Best travel speaker: The 5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers of 2023

Best portable bluetooth speakers in 2023, tested by editors

A great portable speaker is more than just roadworthy — it needs to sound pretty damn good wherever you go. Whether you’re listening quietly while catching up on summer reading or getting the party started, it needs to put out clear and crisp audio, with enough battery life to make it through the day.

To make your path to purchasing easier, we’ve spent the past month testing 17 speakers to find the best for your needs and budget. After countless tests and many hours spent rocking out to a lot of great music, we’ve found four speakers that rose to the top.

UE Boom 3

Best all around portable speaker

Ultimate Ears

The UE Boom 3 gives you robust, 360-degree sound in a waterproof, dustproof canister that you can take everywhere. It’s pretty much everything you could want in a Bluetooth speaker for $149.99.

$130 at Ultimate Ears

Sony XB100

Best travel pick

The Sony XB100 improves on our previous favorite travel speaker, the Sony XB13, with bigger sound and a slicker design. If you’re looking to spend less than $60 on a small, great-sounding speaker you can take anywhere, it’s a no-brainer.

$60 at Amazon

Sonos Roam

Upgrade pick

The Sonos Roam is both a super-portable Bluetooth speaker and a full-featured Sonos satellite, so it fits into your home multi-speaker setup and lets you bring your music on the go. As you’d expect from Sonos, it delivers strong sound quality and plenty of adjustability.

$179 at Sonos

Tribit Stormbox Micro

Budget pick


The Tribit Stormbox Micro is a near-perfect speaker for its $50 price. It’s unassuming square build features a strong rubber strap on that back for easy attachment anywhere and the battery gives you eight hours of playback. Sound quality is surprisingly good for the small size.

$50 at Amazon

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From strong sound to long battery life, the UE Boom 3 checks off all the boxes. Housed in a cylindrical canister just over 7 inches tall, it’s small enough to take with you (about the size of a water bottle) but puts out enough high-quality sound for almost any situation.

You can customize the Boom 3 in hundreds of color and design combinations. From hot pink with purple accents to a muted lavender (like the Boom 3 we’ve been testing) you’re sure to be able to match your tastes. A small cloth hook on the rear lets you hang the Boom 3 on a hook or clip a carabiner in. The bottom has a standard tripod thread if you want to mount the Boom 3. And on the rear, under a waterproof rubber door, is a Micro USB port for charging. This is outdated at this point, and one of the Boom 3’s few downsides. A wireless charging dock is available separately, but we’d prefer an up-to-date connector here too. Please, Ultimate Ears, switch it to USB-C.

The Boom 3 has an IP67 rating, meaning it’s dustproof and can handle being immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. You wouldn’t want to take it snorkeling, but it can withstand splashes, make it through any hike or camping trip and take a dip in the pool.

Using the Boom 3 is as simple as its visual design. Two large, easy-to-press volume controls are on the front, with all other controls accessed via two buttons at the top. The smaller button at the top turns the Boom 3 on or off — and we love the quick bongo beat when you turn it on. It’s a taste of the sound quality to come. The more prominent button (UE calls it the “Magic” button) controls all other functions. A single push will play or pause. A triple tap skips and long-press resumes playback to a preset playlist. Via the Boom & Megaboom app for Android or iOS, you can choose that playlist from Amazon Music, Apple Music or Deezer. It’s a fun feature, but not a necessary one.

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Connecting the Boom 3 to Bluetooth took a matter of seconds with an Android or iPhone. After that we hit play on “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo to hear the smooth opening bass line; her vocals were clear before the instrumental track built into a loud clash of a climax. Boom 3 offers clear separation between instruments and we only heard any distortion with a lower-quality track at super-high volumes. It’s impressively clear sound from a speaker this small. And the Boom 3 gets quite loud — at 50% we could easily fill a small room in an apartment and 100% let’s us hear it throughout the space. It pushes sounds out in a 360-degree format, so you can put it anywhere and still get good sound. And it’s not just good for pop-punk; a track like “Fire” by Bruce Springsteen displays how the Boom 3 can tackle a more subtle mix — we could easily distinguish the opening bass and guitar tones before Springsteen’s vocal, drums and piano enter. If you want a stronger sound you can easily pair or group the Boom 3 with any other UE speaker.

For moments when you want to increase the bass or any aspect of the mix, the Boom & Megaboom app will be your best friend. And it’s an aspect that lets the Boom 3 stand out from the plethora of speakers we tested. You get a full equalizer to play with and customize on the fly. UE offers a few presets like “cramped spaces” or “voices” and leaves you with one “custom” mode that will save your selections. We just wish you could save multiple EQ mixes.

