In this week's TeQ Talk, I had the pleasure of testing out the Scosche boomBottle.
I have to tell you, the thing looks like a replica of the ooze canister from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of The Ooze, but it's far more useful than just turning reptiles into crime fighters.
Fitting most water bottle holders, cup holders, and even coming with a hook to strap onto your backpack, there really isn't any place the Scosche boomBottle won't go while you're enjoying the outdoors. And the best part about it: Bluetooth technology that has a range of up to 33 feet. You can play music wirelessly through most smartphones and tablets. It also comes with a jack in case you want to plug your device directly into it.
And once you do connect your device, you can expect nothing less that superior sound quality pumping out of the omni-direction speakers on both the top and bottom of the bottle. And I'm not talking about minimal, empty sound that is treble-heavy. This thing has a passive radiator built in, to ensure that whatever your playing, anyone within earshot is going to hear it (so play good music).
And since it has Bluetooth capabilities, if you receive a phone call while using it, the boomBottle immediately becomes a hands-free device and allows you to carrying on a phone conversation while still doing whatever it is you're doing. Like any hands-free device, the quality of the call depends on where you are and what you're doing at that specific time of the call. Rolling down the road on a bicycle may yield a phone conversation filled with "What?" and "I can't hear you, are you in a wind tunnel filled with cats doing impressions of Fran Drescher?", but if you stop your ride and take a call, the boomBottle is more than sufficient as a hands-free device. Great for when you're hiking.
And Scosche had the outdoors in mind when they designed the boomBottle. The shock absorbing silicone body means you can drop it while on the go and it won't break. It is also splash resistant, so you can take it out by the pool, just don't drop it in. And it has about a 10-hour life on the rechargeable lithium polymer battery.
All in all, I enjoy the outdoors, but riding my bike with my headphones in is dangerous, and I'm tired of relying on my iPhone to provide the necessary amount and volume of rock n roll I need to make it through a tough hike up the mountain. The Scosche boomBottle fixes all of that. Not only do I get to rock the trails playing my favorite band, The Black Crowes, as loud as I want, but I also get the safe option of listening to a tasty 20-minute jam of Wiser Time from The Fillmore in 2010 while in traffic on my bike, completely aware of the cars around me (and them as equally aware of me thanks to my excellent tunes being pumped out).
The Scosche boomBottle is available for purchase for $149.99 at www.scosche.com and comes with many color options. I'm excited about the product and my future outdoor recreational activities, because now they won't be filled with hollowed out, faint renditions of my music library, but the full, bright, clear and crisp nitty-gritty sound of The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion. The way it was meant to be.