Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker, IPX7 Waterproof for Outdoor Parties, LED Show with 360° Sound and BassUp technology
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- All Round Pounding Sound: Intense 360° sound drops from back-to-back 5W (10W total) neodymium drivers for stunning sound in every direction—all powered by BassUp technology, multi-band DRC, and dual IIR passive radiators.
- Audio Fireworks: Watch a halo of LEDs phase, pulse, and glow with the rhythm of your music for a next-level listening experience. Fill your house or yard with a personalized party atmosphere; 8 individual LEDs and 5 lighting modes offer customization.
- Pool Party Proof: No matter where the times go, Flare Mini is an outdoor Bluetooth speaker that is suited up and ready. Super-safe IPX7 waterproof protection effortlessly withstands spills, rain, and even complete submersion (for 30 minutes) in water.
- Can’t Stop The Beat: A high-efficiency Li-ion battery ensures you get 12 hours of thumping sound and pulsing light from a single charge—longer than ordinary outdoor Bluetooth speakers. Start the party early, and go to bed late!
- Wireless Stereo: Connect 2 Flare Mini outdoor Bluetooth speakers via a single bluetooth device for souped-up stereo sound. Designed to work with any device, including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Computers, Chromebooks, TV, PD.
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All-Round Sound, All-Day Play A complete party squeezed into a Bluetooth speaker. Bass-driven 360 sound is synchronized with a pulsing light show that takes your music into the stratosphere. 5 illumination modes allow you to completely customize the atmosphere; lift the crowd to new heights or bring them down from the ceiling. At the beach, by the pool, or anywhere else; just press play to start the party. Key Features: 360 Sound: An outdoor Bluetooth speaker with back-to-back drivers deliver front-row sound to everyone around. Beat-Driven Lightshow:A multicolored LED ring beats, pops, and phases in time to your music. IPX7 Waterproof: An outdoor Bluetooth speaker with tough waterproof protection to withstand rain, drinks, and even complete submersion for 30 minutes. 12-Hour Battery Life: Using Ankers world-renowned battery technology, playtime runs all day or all night. Wireless Stereo: Pair 2 Flare Mini outdoor Bluetooth speakers via a single Bluetooth device for all-around stereo sound. Specifications: Supported Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP Input: 5V/1A Audio Output: 10W (5W 2) Bluetooth Range: 30ft with obstructions; 100ft with line of sight Battery Capacity: 2600mAh Charge Time: 3 hrs at 5V/1A Working Temperature: 0-104F Audio sensitivity: 83 db Bluetooth Frequency Range: 24002483.5MHz Sound Frequency Range: 73Hz~20kHz(-3dB) THD+N: Whats in the box Flare Mini Happy card Quick Start Guide USB-A to Micro-USB Cable
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The speaker itself has a very high build quality which presents throughout the product. It looks and feels sturdy and with the added resilience of being waterproof - it should stand the tests of poolside/BBQ outdoor parties!
The sound - as with most Anker products...it’s amazing. Deep bass fills the room with a deceiving level of loudness for a speaker of its size.
The RGB can be switched to several modes and draws some of the battery life - it’s bright and colourful and adds that party vibe you might be after.
The battery life seems to be mediocre! Turn off the RGB for that extra umph!
Final thoughts; unfortunately this speaker isn’t cheap for what you get and it seems the added RGB is going to cost you here. I have several Anker speakers which match the amazing quality with a much smaller price tag.
However if you catch it on sale or don’t have any other speakers similar to this, then it’s certainly worth a punt. You’ll not be disappointed with the Anker brand.
Picture is to demonstrate the size of it compared to a standard bog roll, not to indicate that it's crap! Far from it.
A decent balance of sound, bass not excellent but what do you expect from something barely bigger than a can of fizzy drink.
Volume goes up to a fairly high volume but is subject to some distortion at higher levels.
As a device to add some ambient lower volume to a bbq, in the garage etc it's good value for money.
Fairly good battery life although having the LED's on does significantly reduce battery life.
Only bought the one so can't report on the stereo element.
Would recommend. Very easy set up, no app to sign into or fiddle with just a bluetooth speaker doing what it should
Linked to my phone and put on lowest volume as the kids are in bed. Sounded good, then i put them to my ears and the immersion was brilliant.Its like the 360 sound makes it feel like the band is in your head. Really happy so far.
Will update if i find any negatives.
I was after a cheap Bluetooth speaker to replace an Anker SoundCore Mini that expired in my 19th month of ownership. Guarantee is only 18 months, what a wounder.
I was happy with it before it died, but initially thought I'd try for a slight upgrade in the SoundCore 2 - a speaker I'd seen called the best budget speaker in various places online.
Well, that arrived and sounded like absolute trash to my ears. So I also then ordered another SoundCore Mini and a SoundCore Flare Mini. I was sure I wasn't keeping the SoundCore 2, but which one would I keep?
I decided to quickly AB test them all. The songs I used were Bloody Cape by Deftones, Black Republican by Jay-Z/Nas, and something off Syro by Aphex Twin. I can connect two devices as a time and switch between them, so the comparison is instant.
Anker Soundcore 2 vs Flare Mini
Flare wins easily. The SoundCore 2 has such a weedy, thin sound I'm stunned at the acclaim. No bass whatsoever. I know it's cheap and the battery is suposed to go on forever, but no.
