13 Best Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers

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Our article on 13 best solar-powered Bluetooth speakers is designed to help you understand the reasons why you should buy a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker (it’s not all about being greener) and present to you the best solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market. It’s not like you have a million options to choose from but finding the right one is not that easy. We went throw more than 40 models and picked out 13 for you.

Buying a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker instead of a regular Bluetooth speaker is not going to save the Earth or significantly reduce the emission of carbon dioxide but it’s still an important symbolic action that could make some difference, at least on a personal level. If we all make a few small individual moves, the change becomes much bigger. Buying a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker could be your first move.

Why Should You Buy A Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speaker?

The first reason is pretty obvious. Using renewable power sources like solar power instead of fossil fuels will soon become our duty, not just an option. With all the climate changes and extreme weather conditions happening all over the world, being ‘green’ is not a silly thing anymore. More than 63% of all the electricity produced in the US is generated by fossil fuel combustion (US Energy Information Administration). Fossil fuel combustion is, by the way, recognized as the key contributor to global warming. We all know that fossil fuels run the world and nobody expects a huge change or complete discontinuation of their use but making a small reduction still matters and could help the transition towards renewable power sources. Buying a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker is the smallest move you can make to help the Earth.

If reducing your CO2 footprint is not on your priority list, there’s at least one important reason why you should buy a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker instead of a regular Bluetooth speaker. If you like spending time in nature or if you like camping, solar-powered Bluetooth speaker is a more convenient option than a regular Bluetooth speaker. What’s the point of having a Bluetooth speaker when you run out of battery and you don’t have any power source nearby to charge it? The sun is always there and if you have a Bluetooth speaker with a small solar panel, you can simply expose it to the sun and charge it. The charging time will be longer and it will depend on the amount of sun and many other factors but you will still get at least a few hours of playtime. So, buying a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker is not only greener – it’s also the more convenient solution in certain situations. You should be aware that solar charging is not the only charging option with these speakers. In fact, solar charging is just a backup option that you can use but you don’t have to. All the solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market can be charged the usual way – through the charging cable. 

Before we dig deeper, here’s our shortlist of the best solar-powered Bluetooth speakers for each price range.

What to Expect When Buying a Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

Since solar-powered Bluetooth speaker is basically a regular Bluetooth speaker with an additional charging option, you can expect the same kind of performance you would get from the same-priced regular Bluetooth speaker. The only thing that could be a problem is the sound quality and that doesn’t have anything to do with solar charging. It has everything to do with the drivers. You see, the number of big names in the audio industry involved in implementing solar panels into their speakers is practically zero. There are no solar-powered Bluetooth speakers made by Harman Kardon, JBL, UE, Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, AKG, Marshall, Bowers & Wilkins, B&O, Polk, Yamaha, etc. All of the currently available solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market are made by generic (mostly Chinese) companies and they simply don’t have the same kind of know-how. It’s a shame that audio giants are not that interested in solar-powered Bluetooth speaker market. It would definitely be interesting to see an upgraded Harman Kardon Go+ with a solar panel, or an upgraded version of the Bose SoundLink Revolve.

ProductPriceOverall RatingReview
Renogy E.TunesUnder $504.3Read Review
ElzleUnder $504.3Read Review
CYBORIS ES-T63Under $504.1Read Review
Eton Rugged RukusUnder $504.2Read Review
ZeroLemon Y1049Under $504.1Read Review
ABFOCE ES-T61Under $1004.3Read Review
NUNET NuboomUnder $1004.3Read Review
Rugged Rukus XtremeUnder $1004.3Read Review
REVEAL BambooUnder $1004.2Read Review
Kaito VoyagerUnder $1004.1Read Review
Solgaard BoomboxOver $1004.4Read Review
Portico Sound ProOver $1004.2Read Review
Monster SOLARAOver $1004.5Read Review

What’s the Biggest Disadvantage of Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers?

The biggest disadvantage of solar-powered Bluetooth speakers is closely related to the capabilities, or rather limitations, of solar panels. The thing is – solar panels need to be large to be effective and to enable faster charging. Large solar panels mean large speakers and large speakers are not that portable. So, there has to be some kind of compromise. If you want your speaker to be portable, you have to make it relatively small and that built-in solar panel also has to be small. Ergo, the charging time will be longer if you are using the solar panel (compared to charging cable). Also, the intensity of sunlight and the type of exposure (direct or indirect) will affect the charging time. These are the biggest disadvantages of solar-powered Bluetooth speakers and they are all related to the current limitations of solar panels.

We have divided our list of 13 best solar-powered Bluetooth speaker into three parts – best under $50, best under $100, and best over $100. You just have to set your budget limits and look for speakers in your price range. Hopefully, you’ll find something you like.


Best Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers Under $50

Renogy E.Tunes Solar Bluetooth Speaker

Renogy E.Tunes Solar Bluetooth Speaker

Editor’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Renogy is known for making solar panels, car batteries, and all kinds of solar-powered equipment (solar-powered cameras, speakers, irrigation systems, powerbanks, solar lighting systems, etc.). Their Renogy E.Tunes solar Bluetooth speaker is a nice little speaker with all kinds of features. It has a large rechargeable battery, it can be used for charging your phone and other devices, and has a built-in LED flashlight. It’s a perfect budget choice for camping and other outdoor activities. It’s not the smallest speaker on the market and it doesn’t have a built-in mic. This nice-looking speaker really has a lot to offer for the price. 

Impressions 

The package contains your speaker, charging cable, AUX cable, user manual, and 1-year warranty.

There is nothing really special about this speaker when it comes to design. It’s squarish and compact – something like Bose SoundLink Micro, only bigger and less sophisticated. 

The construction quality is satisfying considering the purpose. It’s plastic and the edges are reinforced with rubber. The speaker is IPX5-certified so it can survive rain and splashes of water but can’t be submerged in water. One side of the speaker is reserved for the solar panel. The panel power is rated at 2.5W.

All the controls and inputs are located on the top panel and everything is self-explanatory. You have the flashlight/SOS button (for turning on the built-in LED flashlight), track and volume controls (mode button, 2 volume/track buttons, and play/pause/power button), and a silicone flap covering micro USB charging port, AUX port, and USB powerbank port (for charging external devices).

You have two connection options – Bluetooth and standard 3.5mm AUX connection. The speaker features Bluetooth 4.2 with up to 30ft of range and stable connection within this range. NFC pairing and multipoint pairing are not supported. Also, you can’t link two or more speakers together for louder sound. 

The battery capacity is rated at 5,000mAh which is quite impressive. At 40-50% volume, you’ll get up to 10h of playback (approx. 4h at full volume). The battery can be recharged via charging cable (it takes 4-5h) or via solar panel (it takes up to 10h under ideal conditions to fully charge the battery). You can also charge the speaker via portable Renogy charging panels (E.Flex panels). The speaker can also be used as a powerbank device and can fully charge your phone once or twice. Unfortunately, charging your phone will significantly reduce the playtime.

