Portable Bluetooth speakers have liberated our music from wires, but they are only awesome technology if they are not dead. This latest beast from Ecoxgear has boasts massive 50+ hours of battery life as well as a solar panel that'll keep it charged. This speaker cannot die.
The Ecoxgear line of speakers from Grace Digital ain't pretty, but dang it, if the brand hasn't been at the forefront of building indestructible gear. A few years ago it trotted out one of the world's first waterproof Bluetooth speakers. In my recent massive shootout, that didn't turn out to be that awesome, but regardless, it's impressive that the company recognised the consumer need before others.
With the new ECOSMART 4000 HD Solar Powered Speaker, Ecoxgear is getting into the battery game. In addition to the advertised 50 hours of battery life—way more than I've seen anywhere before—the speaker has a "high-density" solar panel, which presumably keeps the speaker charged forever and ever as long as you have access to sunlight. The 10,000 mAh battery can also be used to keep your other gadgets alive.
As with Ecoxgear's previous models, this speaker is waterproof, dustproof, and shock resistant.
Of course, as with Ecoxgear's previous kit, the problem here could be execution. I mean look at that hulking thing above. Even if you can get over its looks, it looks too cumbersome to really be portable. (I asked how much it weighs, and I'll get back to you guys when I know.) What's more, the company's products don't sound especially good either. But at the very least, we can hope that other companies with better design and audio chops take a cue.