The Flare Mini is louder, the sound is fuller, but it does start to sound a bit rough at high volume.
Flare Mini vs Soundcore Mini
The Flare Mini is lots louder. The SoundCore Mini really needs to be at full volume to be worthwhile, but it doesn't distort. I fact, the sound is arguably better than the Flare Mini. It stays smooth, whereas the Flare Mini gets a bit rough.
It's honestly a tough call on which to keep. I like how the Soundcore Mini sounds, it's just a bit too quiet next to it's flashy LED cousin. It's definitely better value, and if your limit is £20 then go for it IMO.
But I didn't buy it to hold..I bought it for the sound...setting up was easy and straightforward, and the sound is excellent, reasonable bass and mid range, perhaps the treble could be improved slightly..but all in all I would recommend this product.
I paired mine to our smart tv to avoid having to have it blaring late at night and disturbing others in the house.
One thing could be improved on though, and in my opinion is a very poor design flaw..the symbols on the top are very hard to see in a poor light, they should be coloured/white at least.
Controls are simple and cover all functions you'd need, however can be quite hard to see, but I don't consider this a big issue since there aren't that many and you memorize them quickly without effort.
Battery life is great, though reporting is a bit odd. When I received the unit, it was reading 80%, but dropped to 60% after about an hour of use. This was initially concerning for what it implied about maximum runtime, but it proceeded to remain at 60% for many additional hours. When it finally and suddenly hit 30% I realized that it was only reporting in coarse increments and not the true power level, so this is something to be aware of. The long runtime is achieved through low power consumption rather than a large battery, which means that even at the slow 1 amp charging rate, it regains power very quickly. A little over an hour was all it took to put back everything I described above.
Sound is great, but could be better I think. Bass is surprisingly loud and deep for such a small device, definitely all I could ask for or expect, but don't expect deep booming subwoofer-like sound obviously, it is still only a small speaker. Volume is the same. As is common with small speakers, mids are just a little overdone, and I found the treble to be slightly lacking. This is easily enough corrected with a slight (sometimes stronger) EQ though. The sound is remarkably non-directional - the 360° claim is more than fair. Turning it to the side so a driver points directly at you increases clarity just a bit but it's hardly even worth mentioning.
This misses the 5 star mark for me though for a few reasons. It's not that there's necessarily anything wrong with it, just things that I think were missed which didn't need to be. I mentioned a bit about the sound already but there's more to say about other features, or lack thereof. For one, it has no 3.5mm jack for input, you can only use bluetooth. It also doesn't work with the Flare app, which means you're stuck EQing with your player (spotify, etc.), and with the built in light profiles, which may or may not suit your taste at all. I don't believe it would have cost meaningfully more to include these features, it seems to me they were left out solely for product segmentation purposes.
Overall though still a strong recommendation, though only if you care about the IPx7 water"proof" rating. I needed this and so it was the best choice on the market at the price, but if you are ok without water resistance there are likely better sounding options at this price, and/or equivalent sounding options for less (though I can't personally guarantee this having not listening to too many bluetooth speakers). Though, I can't speak for everyone. Perhaps the unique styling and 360° nature make it still the right choice for you.
That said, a single unit can fill a foom to a surprising degree and the overall quality of sound is really impressive. Build quality seems good so far, though I suspect the rubber over the buttons at the top will probably deteriorate over time.. a fairly long time, so it's a non issue.
Sound quality is very good. The speakers do bass very well, although unlike the flare there is no option to turn off the bass boosting feature if you don't want it to be too bassy. You can counter this by using dolby atmos or similar to turn down bass on your phone.
Waterproofing is good: no issues as of yet. Got dropped in a hot bath and came out unharmed.
Finally, the light shows are a nice novel feature, but nothing to write home about. You should get this speaker if 1. It's on sale, 2. You want a cheap and easy speaker to take out with you, with good sound quality and 360 degree sound, and 3. If you have enough for two, id recommend it, as it does really make these speakers shine.
Getting them to work as a stereo pair is a bit fiddly and not well documented but I think this is how it works:
Switch one speaker on and pair it (BTlight goes from flashing blue to solid)
Then switch the second one on and press the BT button until it flashes WHITE. Do the same on the paired one and they them work together in stereo. Top tip: there are videos on YouTube that play alternately left and right channels so you can get them the right way round.
They charge pretty quickly and last a fair while on a single charge.
Tried to update firmware, PC powers it, just their software doesn't see the device. Followed all troubleshooting
Just a stressful annoying waste of time
EDIT: I have managed to pair the speaker with Alex. To do this I went to Alexa.amazon.com and paired it there. It paired straight away
I absolutely love it, I use it everyday from listening to music, podcasts, audio books and even TV via the iPad and it never disappoints.
I tend not to use the lights, as this does drain the battery, but you can use it whist it is charging.
there is nothing bad to say about this product. I bought it in the sale and then my mum and dad bought one for their main TV (as mum has hearing problems) and it is so clear for her to hear the TV now.
My sister bought one in the next sale and we all love ours.
Get it when its on offer, then its really the best £30 you will have spent if looking for a solid great sounding speaker.
oh and it looks great too!