To start off, when it comes to outdoor Bluetooth speakers, people automatically expect these types of devices to exhibit the four key features of rugged portability—lightweight, water resistant, shockproof and dustproof. As for the Free Spirit 12, it passed all the key features with flying colors. With a conveniently compact measurement of 1.96” x 5.9” x 1.77”, and a water resistant rating of IPX3 you can take it with you on your camping, hiking, and other outdoor trips. But do take precaution and do not allow the Free Spirit 12 to get fully submerged in the water. Otherwise, it may cause serious damage to the speaker.
For the sound quality and performance, I was quite impressed because it produced great stereo and bass despite reaching maximum volume. The secret behind the amazing musical capacity of the SoundPal Free Spirit 12 is the 12watt formulated into it. Likewise, this portable speaker’s 1800mAh battery lasts for up to 8 hours, and a charging time of 4 hours. If you ask me, I was able to enjoy great music from morning till the wee hours of the afternoon without piercing or draining my ear drums.
Unlike the previous portable Bluetooth speakers I’ve featured and reviewed, the Free Spirit 12 features a range of 66 ft for its Bluetooth 4.0 technology, along with built-in NFC for faster pairing and compatibility with all Bluetooth-enabled devices like iPhone 6, Android phones, IMacs, laptops, and tablets. If you own a device that does not support Bluetooth, you can still play your music or listen to your favorite podcasts because the speaker also comes with a 3.5mm AUX cable and mini USB cable. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The Free Spirit 12’s hands-free microphone capability does not just let you answer calls. With its crisp and sharp audio, you can also chat through Skype or easily interact with Siri or Google Talk!