Water resistant portable speaker guide

our guide of speakers that can get wet and nasty

In the world of water resistant portable speakers there are a TON of shapes, sizes and price ranges to pick from, but very few are actually water resistant.  We wanted to do a little more research on the portable speaker space so you don’t have to.  If you are adventurous and demand a little more than stationary docking from your sound system, check this guide of systems that fit the bill for handling the elements.

What does IP stand for?

IP stand for ingress protection rating.  Speaker that are truly water resistant should have an IP rating. There are usually two digits that come along with an IP rating (IP-XX).  The first digit corresponds to the water resistance and the second digit corresponds to the resilience to dust.  Devices that reach IP-6X can be submersed and ones that are IP-5X can be exposes to a fair amount of moisture, rain, or snow.  Tests are administered by 3rd party labs and they involve spraying specific amounts of water using jets.  Each housing is inspected at the end of the tests to determine if leakage occurred.

Typically the sound systems we evaluated range from $30-150 priced in such a way that you don’t have to feel the pain of the casual drop and bump.  Some manufacturer’s have varying warranty lengths from Boombotix’s NO MATTER WHAT WARRANTY program to the buy at your own risk gamble.

Water resistant portable speaker

The Boombots are derived from urban vinyl toy design fused with ruggedized industrial design. They give you an audio adventure wherever life takes you.  IP53 with a NO MATTER WHAT one year warranty.  Get saucy.

Outdoor Technologies weather resistant speaker

These speakers can take a good beating, but for the size, we’re not too impressed with the sound output. It’s bout 30% bigger than a Jawbone Jambox, but puts out about 30% less volume. How is that possible? It is a burly package nonetheless.

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The Grace ECO Extreme houses your smartphone inside it while playing from a 3W speaker. With AA batteries, the unit comes in a bit on the heavy side and you’ll be pumping $5 of alkaline into here every 30 hours. IP6X

 

rex water resistant speaker

The REX is one of the newest developments in Boombotix labs. REX is scheduled to ship in Q1 of 2013 with a noise-canceling microphone and Siri integration.  IP5X

waterproof portable speaker

Perhaps a little bit on the large side to take on a hike, these EcoXGear waterproof speakers can take quite a bit of moisture. A good speaker solution for those just looking to stay posted.

water resistant portable speaker

This Philips Shoqbox for sure looks like it can take a beating with it’s ruggedized super industrial design. This resembles a very common architecture like the Jawbone Jambox, but with that next layer of weatherproofing. At $155, it also beats out the Jambox in price.

water resistant speaker

This play off the Jammy Pack is yet another heinous way to wear a speaker. That thing is huge. Please tell me that nobody ACTUALLY does this. This unit also takes AA batteries so we would NOT recommend.

Chain Gangsta now shipping to a hood near you

http://store.boombotix.com/collections/boombot2-wireless-speakers/products/boombot2-chain-gangsta

Who is Jason Clary?  He rides dirty, pops wheelies through San Francisco streets and redefines the term “career as a professional cyclist.” Not to mention, he’ll happily buy you a tall can. Clary has always been the loud mouth on tour so naturally Boombotix saw a great personality to align with the brand.

The Clary-inspired Chain Gangsta Boombot2 features water transferred 4-color graphics depicting a variety of cogs and bike chains wrapping the entire unit. Clary commented on the piece, “Boombots have basically become standard issue gear for messenger bikers in SF, NY, and LA. When they [Boombotix] came to me with the idea to make a pro model, I was just about to leave for Fixed Fest in Jakarta. I just started to realize that even at 30, I am spending all day riding my bike, training, travelling around the world. Music has always been an essential piece to driving my training regiment and fueling my after party, so I’m ecstatic to get to work on a project like this with the Boombotix crew.”

The Chain Gangsta Limited Edition Boombot 2 features Bluetooth technology for wireless playback with all smartphones, tablets and laptops. The unit can also be daisy chained to external speakers or additional units for stereo sound. Speaker and optional bike mounts are available directly at boombotix.com, iMinusD, and Area Cycles, Mission Bicycle Co., and Ride SFO.

Limited to 800 pieces worldwide.

http://store.boombotix.com/collections/boombot2-wireless-speakers/products/boombot2-chain-gangsta

Count the ways to use a Boombot Speaker

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen so many awesome ways our ultraportable speakers have been used. You can put a boombot on just about anything with it’s wearable clip, and with it’s ruggezed, drop-tested shell you can take it just about anywhere (derp, you already knew that).

We’ve gathered your photos while searching through our Swagonomics and FaceBook pages and compiled the ways you guys use your Boombot. From the extreme chilling to climbing tree tops, yall have done a most excellent job of never missing a beat!!

Check below to see how & where people are using boombot’s all over the world!

chilling in a park

Catching zzz’s in the park while getting tan. Photo cred: tajnihal

vacation with the family

On vacay with the fam! Photo cred: Wheatrick

Mountain biking in the great outdoors!

Mountain biking in the great outdoors! Photo cred: RideSFO

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Clip it on your purse like a BOSS. Photo cred: joesavage1988

hungover, tryna function

Hungover attempting to function #yolo !! Photo cred: poppi_d

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How to paint a woodgrain effect

Learn to use acrylic paint to get a realistic wood sheen on any medium

A couple weeks ago, I finished this piece and took some photos out in the woods before taking it on the road.  One of the things I was excited about was sharing the painting methods of getting this woodgrain effect.  I did my best to document the entire process so that if you ever have those sneakers that you want to trick out or maybe another inanimate object that you want to turn to wood, YOU CAN.

In this tutorial, he uses an upsized custom fiberglass Boombot loudspeaker. If you like thumping powerful audio and art, then this piece gives you the best of the two. Art with function and enough OOMPF to throw your next raging party.

You can mess around with various styles of wood as well as using different color variations, but this will hopefully give you one way to go about getting a very realistic looking woodgrain. Hope you enjoy!

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Customizing your Boombotix Speaker

This unit features a custom green bezel and a full color gradient print on grill for Wanderful Media in SF.

This unit features a custom green bezel and a full color gradient print on grill for Wanderful Media in SF.

custom speaker private labeling services for brands and designers

Boombot speakers are designed to adapt to your lifestyle.  They are the projector of the music that defines your identity.  Boombot speakers are a blank canvas for designers and artists.  Designers and brands can explore a new medium on a device that provides real utility.  This is a product that is taken and seen everywhere. Draw attention to your brand and give the gift of sound. To see a full catalog of products you can customize, visit the Boombotix store and get inspired.

Boombot Design Constraints

Boombot speakers are built with meticulous industrial design characteristics for function and acoustic performance.  Designs should not do anything to interfere with the acoustic performance of the product.  We do not typically change mechanical components on our products unless it is implemented throughout our entire product line.

There are several processes for applying graphics onto Boombot speakers.  We typically use water transfer to apply pattern and texture graphics.  Pad printing is used for stamping graphics on product.  Each method has some restrictions, but the two methods can also be used in combination to offer artists the most graphic freedom.  As a rule of thumb, if you are using a pattern, you should include source art that is at least 1000p x 1000p as vector art.  With pad printing, keep in mind that simplicity is going to be the most feasible and smaller graphics will work easier than larger ones.  Units can also be hand painted, but this increases production costs significantly.

In pad printing, avoid designing around the sharper lines of the product.  Think of pad printing as a stamp that is applied to a surface.  The stamp can bend around some soft contours but cannot form around sharper ones.

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