Boombot PRO Design Breakdown

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The Boombot PRO has a little more to it than just good looks and fancy zinc trim. Chris and I have worked on this design since the first Boombot REX came out in 2013. We’re going to share our process so you can understand what really makes the PRO our best of class.

ACOUSTICS

While the REX sounds awesome and has a ton of punch, we put a big emphasis on trying to bring the bass response to life on this unit. We were capped out on the 36mm drivers on the Boombot REX. We bumped up the speaker sizes to 40mm and wattage went from 3W to 5W. The larger drivers had stronger bass response, so we were able to do away with the passive radiator in favor of increasing the air space in the speaker cabinet. When we saw the impact we were having by increasing air volume, we rounded out the front of the speaker housing to buy even more. The result was an increase in bass response of over 50%. The moment you turn the PRO on, you’ll notice a fuller, deeper and richer sound than the Boombot REX.

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INTERNAL POWER

Internally, we have two high fidelity drivers pushing a lot more power than the Boombot REX Managing the power and reducing noise is key as you add power. Rather than driving two speakers with one amp, we built in dual amps that drive each speaker separately. This not only allowed us to push a true stereo configuration but it also improved the clarity on each driver.

HYBRID PLAYBACK

The Boombot PRO incorporates hybrid playback with Chambers mode as a standard feature. Having 2GB of internal storage allows the Boombot PRO to operate completely untethered from a handset. We thought this was especially useful for applications where we’d have exposure to water.

WATERPROOFING

On the Boombot PRO, you’ll notice the texture is slightly different from our other products. The entire outside is done in a rubber over-mold. This is a process where you double-tool the mold. While this process is more expensive in tooling, it also ensures that the housing is full protected from elements. The new double-tooled mold also increased the housing structure and air sealing which ultimately had a positive impact on acoustics as well. The process makes the Boombot PRO more drop resistant than anything we’ve ever made, and of course, fully waterproofed. You will notice that we’ve eliminated the beloved 3.5mm auxiliary jack. Part of this choice was to make waterproofing easier, and part of it was just because it’s 2015- we’re dedicated to wireless.

FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

At Boombotix, we’re never really done with our design.. That’s prompted us to look for future weight reduction plans. The door that currently covers the micro-USB does the job of sealing, but we’re also looking to make that a little easier to snap into place. If you have any other suggestions on design refinements for the future Boombot PRO, please let us know!

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Boombotix Applications Test Engineering Reports

boombotix-rex-portable-action-sports-speaker2 This summer we brought in an engineering student from France (Francois Morenne) to partake in putting together formalized applications testing. I used to to similar types of testing for the LED lighting company I worked for. I showed him how to design an experiment and formulate a report as part of his internship program.

In my previous gig, it was often helpful for our sales team to demonstrate how thoroughly we tested our products. We have one customer using our product in the medical treatment field so the demands of our testing standards had to go beyond standard certifications.

Some things that customers like to see include accelerated aging, runtime, vibration, and impact testing. This is what really sets some products apart; We believe a true test demonstrates real life performance versus a make-believe marketing spec. Most brands are throwing out outrageous figures that are not substantiated in test. They sucker consumers with big promises on runtime and falsified claims. Since we are running these reports, we thought it’d be a good idea to publish them here.

Drop testing

On this test, we drop the product from a fixed height numerous times and do a qualitative analysis on how well the unit holds up. We found that the tuffSKIN protective wrap significantly improves the units resilience to repeated impact.

View the Drop Test Applications Report

future tests

We are currently doing some runtime tests, water resistance and accelerated aging tests. I’ll continue to post our findings on this article as the data becomes available. I hope that this is a great step into offering the most pure transparency with our fans and customers.

Just in time for summer: Tips on getting sand, dirt and water out of your phone

You bring your phone everywhere—know how to protect it

It’s summer, which means a majority of us will now be spending a majority of our time outdoors, living it up under the sun.

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While long days at the beach, lake, and poolside might lie ahead of us, one thing you want to avoid is having to spend hours at your local phone repair shop getting your device fixed because of a little sand, dirt or water got in it.

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Boombotix users are especially prone to this due to the fact that the speakers are Bluetooth capable and extremely durable. They go everywhere and anywhere with their users, and while they’re designed to take a beating and keep on ticking, today’s iPhone or Galaxy S5 phones are not, and are quick to stop when exposed to some outdoor elements.

If you get some grime in your device this summer, don’t fret! Here are some quick tips on fixing it up, mostly drawn on personal experience.

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Boombotix Expanding Custom Product Assortment

We didn’t realized it at first, but as a number of companies reached out to us to get custom speakers made, private labeling has become a key focus for Boombotix. Some clients were looking for cool gifts, and others were making promotional products. The reaction we got from recipients has been phenomenal. No engraved pen or calculator will ever bring the same reaction that music does. Have a look at our private label catalog for a taste of some options we have.


Boombots were always designed to have the highest level of customization. Naturally, our ability to work with other brands to create one-of-a-kind designs has become something our brand can do better than anyone else in this category. If you are looking to make a high end gift with a quickness. Daniel will be able to help you get a design together and take you through the whole process. Email Us Your Design  650-204-7900 If you are ready to get rolling on your custom speaker, go ahead and download the templates right here:

BOOMBOT REX DESIGN TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD

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Squashing the Bugs Out of SYNC

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This past week we have been busy stomping out a number of bugs within the Boombotix SYNC app. With the project now at 80% funding, we’re all feeling pretty good about the progress. Several backers have been asking about limited edition Boombots as backer rewards. I wanted to just clarify that as a backer, you can pick from any style within a specific model you’d like (ex. You backed for $100 Boombot REX, you can order a Woodgrain edition Boombot).

I wanted to share our workflow with you all so that those of you interested in developing apps could use similar tools to ensure that you can build the best app possible. If you are not a developer, then this is likely the side of the project that is going to be most important to managing your product. Using a project management web app will be your best methodology for communicating with your development team.

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