Waterproof – Bluetooth – Floats
Most of the time when I’m out paddling I’m unplugged from the world. It’s just me and the sound of the wind and the waves rushing by. Then there are the occasions where a little music livens up the atmosphere. Group OC-1 paddles with the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club on a weekend morning or coastal cleanup days are two such occasions. On those days, a little music brightens up the day and enhances the experience.
When choosing a waterproof Bluetooth speaker simplicity is important. The H2O Audio BTS and its four thumbprint sized buttons easily fits within the parameters of what I deem to be acceptable.
Here’s what you get:
- Power Button
- Volume down (short press) previous track (long press)
- Volume up (short press) next track (long press)
- Play, pause or answer an incoming call
There is also an indicator light, microphone, line in port, micro SD Card slot and a micro USB charging port. The latter three are safely tucked away behind a secure, waterproof rubber tab. The H2O Audio BTS isn’t the loudest waterproof Bluetooth speaker on the market. Nor does it produce a sound with the deepest base. What the convenient, easy to carry little speaker does do, however, it does well. In addition to the aforementioned qualities, the H2O Audio BTS produces a quality sound that will hold its own. There is no cheap tinny ring or distortion. Just clear and crisp audio.
I pair my H2O Audio BTS with my iPhone. It connects easily and most importantly, stays connected. Should you receive a call while connected, the audio stops automatically and you can answer your call via the Bluetooth speaker.
The speaker holds it charge, I used it for several hours one morning during a Surfrider Foundation hosted beach clean up in King Harbor, Redondo Beach and still had plenty of juice in the bank. If you’re in the market for a reliable, good performing waterproof, Bluetooth speaker (Hint, it would make a great holiday stocking stuffer!) the H2O Audio BTS is an option well worth considering.