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It takes more than a little rain to stop a good tailgate party so use speakers that can keep up with you when the weather turns nasty. Try waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

Bluetooth Speakers and Wireless Technology

Wireless speakers connect with their source of music by a variety of standards. Pay attention to the technology the speaker uses because that will determine whether it can communicate with your smartphone or computer. 

For example, Apple AirPlay can only communicate with Apple smartphones and tablets.  If you want to use a non-Apple music source, you’ll either have to use a computer with iTunes installed to transmit the music or download a third-party app for your Android mobile device.

If you plan to use more than one speaker, make sure that all the speakers use the same wireless standard for communication.  In addition to Apple AirPlay, other protocols include DLNA, DTS Play-Fi, Heos, and Sonos.

Getting the Best from Your Bluetooth Speakers

To receive consistent sound, try to keep the path between your music source and your Bluetooth speakers clear of large objects.  If possible, set up your music in a way that people can’t walk between the source and the speakers. The human body is more than capable of causing an interruption to the signal.

You want to keep the speakers within roughly 33 feet of the music source. That’s the standard maximum range at which you can receive a trouble-free signal.

If you don’t want to deal with any potential problems with obstructions between your speakers and your music source, you can opt for a Bluetooth speaker that also has the capability to stream Spotify, Pandora, or one of your other preferred Internet music services.

Another option is choose a speaker with a docking station or an audio input jack for your mobile device. Once again, this eliminates the problem with poor sound that results when it becomes impossible to avoid interference from objects or people.

Speakers come in a variety of sizes. Choose one that will fit comfortably in your favorite tailgating vehicle. If you go the game in a full-size pickup, your choice of size will probably differ from your neighbor who heads to the stadium in his compact.

Tailgate speakers are available in a wide range of colors. And yes, there’s probably a color scheme for your speaker that matches your team colors so you won’t be stuck with a speaker in the colors of your archrival.

There are plenty of Bluetooth models available today. Let’s look at a few of the ones that deserve your close attention.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: ION Audio Pathfinder

Rain won’t stop this speaker from blasting your favorite tailgate party music. And “blast” is definitely the right word. This speaker boasts 100 watts of power. So, if you’re looking to entertain a large crowd, this may be the speaker for you. 

If you don’t plan to go inside the stadium for the game, you can stay in the parking lot and listen via the speaker’s digital AM-FM receiver.

It weighs just shy of 31 pounds, but it’s easy to maneuver thanks to its wheels and handles.

The speaker’s LED light bar flashing in sync with your pregame music helps get the party crowd in the right mood. You can also play deejay with the included microphone.

All those features come with 75 hours of battery life.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: Sony SRS-XB3

The Sony will be fine with a little rain but it’s not designed to ride out a true downpour.

This two-pound speaker is noted for delivering strong bass. And it can do so for 24 hours on one charge.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: FUGOO Style-XL

All four sides of the FUGOO have a speaker for an immersive sound experience.

It weighs less than four pounds and has a battery life of 35 hours.

You can dress the FUGOO in protective sleeves that the company refers to as jackets. The jackets keep the speaker safe behind waterproof shock-absorbent material.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: Bose SoundLink Color II

Bose doesn’t claim that its product is completely waterproof. Instead, Bose says that the speaker will survive being sprayed non-stop on all sides for five minutes. That sounds as if it should be able to successfully weather your tailgating party unless your festivities involve fire hoses.

The Bose is super lightweight at a little over one pound. A full charge will give you eight hours of playing time.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: JBL Charge 3

Reportedly, this speaker can be left for 30 minutes in three feet of water without damage. That’s good news if it falls into a cooler full of melting ice.

It weighs in at less than two pounds. 

It can handle three Bluetooth devices so you and your friends can take turns streaming from your tailgate music playlists.

And you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your music with the speaker’s 20-hour battery life.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

If you like to travel light, consider the Wonderboom. It weighs less than a pound and takes up only four inches.

Despite being the smallest guest at your affair, it’ll be the life of the party with its big sound.

It’s also tougher than it looks. It’s touted to still work after being in three feet of water.  Fortunately, though, if you do drop it in water, it will float to the surface.

Things to Consider When Buying a Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The market has many Bluetooth speakers to offer – which is excellent, though it can make your decision even more difficult. Keep the below factors in mind throughout your search.

Enhanced Features

Are you truly serious about purchasing the best quality waterproof Bluetooth speaker for your money? If so, don’t shy away from enhanced features such as Google Assistant, Siri, and other voice-activating features. These are great to change your music from a longer range, without using your hands.

Battery Life

To ensure the party never stops, you’ll require a Bluetooth speaker with a long-lasting battery life. Most small speakers only require small – or few – batteries, so they generally won’t last as long as a larger Bluetooth speaker.

You should also consider how loud you play music since the volume can affect the battery life. Playing the speaker at its maximum volume will quickly drain the battery, whereas reducing the volume for an intimate get-together is a great way to save yourself a few hours.

Connect Multiple Speakers

Some of the best Bluetooth waterproof speakers allow you to connect multiple speakers at one time for maximum volume. If this is important to you, look at the connectivity options and how many speakers you can connect at one time.

Speaker Size

Finally, what’s your ideal speaker size? This will affect its battery life and maximum volume, but a smaller unit is ideal for traveling and transporting around with you. However, if you’ll store the speaker in one location, you can choose a heavier, larger device.

Keep Your Party Bumping with Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

Don’t let the spirit of your team’s fans weaken because of the weather. Keep everyone pumped up for the game with that booming sound coming from your new waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

(To ensure your speakers do not run out of power to get the party going, why not also bring to the party portable power supply. Check our post on portable power packs.

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