It’s disappointing that the Boom 3 charges with Micro USB, but you won’t need to grab the included cord that often. In our testing, the Boom 3 lasted for a substantial 14 hours at 60% volume. Quite impressive for a speaker of this size. The UE Boom 3 lasted longer than other speakers that were closer to the $200 price point.

At $130, the Boom 3 gives us what we’re looking for in a Bluetooth portable speaker and we have no doubt it will be blasting tunes for a long, long time.

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The XB100 doesn’t mess with what already worked on the XB13, which was our previous pick for best travel speaker. Sony’s latest mini speaker looks a lot like its predecessor, with a 3.7-inch tall, 0.6-pound design that fit easily into the palm of my hand as well as a handy cloth strap for attaching the XB100 to your backpack, bike or pretty much anything else you’d like to have a Bluetooth speaker hanging off of.

The XB100 is IP67 rated, which means it’s fully protected against dust and sand and can survive being dunked in about three feet of water. We completely soaked the XB100 via running water on several occasions, and it kept on jamming out just fine afterwards.

It also pumps out impressively loud sound for a speaker that’s shorter than a soda can. Sony’s portable noise-maker had no problem filling a bedroom and living room with crisp sound that — for better or worse — goes especially big on bass. Overall, this is a fantastic-sounding speaker for $60, but fans of electronic music, hip-hop or anything bass-heavy will likely get the most out of it — especially since there’s no companion app for customizing things. If you want more immersive stereo sound (and are willing to pay for two speakers), you can pair two XB100s together, which is a nice extra touch.

A portable speaker is no good if it’s going to die halfway through your trip. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about that much with the XB100. Sony’s latest speaker is rated for 16 hours of battery life, which largely lines up with our testing — we were able to get through nearly five days of heavy on-and-off use (including long hours of music and a few calls) before the speaker’s low battery indicator even lit up.

The Sony XB100 refines what was already our favorite travel speaker, pumping out excellent sound and big battery for its small size — all while looking good doing so. If you’re looking to spend no more than $60 on a tiny speaker you can stick onto your bag or bike, it’s a no-brainer.

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Here’s the best thing about the Sonos Roam — it’s not just your average portable speaker with Bluetooth connectivity; it’s a full-featured Sonos speaker that integrates with the broader Sonos ecosystem and can be used with all of the other Sonos devices in your home setup. And rest assured, it does indeed sound like a Sonos.

It resembles the UE Boom 3, our overall pick, standing about 7 inches tall, though a bit more of a triangular prism in profile. Roam is available in Shadow White or Lunar Black. Like the UE Boom 3 and Sony XB13, the Roam is an IP67-rated speaker, so it can survive a dip in the pool. A UV coating means you can leave it out in the sun without the finish cracking.

Unlike the Boom, its drivers face front, so it doesn’t feature 360-degree sound coverage, but you can use it vertically or horizontally. Four foot-like bumps in the body on one side make it easy to rest securely in landscape mode.

Core controls — microphone, volume down, play/pause, volume up — live on the top, while a power button and USB-C port for charging live on the back. You can also charge the Roam by placing it on any Qi wireless charger. Sonos also sells a charger that doubles as a stand for $49.99. In our testing, the Sonos Roam lasted for 10 hours and can stretch over multiple days with standby. It’s refreshing, especially at this price point with this many features.

To set up the Roam, you’ll need to download the Sonos app and sign in with an account or create one (the account is free, though some of the services require paid subscriptions). Turn the Roam on, and you’ll get a prompt in the app to set up the Roam. You’ll either scan it via NFC on your phone or have it listen for a tone. That will complete the pairing and you’ll be ready to go. Like any other Sonos speaker, when you’re at home, it will primarily use Wi-Fi, or you can use AirPlay if you’re streaming from an Apple device. You can use the Sonos app to pick music from hundreds of services (Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM, Pandora and Sonos Radio included) or can even use an assistant to ask for music. The Roam features microphones that let you use Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.

• Related: The best Sonos speakers to buy now

You can only use the Sonos app’s nifty features like universal search across different platforms while you are connected to your home Wi-Fi network. On the go, the Roam functions like any other Bluetooth speaker (or via AirPlay if you are connecting from an iPhone or iPad). You can still stream content from a variety of services, but you’ll be using the individual apps for each over LTE or 5G.

That said, Bluetooth pairing is simple (you enable it by holding in the power button). We had no connectivity issues with Bluetooth and, similarly, none when using Wi-Fi. We’d also call out that Roam had a wide range of Wi-Fi connectivity. It worked deep into our backyard and out on a patio.

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We have no doubt you will be impressed by the Roam’s rich sound, which helped make it our upgrade pick, wide range of services aside. Roam can bring any track to life while also getting seriously loud. At 60% volume, it could fill several rooms in our apartment and at 100%, it could be heard outside in the hallway with the door closed. Audio doesn’t distort either — “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen with its wall-of-sound effect held up strong, letting us hear drums, saxophone, guitar, piano and vocals all without swirling together. Similarly, “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo came through with forceful sound from the electronic beats to Rodrigo’s vocals.

