activity you have planned. Just keep a few things in mind:
- If your outdoor activity involves water look for a high IPX rating of 6 or 7.
- If you are taking the kids and pets along look for a wireless speaker that’s both stable and tough. That way it won’t be prone to being knocked over. And if it is, it won’t be damaged.
- Keep in mind the effective range of the speaker too. Some lose the signal after 30 feet while others come through clear and strong up to 100 feet from the source.
- If you want a Bluetooth speaker for the RV, the IPX rating isn’t so important.
- And if you want integration with your digital assistant, don’t sweat it. All the Bluetooth speakers on our list feature it.
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