• Ports: USB 2.0
  • Connectivity: AUX IN, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Waterproof rating: IP67
  • Battery life: 30 hours
  • Pros:
  • Rugged
  • Connectivity
  • Waterproof
  • Cons:
  • None

In A Crowd Of Dozens

Portable is becoming a real trend now, especially since portable technology has been constantly improving over the years. It’s very easy to find great portable speakers with great sound now thanks to that. But now that sound quality isn’t really an issue, it looks like the next step is to make these devices more rugged and durable.

The Altec Lansing LifeJacket 3 is built to resist, and to satisfy the needs of party goers. When we said it was built to resist, we aren’t joking around. The speaker packs IP67 rating when it comes to waterproof, shockproof, and snowproof. It can float, and is even capable of being submersed (to a certain extent), so you can listen to music in the water. We even had some fun doing drop tests on the speaker, and it still works perfectly, not to mention tossing it into a pool and enjoying the beats.

Built for parties, the speaker also supports House Party Pairing, which just translates to being able to pair together with up to 50 other speakers. So if you really like the LifeJacket 3, then you can get more and daisy chain them for the ultimate party experience. The speaker has about 30 hours of battery life, and if you don’t really need that much runtime, you can turn the the speaker into a powerful emergency powerbank, made possible by the USB port found on the back.

If you’re looking for good sound, then you can trust that the LifeJacket 3 can deliver on it even if it’s not a big speaker. It’s loud and pumps out great music through NFC, Bluetooth and an AUX IN that uses the 3.5mm jack. Some distortion and clipping creeps in as it gets closer to its max volume, but you’re probably better off just getting another speaker to daisy chain if you’re trying to get it to be even louder. It also has a built-in mounting bracket that allows you to mount it on various surfaces, such as bikes, motorbikes and even kayaks.

CHIP CONCLUDE: With the Altec Lansing LifeJacket 3 you can carry your beats wherever you go, and we really do mean wherever, whether to the sea, the bathroom, or even to winter countries.

(previously published in issue August 2018)