You can also use the Sonos app to customize the mix via an equalizer, or you can depend on TruePlay, which uses the onboard microphones to adjust EQ to compensate for your listening environment.

For $169.99, the Sonos Roam packs some serious value and stretches farther with functionality than other speakers we tested. It can be a smart speaker, integrate fully into an ecosystem of speakers and act as a Bluetooth speaker effortlessly.

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If you want to spend under $50 on a portable speaker, look no further than the Tribit Stormbox Micro. You might imagine that it cuts out some fancy features for the price, but it’s a speaker that can stand up to the others we’ve tested.

The unassuming square speaker features a built-in rubber strap that you can use to attach it securely to a bike, a backpack, a tote bag or an article of clothing. This type of attachment is common on our pricier picks and on other speakers we like such as the Bose SoundLink Micro, but here you get it for way less. The Stormbox Micro is available in a simple black or a feisty orange. And if you’re cycling in the rain or just caught outside in some bad weather, the Stormbox Micro carries an IP67 rating, which means it can handle splashes, immersion or dusty environments.

Sound quality was surprisingly good for a $49. 99 speaker, as it sounds as rich and clear as some of the higher-priced options we tested. “Born to Run,” “Good 4 U” and “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd all were enjoyable. Bass isn’t overemphasized, nor are vocals or midrange instruments — it’s very balanced-sounding for such a small unit. It also gets seriously loud, nearly matching the UE Boom 3 at full volume, but we did hear some distortion at high volume. If you want more coverage, you can sync with a second Stormbox Micro, as with our more expensive picks.

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The Stormbox Micro was easy to connect to via Bluetooth and we didn’t encounter any dropouts in connectivity. You power the speaker on, enter pairing mode and connect from your device. It’s as simple as that. You can control playback from the paired device or from the controls on the top of this speaker. You’ll find volume down, play/pause and volume up buttons center. On the black variant, these buttons can be hard to see in low light. There’s an LED indicator for battery level along with a power and pairing button on the front.

The right side has a USB-C port for charging and it’s refreshing to see the latest port standard on a budget speaker. We hit a total eight hours of music playback at our test listening volume across various genres in our testing. Tribit includes a USB-C cable in the box for easy charging.

For the price, you really can’t do much better than the Tribit Stormbox Micro. Sure, we’d like some more color options, but it’s a near-perfect speaker for $49. 99 (and it’s frequently on sale for less).

After deciding on our testing pool and all of the portable speakers arriving, we began our testing. To test sound equally across all the devices, we used an external microphone and dB meter to measure and balance the output level across all the speakers.

After we established the base level, we tested sound and examined audio quality across various tracks. We used songs from several genres like pop, rock, hip-hop, punk and classical. We paid close attention to the overall sound quality and if the speakers introduced any distortion or muddiness to the track.

We fully charged all of the speakers and ran playback at 60% until the speakers died out to test for battery life. This way, we could have a baseline for sound output and test for how long the speakers lasted. If the device offered quick charging, we timed how long it would take to reach a certain percentage of power. We also noted the power draw from the wall brick.

We tested all the speakers’ usability and functionality by using the onboard controls, pairing them with apps (when applicable) and testing all features. The latter included stereo pairing or specific sound boost modes. We tested its durability by hanging it from several items if there was a built-in hook, carabiner or strap. Similarly, we tested the speakers with a hose in the bathtub or in dirt to test water or dust resistance.

Lastly, we took into account the length of the warranty and what was covered for each speaker.

For the same price as the Stormbox Micro, the Soundcare Flare Mini puts an emphasis on aesthetics with a rainbow lightstrip on the bottom. It’s a neat party trick but feels like a gimmick, as the sound quality is a bit middling.

This portable speaker from Bose is quite similar to the Tribit Stormbox Micro. It has a square build with a built-in strap on the back that makes it easy to attach to anything. Sound quality was classic Bose, with a balanced sound across all frequency ranges, but it can’t be customized through an equalizer. We think you’ll find a lot more value in our budget pick.

Bose’s midrange Bluetooth speaker, the Revolve II, is dramatically bigger than the SoundLink Micro but slightly smaller than the UE Boom 3 or Sonos Boom. It’s a triangular, cylindrical build with machined holes in a 360 fashion on the lower part and sealed sides approaching the top.

The Revolve+ II is a really nice Bluetooth speaker with a nice handle for portability. It’s got the classic Bose sound, providing a balanced experience that can get pretty loud for the unit’s size. We also didn’t encounter any distortion, but the price doesn’t get you any features that make it stand out over our top picks.

