MARLEY CHANT PORTABLE SPEAKER REVIEW
Battery life: 6 hours
Marley is the headphone and speaker brand established by Bob Marley’s children. This is the smallest and most portable speaker they make, and it pumps out the sound pretty impressively for something so small. You can plug this into your phone using a conventional mini-jack cable and charge it off your computer with a USB, but the best feature about this is its Bluetooth connectivity, which means that your phone doesn’t even have to be connected to the speaker to play music through it. We tested the effective range at about 4-5 metres, which is probably about all you’ll ever need. All-round, it’s an excellent travel accessory.superfi.co.uk, surfdome.com
NIXON BLASTER PORTABLE SPEAKER REVIEW
Dimensions: 218 x 95 x 45mm
Battery life: 12 hours
Nixon may be best known for their watches, but they’ve been making headphones for a number of years now, so taking the leap into speaker manufacturing was an obvious next step. The Blaster is designed to be portable and durable, and as such features a water-resistant rubber case that’s designed to absorb the kind of hard knocks a life on the road will dish out. Like the Marley, it offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as conventional cable connections. It is larger and heavier (and so by definition less portable) but it boasts a much longer battery life, giving you up to 12 hours of continuous play.