5 Best Portable Speakers for Travelers

Travel Products & Services — By on July 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm

by Brooke Schoenman
LG Tech & Gear Editor

Portable travel speakers make it so you can easily have a party with friends, add background music to your hostel chats or share you favorite tunes with the people on your bus (if they want that). Without them, you are most likely comfined to your ear buds, or listening to movies on your laptop with not enough volume. These simple little devices can help take your travels to a new level, but what portable speakers should you be looking for?

It all depends on the price, quality, size and weight combination that suits you. Here are five of the best portable travel and laptop speakers that you should consider:

X-Mini II Capsule Speaker

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The X-Mini II is quite tiny at only 6 cm in diameter, but it can play for over 11 hours on one battery charge. For its size, the sound level and quality is said to be astonishing, if not a little muddled at times. However, the cool part about the X-Mini II capsules are that they can actually connect to each other. So, if you’re traveling with friends that also have the speaker, you can combine them into one big speaker. They sell for around $30.



Tweakers are fun little capsule-shaped portable travel speakers that will give your music or movies extra oomph from your laptop or iPod. Coming in at least than $25, they have a reusable battery system that can be recharged through the USB port on a computer. The downfalls are that the bass may be lacking and the reusable battery will eventually become unusable. To store, the magnetic base locks the two speaker parts together.

Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3


The Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3 single speaker is said to pack quite the punch. It runs alone for 24 hours on 3 AAA batteries, and it lacks distortion at the upper levels of audio. The Orbit-MP3 offers 360 sound for most any device with a 3.5 mm connection and comes in at around $30.

iHome iHM77 Capsule Speakers

Weighing in at just 4 ounces, the iHome iHM77 single speaker makes the list of top portable travel speakers. It easily fits into a pocket or purse for easy travel, and it has an instant pop-up design for play. The iHM77 has a rechargeable battery system that allows for plays over 8 hours on each charge. The downfall is that the clarity isn’t amazing, but coming in at just $17, it is hard to beat!

iLuv Mini Speakers


The iLuv mini speakers come in at around a pound, but they do come with do speakers that are covered in anti-slip rubber on the bottom. Ranging from $15 to $20 for the item, the item can belt out at 4 watts, but it will take 3 AAA batteries to do so. Although not the best sound, for the size and price, it is worth looking into.

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Music has a way of soothing our minds and bringing people together. When you’ve been backpacking, it is sometimes just necessary to unwind with some tunes or a good movie. And why keep the happiness to yourself? These portable speakers have the potential of bringing cultures together.

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  • Nowadays notebooks’ speakers are getting better and better especially on netbooks and entertainment focused notebooks. Having a good set of speakers is good but 1 point to note about the X-mini series is they are not stereo but mono expect for some stereo models. In my opinion, investing in a good set of ear buds has priority over portable speakers. A good pair of in-ear type earbuds blocks out external noise and also do not disturb others. If you want watch a movie together with a partner, just get an audio splitter to connect more earbuds.

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  • Avery Truman says:

    Thanks for the well laid out and informative article! There are a couple other very good newer portable mini speaker systems now as well… http://top3rated.com/three-best-portable-mini-speakers

  • Ramana says:

    FoxL speaker is the best mate for travel. 20 Hrs battery life, pocketable size, awesome sound quality makes it ideal.

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