The speaker also has a built-in flashlight that can also be used for SOS signals in case you need some help or rescue.

The speaker features two 5W drivers. They are not going to blow you away but they are loud enough for outdoor use. The distortion is minimal and the sound is quite full. There is even some kind of bass but it’s not very impactful. The emphasis is on the midrange frequencies – they are detailed and dynamic. The highs are a bit dull. 

Advantages

  • Compact and simple
  • Satisfying construction quality + IPX5 water resistant rating
  • Simple controls 
  • AUX and Bluetooth 4.2 connection 
  • Reliable Bluetooth connection
  • Large 5,000mAh battery
  • Solar charging + micro USB charging port
  • Powerbank capabilities
  • Built-in flashlight with SOS signal
  • Very good sound quality (for the price)

Disadvantages 

  • Bulky (it’s definitely not pocketable – you are going to need a backpack to transport it)
  • Multipoint pairing and daisy chaining are not supported
  • Charging the speaker via solar panel takes at least 10h

Elzle Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Elzle Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Editor’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Elzle is one of many generic brands on the market. This Elzle speaker irresistibly reminds us of the Oontz speaker line by Cambridge SoundWorks (mostly because of the triangular design). The speaker is sold under different names (Friengood, for example) but they are all absolutely the same.

Impressions 

Inside the package, you’ll find your Elzle speaker, charging cable, AUX cable, and user manual.

The speaker features that recognizable triangular design we’ve already seen on Oontz speaker. The speaker is clean, stylish, and compact.

The build quality is on par with the price. The speaker is mostly made of hard plastic with a matte black finish. It doesn’t look cheap or fragile. Elzle speaker is IPX6-certified which makes it water resistant but not submersible in water (it can definitely survive heavy rain). The speakers are located on the front panel and they are slightly angled upwards. The solar panel is on the back side. 

The control scheme is super-simple. All the control buttons are located on the top panel and all the inputs are on the rear panel (right below the solar panel). There’s a dedicated button for each function which is a big plus. All the input/output ports are protected with a rubber flap. This flap covers 4 ports – USB 2.0 powerbank port, micro USB charging port, 3.5mm input, and micro SD card slot.

Elzle speaker features Bluetooth 4.2. The advertised range is 100ft which is close to our results (when the speaker and phone are in the line of sight). If there are obstacles, you’ll get less than 50ft. The pairing procedure is simple. The speaker will memorize up to 8 devices and it will automatically pair with the last paired phone. NFC fast pairing and multipoint pairing are not supported. The manufacturer claims that you can link two speakers and get louder sound (they can’t play stereo sound). We’ve had some difficulties linking two units together – you are supposed to press the call buttons on both speakers simultaneously but it doesn’t always work. If you don’t want to use the Bluetooth connection, you have two more options – AUX cable (wired connection) and micro SD card slot (up to 128Gb).

The battery is really powerful. The capacity is rated at 5,000mAh, which is quite impressive for a relatively small speaker. The advertised playtime is 50h but that’s simply too optimistic. In reality, you’ll get approx. 40h at 40-50% volume. The speaker features one USB powerbank port so you can use it to charge your phone and other devices. You have two charging options – micro USB charging cable and solar panel. It takes 4-5h to fully charge the battery via the included cable. Charging via solar panel takes much longer (you need more than 20h to fully charge it).

The built-in mic delivers average performance. It’s usable but it does muffle your voice a little bit and makes it darker. 

Inside the speaker, there are two 6W speakers separated by a passive bass radiator. The sound is mid-centric with clear and detailed mids and slightly suppressed highs. The bass response is not that great. It’s there but lacks some real punch.

Advantages

  • Affordable 
  • Interesting triangular design
  • Very good construction quality + IPX6 water resistant rating
  • Simple control scheme 
  • Three playback/connection options – Bluetooth, AUX, micro SD card
  • Stable Bluetooth connection with up to 100ft of range and aptX-HD support
  • Surprisingly good battery life – up to 40h of playtime
  • Powerbank feature
  • Two charging options – charging cable and solar panel
  • Decent mic performance
  • Enjoyable mid-centric sound signature

Disadvantages 

  • NFC and multipoint pairing are not supported
  • Charging via solar panel takes too long (more than 20h)

CYBORIS ES-T63 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

CYBORIS ES-T63 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Editor’s Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

CYBORIS ES-63 is another generic speaker. It’s also sold under the name Airecho. It’s compact and very rugged which makes it a nice choice for outdoor use.

Impressions 

The package contains your speaker, charging cable, AUX cable, carabiner, Velcro straps (for attaching speakers to your bike or other surfaces), user manual, and 1-year warranty. 

The speaker is squarish with rounded edges. The drivers and all the other internal parts are covered with aluminum and then wrapped in rubber. The speaker doesn’t look particularly stylish – it looks more like a toy because of all the rubber.

CYBORIS speaker is very compact. That rubber cover makes it shockproof. The manufacturer claims that it’s also splash-proof but there is no IPX certification to confirm that. So, if you need a speaker that is proven to be water resistant or ‘weatherproof’, look elsewhere.

All the control buttons are grouped on the right panel. You have all the usual buttons – power button, track/volume buttons, play/pause, and call button. You also have the flashlight button which can be used to turn on a small flashlight at the bottom of the right panel. AUX input and charging port are located on the rear panel and protected with a rubber cover. The top side is reserved for the solar panel which is another charging option.

The speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR. The range is 30ft (when there are no obstacles). The pairing is simple and it’s done in 5sec. The speaker doesn’t support advanced features like NFC pairing, multipoint pairing, and daisy chaining.  The connection is stable within a 15ft range.

The battery is not small but it’s also not crazy large. It has the capacity of 2500mAh which should be enough for almost 15h of continuous playback at moderate volumes. The advertised playtime is 30h but that’s exaggerating. There is no powerbank feature. There are two charging options – charging cable and solar panel. It takes 4-5 hours to fully charge the battery via charging cable. It takes more than 10h to charge it via the solar panel. 

The mic offers decent performance. Your voice will be loud and clear if you are in a quiet environment but it’s much harder to communicate when you are in some noisy place.

The speaker also has a small LED flashlight. It’s not crazy bright but it can be useful in certain situations. The flashlight can also emit SOS light signals. 

The speaker has two 4.5W drivers. The bass response is minimal while the mids are balanced and clear. The highs are bright but not harsh.

