I spend a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing, grilling, and taking the kids to the pool. Of course, most outdoor activities are better with music, so there is always a Bluetooth speaker around. The Scosche boomBottle H2O ($109.99) has now given me great audio without the worry. The speaker is water proof, rugged, and perfect for the outdoors!
Being outside with speakers can often be a tricky situation. Most portable offerings cannot handle being knocked around and especially cannot get wet without being ruined. The boomBottle H2O erases this problem with its waterproof housing. Of course the hunter orange and Realtree Camo design is perfect for outdoors aficionados.
The boomBottle H2O sports a 50mm up-firing speaker and passive subwoofer that sends music in all directions. I have to say, for such a small package, the speaker has great sound and volume. What impressed me the most is the clarity of the sound. At any volume, the music is super clear with crisp highs and nice mids. While the bass is not something you can find in larger speakers, it is certainly acceptable. There was almost no distortion even at high volume levels. Bottom line is, this speaker sounds great!
The speaker is relatively small and is about the size of a soda or beer can. It is designed to fit in most water bottle cages or cup holders and does so well. In fact, the speaker works beautifully while playing golf in the cart! I have used the provided carabiner clip several times attached to my hunting pack while bird hunting. The rugged case keeps me from worrying about damaging the device.
The battery is charged under the flap on the back of the unit. There is also a 3.5mm aux input available and the flap seals really tight to ensure moisture or dust will not get into the ports. The lithium polymer battery will bring up to 11 hours of continuous music playback. I rarely have had to charge this speaker and it just seems to keep on going.
I had no idea how much a waterproof, rugged speaker would be used by me until I tried the boomBottle H2O. Scosche did a great job of fitting a lot of punch in a small package. The audio is awesome for its size and it fits just about anywhere. This is now the speaker that just kind of goes with me on the weekends. Whether I am working on the farm, doing outdoors stuff, or even golfing, the boomBottle is a perfect companion!
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Small, rugged and compact speaker with great sound.
What Could Be Improved: I just wish I had more time in the outdoors to use it.