EarFun impressed us in the past with earbuds and for $50 the brand makes an all-around good Bluetooth speaker. It has a similar design to other basic models, with a vertical design that includes a rubber grip bottom for stability. It had good sound, but for the same price you get richer sound and more functionally from the Tribit Stormbox Micro.

The Clip 4 is designed to go with you, or clip onto something like a bag or backpack with its sturdy carabiner. The Clip 4 comes in a number of colors. It didn’t deliver a much more impactful experience over the Stormbox Micro, though, which is cheaper.

The updated Charge 5 is really similar to the Charge 4 and for the same price it can get louder and the battery lasts longer. You’re better off purchasing the Charge 5 over the 4 for the better sound and if you really want a speaker that can charge another device.” data-editable=”text” data-component-name=”paragraph”>
For close to $180 at full retail, the JBL Charge 4 is a solid but expensive Bluetooth speaker. We found sound quality to be in the middle with an emphasis on a full sound, though we heard some distortion at higher volumes. JBL offers a lot of fun designs, and the Charge 4 can also charge other devices like a phone or tablet. Unless you really want a combination charger/speaker, for the price, we believe you’ll get a better experience with our top picks, and we would recommend the newer Charge 5 even if you’re set on these features

If you want a really good-looking speaker above all else, Marshall’s Emberton deserves a look. It’s designed like a guitar amp complete with a metal grille on the front and it pushes out balanced sound from the front and back. It can easily fill a small room, but you’re stuck with the preset EQ, as this speaker doesn’t support Marshall’s app for Android or iOS.

The Stockwell II is a more feature-filled speaker from Marshall and resembles an amp stack you might find on stage at a rock concert. It supports the Marshall app for some customizations and via four knobs at the top you can adjust EQ on the fly as well as volume.

The Wonderboom 2 delivers an experience similar to the Boom 3, with less powerful sound in a more portable build. Wonderboom 2 comes in a range of colors and can float in the pool, thanks to the IPX7-rated design. It also integrates with the Boom & Megaboom app, which means it can pair with other UE speakers. But at a higher price point, the Boom 3 is a more versatile speaker.

The higher-end MegaBoom 3 is essentially our overall pick on steroids. For $200 it adds more bass into a given mix, can get louder and stretches the battery life closer to 20 hours. In our testing we noticed distortion at times and don’t see it as a truly game-changing experience for $50 more than our top pick.

While the Stormbox Micro performed very well in our testing, the larger Stormbox was middle of the road. It featured a basic design with average sound and 18 hours of battery life, two hours short of the promised 20.

Read more from CNN Underscored’s hands-on testing:

The 12 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers for Travel [2023]

If you want to listen to your favorite tunes while traveling, a portable Bluetooth speaker could be just the thing for you.

Your headphones have you covered on public transportation, and your laptop will do the job at work — but what about everywhere else?

When you want to share your sounds with new friends on the beach, around the pool, or even just in the great outdoors, a portable speaker can deliver powerful bass lines and crystal clear mid-tones if you invest in a good one.

Table of contents

  • What To Look for in a Portable Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Over $100]
    • A Small Speaker With Plenty of Punch
    • A Virtually Indestructible Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
    • Cool, Capable, and Always Well-protected
    • Custom-engineered Sound System Housed in a Miniature Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $100]
    • Surf to Your Favorite Sounds With This Waterproof Speaker
    • The Perfect Portable Party Speaker
    • Funky and Affordable With Impressive Audio
    • Big Sounds, Small Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $30]
    • A Compact Speaker That Offers Plenty of Bass for Your Buck
    • A Unique Little Speaker That Really Packs a Punch
    • 12-Hour Playback for Camping Trips and Other Outdoor Activities
    • A Dot Design With Incredible Playback
  • Final Thoughts

Table of Contents

  • What To Look for in a Portable Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Over $100]
    • 1. A Small Speaker With Plenty of Punch
    • 2. A Virtually Indestructible Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
    • 3. Cool, Capable, and Always Well-protected
    • 4. Custom-engineered Sound System Housed in a Miniature Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $100]
    • 1. Surf to Your Favorite Sounds With This Waterproof Speaker
    • 2. The Perfect Portable Party Speaker
    • 3. Funky and Affordable With Impressive Audio
    • 4. Big Sounds, Small Speaker
  • The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $30]
    • 1. A Compact Speaker That Offers Plenty of Bass for Your Buck
    • 2. A Unique Little Speaker That Really Packs a Punch
    • 3. 12-Hour Playback for Camping Trips and Other Outdoor Activities
    • 4. A Dot Design With Incredible Playback
  • Final Thoughts

What To Look for in a Portable Speaker

If you want your tunes to sound awesome wherever you are, consider the following when choosing a portable Bluetooth speaker:

Size and Weight

Bluetooth speakers come in various shapes and sizes. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

The idea of investing in a portable Bluetooth speaker is that you will be able to listen to your music everywhere you go. If the speaker is too big and bulky to fit in your carry-on luggage easily, then that defeats the purpose.