Advantages

  • Rugged/rubberized exterior
  • Simple and responsive controls 
  • Two connection options – Bluetooth and AUX 
  • Stable Bluetooth connection with up to 30ft of range
  • Good battery life – 2,500mAh battery delivers up to 15h of playtime
  • Decent mic quality 
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Nicely balanced and clear mids and highs

Disadvantages 

  • The speaker is not IPX certified 
  • Lacks powerbank feature
  • No NFC and multipoint pairing
  • Charging via solar panel takes more than 10h
  • Weak bass response

Eton Rugged Rukus

Eton Rugged Rukus

Editor’s Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Eton Rugged Rukus and the upgraded version called Rukus Xtreme are two of the most popular solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market but, to be completely honest, we were not amazed by their performance. Eton Rugged Rukus is a nice speaker but you can get better performance for less money with previously mentioned Renogy E.Tunes and Elzle speakers. 

Impressions 

Rugged Rukus comes along with a charging cable and user manual. AUX cable and power adapter are not included. 

The speaker has an interesting and unique trapezoid design. Drivers are located on the front panel and top is almost entirely occupied by the solar panel. 

The speaker is rugged but doesn’t look extremely durable. It is IPX4-certified (splash-proof) so a few splashes of water or light rain will not break it.

The controls are simple and easy to use. There are five control buttons – power button, Bluetooth button, battery status button, and two volume buttons. Unfortunately, there is no play/pause button (you have to use your phone to play/pause the music). All the inputs are located on the rear panel and are protected with a rubber cover. The speaker has one micro USB charging port, one USB powerbank port, and AUX input. 

The speaker features Bluetooth connectivity. There’s no info on the Bluetooth version but, based on our experience and Bluetooth connection performance, it’s probably Bluetooth 3.0 or older. The advertised unobstructed Bluetooth range is 30ft but you should probably stay within 10-15ft range if you want to avoid signal cutouts. The connection stability is not on par with the price – Eton really needs to upgrade the Bluetooth module on this speaker (the speaker was introduced in 2013). Rugged Rukus doesn’t support any advanced Bluetooth-related features (no NFC pairing, no multipoint pairing, no daisy chaining). If you don’t want to use the Bluetooth connection, you can connect your phone to the speaker via AUX cable (not included in the package). 

The built-in rechargeable battery has the capacity of 1,650mAh.which is not that great when you know that there are cheaper speakers (Renogy and Elzle) with much larger 5,000mAh batteries. The battery delivers up to 8h of playtime at 40-50% volume. The charging time varies depending on the charging option (micro USB charging cable or solar panel). It takes 2.5h to charge the battery via charging cable or 5h (direct sun exposure) via the solar panel. The speaker also has one powerbank USB port that you can use to charge your phone but don’t expect too much. The battery capacity is only 1,650mAh which is less than the average battery capacity of today’s phones and if you try to charge your phone, the battery will be drained in 2 hours. 

Rugged Rukus doesn’t have any of the extra features you would get with other solar-powered speakers – no flashlight, no built-in mic, and no AM/FM tuner. 

The sound is tiny and lacks bass. It’s mid-centric with a strong emphasis on vocals. The treble is recessed and a little bit dull. 

Advantages

  • Satisfying construction quality and IPX4 certification (splash-proof)
  • Simple and easy-to-use control scheme
  • Two connection options – AUX and Bluetooth 
  • Stable Bluetooth connection within a 15ft range
  • Decent battery life – 1,650mAh = up to 8h at 40-50% volume
  • Two charging options – charging cable (2.5h) and solar panel (at least 5h)
  • Mid-centric sound signature with nice clarity and minimal distortion

Disadvantages 

  • No play/pause button 
  • No built-in mic and no flashlight
  • NFC pairing, multipoint pairing, and daisy chaining are not supported
  • You can get better overall performance for less money

ZeroLemon Y1049

ZeroLemon Y1049

Editor’s Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

ZeroLemon is a simple, cheap-looking, and not-so-durable speaker with some really great features. The biggest and most important highlight is the battery capacity. ZeroLemon is more like a powerbank device with music reproduction capabilities than a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker with a powerbank feature.

Impressions 

ZeroLemon comes with a charging cable, user manual, and a warranty card.

The speaker is simple and boxy with rounded edges. It looks a bit cheap and fragile. The front panel is covered with a cloth grille. The solar panel is located at the back, which is kind of odd – placing it on the top seems like a better idea. The controls buttons (there are five buttons) are located on the top and all the inputs/outputs are on the left panel. 

The build quality is not amazing and you can definitely find more rugged and more durable speakers at this price point. ZeroLemon is not rugged at all and it’s not waterproof nor weatherproof. This kind of build quality makes us wonder whether this speaker can withstand long-term sun exposure or not. 

The controls are pretty basic. The only problem could be the power button which is, at the same time, used to play/pause the music and initiate pairing. There are two connection/playback options – Bluetooth and micro SD card. The speaker also features one AUX output (not input) that you can use to connect your headphones. You can’t use this AUX port to connect your phone to the speaker (wired connection is not an option).

ZeroLemon features Bluetooth 4.0. Wireless connection delivers average performance with a standard 30ft range (unobstructed). Advanced features like NFC pairing, multipoint pairing, and daisy chaining are not supported. Also, none of the aptX codecs are supported (only AAC and SBC).

The only thing that’s really special about this speaker is the battery life. ZeroLemon has a built-in 10,000mAh battery that can deliver up to 70h of playtime at 40% volume (more than 10h at full volume). You have two charging options – charging cable and solar panel. Charging the battery via charging cable takes up to 4h. Charging it via solar panel takes much longer (40h under ideal conditions). So, the solar panel is just a backup option in case there’s no wall outlet or USB port nearby.  

ZeroLemon doesn’t have any additional features you can find on some other solar-powered Bluetooth speakers (no built-in mic and no flashlight).

The sound is tiny and unimpressive. It really lacks bass. The mids and highs are nicely balanced and perfectly clear. The sound gets distorted at high volumes. Stereo separation is poor and barely noticeable. So, to conclude, ZeroLemon is rather a slightly larger powerbank device with music reproduction capabilities than a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker with a large battery and powerbank feature. 

Advantages

  • Simple and responsive controls
  • Two connection options – Bluetooth and micro SD card slot
  • Stable and reliable Bluetooth connection 
  • Stellar battery life – 10,000mAh battery delivers up to 70h of playtime
  • Powerbank capabilities
  • Two charging options – charging cable (4h) and solar panel (40+ hours)

Disadvantages 

  • Poor construction quality – ZeroLemon is not IPX certified and it’s not rugged 
  • The speaker doesn’t support NFC pairing, multipoint pairing, and daisy chaining
  • It takes too long to fully charge the speaker via solar panel (more than 40h)
  • Poor sound quality
  • There are no additional features like built-in mic or flashlight

Best Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers Under $100

ABFOCE ES-T61

ABFOCE ES-T61

Editor’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

ABFOCE ES-T61 is another generic brand on our list. This is basically an upgraded version of the previously reviewed CYBORIS ES-T63. ABFOCE speaker looks better because of a more stylish rubber cover and has an upgraded battery (5,000mAh instead of 2,500mAh). In all the other terms, these two speakers are basically the same.

