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Topnotch Speakers for Travel

Updated on August 23, 2017
Drumbass 2 Speakers
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Portable Speakers: Music Wherever You Go

The day of the boom box is over. Thank heavens. Goodbye to bad music on inferior speakers played at eye watering levels of wax melting screech. Hello to portable mini-speakers with outstanding sound quality. What's best is you can even put these in your pocket when you travel.

Yes, these fantastic miniature speakers are on the market now and are about the size of a roll of silver dollars. Their sound quality is just unbelievable.

Plugged in or bluetoothed to your smart phone, iPad, ePad or computer, they'll bring you a room full of your tunes that will make you feel at home when you travel. Truly tiny, they weigh nothing and 5 ounces of mass gives 5 tons of pleasure.

Incredible Sound from Lifetrons Drumbass IIIe

My Speakers
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Lifetrons Drumbass IIIe

We were not really searching for travel speakers when we chanced upon the Lifetrons Drumbass IIIe in the Thai Airways flight magazine. However, we were really impressed with the sleek design and the promise of great sound. We noted that the design was awarded the most coveted Red Dot Product Design Award in 2011 and this, too, gave us confidence.

We had not really researched the top mini-speakers but we lucked out as when we got home, we found that the sound quality of these little beauties was just amazing and was completely compatible with our iPads and PCs.

Designed by Lifetrons, a Swiss company, these speakers go with any device that has a 3.5mm input for audio playback and for charging, any USB standard port. Each speaker is 43.2mm x 46mm each and weighs 72g.

Lifetrons DrumBass IIIe Speakers Amplifying Nature Music - More natural sound

Lifetrons DrumBass IIIe delivers much more natural sound. I connected the Lifetrons speaker to my iPad and chose nature music to test out its sound quality. Here's my video of this.

Here's the speaker I want to try

With your own voice, fill the room with your music from TuneIn, Spotify, Prime Music from this 360 degrees omni-directional speaker.

Hosting a party with your favourite music is easy even when your hands are busy showing off your cooking prowess.This Amazon Tap will hear your voice from across the room, recognise it even when it is playing music.

And more, it also reads audio books, reports news, weather and traffic, sports scores and schedules and answer questions using the Alexa voice service. It also keeps updating with new features and skills.

This is the only speaker to own.

NEW Lifetrons DrumBass III BT Bluetooth Speaker, Deluxe Wireless Black Edition For iPod, iPhone 4GS, Ipad, MAC & MP3 Players
NEW Lifetrons DrumBass III BT Bluetooth Speaker, Deluxe Wireless Black Edition For iPod, iPhone 4GS, Ipad, MAC & MP3 Players

This latest Drumbass bluetooth speaker has become one of the most popular speakers people purchase. No extra cable to carry which is a plus for travel and just one speaker. Really convenient but also delivers the best music one can have in a portable speaker.

The price has been reduced so get this now.


Interested in a Lifetrons DrumBass IIIe Metallic Stereo Speakers? - Or any other Lifetrons DrumBass Speakers?

As I have already mentioned, we got our speakers in one of our flights. These travel speakers are now available in about 70 airlines. It is sold by third parties here at Amazon and some people have concerns about warranty when buying through third parties. I have bought many times in Amazon's third parties and have had not problem.

Why a Travel Speaker - Things I love about my Travel Speaker

Travel speakers proved to be one of the most valuable items we bring with us in our travel. Although there is a stereo system in our hotel, we prefer to use this as we have all our music in our iPad so we have access to our collection anytime, be it in the pool, the office or the coffee shop.

We started bringing these travel speakers years ago with a box of two speakers, 4 by 2 inches. When we saw the Lifetrons Drumbass IIIe speakers, we tried them and we've never regretted our decision. It has enhanced our stay in many drab hotel rooms and provided us with more luggage space.

  1. You will have access to your personal music collection already in your iPad, iPod, MP3, Samsung Galaxy or Note or whatever compatible electronics you own.

    Recently, we were gathered in our dining room in the cottage with children and grandchildren and started remembering our favourite songs. We attached this speaker to our iPad and just bellowed out favourite family songs which everyone have in their iPads. It turned out to be a great family bonding experience.

  2. Quality travel speakers will let you listen to beautiful sound wherever you are as long as there is WiFi available. You can easily bring this to your office or the pool because of its portability. Just remember to bring your own earphones in consideration for your colleagues who may have different music taste than you have.