Keep your new speaker as lightweight as possible and as compact as you can get away with. Speakers measuring between 4 to 6 inches have enough space to produce a decent sound but are still small enough to keep with you on the move.

Battery Life

You don’t want to get caught short with a speaker that cuts out in the middle of nowhere, so be sure to buy one that offers a decent battery life paired with reasonably short charging times.

Many modern Bluetooth speakers will provide between 6 to 10 hours of continuous playback from a single charge. Of course, taking your charger with you is a no-brainer, and remember to charge the speaker overnight (when possible).

Waterproof and Dust-Proof

While you probably have no intention of dropping your speaker in the pool anytime soon, accidents can happen. Avoid total destruction by investing in a speaker with an IPX7 rating, which will protect it against sudden soakings and really bad weather.

Rubberized and built to last, these types of speakers also offer useful protection against dust, sand, and even snow.

Voice Control

Some Bluetooth speakers have the technology to become your personal voice-activated DJ wherever you are.

While these types of speakers are more expensive than a simple audio-only setup, they can offer you much more than just top tunes while you travel. They can also act as your internet search engine using other AI apps like Google Assistant or Siri, and can even connect with Amazon’s Alexa.

Performance Quality and Volume

A good Bluetooth speaker will have an output of between 15 and 20 watts. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

The very best way to decipher how well a speaker will perform is to test it. If you can’t, other key indicators of good all-around sound include an output of between 15 and 20 watts, a wide frequency Hz measurement for a fuller sound, and low impedance for strong bass.

Daisy Chain or Connect Multiple Speakers

Some Bluetooth speakers can be connected to each other to enhance the sound. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Many portable speakers can be “daisy-chained” or connected to each other to create a big, more rounded sound. This simply means that by using the appropriate cable, you can plug your speaker into other speakers or audio devices to create a richer and louder sound.

Others will come with an app that allows you to connect multiple devices to share your sound and make it even louder.

The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Over $100]

1. A Small Speaker With Plenty of Punch


The Bose SoundLink Revolve

360-degree sound from a portable speaker. This model is small, but it has a rich sound that you would expect from larger, professional versions. It can also play for 12 continuous hours.

Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth 360 Speaker

Made by the powerhouse of noise that is Bose, it should come as no surprise that this little speaker packs a massive punch. With a loud and fully immersive sound and true 360-degree coverage, you can enjoy up to 12 hours of playback from a single charge.

Measuring just 3.3 x 3.3 x 6 inches and weighing only 1.46 pounds, this is a compact speaker that has an IPX4 water resistance, voice prompt commands, and Siri/Google Assistant. It also has a rather cool party mode with a drag-and-drop interface, and it comes with the clever Bose SoundLink Revolve pairing capability that remembers your other devices for instant playback.

What We Like

  • Omnidirectional sound

What We Don’t Like

  • Doesn’t perform as well outdoors


A Virtually Indestructible Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker


9,268 Reviews

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker can play for up to 15 hours continuously, and it can be submerged underwater for 90 minutes without any damage as it plays music. It has different sound settings as well.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

The Boom 3 speaker delivers a punchy, loud, and immersive 360-sound, paired with a carefully balanced bass and mid-range that allows you to capture every note. Virtually indestructible, this little speaker is waterproof and can be submerged up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes without breaking.

With intuitive controls and a rechargeable battery that offers up to 15 hours of perfect playback, you can also use the Ultimate Ears to pair up with other Boom speakers and create an unforgettable sound experience.

What We Like

  • Waterproof and floats in water

What We Don’t Like

  • Not the best quality bass

3. Cool, Capable, and Always Well-protected

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Bundle

A complete set, this speaker comes with its own protective travel case that’s padded and protective. This speaker is particularly convenient for Bluetooth pairing with cell phones during smaller indoor gatherings.

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Bundle With Portable Hard Case

With a hard case to protect it from the elements, this speaker bundle from JBL offers world-class sounds and up to 20 hours of playback time. Intense bass, intuitive controls, and a rugged IPX7 waterproof rating mean you can experience fully immersive audio anywhere in the world.

JBL makes great speakers, and this one is no exception. With a USB output to charge other devices (like your phone) and the ability to seamlessly link a range of other JBL Connect+ enabled speakers, this is a great Bluetooth speaker for travelers with an ear for perfection.

