Battery speaker

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Skyedriver

Original Poster:

9,710 posts

237 months

Thursday 18th July 2019
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I'm looking for a cheap battery operated speaker to play in the polytunnel or garage. The former has no mains electric.
I could bluetooth my phone to it, or could connect via 3.5mm I suppose.
Or it could be wi-fi back to the house about 40m away. (Echo plus?)
Would like decent sound quality but doesn't have to be the ultimate hi fi.
There seems to be a lot on Amazon etc but no idea which is good and which is being "pumped" up (or down) by spoof reviews.
Really only need radio (Planet Rock which isn't DAB up here).
What do the PH collective recommend recommend please.
Thanks in advance

mike9009

4,631 posts

198 months

Thursday 18th July 2019
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Dependent upon budget. But as a cheapish solution I quite like the Kitsound speakers.

I had an original Hive speaker several years ago and have recently bought the Hive X which is a step up (£39.99 on ebay). Battery life is great and quality is very good for the price. They always seem robust, simple and effective.

Mike

joshleb

811 posts

99 months

Thursday 18th July 2019
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Budget is the big one here, could be anything from £10 to £100s for a bluetooth speaker.

hutchst

2,719 posts

51 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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I got given one free recently as a giveaway when I bought something at one of the duty free shops at Dubai T3.

Belle427

4,565 posts

188 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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Use one of these at work, cracking battery life and good sound quality.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCore-Bluetooth...

C0ffin D0dger

3,440 posts

100 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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Belle427 said:
Use one of these at work, cracking battery life and good sound quality.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCore-Bluetooth...
Exactly what I was going to suggest. The wife bought one for her job (baby groups with music, singing etc.), it's very good quality for the money.

RDM

1,692 posts

162 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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hutchst said:
I got given one free recently as a giveaway when I bought something at one of the duty free shops at Dubai T3.
I imagine that’s exactly the kind of info the op was
looking for. 8-)

richardracer

125 posts

190 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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Hi there,

Try the Tesco Bluetooth speaker, battery powered for about £15. Loud enough for a noisy garage environment.

Cheers

Richardracer

RizzoTheRat

19,300 posts

147 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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I have a UE Boom 2 which works really well, lasts several hours on battery and charges from micro USB so can easily run it from a power bank when longer is needed.

300bhp/ton

38,523 posts

145 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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I've got the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XVKW0PY/ref...

Not cheap, but it sounds fantastic. I tried ever speaker on display in Curys and this was in a different league to the rest. Super bassy for such a small speaker and really good battery life too.

CAPP0

16,338 posts

158 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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I've got a Sony SRS-XB20 which is fully battery powered, just bluetooth it to your phone or whatever to play. Decent-enough sound fora small unit and the battery lasts for ever. Mine was £50 in Currys although oddly other colours for the exact same thing were £100. I think it may have been updated now, mine's a year or two old,but worth a look I'd say.

TheOversteerLever

1,248 posts

168 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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I've got one of these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/AUKEY-Bluetooth-Playtime-...

It's a bit bigger than most of these sort of speakers but it's the best sounding battery powered Bluetooth speaker I've heard.

ZesPak

20,015 posts

151 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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RizzoTheRat said:
I have a UE Boom 2 which works really well, lasts several hours on battery and charges from micro USB so can easily run it from a power bank when longer is needed.
Another vote here for the UE Boom. Serious vfm.

Skyedriver

Original Poster:

9,710 posts

237 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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Thanks Everyone
Think it's between the Anker and the Aukey although not heard either name before.
Tesco looks cheap and probably is
Boom doesn't seem to have a long play time
Sony unavailable (old unit?)
Bose out of budget

Scrump

8,551 posts

113 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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C0ffin D0dger said:
Belle427 said:
Use one of these at work, cracking battery life and good sound quality.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCore-Bluetooth...
Exactly what I was going to suggest. The wife bought one for her job (baby groups with music, singing etc.), it's very good quality for the money.
I too recommend these.

ninepoint2

2,388 posts

115 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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These are decent for not a lot of money...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/HMDX-Hx-p230gra-eu-Jam-Ja...

Skyedriver

Original Poster:

9,710 posts

237 months

Sunday 21st July 2019
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ninepoint2 said:
These are decent for not a lot of money...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/HMDX-Hx-p230gra-eu-Jam-Ja...
Struggling to take that seriously...

OK for a jam session maybe but the toast of the town?

ZesPak

20,015 posts

151 months

Sunday 21st July 2019
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Skyedriver said:
Thanks Everyone
Think it's between the Anker and the Aukey although not heard either name before.
Tesco looks cheap and probably is
Boom doesn't seem to have a long play time
Sony unavailable (old unit?)
Bose out of budget
Wait, doesn't the boom quote a playtime of 15h?

Anyway, iirc the boom 2 battery is the same as the Aukey?

ninepoint2

2,388 posts

115 months

Sunday 21st July 2019
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Skyedriver said:
Struggling to take that seriously...

OK for a jam session maybe but the toast of the town?
Had one for a few years and it does the job well enough for me, use it mainly on holiday for phone/laptop with Spotify, Radio and on board songs etc

TX1

1,639 posts

138 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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Might be worth spending some time on the link below and comparing them, spent lots of time myself a few months ago and ended up getting a Denon Envaya DSB-250BT ( there is also a smaller version) which I mainly use when I am away on holiday.
http://switcher.oluvsgadgets.net/
Forgot to mention, if you do compare do it with headphones.


Edited by TX1 on Monday 22 July 16:13