A portable Bluetooth speaker has become an essential item to have for your smartphone or laptop if you plan on watching movies or listening to music. Selecting the right one for you, however, can sometimes be a stressful affair considering all the different options on the market. Portable speakers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, ranging from a few dollars all the way to hundreds and thousands of dollars. Soundcore has a wide range of Bluetooth speakers on the market offering an above-average sound quality at a budget price point. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the Soundcore Rave Mini.
Soundcore Rave Mini - General Specs
13.46 x 7.09 x 7.09″
1 × 5.25”
1 × 2.0”
USB and AUX
4 hour charge/ 18 hour playtime.
The Anker Soudcore Rave Mini is a high-watt speaker aimed at providing the loudest soundtracks at your next outdoor summer party. The device is 13.46 inches high, 7.09 inches in width and depth, and weighs approximately 7.17 pounds. On the surface is a smooth matte black finish with metallic grilles enclosing the LED’s, woofer and tweeter. The speaker can be placed on the ground upright or to its side with supporting rubber grips on each panel. Situated on the top of the speaker is a carry handle, which makes it easy to move around. Below the speaker’s handle are the controls ranging from volume, power, source input, next/previous track, multifunction and Bluetooth buttons. At the back of the speaker are AUX, DC IN and USB ports.
The Soundcore Rave Mini comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. The water-tight casing creates a seal to keep the music going, even after full submersion in a pool. In other words, the speaker will still work when submerged in three feet of water for about half an hour. It’s also lightweight in nature so if it accidentally falls into the pool it will float to the top. We don’t recommend keeping it in water, but if you accidentally spill a drink on it, or your party gets a little too wild, you can have assurance the speaker will be protected.
The Rave Mini also has two colorful RGB LED rings at the front of the speaker that provides party lights synced to your music. There are 6 custom LED color modes and can be linked to your Soundcore app. You can also adjust the speaker to be outdoor or indoor-mode and tailor the equalizer through the app.
The Soudcore Rave mini delivers a huge 80W of sound by a 5.25-inch woofer, 2-inch tweeter, and 5.25-inch passive radiator. The BassUp technology also allows you to adjust and intensify low frequencies. For a ‘mini’ version of a speaker, it delivers loud thundering bass and crisp clear audio vocals. It should be mentioned that the ‘standard’ Soundcore Rave speaker delivers 160W of power, so if you are willing to spend an extra $50 you can get twice the sound.
The speaker has a built-in rechargeable 10,000mAh Li-ion battery. It takes 4 hours to charge and has a playtime of approximately 18 hours which varies by volume level and LED settings. The louder you play the music, and the more LED usage you have, the faster the battery will drain. The Rave mini also features a built-in USB port to charge your smartphone while playing music. This addition comes in handy to save space on charging cables. To charge the Rave Mini simply use the included DC power cable until it is fully charged. It is not recommended to keep the DC cable plugged in once the battery is at 100% for extended periods.
Bluetooth is one of many ways you can play music through the speaker. The Soundcore Rave Mini comes with the latest Bluetooth version 5 technology which has a range of 66 feet or 20 meters. True Wireless Technology allows you to pair another Rave Mini speaker for the best sound effects with left and right sound channels separated on both speakers. The Soundcore Rave Mini also allows you to play music through a USB or AUX connection. The Aux cable is unfortunately not included in the box.
If you’re a fan of flashing LED lights and looking for a mini speaker to take to your next party, the Soudcore Rave Mini might be just for you. Its rugged sturdy build and waterproof features make it strong and durable for almost any environment. The 80W of sound packs a punch for its size with a respectable 18 hours of playtime. The Rave Mini electrifies the air, sending the bass surging through the crowd, and it all starts with the push of a button.
Some important aspects to consider when buying your next portable Bluetooth speaker:
Everyone has heard of frequency and knows it relates to sound. Frequency response is measured in Hertz and is often described as a range for example 100 Hz to 20 kHz (20,000Hz). It would then be reasoned that the wider the range, the better the chance of the speaker being able to reproduce audio as it was intended. Having a wide range alone doesn’t always guarantee good sound though, this also depends on how the individual perceives sound and varies from person to person. In an audio track, the bass is heard around 20 Hz to 250 Hz. Instruments and vocals typically reside in the range of 250 Hz to 4kHz, which is referred to as the mid-range. The remainder of the frequencies (up to 20kHz) for the treble.
Drivers are the foundation of any speaker so it is important to get one that is reasonable in size. Most portable Bluetooth speakers have an entry range driver of 40mm, which is a good size to start with. If you want a bigger driver, however, expect the overall size of your speaker to increase. The number of drivers and positioning also makes a difference in how the speaker will sound. Most speakers have a twin driver setup which tends to be noticeably loud. Small Bluetooth speakers, however, will normally include a single, full-range driver, which is placed either downwards or upwards in order to displace sound better. Being small in size, most Bluetooth speakers will not include a woofer, therefore manufacturers will install passive radiators which vibrate to produce bass.
The version of Bluetooth your speaker comes with will determine the quality of the audio, and the distance you can keep between your smartphone and the speaker. Ideally, you should look for speakers with Bluetooth 4 or better, as these versions add support for better battery life, low energy profile and distances of up to 60 meters. Currently Bluetooth 5 is the latest version, however, there will be some time before we see this version become standard.
A portable speaker which has a USB charging port is very convenient, especially if you’re outside or in a place that doesn’t have wall sockets. Most speakers should have a Micro-USB port. This allows them to charge via power banks too and saves you the hassle of carrying more cables around.
One of the main advantages of a Bluetooth speaker is that it’s portable. However, sometimes it’s nice to have the alternative of a wired connection through an auxiliary connector. This port is generally labeled as ‘aux’ at the back or wherever your inputs/outputs are found on the speaker. A wired connection is often beneficial in saving battery power or producing better quality sound.
Technicalities aside you should always think about where and how you plan to use your speaker. If it’s mainly for home use, you should choose something that blends in with your home décor, but isn’t overly powerful where you won’t be needing as much sound. If you’re going to use it for outside parties, and a lot of traveling, you should consider a speaker that is waterproof, rugged and exceptionally loud with good bass.