When open, you get 48-inches of coverage and when the sun is out, it folds to 36.5-inches to easily store in a car or closet. The outer canopy is black when open and the inner comes in choices of six colors: black, charcoal, lime green, ocean, pink, or red.
The Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth speaker is ready to blast your sound poolside or in a dorm room of any size.
The portable has been out a little while, sorry, it got buried in my closet, but definitely worth the wait.
You’ll get really strong and clear sound from the speaker (6.8-by-2.3-by-2.9-inches, 1 pound), which is weather resistant (not waterproof), dust, drop and shockproof. Inside is what the company calls a unique down-firing weighted bass radiator, along with premium, 2-inch aluminum drivers with powerful neodymium magnets.
What it means to you is the speaker sounds great, is party ready, and can withstand the elements of various degrees of the weather.
If you want to plug your music in, there’s a 3.5 mm aux port. A speakerphone will keep your call handsfree for everyone to hear and Siri is accessible.
A pair of VG1 is better than two, so if you want a great stereo sound, get a second and they sync with dedicated right and left playback with Bluetooth True Wireless Stereo.
Inside is a long-lasting rechargeable battery for up to 15 hours of playback; the included lanyard attaches directly to the speaker and onboard controls are there for volume, play, and pause.
Aside from your powered portable gadgets, the most important gadget to get is portable power.
With the smaller-than-pocket sized (2.75-by-.75-by-1.37-inches) Ventev power cell 2600, the small price tag just north of $20.
You’ll get a full charge for most smartphones from the 2600mAh portable battery’s single USB port.
A micro-USB cable is included for charging the battery and an LED indicator light shows the battery level.
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