Impressions 

Like the CYBORIS speaker, ABFOCE comes in a simple box. Along with the speaker, you’ll get the charging cable, AUX cable, 2 Velcro straps, carabiner, user manual, and 1-year warranty.

ABFOCE speaker has a simple boxy design with rounded edges and a nice-looking silicone cover. Unlike CYBORIS, ABFOCE speaker doesn’t look like a rubbery toy. The drivers are located on the front and the solar panel is on the top. All the buttons are grouped on the left panel and all the inputs/outputs are at the back.

ABFOCE speaker is quite rugged and feels durable. This little thing can definitely survive a few accidental drops. The speaker is also IPX5-certified. It’s water resistant and can survive rain or splashes of water but it’s not submersible in water. 

The control button arrangement is not perfect but you’ll get used to it after a few days of use. You have five buttons (power/pairing, 2 track/volume buttons, call/play/pause button, and flashlight button). All the inputs/outputs are protected with a rubber flap. Behind the flap, there are micro USB charging port, USB powerbank port, and AUX input. 

There are two connection options – wired (AUX cable) and wireless (Bluetooth). ABFOCE speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 and delivers average performance and reliable operation within 20ft range (the advertised unobstructed range is 30ft). You can’t pair your device with the speaker via NFC (not supported) and you can’t pair two devices with the speaker at the same time (no multipoint pairing). Also, we couldn’t link two speakers together. 

The battery life is more than satisfying. The battery capacity is rated at 5,000mAh. The advertised playtime is 60h but that seems a bit too optimistic. Our unit delivered almost 50h at 50% volume which is pretty impressive but it’s not exactly 60h. The speaker also has one USB 2.0 powerbank port so you can charge your phone while streaming music via Bluetooth. 5,000mAh should be enough to charge your phone 2-2.5 times but charging your phone will significantly reduce the playtime. 

If you want to charge your speaker, there are two options – micro USB charging cable and solar panel. Charging via charging cable takes 2-3h. You need more than 20h (under ideal conditions and with direct sun exposure) to fully charge the battery via the solar panel.

ABFOCE features built-in mic as well as LED flashlight. The mic delivers decent performance with enough clarity and loudness. The flashlight is nice and useful additional feature that could come in handy in some emergency situations.

The sound is not mind-blowing and it seriously lacks bass. The speaker is best for vocal-oriented music. The mids are balanced, clear, and detailed. The highs are a bit brighter but not fatiguing or too intense.

Advantages

  • Rugged exterior and IPX5 certification (water resistant)
  • Simple and responsive controls 
  • Two connection options – Bluetooth and AUX 
  • Stable Bluetooth connection with up to 30ft of range
  • Very good battery life – 5,000mAh battery delivers up to 50h 
  • Powerbank feature
  • Decent mic quality 
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Nicely balanced and clear mids and highs

Disadvantages

  • No NFC and multipoint pairing
  • The speaker doesn’t support aptX Bluetooth audio codecs
  • Charging the battery via solar panel takes more than 20h
  • Unimpressive bass response

NUNET Nuboom Solar-Powered Speaker

NUNET Nuboom Solar-Powered Speaker

Editor’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

NUNET Nuboom is basically another version of the CYBORIS/ABFOCE speakers with a different silicone coating, different battery life, and different sound quality. All the good things we’ve said about CYBORIS and ABFOCE speakers apply to this speaker, too. Nuboom speaker is better than the CYBORIS in terms of battery life and playtime and it’s slightly better than the ABFOCE speaker when it comes to sound quality (due to aptX support). There’s no doubt that all these speakers are made by the same manufacturer and that they all represent different versions of the same speaker. 

Impressions 

Like the previous two speakers (CYBORIS and ABFOCE), NUNET Nuboom comes along with a charging cable, AUX cable, Velcro straps, carabiner, user manual, and 1-year warranty. 

In terms of design and build quality, Nuboom is basically the same as previously reviewed ABFOCE speaker. The silicone cover is different but everything else is absolutely the same. Nuboom speaker is also rugged and it’s also IPX5-certified so it can survive some rain or water splashes but cannot survive full immersion in water.  

When it comes to button arrangement and ease of use, Nuboom speaker and ABFOCE speaker are absolutely the same. They both feature 5 buttons (2 volume/track buttons, one power/Bluetooth button, flashlight button, and call/play/pause button). The button arrangement is not ideal but it gets easier with time. 

Just like the CYBORIS and ABFOCE speakers, Nuboom features Bluetooth 4.0 and delivers satisfying (average) performance. In terms of Bluetooth connection, all these speakers are mediocre. They don’t support NFC, multipoint pairing, or daisy chaining. The advertised unobstructed range is 30ft. In reality, you should stay within a 20ft range. A small but important upgrade is the aptX support. This small upgrade is responsible for better clarity and more detailed sound reproduction.

Nuboom speaker is somewhere in between CYBORIS and ABFOCE when it comes to battery life. The battery has the capacity of 4,400mAh which is supposed to provide you with up to 55h of playtime. In reality, you’ll get up to 40h at 50% volume. Like the ABFOCE speaker, Nuboom speaker has powerbank feature and can be used for charging phones and tablets.

When it comes to charging, there are, again, two options – USB charging cable and solar panel. As always, charging cable is the primary (and faster) charging option. It takes 3-4h to charge the battery via charging cable. Charging via solar panel takes approx. 20h. 

Just like the CYBORIS and ABFOCE speakers, Nuboom has a built-in mic and delivers the same kind of performance – it’s good enough in a quiet environment but tends to muffle your voice and make the communication much harder if you in a noisy place. Nuboom also has a built-in LED flashlight with SOS light signal which could be useful in some emergency situations. 

Nuboom speaker delivers slightly clearer and more detailed sound than the ABFOCE speaker but has the same bass issues. The drivers are simply too small to make some real impact. 

Advantages

  • Rugged exterior and IPX5 certification (water resistant)
  • Simple and responsive controls 
  • Two connection options – Bluetooth and AUX 
  • Stable Bluetooth connection with up to 20ft of range
  • Very good battery life – 4,400mAh battery delivers up to 40h of playtime
  • Powerbank feature
  • Decent mic quality 
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Clear and detailed mids and highs

Disadvantages 

  • No NFC and multipoint pairing
  • Charging the battery via solar panel takes approx. 20h
  • Weak bass response 

Rugged Rukus Xtreme

Rugged Rukus Xtreme

Editor’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Rukus Xtreme is the upgraded version of the previously reviewed Rugged Rukus. These two speakers are very similar in terms of design and features. In this review, we are going to emphasize the most important upgrades (battery, control panel, and sound quality). 

