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Best Ipod Travel Speakers

Updated on July 2, 2014

Best Ipod Travel Speakers

I recently bought some travel speakers for my ipod to take on vacation. I wanted to be able to listen to music in my hotel room without having to take big speakers with me. So I did some research for the best travel speakers and this article details what I found. I was quite surprised at the wide range of speakers available for different budgets and requirements. Some are so tiny and portable but still pack a punch of sound.

When looking for the best travel ipod speakers for you needs consider the following?

Docking Station - do you just require speakers just to play audio or do you need a docking station to dock and charge your ipod?

Bluetooth - the newer generation of ipods have bluetooth and if your ipod has bluetooth there are some fantastic bluetooth speakers which will play your music from your ipod wirelessly. If you do have an older ipod without bluetooth, fear not, there are still lots of travel speakers featured in this article which can easily connect to your device.

Sound quality - Many of the speakers featured in the article are small but when considering their size do deliver powerful sound. There are some competitively priced small speakers which sound good but if you're looking for exceptional sound it may be worth paying a bit more and getting slightly larger speakers.

Portability - There are some very small ipod travel speakers available which will easily fit in your pocket or bag. Do you need them to be this small or would you prefer something a bit bigger? Do you require a travel case to protect them?

Battery life - There are 3 ways travel speakers can be powered, through an AC power connection, through charging an internal battery or by using AA / AAA batteries. This article features speakers which can be powered all three ways. Before purchasing, think about how long you will need the battery life to last before recharging or getting new batteries.

Price - the price you are willing to pay may vary according to how good you want the sound to be and the extra features you require.

Read on for suggestions of the best ipod travel speakers 2014.

X-Mini II Capsule Speaker - My Choice Of Speaker

This is the speaker I chose.

I've just taken it on vacation with me to listen to music in my hotel room and it was perfect for me needs. Here is why:

Portability - this little speaker is so lightweight and portable. I literally just tucked it into a corner of my suitcase. It hardly took up any room. The wire which attaches to your ipod is small so won't get tangled up and you can wrap it around the base. You compress it to make it smaller and it opens up slightly when you want to use it.

Sound - the sound is perfect for listening to music without disturbing others. It's not the best sound but it is surprisingly loud especially when you consider it's size. If you are looking for some amazing sound you probably want to pay a bit more but for personal use or for listening to music with a group of friends in one room, it's perfect. I also use it with a laptop so we can watch videos with louder sound.

Price - It's extremely good value at approximately $13.

Battery life the internal battery life is approximately 11 hours so you don't need to keep charging it which is real plus for me and the main reason why I chose it. A lot of other smaller speakers don't have battery lifes that last so long.

Other points - You can connect this speaker together with others to create a louder sound if you wish too as well.

X-Mini II XAM4-OR Portable Capsule Speaker, Mono, Orange
X-Mini II XAM4-OR Portable Capsule Speaker, Mono, Orange

Due to it's small compact size and compact design this speaker rates highly for portability.

Easy to carry wherever you go, with decent sound and a long battery life.

You can collapse the speaker to make it even smaller and expand it when in use.

 

Similar Portable Capsule Speakers

There are a range of similar speakers to the Xcube above.

They all vary slightly on battery life, price and sound quality. I have tried to round up the stats on each one to give you some comparisons.

One of the reasons I chose the speakers above was due to the long battery life (which is 11 hours). Other speakers don't have that long in battery life so this may be something to consider.

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass Resonator (Black)
Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass Resonator (Black)

Battery life - Once charged the battery life is up to 6 hours.

Very portable - will fit in your hand or pocket.

Sound - It features an expansive resonator construction design which gives the best low frequency output. It also feature a 360-degree sound. It has a single speaker so you don't get stereo sound but it's good for its small size. You can connect several of these together to get a louder sound too.

Price - similar price to the x -mini at around $19.00

 
GOgroove Portable Panda Rechargeable Speaker Night Light with Enhanced Bass Subwoofer , USB Cable and 3.5mm AUX Cable – Works with Smartphones , MP3 Players , Tablets and More Devices
GOgroove Portable Panda Rechargeable Speaker Night Light with Enhanced Bass Subwoofer , USB Cable and 3.5mm AUX Cable – Works with Smartphones , MP3 Players , Tablets and More Devices

This is a speaker that looks cool. The panda's eyes are the speakers!