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The Travel Speaker I Use Now

Lifetrons Mini Speaker
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Speakers with much more range and depth

As we sit in our hotel room, my husband and I, each of us bashing on our computers, in the background is Gordon Lightfoot gently filling the room with nostalgia and peacefulness that adds, at least, another star and maybe a half moon to our classic consultants' rent-a-cave.

Up to now, we've had a pair of mini monsters that took too much suitcase space for too little range. The new speakers available are much smaller and just give so much more range and depth without cranking the volume and blowing our neighbors out their windows. They're not perfect for the Fugue in D or for Holst at his most spectacular but if you're playing that stuff in some of the hotels over here, you really need small speakers. Or better still, earphones. For Serenade for Strings, James Taylor or the Eagles, these are just right.

Grumpy is now sitting behind me banging away on his vintage Dell making a noise that could be a hum while rock and rolling in his old wooden chair.

The Case of the Lifetrons DrumBass IIIe Stereo Speakers - Really compact for travel

Travel Speakers Case
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Speakers with Compact Design

I can hold this case in the palm of my hand. Compact designs always attract travellers who always have to deal with suitcase space.

X-Mini KAI XAM11-B Bluetooth Portable Capsule Speaker, Black
X-Mini KAI XAM11-B Bluetooth Portable Capsule Speaker, Black

What are you waiting for? Get one and start your fun.


Best Rated Bluetooth Speaker

All those who rated this travel speaker gave it a 5. Excellent so far. Its magnetically shielded 40mm drivers give you that extra edge over conventional 36mm drivers when it comes down to sound quality. Experience rich, full-range sound as the KAI expands to create a larger resonance chamber, high quality sound that you can take anywhere.

Pair it, dongle it, speak it, rock it. Capable of delivering high quality sound through Bluetooth transmission from a paired device, the X-mini KAI Capsule Speaker is designed to feature a built-in Bluetooth module while keeping to the unmistakable quality and form of the original X-mini Capsule Speaker. In addition to the convenience of wireless audio playback, the KAI adds a built-in mic for easy hands-free conference calling.

Other Top-Rated Portable Travel Speakers

X-Mini II XAM4-B Portable Capsule Speaker, Mono, Black
X-Mini II XAM4-B Portable Capsule Speaker, Mono, Black

Imagine yourself with your buddies connecting all your X-Mini II, a reason to be together and have fun, with enhanced volume for a party. In various colors, it can serve as your party decor as well. What are you waiting for?


X-Mini II Capsule Speaker: Sound Beyond Size - Best priced Capsule Speaker for Travel

Weighing 2.9 ounces, this speaker gives you 12 hours of continuous play from its embedded battery. This has become popular because of its Buddy-Jack which enables all those who own X-Mini II to connect their X-Minis to a single music source thereby, enhancing volume and audio clarity. Really fun for the younger ones.

Now considered the benchmark for ultra portable sound, this capsule speaker comes in 8 colors.

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Main consideration in buying a travel speaker? - Remember, this is for travel

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The sound of a row of X-Mini Speakers - Connect several X-minis and enjoy even better sound

You can get several and put them in a row for a much more powerful sound.

Top Capsule Travel Speakers - Modular ones

A TM Mini Speaker for your Mobile - High powered battery with 10 hours of playback

Just at 2.2 ounces, this mini speaker is easy to bring along. Although tiny, its sound quality is a boom. It includes 1 USB Cable with 3.5mm Audio Jack inside a soft black velvet pouch. It is small enough to carry in your travel bag or even better, attached to your key chain. It comes in black, white and red.

With a single charge through any standard USB port, its high powered Lithium battery allows you continuous 10 hours of playback. You can connect it to your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, MP3/4/5 Players, Mobile Phones, Netbooks, Laptops, Desktops, Androids and Games Console. It is compatible with all audio devices.

AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System with 3YR Guarantee with Rechargeable Battery and Expandable Bass Resonator for Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Players, Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, iPhone 7
AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System with 3YR Guarantee with Rechargeable Battery and Expandable Bass Resonator for Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Players, Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, iPhone 7

It's portability can't be beat and for a traveller, this is important. It has gotten very good reviews, in fact, the last time I looked, 238 reviewers rated it very high. Several of the reviewers even bought 3 or 4 as given its size the sound is impressive. At this price, it is a bargain.


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iPad Speaker Dock - Really useful when you travel

With computer-optimized DSP equalization and EQ settings which you can select, this JBL OnBeat Xtreme Bluetooth not only delivers stunning sound quality but also supports the best quality audi streaming with interference free operation.