Impressions 

Like the Rugged Rukus, Rukus Xtreme has the same kind of trapezoid design and rugged exterior. Rukus Xtreme is also IPX4-certified which is good but not great.

When it comes to controls, the upgrade is definitely welcome and useful. Instead of 5 buttons, you have 6 buttons (additional forward/backward button) which makes the speaker easier to use. It’s not a huge improvement but it’s still something.

Rukus Xtreme features Bluetooth 4.0 and delivers average performance with a 30ft of unobstructed range and stable connection. You can find many Bluetooth speakers at this price point with a more capable Bluetooth connection, better range, and more features, but they don’t have solar panels. Just like the Rugged Rukus, Rukus Xtreme doesn’t support NFC pairing and multipoint pairing. 

The most important upgrade is the battery. Rukus Xtreme has a much larger battery than the Rugged Rukus (5,200mAh VS 1,650mAh) and it can deliver up to 25h of playtime. Rukus Xtreme also has a powerbank feature but, due to much larger battery, Rukus Xtreme can actually charge your phone.

Rukus Xtreme can be charged in two ways – via charging cable or via the solar panel. Charging cable is the primary charging option and it will take up to 2.5h to fully charge the battery. Charging the battery via solar panel takes at least 10h. 

Like the Rugged Rukus, Rukus Xtreme doesn’t have a built-in mic or flashlight. 

In terms of sound quality, Rukus Xtreme is definitely better than the Rugged Rukus, especially when it comes to bass response (because of two passive bass reflex ports). It’s not mind-blowing but it’s still punchier. The mids are still very clear and articulate and the highs are nice and detailed. The sound is pleasant and fun.  

Advantages

  • Satisfying construction quality and IPX4 certification (splash-proof)
  • Simple and easy-to-use control scheme
  • Two connection options – AUX and Bluetooth 
  • Stable Bluetooth connection within a 30ft range
  • Decent battery life – 5,2000mAh battery delivers up to 25h of playtime at 40-50% volume
  • Two charging options – charging cable (2.5h) and solar panel (at least 10h)
  • Mid-centric sound signature with nice bass and minimal distortion

Disadvantages 

  • No built-in mic and no flashlight
  • NFC pairing, multipoint pairing, and daisy chaining are not supported
  • You can still get better overall performance for less money

REVEAL Bamboo Solar Speaker

REVEAL Bamboo Solar Speaker

Editor’s Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Reveal Bamboo is tiny and visually-appealing solar-powered Bluetooth speaker with very good battery life. It delivers decent performance but we still think it’s a bit overpriced. Reveal has an interesting ‘green’ policy – they have made a promise to plant a tree for every sold product. This could be one of the reasons to buy this speaker.

Impressions 

In a simple cardboard box, you’ll find your Reveal Bamboo speaker, charging cable, AUX cable, and user manual. 

The speaker features a simple boxy design. It’s entirely made of plastic which makes us wonder if it’s rugged enough for outdoor use. What makes it special and recognizable is that bamboo grille (made of real bamboo wood). The solar panel is placed on the back side which is not the optimal position for charging (it would be much better if the solar panel was on the top). The control buttons are on the top and the inputs/outputs are on the left and right panels. The overall construction quality is not impressive. Because of all the plastic, the speaker looks kind of cheap. Bamboo grille makes it better but that’s not enough to make us think that the build quality is on par with the price. Reveal Bamboo is not IPX certified (not waterproof or splash proof).

The controls are extremely simple. You have three buttons on the top (play/pause button and two volume/track buttons) and a simple and cheap-looking power switch on the right panel. AUX input is located on the right panel. On the left panel, there are USB powerbank port and micro USB charging port.

You can use the speaker in wired or wireless mode. Bluetooth connection delivers average performance with a 30ft range and simple pairing procedure. The advanced Bluetooth features (NFC, multipoint pairing, daisy chaining) are not supported which is another reason to consider this speaker overpriced. Supported Bluetooth codecs are AAC and SBC (no aptX support). 

The battery life is, besides the bamboo grille, the greatest highlight of this speaker. 4,400mAh battery can deliver up to 15 hours of playtime (at 50% volume). Like all the speakers on this list, Reveal Bamboo speaker can be charged in two ways – via the included charging cable or via the solar panel. It takes 4 hours to charge it via charging cable. The solar panel is not that effective and you’ll need more than 20 hours to fully charge the battery. The speaker also has one USB powerbank port so you can charge your phone on the go.

Unlike some other speakers on this list, Reveal Bamboo speaker doesn’t have any additional features. You can’t use it to answer calls and there’s no built-in LED flashlight. 

Reveal Bamboo has two small 3.3W drivers so it would be unreasonable to expect crazy bass or extremely loud sound from it. The sound really lacks bass and that’s probably this speaker’s greatest downside. The mids and highs are nice and articulate. If you are into vocal-oriented music, you are going to love it. If you are a bass head, you should try something else. 

Advantages

  • Visually-appealing design with a bamboo grille
  • Highly portable
  • Two connection options – wired (AUX) and wireless (Bluetooth)
  • Stable and reliable Bluetooth connection within the 30ft range 
  • Very good battery life – 4,400mAh battery can deliver up to 15h of playtime
  • Powerbank feature – you can charge your phone on the go
  • Two charging options – micro USB charging cable (4-5h) and solar panel (more than 20h)
  • Nice and undistorted mid-centric sound

Disadvantages 

  • Overpriced
  • The speaker is not water resistant or weatherproof (it’s not IPX certified)
  • It takes more than 20h to fully charge the battery via solar panel
  • The sound is tiny (poor bass response)
  • No built-in mic 

Kaito Voyager Max KA900

Kaito Voyager Max KA900

Editor’s Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Kaito Max KA900 is completely different from all the other speakers on this list. This is an emergency radio with a built-in Bluetooth and solar panel. When it comes to the number of different features built inside this small device, KA900 is better than any other speaker on this list. One thing we don’t like about this radio is the one that matters the most – the sound quality. You can find many Bluetooth speakers at this price point that are much better than the KA900. If you are looking for a feature-packed multifunctional emergency radio with a mid-centric sound signature with almost no bass, you should seriously consider this Kaito KA900 radio. If sound quality is one of your priorities, there are so many better-sounding solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on this list.

Impressions 

Inside a cardboard box, you’ll find your radio, 23ft long shortwave (SW) retractable antenna, charging cable, user manual, and 1-year warranty card. DC adapter is not included in the package and you have to buy it separately. 

