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Mpow Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker BTS02 Review

Mpow Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker BTS02 Review

Not to be confused with MiPOW the Mpow BTS02 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has a microphone with audio connection that sounds pretty good.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  3/5

Recommendation:  3/5 Stars

Mpow SB02 Bluetooth Speaker

The Mpow Wireless Bluetooth Speaker model BTS02 is a great sounding Bluetooth speaker for mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. The BTS02 connects using Bluetooth wireless or the rear 3.5mm audio connection and has an internal lithium battery that lasts 8 hours according to the company.

Charging is done through the rear USB Micro-B connection so any device like a PC or smartphone charger with a USB connection can charge the speaker. According to the directions you cannot charge the speaker during use which I found kind of strange but I had no problems with it plugged in while listening to my favorite tunes.

I just think that it will not charge while playing as it probably uses as much power as it does to charge so you probably should not expect to use it and charge it at the same time. The BTS02 speaker charged just fine with a variety of connections including a couple of portable smartphone chargers as well as my desktop computers and a wall adapter.

whats in the box

The Mpow Bluetooth Speaker sounds good and connects wirelessly to your device but also has a rear 3.5 mm audio input for an additional way to connect to handheld devices. The front of the speaker has media controls for volume and play/pause as well as answering calls with the built in microphone.

Oddly the power button is on the bottom of the speaker while the two sides have LED lighting to indicate power, pairing and low battery. The speaker also has a voice notification for power on and off, pairing and paired so you can hear the various functions instead of having to see the LED lighting.

Call quality using the microphone was decent and for a device at this price I would have to say it’s pretty good for the price of about $35. It works just fine and you can understand the person on the other end of the line easily without much interference or any problems.

Power Button & Connectons

The packaging the BTS02 came in is rather void of company information which I also found kind of odd as I had to dig on the internet to find the company website. This was also mentioned in a couple of Amazon reviews when customers had problems and could not find out where to go for customer service.

The Mpow website is actually at xmpow.com and has contact information if anyone is interested in finding out more about the company. The Mpow Bluetooth Wireless speaker works well and is a handy Bluetooth connected speaker that uses the latest version of Bluetooth for the best low power connection to your mobile devices.

While the sound quality is not the best at higher volumes the Mpow Bluetooth speaker does sound good and works well enough as a low cost speaker and microphone. I can recommend the Mpow Wireless Speaker as a lower cost alternative to those expensive speakers with more functions than you need.

BTS02 @ xmpow.com

BTS02 @ Amazon

Pros
Low cost Bluetooth 4.0 speaker
Microphone sounds good
Easily connects to any Bluetooth devices

Cons
Sound quality at higher volume is not the best

JBL Charge Portable Speaker and USB Charger

The JBL Charge is a great portable speaker with a USB outlet for charging smartphones or tablets from the internal 6000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

JBL Charge

The JBL Charge is a fantastic portable speaker that has a trick underneath its cylindrical hood in a 6000 mAh lithium ion battery. The internal battery allows the JBL Charge not only to keep playing music for a long time but can be used for charging USB devices like smartphones and tablets.

The JBL Charge is a two speaker system with a side facing bass tube with the two 5 watt speakers supplying the majority of your sound. The inch and a half speaker’s supply the sound while the bass comes from the side port but I am not sure what is behind that small side screen supplying bass.

Whats in the Box

Bass is usually from a separate speaker but I am not sure how the bass is coming out the side speaker on the JBL Charge as I have not been able to get it open. The battery is under the back grill but that was all I could get open so I am not sure what else is under the hood of the Charge.

The small size of the Charge at 7 inches long and 2 and 3/4 inch wide is a good size for decent sound but it does not deliver just decent sound. The JBL Charge is a great sounding speaker and so far the best I have heard from a speaker this size for music and movies as well as gaming.

jbl charge controls

The JBL Charge along with the closely released Flip are both excellent speakers and sound equally great for music and movies but also work well for gaming. I have used the Charge as a regular speaker for watching movies and gaming on my computer and for music from tablets and my MP3 player.