Portability - It features wraparound 3.5mm cable for easy portability. It's also easy to use controls with onboard volume adjustment

Sound - The sound is good for the size of speaker. Just one speaker so no stereo sound.

Battery life - this also takes 3 aaa batteries and has a run time of up to 12 hours.

 
iHome IM60QN Rechargeable Mini Speaker - Green
iHome IM60QN Rechargeable Mini Speaker - Green

Another similar speaker with a "bass vacuum design" providing surprising volume and bass response in a small space saving speaker.

It is very similar to the other speakers featured. The battery life isn't stated but it has a built in rechargeable lithium ion battery.

LIke the X mini speaker II featured first, it's collapsible and you can expand it when it use.

 

Travel IPod Speakers with Bigger Sound

Here are options of two more expensive travel ipod speakers.

What you're paying the extra for is better and louder sound. .

Logitech S715i Portable 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Logitech S715i Portable 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

These are the most expensive speakers featured in the article so far currently selling at $105

Sound - the sound delivers is good due to the eight custom-tuned speaker drivers.

Portability - they weigh about 5 pounds and have dimensions of 18.8 x 5.5 x 3.7 but they are still pretty portable and come with a travel case.

Battery life - it will play 8 hours of music straight and has a rechargeable battery.

On the downside, when unplugged the speakers save on battery life by decreasing the sound quality. However, when plugged in the sound quality is excellent.

 
Altec Lansing IMT320 30-Pin iPod Speaker Dock
Altec Lansing IMT320 30-Pin iPod Speaker Dock

Portability - These speaker dimensions are 9.8 x 5 x 4 inches and it weighs 2.5 pounds but when folded its as slim as a book so rates high on portability.

Sound - It has two full-range neodymium drivers which deliver good sound.

Battery life - It is powered either by AC power or by four AA batteries which will power the speakers for 24 hours.

It also comes with a nice cover to protect the speakers when in transit which also doubles as a music stand.

The speakers currently sell at around $60.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Travel Speakers

Once you've decided the qualities you want for your ipod travel speaker, here are some more tips for choosing the best device for you:

Reviews - Read reviews from others on the travel speakers. They can give you a good sense of what the sound is like and the good and bad features. Quite often there are video reviews which you can find on youtube or check out amazon for lots of reviews.

Bestseller lists - When I'm buying something I always check out what is selling well as this gives you a good idea of the speakers which will be the best value for money and have good features. I'ts always worth checking out bestselling list on amazon.

Bluetooth speakers

If you have bluetooth on your ipod, there are some bluetooth speakers which deliver excellent sound. There are bluetooth speakers to suit all budgets. Generally, the more expensive the speaker the better the sound should be.

When choosing a bluetooth speaker its worth considering all the factors I've already mentioned such as battery life, price, size and sound quality. However, you may also want to factor in the range of the speaker. Some speakers like the bose speaker below have a range of 30 feet!

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Mic up to 12 Hour Playtime works with iPhone iPad tablet Samsung and smart phones - Blue Grille
Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Mic up to 12 Hour Playtime works with iPhone iPad tablet Samsung and smart phones - Blue Grille

This is the currently one of the bestselling mp3 portable speakers on amazon and it's not hard to see why.

Up gives up to 12 hours playtime and delivers excellent sound for the size at a good price point.

You can wirelessly connect it to your bluetooth device and if you have a phone with bluetooth you can use it as a wireless hands free bluetooth personal speaker phone too.

It's small and lightweight so very portable too.

 
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This is one sleek and slim speaker with an excellent sound.

It weighs 1.5 pounds and is small enough to take where you want in your bag.

As already mentioned can be connected to a bluetooth device within 30 feet. It also remembers the last 6 bluetooth devices that you've used.

It delivers up to 7 hours of playtime.

As it's a bose speaker, it's not cheap but what you are paying for is the full, rich sound which you'll find hard to get from other bluetooth speakers.

 

Cheap Travel Speakers for your Ipod

If your looking for very cheap travel speakers for your ipod, there are a range you can get for under $5 including shipping. Check out some options below. Probably not the best quality but if your looking for something cheap for music on the beach or at the park they may be a good choice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice, I like it the href="http://www.iminispeaker.com">mini speaker, i will buy one and play with my ipod

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      Chris_D 5 years ago

      Wow, nice lense, I've never seen Ipod docks that look like this before, some Ipod docks are very small in size, just perfect for some people. Thank you, your lense really helped me decide what type of reviews I wan't to have on my website.

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