Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you’re going into hibernation just yet. Whether you’re lounging poolside or sunbathing at the beach, you’ll probably want to listen to your favorite music or keep up with podcasts. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your speaker can brave the elements.
How Speakers Are Rated
When it comes to waterproofing, not all Bluetooth speakers are the same. Fortunately, there’s a rating system to help you sort the wheat from the chafe. Chances are you’ve already seen this rating system, which looks like this: IPXX (where the Xs are replaced by numbers).
This rating system was developed by the International Electro Technical Commission and has been adopted by manufacturers all over the world. This rating is used to inform consumers how their products hold up to the elements. That being said, most folks have no idea what those seemingly random letters and numbers mean.
What Does “IPXX” Mean?
The “IP” stands for “ingress protection.” Basically, this means how easy it is for foreign bodies (like water) to get into the housing of the product. The numbers that follow show the product’s protection against dust (the first digit) and liquid (the second digit). Dust protection is rated on a scale from 0 to 6, with six being the highest level of protection. Liquid protection is rated on a scale from 0 to 9, with nine being the highest level of protection.
If you have a device that is rated IP68, it is totally protected against dust and is protected against long periods of immersion in water. Conversely, a device rated IP04 means it is not protected against dust but can handle splashes of water from any direction. Obviously, the lower the numbers, the less protected that particular device is.
1. Anker Soundcore 2
When you hear the name Anker, you probably automatically think portable chargers. While you wouldn’t be wrong, Anker has also been cranking out high-quality, affordable Bluetooth speakers. The Soundcore 2 is one of the best value Bluetooth speakers currently on the market. The simple bar design of the Anker Soundcore 2 may not look like much, but don’t be fooled.
It features 12W of power with enhanced bass response, making it loud enough for virtually any situation. Furthermore, the Soundcore 2 boasts an impressive 24-hour battery life, making it ideal for travel. To top it all off, the Soundcore 2 is rated IPX7, meaning it can withstand short periods of water immersion. While the Soundcore 2 is perfect for days by the pool, you might want to be a bit more careful if you’re bringing it to the beach.
2. Sony SRS-XB12
If you’re looking for something that can withstand the elements, delivers room-filling sound and can fit inside your car’s cup holder, look no further. Measuring a mere 3.39 x 3.39 x 4.25 in and weighing in at only 0.7 lbs., the Sony SRS-XB12 was made for those on the go. However, don’t be fooled by its small stature: the SRS-XB12 packs a punch. Sony has put its “Extra Bass” technology at work in the SRS-XB12, giving the tiny speaker a significant boost in volume.
Solidifying its status as an excellent travel speaker, the SRS-XB12 commands an IP67 rating. This means that it’s totally protected against dust and can withstand being in and around water. As if that wasn’t enough, two of these speakers can be paired together to deliver stereo sound.
3. UE Boom 3
Ultimate Ears have been producing excellent Bluetooth Speakers for years, and the UE Boom 3 is no exception. While it’s a bit pricier than the previous entries, it’s money well spent. The UE Boom 3 lays claim to arguably the best sound quality in its class. Furthermore, the 360-degree design ensures clear and accurate sound, no matter what direction you’re facing.
The UE Boom 3 also features truly impressive liquid and dust protection. With an IP67 rating, it can be completely submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without damaging the device. This makes the Boom 3 one of the most durable Bluetooth speakers on the market and perfect for virtually any occasion.
Do you find that “normal” Bluetooth speakers that claim to be water- and dust-proof just don’t cut it? Are you looking for something that can literally handle anything thrown at it? If so, you may want to consider the DemerBox. By far the most expensive speaker on this list, it’s not going to be for everyone.
However if you need something built like a tank, the Demerbox is the closest you’re going to get. The DemerBox is housed in a crush-proof enclosure made of military grade materials. The manufacturers claim it is built to withstand any environment, including torrential rain, snow, and hail while being dust- and dirt-proof as well.
Additionally, the DemerBox also features an interior compartment to store valuables and protect them against the elements. The cherry on top of the DemerBox is its more than 40-hour battery life and ability to charge other USB devices. If you’re looking for a rugged speaker to take along on your next big adventure, look no further than the DemerBox.
What is your favorite water/dust-proof Bluetooth speaker? Let us know in the comments!