The JBL Charge connects to your audio player using either Bluetooth or the rear 3.5 mm stereo connection with Bluetooth working flawlessly between all the devices I have tried. The rear stereo connection is right by the micro USB connection that is used to charge the portable speaker.

USB Charging Connection

The JBL Charge has three led lights near the power button to show power levels when using the portable battery and when charging the internal battery. The blue LED around the power button indicates on, pairing and connected with the Bluetooth so you have all you need to know with the two sets of indicators.

The JBL Charge comes with a wall power adapter for the included micro USB cable and a stereo cable for connecting the Charge to your media player. The Charge also comes with a handy and nice plush carry case that fits the speaker and its cables but not the power adapter.

Rear Connections

The JBL speaker sounds great and is definitely worth the higher price if you need a stereo speaker that also doubles as a USB charger for handheld devices. I have charged not only my smartphone and MP3 player but have topped off my Nexus 7 and Playbook tablets using the Charge.

The JBL Charge is available at sites like Amazon and Newegg for about $150 and comes in blue, black or green and really does have a high end sound quality. I highly recommend the JBL Charge for a high end portable speaker that is small in size but big on great sound that also can charge devices with its built-in USB connected battery.

JBL Charge @ JBL Website

JBL Charge @ Amazon

Pros

Bluetooth or 3.5mm stereo connection
6000 mAh Li-ion battery powers speaker and charges devices
Bass and two speakers sound great

Cons
None

JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Flip is a small Bluetooth portable speaker with big sound, although this may sound like the first line of an advertisement it is true and then some.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Flip is the second product I received in a pleasantly unexpected package from JBL that sounds much bigger than its size indicates. The JBL Flip like the closely related Charge is a portable speaker that connects to your Bluetooth enable device.

The JBL Flip has two 5 watt speakers inside for your sound while behind the same grill is a small microphone for smartphone speaker calls. The Flip is 6.25 inches wide with a 2.5 inch diameter to its almost round shape and has rubber feet on the bottom and a round rubber foot on one end.

The portable speaker has a power adapter for charging while the other connection on the rear of the speaker is a 3.5mm stereo audio connection. The JBL Flip can last about 5 hours for playback without being plugged into the wall and takes about 3 hours for a full charge when completely drained according to the JBL specs.

whats in the box

The Bluetooth connectivity has worked perfectly and can be used at decent distances like most Bluetooth connected devices out to about thirty feet. I have had no problems using the speaker twenty or so feet away but of course with numerous walls in the way reception can be limited.

The JBL Flip has recently made a new home on my wife’s desk to play music and movies, mostly TV shows, but is going to stay there for a while. The Flip is great as a regular speaker for movies and TV but especially for TV when most of them are in stereo anyway.

I have used the Flip with my computers, MP3 players and both a PlayBook and Nexus 7 tablet with great results but also with a Samsung smartphone for both listening and for calling. The JBL Flip has a phone button on the side that allows you to connect and make calls with the speaker and included microphone.

Rear Connections JBL Flip

While you can use the Flip for calling and speaker phone use it is good but not great, the sound quality is alright on both ends but the microphone does pick up a lot. The call quality was not the best but it did work fine and making a few calls with the speaker phone went fine and was audible on both sides.

The JBL Flip comes with a neoprene carry case but this case does not hold the power adapter so on the road you will need another place to store the power adapter. The speaker transports easily and really does make a great portable speaker or smaller desk speaker with great sound.

The Flip has clear and crisp sound and even at the highest volume does not distort audio or music for an excellent choice in a portable speaker. Battery life is the only real down mark for the Flip but with the Bluetooth connectivity and excellent audio quality a little trade off is alright.

JBL Flip Controls

I highly recommend the JBL Flip for a fantastic portable speaker that costs about $100 and is available from JBL, Amazon and Newegg as well as a variety of local stores like Best Buy.

Flip @ JBL

Flip @ Newegg

Pros
Small package with big sound
Excellent Sound quality
Easy Bluetooth connection
Works as phone speaker

Cons
Five hour battery life