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10 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers That You Can Bring on All Your Beach Trips

These will be safe to use by the pool or the sea.
10 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers That You Can Bring on All Your Beach Trips
IMAGE MARSHALL, JAM AUDIO, LEXON
These will be safe to use by the pool or the sea.

Whether you’re heading to the beach, packing for a fun staycation, or just taking a drive out from the city, no road trip is complete without music. Your tracks, albums, and playlists of choice will help set the mood for the whole experience and can often make a simple vacation feel like a scene out of a coming-of-age movie (cue Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap). If you’ve already got all the tunes lined up for your next big trip out of town, then all you need now is the perfect device for blasting them out loud. Below, we list 10 wireless and waterproof speakers to power up the soundtrack for your upcoming road trip. Not only do these devices let you play your music loud enough to get your heart racing, they’re also built to withstand any accidental spills or drops should you be chilling near a body of water. Trust us, when you’re handing gadgets next to a pool after downing a few beers, you’ll be glad you invested in waterproof technology.

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 What You Need to Know About Waterproof Ratings 

Now before we get to the list, a quick note on waterproof rating: When you buy new electronics—especially handheld items that tend to be exposed to all kinds of environments—you’ll find that they are typically given what is called an IP rating (a.k.a. International Protection rating or Ingress Protection rating). This rating, which is recognized among most tech brands across the world, is composed of two numbers (IP67, IPX5, IP45, and so on.) The numbers following the "IP" are representative of a device’s ability to withstand certain external elements.

The first number (i.e. the "6" in IP67) indicates the level of protection your device has against solid foreign objects like dust, fingers, and flat surfaces. If water resistance is your main concern, you likely won’t have to worry about the first number, but it is good to take note of it if you tend to store your devices in dusty spaces or are prone to dropping them.

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The second number, on the other hand, indicates what level of water resistance your device has. For beach trips and pool parties, we suggest sticking devices that have a second digit of six and above, e.g. IP67, IPX6, IPX7, et cetera. Level 6 means your device is safe from water projected by powerful jets—think hoses or heavy splashing—while Level 7 allows for immersion in water up to one-meter deep and 8 means the gadget can be submerged beyond a meter. So go for 6 if you’re mostly worried about splashes and splatters, but choose 7 and above if you’re worried about dropping the speaker into a body of water.

Level up your vacation playlist with these waterproof Bluetooth speakers:

1. Marshall Emberton Bluetooth Speaker 

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Emberton Bluetooth Speaker, P8,790, MARSHALL

Waterproof rating: IPX7

Marshall is commonly renowned for their powerful amplifiers, but you can also get their signature sound quality—think rich tunes and thumping bass tones—in the form of a travel-friendly speaker known as the Emberton. It delivers multi-directional sound that lets you blast your fave songs at 360 degrees. That means even in open spaces, your music will sound just right. The Emberton also has an IPx7 water-resistance rating, which means it can be safely submerged in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes. Plus, it boasts over 20 hours of playtime on a full charge, so you can soundtrip with your buddies all day long with no interruptions. In case you’re ever in a rush, you can get up to five hours of playback after just 20 minutes of charging.

Available at Digital Walker and Beyond the Box.

2. Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker 

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 SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, P6,990, BOSE

Waterproof rating: IPX7

Bose has long been a favorite among audiophiles thanks to their dedication to high-quality sound. Their SoundLink Micro speaker has just that, but in an itty-bitty size that you can effortlessly slip into your bag—it even has a handy strap at the back that lets you clip it onto backpacks, bike handles, or what have you. The device, which offers up to six hours of continuous playback, promises rich, but balanced sound that plays music loud, clear, and in the quality that the artist intended—even in outdoor settings.

Available online; see a list of Bose retailers.

3. Sony XB32 Portable Wireless Speaker 

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XB32 Portable Wireless Speaker, P6,799, SONY

Waterproof rating: IP67

As its name suggests, this wireless speaker from Sony delivers booming bass tones that make any setting feel as energetic as a concert or crowded club (Remember those?). It also has a cool feature known as Live Sound that can give your tunes a three-dimensional feel—close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re dancing in a real-life music festival. You can amp up the vibes with the device’s multicolored flashing lights, which sync to the beat of the song it’s playing. It has an IP67 rating, which means not only will it be undamaged in the event of accidental submersion, but it’s also totally safe against dust and other small particles.