What We Like

  • It’s a speaker and power bank in 1

What We Don’t Like

  • Quite a heavy speaker

4. Custom-engineered Sound System Housed in a Miniature Speaker

Bose SoundLink Mini II Limited Edition Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker offers the high quality that Bose is known for with modern technology. It’s voice and button-operated, so you can control your music from a distance away without needing your hands.

Bose Soundlink Mini II Limited Edition Bluetooth Speaker

With the big sound that you would expect from Bose, the Soundlink Mini II Bluetooth speaker comes with custom-engineered drivers, hands-free voice control, and access to your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant. Compact and portable, you can enjoy up to 10 hours of listening on a single charge, and the auxiliary input allows you to connect to other sound devices for more music on the go.

Measuring just 2.1 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches and weighing a mere 1.5 pounds, this little speaker has a sleek anodized aluminum shell, impressive sound reproduction, and a name you can trust.

What We Like

  • Small and lightweight

What We Don’t Like

  • Positioning it on the charging unit is a bit fiddly

The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $100]

1. Surf to Your Favorite Sounds With This Waterproof Speaker

JBL Flip 4

This speaker not only plays crisp, high-quality sound. It also has a noise-canceling feature and can be controlled vocally. It’s also durable, completely waterproof, and has a 12-hour battery life.

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker

As the most recent edition of the renowned Flip series from JBL, this is a portable speaker that delivers a surprisingly powerful sound. Offering seamless Bluetooth streaming and up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playback, this little speaker is an excellent addition for anyone who wants to listen to their music on the go.

Made from a durable waterproof material with IPX7 waterproofing, you can use this speaker in all weather conditions, and the JBL bass radiator will make sure you can feel the thump wherever you may be. Complete with JBL Connect+ technology, you can connect to up to 100 enabled devices to ramp up the party when you need to.

What We Like

  • Connects to other JBL Connect+ enabled speakers

What We Don’t Like

  • Battery life decreases over time

2. The Perfect Portable Party Speaker

Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker by Anker

With 360-degree sound, a bass setting, a 12-hours battery, and LED lights, this is an all-in-one ambiance speaker that you can use to relax or set the tone for a party.

The Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker by Anker

This is a superb little speaker that combines dual drivers and passive bass radiators for a full surround sound. Small in stature but big on quality, this is a total party package with excellent audio and pulsing LED lights that dance along to the music.

With IP67 waterproof protection, this is also an excellent choice for parties on the beach or chilling around the pool. A customizable EQ helps you find the perfect sound, while the 5 color themes and adjustable illumination patterns help you set the perfect mood for your next get-together.

What We Like

  • Great customer service

What We Don’t Like

  • LED lights use up battery life

3. Funky and Affordable With Impressive Audio


Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A 360-degree speaker that carries sound for yards. It’s certified waterproof, and moisture won’t damage the crisp sound quality it has. It comes with a charging cable, batteries, and an instruction manual.

WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Cute, cool, and seriously loud, this fashionable little Bluetooth speaker comes in a range of colors and has enough punch to keep you dancing. It delivers crisp, clear 360-degree sound with a 100-foot (30-meter) Bluetooth range.

With up to 10 hours of playback time on a full charge, 86 dBc, and a frequency range of 80 Hz – 20 kHz, this affordable speaker rivals some of the much more expensive models on the market. Connect with other Boom and Wonderboom models in an instant for an even bigger sound, or enjoy chill sessions around the pool knowing the IPX7 waterproofing will protect it.

What We Like

  • Quick to recharge

What We Don’t Like

  • Has a loud start up and shut down noise


Big Sounds, Small Speaker


Tribit XSound Go Speaker

This small speaker still manages to have a crisp, clear sound. It’s completely waterproof and safe for outdoor or shower use and can be continuously used for 24 hours without charging.

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speakers

State-of-the-art bass radiators and dual power drivers deliver crystal clear highs, crisp mid-tones, and big sounds with the Tribit XSound Go speaker — all wrapped in supercool looks. With no distortion (even at high volume), this waterproof speaker can bring your soundtrack to the shower, the pool, the beach, or anywhere else you can think of.

The powerful lithium battery offers a whopping 24 hours of continuous playback, and the Bluetooth 5 technology seamlessly connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device up to a 100-foot range. You can also use your speaker to access your voice input for Siri and Google, as well as amplify your favorite playlists on Amazon Echo.

What We Like

  • Pretty durable if dropped

What We Don’t Like

  • Won’t connect to other speakers

The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers [Under $30]

1. A Compact Speaker That Offers Plenty of Bass for Your Buck


82,997 Reviews

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

A travel speaker you can rely on, its battery can last for up to 24 hours before it needs to be recharged. It’s also completely waterproof and even dust- and drop-resistant.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Offering impressive sound quality and exceptional clarity, this little speaker gives you plenty of bass for your buck. A patented bass port and 2 high-sensitivity drivers provide thumping sound, and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures instant pairing connections up to 66 feet.

