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How to choose a wireless speaker?.

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The onset of spring is the perfect time to make any planned or unplanned trip. Whether you choose the sea or the mountains, whether you're camping or tenting or anywhere else, Bluetooth speakers have become an indispensable part of our travel luggage. However, choosing the right speaker can be difficult and confusing with many unknowns. On this we have prepared a short guide on what to look for when choosing a portable speaker.

Sound quality

Agree that it is unpleasant, while listening to your favourite song, the speaker is crackling.  It is for this reason that sound quality is the main thing to pay attention to. 

Of course, we're far from the idea that you'll go try out the speaker in the store while you're buying it. And if you do, you probably won't be able to judge very well on the fly. Fortunately, there are a few features that can help you choose - power output and sound frequency.

A speaker between 15W and 20W will do a great job if you're outdoors. As for the sound frequency - it's good to be in the range between 20Hz and 20,000Hz. 

Mobility

If you want to carry the speaker with you everywhere, mobility is crucial. 

Fortunately, speaker manufacturers have taken this factor into consideration. Some speakers are so small they can even fit in the palm of your hand.

It is absolutely valid that the bigger the speaker, the better the sound it will produce. Although, some small speakers are not to be underestimated at all.

Battery

To have the freedom to enjoy your favourite music whenever and wherever you want, you need a quality battery for your Bluetooth speaker

The majority of portable speakers can last on average between 6 and 12 hours on a battery charge. Of course, there are also models that can easily last up to 24 hours. It all depends on battery capacity and maintenance over time. 

If you want your battery to last longer, you need to follow the standard rules:
  • Do not expose the loudspeaker to very high temperatures or leave it in direct sunlight - the heat has a negative effect on the battery and it may swell or lose some of its capacity. 
  • Don't leave the battery at 0% for a long time because you risk not being able to charge it again
When buying a speaker it is good to know what type of battery it is. There are lithium ion (Li-Ion), lithium polymer (Li-Po) and nickel metal hydride (Ni MH) batteries for portable speakers. 

The difference between lithium and nickel batteries is that nickel batteries have the so-called "memory effect". This means that nickel batteries need to be discharged to 0% - 5%, and then recharged to 100%. Otherwise they can lose some of their capacity. 

In the case of lithium batteries, the above condition is not mandatory, on the contrary. It is a good idea not to let this type of battery drop to 0% for an extended period of time. 

Information about what battery your speaker uses can be found on the label, in the manual and, of course, on the internet. 

Bluetooth 4 or Bluetooth 5

In recent years, speakers have used Bluetooth version 5.0 or later. However, you're likely to see older models with version 4.2, for example.

The difference is that 5.0 is faster - it can reach speeds of 2Mbps, while 4 only reaches 1Mbps. In addition, the newer version has a longer range - about 120m. By comparison, version 4.2 has a range of just 30m.

Waterproof

If you're planning on taking your koozie with you to the beach or pool, it better be waterproof. 

As with most electronic devices, there is a label on the speakers indicating how protected they are from water and dust. This is noted as IP (Ingress Protection) and two digits. The first is the degree of dust protection, which is on a scale of 1 to 6, and the second for water protection, which is on a scale of 1 to 8. 

In other words, if you have IP68, it means that your device is protected as much as possible from dust and water. However, if you see IPX7, it means the speaker is only protected from water. 

Ports

We advise you to choose a speaker that has a USB Type-C charging port. It is more efficient as opposed to the Micro USB port as it allows for faster battery charging.

While at first glance it may sound a bit dated, there's nothing wrong with choosing a speaker with an AUX output. It allows you to connect the speaker to the audio source via a cable. This can be an advantage in case the Bluetooth connection isn't good enough and the speaker breaks.  

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Introduction.

The onset of spring is the perfect time to make any planned or unplanned trip. Whether you choose the sea or the mountains, whether you're camping or tenting or anywhere else, Bluetooth speakers have become an indispensable part of our travel luggage. However, choosing the right speaker can be difficult and confusing with many unknowns. On this we have prepared a short guide on what to look for when choosing a portable speaker.

Sound quality

Agree that it is unpleasant, while listening to your favourite song, the speaker is crackling.  It is for this reason that sound quality is the main thing to pay attention to. 

Of course, we're far from the idea that you'll go try out the speaker in the store while you're buying it. And if you do, you probably won't be able to judge very well on the fly. Fortunately, there are a few features that can help you choose - power output and sound frequency.

A speaker between 15W and 20W will do a great job if you're outdoors. As for the sound frequency - it's good to be in the range between 20Hz and 20,000Hz. 

Mobility

If you want to carry the speaker with you everywhere, mobility is crucial. 

Fortunately, speaker manufacturers have taken this factor into consideration. Some speakers are so small they can even fit in the palm of your hand.

It is absolutely valid that the bigger the speaker, the better the sound it will produce. Although, some small speakers are not to be underestimated at all.

Battery

To have the freedom to enjoy your favourite music whenever and wherever you want, you need a quality battery for your Bluetooth speaker

The majority of portable speakers can last on average between 6 and 12 hours on a battery charge. Of course, there are also models that can easily last up to 24 hours. It all depends on battery capacity and maintenance over time. 

If you want your battery to last longer, you need to follow the standard rules:
  • Do not expose the loudspeaker to very high temperatures or leave it in direct sunlight - the heat has a negative effect on the battery and it may swell or lose some of its capacity. 
  • Don't leave the battery at 0% for a long time because you risk not being able to charge it again
When buying a speaker it is good to know what type of battery it is. There are lithium ion (Li-Ion), lithium polymer (Li-Po) and nickel metal hydride (Ni MH) batteries for portable speakers. 

The difference between lithium and nickel batteries is that nickel batteries have the so-called "memory effect". This means that nickel batteries need to be discharged to 0% - 5%, and then recharged to 100%. Otherwise they can lose some of their capacity. 

In the case of lithium batteries, the above condition is not mandatory, on the contrary. It is a good idea not to let this type of battery drop to 0% for an extended period of time. 

Information about what battery your speaker uses can be found on the label, in the manual and, of course, on the internet. 

Bluetooth 4 or Bluetooth 5

In recent years, speakers have used Bluetooth version 5.0 or later. However, you're likely to see older models with version 4.2, for example.

The difference is that 5.0 is faster - it can reach speeds of 2Mbps, while 4 only reaches 1Mbps. In addition, the newer version has a longer range - about 120m. By comparison, version 4.2 has a range of just 30m.

Waterproof

If you're planning on taking your koozie with you to the beach or pool, it better be waterproof. 

As with most electronic devices, there is a label on the speakers indicating how protected they are from water and dust. This is noted as IP (Ingress Protection) and two digits. The first is the degree of dust protection, which is on a scale of 1 to 6, and the second for water protection, which is on a scale of 1 to 8. 

In other words, if you have IP68, it means that your device is protected as much as possible from dust and water. However, if you see IPX7, it means the speaker is only protected from water. 

Ports

We advise you to choose a speaker that has a USB Type-C charging port. It is more efficient as opposed to the Micro USB port as it allows for faster battery charging.

While at first glance it may sound a bit dated, there's nothing wrong with choosing a speaker with an AUX output. It allows you to connect the speaker to the audio source via a cable. This can be an advantage in case the Bluetooth connection isn't good enough and the speaker breaks.  

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