See a list of Sony retailers.

4. Momax Intune Plus Portable Wireless Speaker (P4,890)

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Intune Plus Portable Wireless Speaker, P4,890, MOMAX

Waterproof rating: IPX6

For just under the 5K mark, this Momax speaker provides up to 15 hours of continuous wire-free playback, 360-degree bass-heavy sound, and cool LED lights that flash and change color in sync with the beats of your music. The device has an IPX6 rating, which means you’ll definitely want to avoid dropping it in the pool, but it should be safe from accidental splashes and drips that might occur.

Available at Digital Walker.

5. Harman/Kardon Neo Portable Bluetooth Speaker 

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Neo Portable Bluetooth Speaker, P6,499, HARMAN/KARDON

Waterproof rating: IPX7

You probably know Harman/Kardon best for their wide range of car-audio technology, but they also make portable speakers like the Neo. At about the size of your palm, the travel-friendly device provides powerful and elegant sound output that can play for up to 10 hours straight. It has IPX7 waterproof certification as well as a durable metal body built to withstand scrapes and bumps—perfect for your next hike!

See a list of Harman/Kardon retailers.

6. JBL Charge 5

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Charge 5, P9,499, JBL 

Waterproof rating: IP67

With the JBL Charge 5, you’ll get loud, immersive audio even in open spaces—that’s thanks to its sophisticated hardware composed of an optimized long excursion driver, a separate tweeter for rich treble tones, and dual bass radiators to amp up the lower range sounds. You also get up to 20 hours of battery life, IP67-level water and dust protection, and wireless technology that can connect up to 2 devices at once, so you and your friends can take turns choosing songs. The Charge 5 even doubles as a power bank—you can charge your phone at the beach or by the pool without having to pack an extra device!

See a list of JBL retailers.

7. Jam Audio Double Chill Bluetooth Speaker 

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Double Chill Bluetooth Speaker, P1,495, JAM AUDIO

Waterproof rating: IP67

In case you’re gadget-shopping on a budget, this Jam Audio speaker is a worthy option that delivers great features for just P1,495. It has a water- and dust-proof build with an IP67 rating, a 30-meter Bluetooth range, and a powerful rechargeable battery that can run for up to 12 hours.

Available at Rustan’s.

8. Anker Soundcore Icon 

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Soundcore Icon, P3,495, ANKER

Waterproof rating: IP67

The Anker Soundcore Icon makes for a fuss-free travel companion not only because of its slim size, but also because of its handy strap up top that lets you hang the device pretty much anywhere—bike handles, bag straps, railings, trees, you name it. With an IP67 rating, the speaker will be safe from water, sand, dust, and mud, so you can bring it everywhere with no worries. It offers up to 12 hours of playback, so you’ll have music blasting all day long. Plus, if you and your friend both own a model, you can boost your soundtrip by pairing both speakers to your smartphone simultaneously. You’ll get double the audio power and a more immersive, three-dimensional sound.

Available online.

9. Lexon Mino X Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker 

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Mino X Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker, P2,590, LEXON

Waterproof rating: IPX7

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that’s as small as humanly possible—because who doesn’t love packing light?—check out the Mino X from French brand Lexon, which is about the size of a chicken egg. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, but it’s also built to float. That means even if you toss it in the pool, it won’t sink down to the bottom—you’ll never lose it or drop it too deep into the water. The rechargeable speaker promises up to three hours of playback and comes in the cutest colors.

Available at Rustan’s.

10. Braven BRV-360 Portable Wireless Speaker 

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BRV-360 Portable Wireless Speaker, P5,690, BRAVEN

Waterproof rating: IP67

If you’re the designated DJ of the friend group, then you know the struggle of never getting to use your phone at the outing because it’s over by the speakers, blasting a fun playlist. Luckily, the BRV-360 from Braven has a 100-foot Bluetooth range, so you can count on it to play your music even when you’ve moved several meters away. The heavy-duty device—which has an IP67 waterproof rating and long-lasting built-in battery—is also a power bank that promises to fully recharge your phone up to two times. If you find yourself chilling with the gang in the middle of nowhere, you’ll be glad you packed it in your duffel.

Available at Digital Walker.

* This story originally appeared on Spot.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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