Drop-proof and durable, this speaker can easily fit in your carry-on bag, backpack, or purse. The high-efficiency Li-ion battery gives you 24-hour battery life to listen all day long, with a fast recharge capability when it finally gets low.

What We Like

  • Connects to Alexa-enabled devices

What We Don’t Like

  • Can have a short audio delay

2. A Unique Little Speaker That Really Packs a Punch


OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker can be accessed via Bluetooth from up to 100 feet away, so you don’t have to be near the speaker to control it. It’s small and has a 14-hour battery.

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Designed and engineered by Cambridge Sound Works, this portable speaker delivers precise sound from its passive bass radiator, while the unique triangular design and downward-facing bass radiator enhance that excellent sound quality even further.

With advanced Bluetooth 5 and an incredible 100-foot range, you should never lose your connection. IPX5 water resistance makes it splash-proof, shower-safe, and an excellent choice for partying around the pool. The 2500mAh rechargeable battery offers up to 14 hours of playtime at moderate volume, and the built-in microphone allows you to receive hands-free calls on the move.

What We Like

  • Great for its price range

What We Don’t Like

  • Can lose connection if the device is in a different room

3. 12-Hour Playback for Camping Trips and Other Outdoor Activities


DOSS SoundBox Touch Portable Wireless Speaker

This wireless speaker is smart and has a built-in mic for easy music control. Its batter can run for 12 hours and can be fully recharged again in 3 to 4 hours.

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth

With easy-to-use touch controls and high-definition stereo sound, this is an impressive little speaker for partying, camping, hiking, or any other outdoor activity. Using Bluetooth 4.0 technology and compatible with all Bluetooth devices, this smart little speaker can remember your last device and reconnect effortlessly.

This 12W stereo speaker has dual high-performance drivers and enhanced bass to provide banging sounds, while the sleek, compact design makes it easy to take anywhere. It has a 20-hour playback time and a short recharge time of 3 to 4 hours.

What We Like

  • Built-in mic for answering calls

What We Don’t Like

  • 20-hour playback is on 50% volume level

4. A Dot Design With Incredible Playback


Bluetooth Speaker XLeader SoundAngel A8

With its waterproof case, this speaker can be used anywhere. It has a 15-hour battery and technology that’s compatible with multiple types of devices, from iOS to Android phones and tablets.

XLEADER Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

This cool little dot of a speaker has impressive audio capabilities and a super subwoofer all wrapped up in an incredibly portable package. With Bluetooth 4.1 technology, the speaker will automatically reconnect to the last device used.

You can enjoy up to 12 to 15 hours of music on 1 charge, and the battery will be ready to roll again after just a couple of hours. Pair your smartphone, tablet, or laptop via your Bluetooth to enjoy hours of music on this super-compact speaker.

What We Like

  • Has a power-saving automatic shut down

What We Don’t Like

  • Speakers are down-facing

Final Thoughts

Portable speakers need to be just that: portable. They also need to be high-tech enough to produce crisp, clear audio that won’t distort at high volume or lose connection when the wind blows.

Every one of the speakers on the list will impress, but as with most things in life, you do get what you pay for. Premium labels and expensive price tags should offer superior sound quality and extra features — but if you just want great music on the go, even our selection of speakers under $30 will do the job brilliantly.

Lastly, if you’re interested in some additional travel tech to up your game, check out the following reviews:

  • The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Buy for Travel
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  • All Our Best Travel Product Reviews – In One Place

Motivational speaker for events – Sergey Kofanov. ⛰ Everest climber

Sergey motivational speaker and business coach
Everest climber
World mountaineering champion Kofanov

motivational speaker and business coach
Everest climber
World mountaineering champion

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I have been to the top of Everest twice, and I can say with confidence that each of us has his own Everest.

Picking peaks, reaching them and moving on is a real challenge where I can help any person and business

in Russia

are you planning to hold a business forum, training, corporate party or conference?

Should I book a speaker? If you want an original and unforgettable event, inviting a professional speaker is the basis for success! In Moscow and beyond, the service of motivational public speaking is becoming more and more in demand, and the services of speaker agencies and bureaus are gaining popularity. The appearance of a charismatic speaker with a personal success story will be the highlight of the program of any event.

Why do you need


Before inviting a speaker, it is important to make sure that the skills and professionalism of the selected expert resonate with the values ​​and themes of your organization, that this person is interesting as a person, confident and liberated.

Inviting a speaker to an event is the best way to raise team spirit and convey difficult things in simple terms. Such performances change lives and give a powerful impetus to development.

