Best Bluetooth Speaker Powerbanks

Bluetooth speakers have become very popular in the last few years. Some of these bluetooth speakers also come with a power bank function that lets you use the speakers’ in-built battery to charge your smartphones. As most of these bluetooth wireless speakers are generally used outdoors, this additional phone-charging functionality is very useful to have as you can charge your phone in a pinch if you are running dangerously low on battery.

We have evaluated bluetooth speaker powerbanks and selected our top picks mainly on the basis of their voice output quality, runtime, build quality, and value for money proposition.

Best Overall Bluetooth Speaker Powerbank

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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JBL Charge 3 is available in eye-popping colors and is our top pick due to its sound clarity and price

JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is our top choice among wireless speaker powerbanks. JBL Charge 3  offers a combination of high audio quality, portability, ruggedness, and features as well as reasonable price that easily makes it the #1 choice. The JBL Charge 3   has an impressive 20 hour playback time with extremely balanced output of high, mid, and bass sounds. The speaker is IPX7 waterproof making it perfect for outdoors.

The speaker weighs just 1.7 pounds (about 750 grams) and comes in a number of eye-catching colors. The maximum sound output is 20 watt (2 x 10 watt). Multiple JBL Charge 3 speakers can be chained together to boost the audio experience. The JBL Charge 3 also comes with an in-built speakerphone as well.

The JBL Charge 3 sounds great even at the maximum volume level and the solid build quality seals the deal for us. To top it all, it costs lower than its nearest competitor – the Sony XB31.

The JBL Charge 3 has a 6,000 mAH battery, which will fully charge almost all the smartphones at least once with few hours of playback time still left in the speaker.

What We Like

  • Excellent sound quality
  • 20 hour playback time
  • Rugged build quality
  • IPX7 waterproof (1 meter submersion)
  • Light weight (1.7 pounds)
  • Eye-catching colors and design
  • Multiple speakers can be wirelessly chained together

What We Don’t Like

  • No NFC connectivity

Best Overall Bluetooth Speaker Powerbank (Very Close Runner Up)

Sony SRS-XB31

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XBS 31 has an eye catching design with LED flashing lights feature

The Sony SRS-XB31 ranks immediately behind our #1 pick and is our next favorite bluetooth speaker powerbank.  The Sony SRS-XB31 delivers high quality sound in a compact package and offers some fancy features as well.

It matches or betters JBL Charge 3 in every department. However, it costs higher for almost similar performance and battery capacity. It also has an  volume-limiting feature once the battery reaches 50% this is another reason why we have placed it at #2.

While the claimed battery life is 24 hours, in our tests we found it it to have battery life similar to JBL Charge 3 at similar volume levels. Sony SRS-XB31 limits volume once it reaches 50% battery and this also counted against it in our ranking.

 Sony SRS-XB31 offers many extra features over JBL Charge 3. For example, Sony SRS-XB31  NFC pairing that enable instant and hassle free pairing. It also supports chaining of multiple XB31s as well. Sony SRS-XB31 is IP67 rated meaning it is dust proof. JBL Charge 3 is IPx7 rated which makes it waterproof but not dust proofSony SRS-XB31  also offers more punchy sound thanks to its 30 watt output vs 20 watt of JBL Charge 3. The flashy colorful lights further of Sony SRS-XB31  are another extra fun feature.

As a powerbank, Sony SRS-XB31 has a 8,800 mah battery which allows it to fully charge an Samsung S8 or S9 or almost any Android phone (or iPhone) once and still have half of its battery. Weightwise, at 1.9 pounds, it weigh slightly more than Charge 3 (1.7 pounds).

What We Like

  • Excellent sound quality & output (30 watt)
  • About 20 hour playback time
  • Rugged build quality
  • IP67 dustproof and waterproof (1 meter submersion)
  • Light weight (1.9 pounds)
  • 4 Eye-catching colors and design
  • Multiple speakers can be wirelessly chained together
  • NFC function
  • 8,800 mah battery is huge for power back up
  • LDAC codec support

What We Don’t Like

  • Auto volume limiter is a big annoyance

Best Value for Money Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Powerbank

Anker SoundCore Sport XL

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Soundcore Sport is fully dustproof and waterproof and has 15 hours playback time 

Anker SoundCore Sport XL is our pick as the best priced waterproof wireless speaker powerbank. Anker SoundCore Sport XL  is an IP67 dustproof and waterproof speaker powerbank with sound output of 16 watt (2 x 8 watt).

The Anker SoundCore Sport XL has a 15 hour playback time and weighs just 1.3 pounds making it one of the lightest bluetooth speaker powerbanks. However, it is not floatable and sinks in water.

The sound output of Anker SoundCore Sport XL  is pretty balanced and best among the mid-range bluetooth speakers that we have tested. The SoundCore Sport XL  can also function as a speakerphone as well, if needed.

The Anker SoundCore Sport XL comes with a 5,200 mah battery . This means you can charge a Samsung S9 or S8 or any other Android phone as well as any iPhone at least 0 to 50% and still have 8 hours (half of total playback time) remaining in the speaker.

The reasonable price and extreme ruggedness and high sound quality also makes it an excellent gift option as well.

What We Like

  • Excellent sound clarity & output (16 watt)
  • 15 hour playback time
  • Very Rugged build quality
  • IP67 dustproof and waterproof (1 meter submersion)
  • Very light (1.3 pounds)
  • 66 feet bluetooth range

What We Don’t Like

  • Only black color available
  • Sinks in water. Float capability is very handy for outdoor/pool use.
  • No speaker chain function

Best Value for Money Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Powerbank (Runner Up)

Anker SoundCore Boost

Anker SoundCore Boost is our next pick as the best priced waterproof wireless speaker powerbank.  SoundCore Boost is an IPx5 water-resistant speaker powerbank with sound output of 20 watt (2 x 10 watt). IPX5 protection means that the speaker is fully protected from water splashes or rain.

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Soundcore boost is protected from spills and splashes and delivers 12 hours of playback time

However, it is not protected from complete submersion in water. Only IPx7 (or IP67) rated speakers are protected from submersion in up to 1 meter of water. This essentially means that it is an indoor (or occasionally outdoors) speaker that will withstand spills or rain/drizzle well as long as it does not get completely submerged in water.

The SoundCore Boost has a 12 hour playback time and weighs just 1.29 pounds making it the lightest bluetooth speaker powerbank in our list.

The sound output of Anker SoundCore Sport XL  is extremely clear and incredible value for the price of the speaker. A unique and useful feature of the SoundCore Boost is its Bass boost mode that allows you to switch-on punchy bass at the touch of a button. This enables you to turn extra bass on or off according to your mood or the music.

SoundCore Boost has an inbuilt 5,200 mah battery. This will allow you to charge most smartphones at least half (0 to 50%) % and still leave you with at least 6 hours of playback time for the speaker.

The reasonable price, great sound output for the price (20 watt), bass boost feature and splash resistence also makes it an excellent gift option as well.

What We Like

  • Excellent sound (20 watt)
  • 12 hour playback time
  • Bass boost feature is very handy
  • Very light (1.29 pounds)
  • Splash proof

What We Don’t Like

  • Only available in black
  • No speaker chain function
  • Not fully waterproof – no absolute protection from accidental complete submersion in pool

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