Kaito KA900 features that old-school boxy radio design. On the top, there’s a simple carrying strap, retractable antenna, foldable solar panel, micro SD card slot, and LED lamp switch. On the right panel, there are two analog dials (volume and tuning knob), and a flashlight. On the left side, there’s a dynamo crank handle which is one of the ways to power the speaker. The front panel is the heart of this radio. The top end is reserved for the LCD display (it shows frequency band and mode, clock, battery status, song name). Right below the display, there’s 24-button control panel. Many of these buttons are multifunctional and getting used to the controls takes some time but they all have nice illustrations explaining their functions and you also have everything explained in the user manual. 

The speaker looks and feels quite sturdy. It’s not IPX certified (not even splash-proof) but it looks like it can withstand all the rigors of everyday use. 

The radio features Bluetooth 4.1 with a standard 30ft range and average performance. The pairing process is simple and it’s done in a few seconds. There are no additional Bluetooth-related features like multipoint pairing or NFC pairing. If you don’t want to use it in Bluetooth mode, you can connect your phone to the radio through the AUX cable (AUX input and AUX output are located on the rear panel, covered with a rubber flap). 

The rechargeable battery is located on the rear panel and it’s removable/replaceable. It has the capacity of 2,000mAh and it can deliver up to 10h of playtime at moderate volumes. In order to charge it, you can use the charging cable or the solar panel. It takes 5 hours to charge the battery via charging cable (USB to micro USB). The solar panel is really small and charging the battery via this panel is super-slow (you need more than 2 days in direct sunlight to fully charge the battery). KA900 also has one USB powerbank port so you can charge your phone with it. Unfortunately, that 2,000mAh battery will be drained in less than two hours if you decide to use it for charging other devices. So, you should use it only in case of emergency. 

All the previously mentioned features (Bluetooth, battery, powerbank, AUX input) are just extra features. Kaito KA900 is primarily designed as an emergency radio with AM, FM, and SW radio tuners. There are also 7 NOAA weather channels. FM reception is exceptional and the number of radio stations you can get is really impressive. AM reception is also good. SW reception is not that great but it gets better with that long detachable SW antenna. Selectivity and sensitivity in AM and FM modes are more than satisfying.

The radio also has a built-in mic but it can’t be used for answering calls since the built-in Bluetooth module doesn’t support HFP Bluetooth profile. The mic is used for recording your voice or radio program onto the micro SD card. The micro SD card slot is located on the top panel and can be used for music playback and for recording. 

Kaito KA900 is much better than the other speakers on the list when it comes to the number of different features and powering options but it’s one of the worst devices when it comes to sound quality. The sound is really tiny with no bass. The emphasis is on the midrange clarity. The sound is not very rich or detailed and the highs are dull.

Advantages

  • Compact and sturdy 
  • Comprehensive and easy-to-use control panel with an LCD display
  • Various powering options – battery, DC adapter, dynamo crank handle, solar panel
  • Various music playback options – radio tuners, Bluetooth, AUX input, micro SD card slot
  • Bluetooth 4.1 delivers stable and reliable connection 
  • 2,000mAh battery can deliver up to 10h of playtime
  • KA900 features AM, FM, and SW tuners as well as 7 NOAA weather channels
  • Clear mids and vocals

Disadvantages 

  • This is an emergency radio, not a speaker
  • NFC and multipoint pairing are not supported
  • Charging the battery via solar panel takes really long (the panel is almost unusable)
  • Poor sound quality without any bass
  • The built-in mic can’t be used for answering calls (only for recording)

Best Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers Over $100

Solgaard Boombox

Solgaard Boombox

Editor’s Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Solgaard Boombox is another compact and highly portable solar-powered Bluetooth speaker. In terms of features, size, and shape, this speaker reminds us of the previously reviewed ZeroLemon but ZeroLemon is much cheaper than the Solgaard Boombox ($50 VS $100+). Solgaard Boombox definitely looks more refined and it’s made by the Solgaard which is not another generic brand. It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of sustainable gear (bags, suitcases, watches, solarbanks). Solgaard speaker is one of their latest products.

Impressions 

Solgaard Boombox comes along with a charging cable, AUX cable, user manual, and 1-year warranty. 

There is nothing really special regarding the shape of this speaker. It’s small and boxy like many other speakers on the market, but it still looks and feels more refined. It’s made of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap or fragile. Still, it’s not the most durable and it’s definitely not waterproof or splash-proof.

Solgaard Boombox has only one power/reset button. There are no other control buttons on the speaker itself and you will have to use your phone to play/pause the music, increase/decrease the volume, play next/previous song, etc. The lack of control buttons makes it cleaner but less convenient.

Built-in Bluetooth module delivers satisfying but not stellar performance. The pairing is simple and starts when you turn it on. Solgaard Boombox will always try to pair with the last paired device. The Bluetooth range is 30ft. In case you don’t want to use the Bluetooth connection, you can connect your phone or any other device to the speaker via AUX cable. There is no mode button so you don’t get to choose which source is used for music playback. Wired (AUX) connection has the priority over Bluetooth and, if two devices are connected to the speaker (the first one via Bluetooth, the other via AUX cable), you won’t be able to stream the music via Bluetooth unless you disconnect the cable. 

The greatest highlight of the Solgaard Boombox is the battery. The capacity is rated at 10,000mAh and this should be enough for more than 70 hours of continuous playback. There are two charging options – charging cable and solar panel. Charging via USB cable takes 4-5 hours. Charging via solar panels takes much longer (20+ hours). 

The speaker features two USB powerbank ports so you can charge two of your devices (phones, tablets) at the same time. One USB port supports standard-speed charging (1A) and the other supports fast charging (2.4A).

Solgaard Boombox doesn’t have a built-in mic or any additional features (LED flashlight or AM/FM tuner). 

The sound is clear and detailed but it lacks some depth and punch. The sound signature is mid-centric with clear vocals and sweet highs. Stereo separation is practically nonexistent. Solgaard speaker can get really loud for its size and there is no distortion at high volumes. 

Advantages

  • Stylish and clean 
  • Compact and sturdy 
  • Two connection options – AUX and Bluetooth
  • Satisfying Bluetooth connection  
  • Stellar battery life – 10,000mAh battery can deliver up to 70h of playtime
  • 2 USB powerbank ports (1A standard-speed and 2.4A high-speed charging)
  • Clear and detailed mids and highs
  • Very loud (considering the size)

Disadvantages 

  • The speaker has no control buttons (you have to use your phone)
  • Soolgard Boombox is not IPX certified
  • It takes more than 20 hours to fully charge the battery via solar panel (charging cable is the primary charging option)
  • There’s no built-in mic
  • Poor bass response

Portico Solar Sound Pro

Portico Solar Sound Pro

Editor’s Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Portico Solar Sound Pro is a piece of furniture with built-in lighting and Bluetooth-enabled speaker. It looks really nice and can be used instead of a regular lamp (indoors or outdoors). This is a great decorative piece of furniture for your backyard, your porch or your pool. The only problem is the price – it’s priced over $200 which is a bit too much. If you are looking for a simple Bluetooth speaker, you can find so many better speakers at this price point.