Sergey Kofanov is an international motivational speaker who has summited Everest twice. His author’s system of achieving goals, unique life experience and the art of interacting with the audience have no equal, and the demand is growing from year to year. Your employees will be happy to receive an invitation to his performance.

The combination of a successful experience in extreme sports and working in a business environment gives Sergey a unique understanding of how to help companies and managers achieve their goals and develop proactive thinking among employees. Try to successfully implement new processes, transform departments, create project teams, distribute roles and manage risks through:

effective teamwork


proactive risk management

application of marginal efforts

entrepreneurial thinking

emotional leadership

Non-material motivation

desire for novelty and development

employee motivation

Author’s motivation system from conqueror Evere hundred. Public speaking lasting from 30 minutes to 3 hours is a good option for an unlimited number of people and is aimed at stimulating staff and a qualitatively new understanding of the organization of team management.

Sergey Kofanov has the talent to speak brightly and emphasize aspects relevant to your business, viewing them through the prism of the sport of high achievements and presenting examples from personal experience…

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team trainings

atmosphere within the company. Each employee is a unique person and is included in the workflow in his own way.

In order for the staff to actively join corporate interests, the manager must create effective interaction: reveal the valuable qualities that each employee possesses, unite and direct them towards a common goal.

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corporate climbs

The mountains are the best place where our team spirit is tempered. But the most important thing that your team will take away from our journey is not only peaks and achievements, but those lessons that will help you unite the team and raise the results of team work.

Elbrus, Kilimanjaro or Everest? It does not matter where and when, it is important – with whom. The probability of your ascent under my leadership is 92% – more than 60 mountain expeditions and about 500 participants confirm this statistic.

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25 years of in extreme sports and international projects revealed to me effective principles on how to form personal motivation and successful teamwork. This experience organically complements my author’s approach to coaching.

Personal Coaching is the #1 tool for realizing personal and professional achievement. Coaching tools rise above the situation and you can choose the best solutions, find resources, and achieve your goal many times faster.

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online seminars

Experience the online format that
is ideal for effectively solving your company’s problems – an unlimited number of participants and the ability to connect from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home!

My online trainings and seminars will help you unlock the potential of your employees, rally your team, get specific development steps and convey your key messages to the audience

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My name is Vladimir Druganov, I I am 26 years old and I am a travel speaker: I have two round-the-world trips and Russia, passed from edge to edge. As well as 5 years of experience in conducting master classes and lectures on travel and outbound tourism.

I can easily speak at your conference, inspire people, light a spark in their eyes and tell you why traveling is easy, affordable and very interesting. I have already spoken at TEDx, at lectures at institutes, conducted master classes in anti-cafes in 24 cities of Russia, and have also been speakers at various conferences.
I have three ready-made speech topics:

  1. Travel around the world — from dreams to reality
  2. Kamchatka — on a budget.
  3. Travel Intensive – 6 years of travel experience in 2 hours.

Here’s how my master classes go, from Kaliningrad to Sri Lanka:

Where do I speak as a travel speaker?


08/16/2018. Moscow. Travel speaker at Za-Za Travel and Foreign Language Festival

08/14/2018. Yekaterinburg. Kamchatka from A to Z

08/30/2018. Tyumen. Kamchatka from A to Z

07/18/2018. p. Paratunka, Kamchatka Territory. Travel around the world: from dream to reality

04/04/2018. Yekaterinburg. Travel intensive


10/21/2017. Tyumen. Travel around the world? Easy
03/29/2017. Moscow. Travel as the best training for personal growth
04/23/2017. St. Petersburg. Travel as the best training for personal growth
04/21/2017. St. Petersburg. Travel-intensive
03/25/2017. Tyumen. Travel as the best training for personal growth


05/08/2016. Tyumen. Standup – What are the tourists talking about?

05/07/2016. Tyumen. Travel intensive

05/04/2016. Tyumen. Our Russia – tourism in Russia as it is.

03/24/2016. Tyumen. Travel intensive: #Despite the crisis
02/28/2016. Pyatigorsk. Meeting with a world traveler – Cones

16.02.2016. Kaliningrad. Master class about travel with Druganov.Travel
11.02.2016. Moscow. Where to get money for a long trip and ways to earn money in a foreign country


10/18/2015. St. Petersburg. Master class: “All about travel”
10.10.2015. St. Petersburg. Master class “How to become a traveler”
09/22/2015. Veliky Novgorod. Master class “How to become a traveler”
09/15/2015. Perm. Master class “How to become a traveler”
09/13/2015. Yekaterinburg. Master class “How to become a traveler”
09/09/2015. Tyumen. Meeting “Traveling is easy! © V.Druganov»
09/05/2015. Novosibirsk. Master class “How to become a traveler”
09/02/2015. Krasnoyarsk. Master class “How to circumnavigate the world at 21?”