At first glance, you can see ALTEC’s Mini LifeJacket 3 has a rugged and sporty design. It looks indestructible. First impressions don’t usually stand the test of time.
This might be an exception. Not only is this robust speaker water proof but also sand, snow and shock resistant. It even floats in water and is fully submersible. Clearly this product is perfect for the more adventurous type. It even comes with universal hardware to mount your speaker onto a hard surface like a bike’s handlebars or a tow-rope handle.
Outfitted with a 16-hour rechargeable battery, this device will play music at the same time it charges your phone. It has three ports: a micro-USB port for charging the unit, stereo aux jack and a normal USB port to charge other devices. Although it has wireless stereo pairing through Bluetooth, it is sometimes a relief to quickly connect with an aux cord without having to fiddle with pairing. This can be a bit of a hassle with all wireless products, especially if you’re in the habit of turning Bluetooth off to save your cherished battery life.
One of the best thing about this product is the fact that the speaker comes pre-packaged with everything you need. This includes the universal mount, AC Adapter, USB cable and AUX cable. You know it’s a quality product when it comes fully charged and ready to go out of the box. My only criticism is that the hands-free speakerphone is an unnecessary feature when you already have a phone around to call people. This might be helpful in some cases and, regardless, additional features are still features. Overall, the Mini LifeJacket 3 is an uncompromising mix between durability and quality.
Mini LifeJacket 3 is available from Target, Anaconda and the Good Guys for $149.95.