This also offers what many travellers via the built-in microphone: hands-free calling, full speaker phone functionality and echo cancellation. It even allows you with is rotating dock connector to position your iPad, iPod and iPhone the way you want it: portrait or landscape. The only drawback is its price. Still, when you think of what you can do with this device especially when you are on the road, it is worth it.

Have you made your choice in travel speakers? - Let me know your thoughts on this

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Small is the New Big and these Speakers are Proving this as a Fact!! :D

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      This lens was 'God sent' aesta1. I LOVE listening to music and I am so excited about the discovery of these mini speakers. Great lens review!!! I will most definitely be gifting myself with one of these. Thanks for sharing.

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      visit2goa 4 years ago

      Nice lens..

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This is really something to consider for our laptop. It really needs help when it comes to the sound.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Impressive lens, keep the good work. :)

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Nice collection of travel speaker. I am looking for a pair so thanks for different type to choose from.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You have some good choices here.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love my music and love to travel so this is perfect!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I wasn't prepared to be interested in travel speakers but now I certainly am. Thanks for the review.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      My husband has to carry his speakers when he travels. It is amazing how small they are these days!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I enjoyed visiting here, youâve created a really helpful lens. Nice work, thank you for sharing it.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I don't have any but I definitely need some--and your reviews are very helpful!

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      WOW!! I had NO idea there were so many choices. Phew.. gonna take some time to decide.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you for the blessing. These speakers have really made a difference in our travels. Even if there is a stereo in our hotel, this one connects to our iPad where all our music are so we could listen anywhere where there is WiFi, the office, the pool or the coffee shop.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I sure found lots of great ideas for travel speakers!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I hadn't thought about having extra speakers for travel, but these are really innovative products that would really come in handy. *Squid Angel Blessed* and pinned to my "Gadgets I Want to Try" board.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      just what I was looking for...I like to see a list of the same bid now 10 times in case I missed it the first time...thanks for sharing...

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      It seems you can not go anywhere these days and not have your speakers! Great lens!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      They are all look cool, my daughter would love this JBL OnBeat Xtreme ipod speaker.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great extensive lens.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Hubby has a little mp3 music player with built in speakers - amazing the sound quality in such a tiny device! he loves to walk around with Om Nama Shivaya playing.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Useful lens! Thanks for your sharing!

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      DIY Mary 4 years ago

      These mini speakers are really cool!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Nice lens!!!!thank you so much

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Great choice of travel speakers.

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      inspirationz 4 years ago

      these look useful to have along on travels for any music lovers :)

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      Timsmansmall 4 years ago

      Nice selection of travel speakers.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: I also like the capsule speakers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a capsule speaker but those Lifetron drumbass ones look interesting.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: It is a joy to have it in our hotel room.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got a cheepo Logic3 set off my daughter in law when she upgraded, fine for my ipod when pn holiday. Great Lens by the way

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @kabbalah lm: We are enjoying our own.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Cari Kay 11: If her Walkman has Bluetooth capability some of these portable speakers will definitely work.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      My daughter got a Sony Walkman for Christmas and I know she'd love the ability to listen to it without headphones. I wonder if these would work?

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      The Lifetrons are very cool. Thanks

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @pawpaw911: We're really enjoying ours and we have moved from the size of a laptop to what we have now in the picture.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Taking mini speakers with you when you travel is a great idea.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Melissa Miotke: It is the best we've ever carried in our travel.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I would love to have a travel pair of speakers.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi. We are enjoying our own speakers all the time.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @neotony: There are indeed so many choices out there but we never regretted buying the Lifetrons stereo speakers in the pictures above.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: It is worth it if you love music.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent reviews! Would love a pair of these when I travel!

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      neotony 5 years ago

      no, because you've given us too many great choices to choose from! lol!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If I knew anyone close that travel a lot by plane, I would jump on your travel speakers as the perfect gift, what excellent choices and beautifully and personaly presented as usual....congratulations on your lovely purple star!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Johanna Eisler: That's good. I am sure whoever gets it will be truly happy.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      No, I haven't chosen yet. Of course, I'd like to choose wisely - the best would be nice, but price is a factor... this lens is a good place to start my research. Thank you! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Camden1: It is really a worthwhile investment.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      If my husband starts travelling again very often I'll definitely get him some of these - he loves to listen to music wherever he is.