Up for review today I’ve got a Bluetooth speaker from a company called Tauren and what sets this one apart from others is that it has a built-in solar panel for additional power while you’re on the go. It has a solar panel so obviously it’s a product that’s meant top be used more outdoors and it seems rugged and durable and they even include a carabineer so you can attach it to your pack while you’re out and about. The speaker can also be used as a speakerphone so you don’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket or pack while you’re hiking to take calls. Battery life isn’t the greatest at about four hours, but the solar panel will supposedly extend the playback time, but still four hours isn’t really much at all in my opinion. Read on to learn more..
Specifications and Features
Are you looking for a premium Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound quality and extra features, Then get the Tauren Solar Powered Wireless Outdoor Speaker today, because it is exactly what you need. Outdoor and indoor use Tauren Solar Powered Wireless Outdoor Speaker is a fully functional Bluetooth enabled audio output device. The speaker has a very unique design that makes it perfect for outdoor and indoor use. It comes with a build quality and a collection of features that eliminates restrictions; as such you can either use it at home or on the go. You can either place the speaker on any solid surface or hook it up to a wall or even a tree. You can also hang it on a backpack or bicycle to enjoy your music on the go Solar power extend battery life Not only is the design of this solar powered Bluetooth speaker innovative, it is also lightweight and very portable. Unique features of this speaker include; the Built in TF card slot for streaming music from memory cards, 2.1 EDR Bluetooth connectivity, Mic, solar technology and Rechargeable Lithium ion battery. The built in battery has a full playback time of 4 hours and solar power cell could extend battery life. It also provides a connectivity radius of up to 10 meters, so you can roam freely and still enjoy your music.
Package Contents: 1 Wireless speaker 1 Charging cable 1 Hook
-Non AA battery dependent Bluetooth speaker;solar powered Rechargeable li-ion battery.
-Speaker provides high definition sound output and clear sound quality; Highs, lows, mids and bass outputs are uniquely processed through the 3W audio driver and Passive subwoofer.
-Durable, Portable, Lightweight and Very affordable; Perfect for camping, Hiking, Fishing trips, Picnics, Backyard grilling, Party and lots more
-Seamless Bluetooth Connectivity to your Apple or Android Smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled devices including: Smartphones, Mp3 players, Car stereos, Tablet PCs and lots more.
-Built-in noise cancelling Microphone for answering calls on-the-go and enjoying crystal clear conversation.
Price: $24.99 (from Amazon at time of review)
Let’s start with a video unboxing:
The packaging is a clear plastic box which actually arrived broken to me, but the speaker itself was fine. When you unpack everything you’ll find the user guide, carabineer, and microUSB charging cable.
The speaker is about palm sized with dimensions of about 4x3x2 inches. It’s round and almost egg shaped with the control panel on the top and the speaker underneath it with a metal grill covering it for protection. It does feel solidly made so it appear to be fairly rugged and durable. It’s listed as something to be used outdoors and for camping and hiking etc but I see no mention of it being any level of waterproof.
On the front you’ll find all the buttons and controls for power, mode, answer/end calls, volume up and down, skip forward and back and play/pause and there’s also the microphone there as it can be used as a speakerphone.
On the bottom you’ll find a small solar panel which, from what I’ve read, is used to extend the battery life and not really charge the battery. The idea would be to charge it before you leave via USB and then the solar panel will keep it charged via the sun as you’re on the go and using it. It doesn’t say what the battery capacity is but it does state that you should get about four hours paly time on a single charge which isn’t much honestly. The specs say it’s four hours playback time and the solar cell could extend battery life. I’m guessing the idea is you’re using it outside for music but it’s charging while you’re using it so you could or should get more than four hours battery life.
On the bottom edge you’ll find a rubber door that covers the microUSB port and microSD slot.The rubber door fits snugly and will keep the weather out.
On the top edge is a thick rubber strap where you can attach the carabineer so you can take it with you easily like hanging it off of your backpack while hiking.
For testing I paired it with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone via Bluetooth obviously and I had no issue with the pairing process. The LED blinks blue constantly once you’re paired.
The speaker does have decent bass to it but it gets distorted at high volume, very distorted actually. If you’re holding the speaker while playing music you can feel it vibrating in your hand, and even on your desk you can feel the vibrations through it.
The sound isn’t bad but it’s not great either, there’s just something missing, I think it’s too much bass and not enough treble really. It just sounds kind of flat overall without much highs at all.
The microSD slot is a nice addition as it basically turns the speaker itself into an MP3 player, or at least a very basic one.
The Tauren outdoor speaker isn’t a bad choice for taking your audio with you, but it does have some issues.
It is well made and rugged and it seems very durable and I like the microSD slot a lot.
The addition of the solar panel is unique for a speaker, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a speaker with a solar panel built-in before and it’s good it’s there as the battery life isn’t very good at all.
Sound quality is just bearable in my opinion, it seems there’s too much bass and almost no treble from what I can hear. There’s so so much bass in fact that the sound gets distorted a lot at higher volume levels.
+Well made, seems rugged and durable
+Solar panel for extra power
+microSD card slot for MP3s
-No Aux, Bluetooth only
-Distortion at higher volume levels
-Short battery life
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Disclosure: This product was given to us for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review.
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