Impressions 

Portico Solar Sound Pro comes in a large box along with the AC adapter, undetachable remote, and user manual. 

This piece of furniture looks really interesting. On the top, there’s a large 8W solar panel, Right below the panel, there’s a nice lamp. On the bottom end of the lamp, there’s a built-in speaker. The manufacturer says that there are two 2.75in speakers but it looks like there are only one speaker and one passive bass radiator. The lower part of the speaker is quite elegant. There’s a flat surface with a remote compartment. You can use this surface as a small table. The build quality is pretty good – it’s a combination of wood, metal, and plastic. The speaker is quite heavy so it won’t be blown away by the wind if you decide to leave it outside. It’s also IPX4-certified (splash-proof) – a few splashes of water should not cause any damage. There’s one thing we want to point out – a significant number of Amazon customers (30%) had different complaints regarding durability. They also had some complaints about customer support. Our unit didn’t come damaged and it looked perfectly fine but we still have the responsibility to warn you about these issues.

Portico Solar Sound Pro comes with a remote that you can use to control the playback, volume, or turn on/off the lights. The remote is permanently attached to the speaker so you have to approach the speaker if you want to use it. The remote is simple and easy-to-use and the buttons are responsive.

The built-in speaker features Bluetooth 4.0. It delivers average performance with a stable connection within the 30ft range. The Bluetooth module supports only AAC and SBC audio codecs (lacks aptX support). NFC and multipoint pairing are not supported and you can’t link multiple speakers together if you want louder sound. In case you don’t want to use the Bluetooth connection, you can always connect the speaker to your phone via AUX cable (not included in the package).

The battery capacity is rated at 4,400mAh. Considering the driver size and the fact that this battery has to supply the power for the lighting and for the speaker, 4,400mAh is decent but not great. When you consider the price ($200+), the battery offers below-average performance. You will get approx. 6h of continuous playback (with the lighting turned on). You have two charging options – charging adapter (takes 4-5 hours to fully charge the battery) and solar panel (at least 12h in direct sunlight). The speaker also has one USB powerbank port so you can charge your phone while sitting on your porch or next to your pool. 4,400mAh battery can charge your phone once or twice but it will significantly reduce the playtime. 

When it comes to sound quality, Portico sounds better than those small solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the list, but it doesn’t sound like a $200 speaker. There are many better-sounding Bluetooth speakers in this price range. The bass is punchy but gets boomy and distorted at high volumes. The midrange reproduction is clear but not very detailed and the highs are a bit too bright. We can’t help but think that this speaker’s sonic performance does not meet the price point.

Advantages

  • Unique design (lamp and speaker in one piece of furniture)
  • Built-in lighting
  • Good build quality and IPX4 certification (splash-proof)
  • Two connection options – wired (AUX cable) and wireless (Bluetooth) 
  • Reliable wireless connection with a 30ft range
  • Decent battery life – 4,400mAh battery delivers up to 6 hours of playback
  • Two charging options – AC adapter (4-5 hours) and large solar panel (12h in direct sun exposure)

Disadvantages 

  • Not portable
  • Durability issues – some long-term users had complaints regarding durability and customer support
  • It doesn’t have a built-in mic
  • The sound quality is not on par with the price

Monster SOLARA

Monster SOLARA

Editor’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Out of all the solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market, Monster SOLARA is our absolute favorite. It’s unique in terms of design, it is very rugged and it feels durable, it supports Bluetooth and AUX connection, it has a built-in color-changing lighting, it can be linked with up to 7 other Monster Solara speakers, and it’s the best-sounding and loudest of all the solar-powered speakers Bluetooth we’ve tested. The most important downsides are portability (it’s quite large and heavy) and price (slightly under $200). If your limit is set at $200, this is the best choice.

Impressions 

Along with the Monster Solara, you will get a DC charging adapter, AUX cable, and user manual. 

The speaker has a unique design. It basically looks like an unfinished pyramid (the correct term is truncated pyramid) with a simple plastic stand and a solar panel on the top. Below the solar panel, there’s an LED lighting panel. Below the lighting, there’s a plastic grille protecting four 3.5in speakers (one on each side). Right under the speakers, there are two control panels. The control panel on the front side is used for pairing and playback control while the control panel on the left side is used for controlling the lighting. At the bottom, there’s a large 6.5in passive bass radiator.

The build quality is satisfying but not the best you can get for this kind of money. Solara is made of hard plastic but it doesn’t look cheap. It feels sturdy and durable. The manufacturer claims that the speaker is weather resistant but there is no info on the IPX certification. It does look like it can withstand a few splashes of water but there is no IPX rating to confirm that. 

There are many control buttons on both control panels but it’s actually quite easy to use them. If you have any doubts regarding some functions, you have everything explained in the manual. In our opinion, the only tricky thing could be linking multiple Solara speakers together. The buttons on the left side are used to control the lighting (turn it on or off, adjust brightness and select color). On the left panel, there’s also a small rubber flap protecting the AUX input, DC charging port, and USB powerbank port. Control buttons on the front panel are used to select the mode, initiate pairing, link multiple speakers, and control the playback. You can also download and install the Monster Zone Control App (Android and iOS). The app is not very feature-rich but it’s still useful. You can use it to check the battery status for each speaker, you can adjust the volume of each speaker or adjust the master volume, and you can play with the lighting (select the color, adjust brightness, set lighting timers, etc.). 

Solara features Bluetooth 3.0 which is not the latest and most capable Bluetooth version but it does the job and offers satisfying performance, stable connection, and a standard 30ft range. NFC pairing and multipoint pairing are not supported. On the other hand, daisy chaining (linking multiple speakers together for louder sound) is supported and you can pair up to 8 speakers together. The manufacturer calls this feature EZ-play. If you pair two, you don’t get to choose between stereo and party mode. Both speakers will play the same audio (there is no stereo mode).

The manufacturer didn’t offer any info on the battery capacity but, based on our experience and on the other characteristics of the speaker (combined output power, charging time, playtime), the capacity has to be at least 10,000mAh. The speaker can deliver 7-10h of playtime at 40-50% volume. The playtime can be extended (up to 14 hours) on a sunny day. If you want to charge the speaker, you can either use the included DC charging adapter (charging takes up to 6 hours) or the solar panel on the top (it takes up to 20 hours in direct sunlight to fully charge it).

