Some of Our Favorite JBL Speakers Are on Sale Right Now for as Little as $30

These JBL speakers are compact, rugged and ready for any kind of adventure you might throw at them. At just $30, the Go 3 is the most affordable model available, and was our favorite pocket-friendly option for this year. It’s covered in fabric instead of bare plastic, so it has some protection against drops, and it also includes an integrated rope loop so you can hang it or tie it to your bag. It’s $20 off right now, a price that has been matched at Target.

The Flip 5 is the largest speaker included in this sale, and it’s also the most expensive at $100, $30 off from its original price. While the Flip 5 didn’t quite make our list of the best wireless Bluetooth speakers for 2022, its successor the Flip 6 did, and the Flip 5 offers many of the same great features at a lower price. It has a 44m driver, only 1mm smaller than the Flip 6, as well as the same Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and impressive 12-hour battery life. With an IPX7 rating, it’s waterproof, and it can sync with other compatible JBL speakers when you really need to crank up the volume. It’s also available in over a dozen great colors so you can find one that matches your style.

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Best Portable Mini Bluetooth Speakers for 2022: Top Compact Waterproof Wireless Speakers
Looking for an ultracompact wireless speaker but you don’t want to spend too much? Here are our top picks for affordably priced mini and micro Bluetooth speakers.

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David Carnoy
June 14, 2022 11:54 a.m. PT
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Bose SoundLink Flex
Compact and powerful
$149 at Walmart

Tribit StormBox Micro 2
Best value micro Bluetooth speaker
$60 at Amazon

JBL Flip 6
Better-sounding Flip
$130 at Target

Tribit MaxSound Plus
Best sound under $60
$60 at Amazon

JBL Go 3
$50 at Target
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We have a list of the best Bluetooth speakers overall that includes smaller and larger speakers, as well as a list of the best wireless Bluetooth boom box speakers, which features beefier options. But a lot of folks are looking for very compact wireless speakers that can be easily toted around whether it’s in a backpack or even a pocket. The speakers in this subcategory are often referred to as “mini” or “micro” Bluetooth speakers.

Note that while compact wireless speakers continue to improve with time, offering better sound, longer battery life, more reliable connectivity and increased durability (many are now fully waterproof), most of the speakers on this list are technically mono speakers and do have some limitations to their sound, particularly when it comes to bass output and overall volume. Often, you can wirelessly link two of the same speakers to create a stereo pair — and that really does improve sound quality — but not everybody wants — or can afford to buy — two speakers.

We’ll update this list as new ultraportable Bluetooth speakers hit the market.

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Bose SoundLink Flex
Compact and powerful
When it launched, Bose made some bold claims about its new SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker, particularly its bass performance. But it mostly lives up to the hype and is arguably the best-sounding wireless speaker for its relatively compact size. Available in three colors — black, white smoke and stone blue (pictured) — the speaker is IP67 dust- and waterproof, and rated for 12 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels.

It’s also equipped with Bose’s PositionIQ technology to automatically detect the speaker’s orientation and deliver optimized sound based on whether it’s upright, hanging or flat on its back. The Flex also floats and Bose says it can survive drops and bumps, with a soft silicone back and powder-coated steel grille that “won’t peel or flake and is resistant to corrosion and UV light.”

While Bose’s SoundLink Micro also delivers impressive sound for its tiny size, this speaker is bigger, weighing just over a pound (0.45 kg) and measuring 7.9 inches wide, 2.1 inches deep and 3.6 inches high (20 by 5.3 by 9.1cm), so the Flex sounds significantly better than the Micro. For some reason, it uses the older Bluetooth 4.2 instead of 5.0, but I didn’t have any problems with connectivity.

Bose says it can fill a living room with sound. From my tests, I’d say it would have to be a relatively small living room — it can only output so much sound as a single speaker. However, if you pair two of them together in stereo mode, the sound gets to a whole other level and indeed fills a larger room with sound.

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