There was nothing my Dad liked more than ‘a bit of piece and quiet’ when we went camping.
Being city dwellers, our trips out to Wales or the Peak District would be our chance to retreat from the noise and the madness of our London lives.
This was before the time of 4G phone networks, MP3 players and (shock-horror) Bluetooth speakers. Although my Dad threw a complete hissy fit when I cranked up some tunes for the first time, when he realised the quality of sound that these speakers can omit and the fact that you could easily link your phone up to them (therefore making it possible for him to blast Test Match Special at the top of a mountain) he soon changed his mind.
Although these nifty gadgets have been around for a while, it’s only in the last year that they’ve really become a must-have for your camping or hiking trip. The four portable speakers that I’ve picked out here have proven themselves in a number of outdoor situations. Whilst they might not boast the best sound quality in their category (for that you’d have to sacrifice practicality) they do have the edge in terms of battery life and durability.
Without further ado, here are the four portable speakers that you should consider taking with you on your next camping trip:
Tronsmart Element T6
This cylinder-style portable speaker might not be waterproof but it is extremely rugged. The canvas style design means it’ll easily survive a few drops and whilst you wouldn’t want to leave it out in the rain, you won’t have to worry about throwing it in a damp bag with the rest of your gear.
You get a good 15-hours of playback from just one charge, which is pretty darn good considering that this little guy will only set you back a paltry £37.
At around the same price (£38.83 at Amazon at the moment) this teeny-tiny speaker packs quite the punch and it’s even got a IPX5 water-resistance rating to boot!
It’s worth bearing in mind that this is a monaural speaker, which means that you won’t benefit from stereo sound, however it more than makes up for it with an impressive low-end delivered by a passive radiator. Should you wish to boost your sound, you can buy another and link them for some big stereo sound from very small packages.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
ION Audio Block Rocker Sport
Finally, it’s worth mentioning this Goliath of a portable speaker. Whilst it might not be suitable to take on any hikes (weighing a huge 14kg) it’s got the kind of credentials that the other speakers on this list could only dream of. 2 AA batteries keep the music blasting for a ridiculous 75-hours, with speakers that can blast out up to 100 watts and even an IPX4 rating, meaning that it’ll even survive a bit of a dousing. At £269 – it’s quite the investment, but one that you won’t regret making.