Monster Solara is probably the best-sounding solar-powered Bluetooth speaker but that doesn’t mean it sounds great. At $200 price point, there are many great choices and you can find at least a dozen better-sounding speakers on the market. Unfortunately, none of them have solar panels. Solara is probably the only solar-powered Bluetooth speaker that actually delivers some real punch. The mids and highs are balanced and detailed. There’s a small but barely noticeable distortion at high volumes which is not a deal breaker. Stereo separation is nonexistent and it can’t be improved by pairing two speakers together since they can’t play music in stereo mode. All in all, the sonic performance is pretty good and the sound is quite loud. Still, this is not the best sound you can get for this kind of money. 

Advantages

  • Very good build quality 
  • Built-in lighting
  • Simple and responsive controls
  • Comes with an app (Monster Zone Control App)
  • Two connection options – AUX and Bluetooth
  • Stable and reliable wireless connection 
  • EZ-Pair – You can pair up to 8 speakers together
  • Satisfying battery life – 7-10 hours of playback at 40-50% volume
  • Two charging options – DC charging adapter (6 hours) and solar panel (20 hours)
  • Very good sonic performance (it’s the best-sounding solar-powered Bluetooth speaker on the market)

Disadvantages 

  • Not very portable (it is battery-operated but it’s quite bulky)
  • Solara is not IPX certified
  • Solara doesn’t have a built-in mic 

This is the end of our list of 13 best solar-powered Bluetooth speakers but, before you go away, take a few minutes to go through our short buyer’s guide. We have tried to list all the important features you should consider when looking for a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker. 

Short Buyer’s Guide – What to Pay Attention to When Buying Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

There are many features and specs you can check out but here is the list of the most important ones. 

Price

It all starts with setting your budget. The good news is that most of the currently available solar-powered Bluetooth speakers don’t cost a fortune. More than 90% of them are priced under $100. You can find a decent one for less than $50. Our top pick when it comes to budget options is the Elzle speaker (priced under $40). If you can spend more than $50, Rugged Rukus Xtreme is a great choice. If you want something bigger and more entertaining (but less portable), you will have to spend more. If you don’t mind spending $100+ on a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker, you should check out Monster SOLARA

Construction Quality, Portability, and Weather Resistance (IPX rating)

Since the speaker is solar powered, it has to be durable enough to withstand long-term sun exposure. So, if it’s entirely made of cheap plastic and there are no reinforcements/coatings of any kind, it’s not good enough. Since these speakers are made for outdoor use, it is also highly desirable for them to be splash proof, water resistant, or waterproof. IPX rating (IPX4 or higher) should be considered an advantage. You should also consider the size of the speaker. Some of the speakers are quite small and portable (even pocketable). Others are a bit larger but they can still fit an average backpack. Only a few solar-powered Bluetooth speakers are too big to be considered portable. The largest speakers on our list are Monster Solara and Portico Solar Sound Pro

Connectivity – Bluetooth and Additional Connection Options (AUX, micro SD card)

The majority of the solar-powered Bluetooth speakers on the market (and on this list) have at least one additional connection (usually 3.5mm AUX port). Some speakers also have a micro SD card slot or an additional USB port that can be used for music playback. It’s entirely up to you to decide what type of connection you need. Our suggestion is to get a speaker with an additional AUX port – it’s the most common and omnipresent type of audio connection. 

When it comes to Bluetooth connection, you should know that Bluetooth version along with supported Bluetooth profiles and Bluetooth audio codecs are the most important characteristics. They determine connection quality, Bluetooth range, audio quality, power consumption, and many other things. The first rule is – newer Bluetooth version usually means better connection quality. So, if you are choosing between a speaker with Bluetooth 3.0 and a speaker with Bluetooth 4.2, choose the one with Bluetooth 4.2. More expensive speakers come with some additional features like multipoint pairing (the ability to pair one speaker with multiple devices at the same time) or daisy chaining (the ability to pair two or multiple speakers together for louder or stereo sound). Some expensive speakers also support NFC fast pairing. You will hardly find any of these features if a speaker is priced under $50. The most common Bluetooth range is 30ft but some speakers can offer more than 60ft of range (even up to 100ft). The speakers delivering longer range usually feature Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, or 4.2 and cost more than $50 (usually more than $100).

Charging capabilities 

Practically all the solar-powered Bluetooth speakers have some kind of charging port (usually micro USB) and come with a charging cable and charging adapter. Solar panels are just an additional convenient charging option that you can use if there is no power source (wall outlet) nearby. One thing to have in mind is that charging time via charging cable is a constant value (it always takes the same time), while the charging time via solar panel varies and it depends on multiple factors (solar panel size, direct or indirect sun exposure, sunlight intensity). So, for example, if you need 2 hours to fully charge the battery via charging cable, you might need more than 10 hours on a cloudy day to charge it via the solar panel.  

Battery life 

Battery life varies a lot. Depending on the price of the speaker, driver size, and Bluetooth version, you can get more than 20 hours (or even more than 50h) of continuous playback. Some speakers have really large batteries (5,000mAh+) and can also be used for charging other devices (phones, for example). If you find this feature desirable, be sure to check the specs and look for powerbank capabilities before buying the speaker.

Sound Quality 

As always, this is the most important characteristic but it’s also the hardest to explain. It’s impossible for us to tell you what kind of sound signature to look for since that entirely depends on your personal taste. However, we can tell you what to avoid and we can try to describe the type of sound each speaker delivers. When it comes to things to avoid, distortion is one of the most important. A certain amount of distortion is almost inevitable, especially when it comes to those cheap speakers, but some of them sound really bad. In general, solar-powered speakers don’t sound as good as some Bluetooth speakers made by the UE, JBL, Harman Kardon and other reputable companies but that’s because they are all made by generic brands. So, don’t raise your hopes too high. The best thing you can do is to test the speaker in a local audio store before buying it.

Additional Features – built-in mic, powerbank, lighting, AM or FM radio tuners

Additional features are not absolutely necessary but they are definitely welcome. 

Built-in mic has practically become a standard feature and you can find it in almost any Bluetooth speaker on the market. If you really want to use it, you should better test it before you buy the speaker. We were not impressed by the mic performance of any of the speakers on the list. Most of them deliver average performance. They are not that great for loud environments since they all have poor noise canceling mechanisms. 

Powerbank is a great feature and if you spend a lot of time away from home, this can be really helpful. If you need this feature, be sure to check the battery capacity before buying the speaker. For comparison, the battery on iPhone X has the capacity of 2,716mAh and Samsung Galaxy 10 has the capacity of 3,100mAh. So, if you need a powerbank feature, your speaker should have a large battery (at least 5,000mAh, preferably 10,000mAh)

Lighting is even rarer than a powerbank feature but you can still find a few speakers with lighting on our list. Our favorite is definitely Monster Solara. 

If you are into radio, you’ll be happy to know that some solar-powered Bluetooth speakers also have AM and FM tuners. In fact, some of them are emergency radio devices with solar panels and Bluetooth connectivity (like Kaito Voyager Max KA900). 

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