Waterproof portable radios are a thing. Don’t act so surprised, you knew this was coming since you first heard about shower cabins with integrated radios. It’s a proven fact that singing in the shower relieves stress and makes you happier. It’s no wonder people sing when they’re showering, even our voices sound majestic. While it is true that the radios integrated in shower cabins are not portable, you do have other options if you’re interested in portability.
There are a million reasons why even a ninja such as yourself would need a waterproof portable radio. Even when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, seeking silence and peace, how complete would that scenery be if you had a great soundtrack? A portable radio isn’t meant to be a hook to the life back home; but rather an instrument of peace, that can soothe the mind and calm the spirit. A good waterproof portable radio is also a reliable companion in emergency situations. Imagine if you’re stuck in a cabin on your vacation and can’t get back home because of harsh weather conditions. We all know that in case of a storm, there are great chances of power outages. A portable radio will help you stay connected with the news.
If you’re on the market, scouting for some good waterproof portable radios, this ninja’s got some kick-ass suggestions for you.
Sangean H201 AM/FM/Weather, Digital tuned Waterproof/Shower Radio
Don’t be fooled by its name, this is more than just a shower radio. While I have to admit, its white color does make me feel a bit guilty about wanting to take it camping, its specs convinced me that this is one of the best waterproof portable radios out there. When you first lay your eyes on the Sangean H201, you think “aw, this is such a cute gadget”. Don’t let the looks fool you, it comes with marine standard waterproofing, which makes it totally badass (like yours truly).
The first thing you need to know about the H201 is that it received all 7 NOAA weather channels. If that isn’t enough, it also comes with an alert that will notify you each time the weather conditions become too harsh. This allows you to stay prepared even in the most difficult weather-related situations.
Even when you first lay your hands on this radio, you can tell it has a solid feel. The handle is easy to rotate if you want to hide it in the back. The sound quality is good, but not optimal. Makes sense, since you won’t be using this radio to fire up a party any time soon. The digital controls with stations presets are a customer favorite. Even with the antenna stowed away, the H201 still provides quality reception. With its included LED flashlight, the H201 is a great choice for travelers and outdoor people. It’s very convenient to have even at home, in case of an emergency.
This particular waterproof portable radio also comes with a clock and a timer, but it doesn’t include an alarm clock. However, since most people do bring their cellphones on camping trips, the lack of an alarm clock won’t bother you very much. The built-in LCD display is here to give you important information, like the current time, the band frequency, the volume levels or the power indicator. You have 20 preset slots available, which means you can save 20 predefined radio stations that you normally enjoy listening to. However, please take note that you can only save 10 FM channels, 5 AM ones and 5 WX ones. This could be considered an inconvenience, but it’s not a deal breaker.
The beauty of the H201 is that it will actually float when you drop it in water. This was of no surprise to me, considering that this device meets the JIS7 waterproofing standards which are equal to marine radios. The quality of this product is quite indisputable, since most customers tend to compare it with a Sony device. And we all know that Sony was a pioneer in the field of portable audio devices. The volume levels are good. You will able to listen to music even when the shower is running (or the river is flowing as you prepare a delicious barbecue outdoors).
SoundBot SB515FM FM RADIO
While this does look like nothing more than a wireless speaker, the SoundBot is one of the best waterproof portable radios out there. You can use it to program up to 30 different preset radio channels and the quickly jump back and forth between them. The beauty is that you get 15 hours of continuous music streaming, which is not bad when you’re far away from a power outlet. Thanks to its IPX7 total waterproof capability, this SoundBot waterproof portable radio is made to last! It can withstand the fury of storm and it can even survive when you drop it in water.
When you order this speaker/portable radio, it comes in a nice packaging, making unboxing a pleasant experience. The box contains: the speaker, a 3.5 mm aux cable, a micro USB to USB charging cable and the user manual. The instructions are easy to read and follow along if you need help pairing the device. The speaker is covered with a military grade rugged material with solid edges. The rubber housing helps protect the speaker from any drops or water spills. You can feel free to test the radio after unboxing, by dropping it on the floor. The charging port and the ON/OFF switch are fully covered with a thick piece of rubber. This waterproof portable radio comes with a metal finished hanger and synthetic nylon to withstand most weather condition and environments.
The pairing process should be a breeze, because the Bluetooth technology of this speaker allows you to connect it to most smartphones, such as the iPhone, different Samsung models, Google Nexus phones and tablets. It can also be paired with your laptop or PC, as long as they have integrated Bluetooth. So it’s really simple: you pair the radio with your device, open your Spotify playlist and start playing them on your new speaker. The bass could muffle when playing the radio at 100% volume, but if you’re looking for the best quality portable speaker, this is not the case. This product was designed to create a balance between efficiency and sound quality, while mainly focusing on the durability of the product. The radio is loud enough to cover all the corners of a large room, but if you really want to have a better sound, it’s recommended that you lower the volume.
It takes somewhere in between 4 to 6 hours to fully charge this speaker, but you’re repaid with thrice the playback time, so it’s worth.
Vtin Waterproof Portable Radio
The Vtin is quite a funny little fellow. It first reminded me of a smoke alarm, because of its perfect round shape. Even if it was designed mostly for shower usage, there is absolutely no rule saying you can’t use it by the pool, near the river by your campfire or when you’re riding the bike in rainy weather. Thanks to its included channel-scan options, all it takes is the push of a button to find the best FM channels super-fast.
When you first lay your hands on this radio, you won’t feel it’s cheap. Since it has a total weight of less than 9 ounces, it’s also one of the lightest waterproof radios you’ll ever find. But let’s talk features. If you want to buy a portable radio, you’re most likely interested in battery life. The Vtin waterproof portable radio comes with a rechargeable battery that can last up to 10 hours if you’re listening to the radio at about 70% volume capacity. It takes about 4-5 hours for a full battery charge. The good news is that you can charge the battery via an USB cable, which eliminates the hustle of buying new batteries all the time.
While the radio does come with a suction cup, this is a feature that you’ll mostly use if you’re listening to tunes in the shower. When you’re out biking or camping, the suction doesn’t really provide any great advantage. However, it’s a great device to possess when you’re away from home and you still want to listen to music. The waterproof feature is great because it allows you keep hiking even when it start raining, without having to worry that raindrops will ruin the radio.
Even if this waterproof portable radio is really good, it does lack one particular feature that you may or may not find annoying. You can’t save the stations you like, the radio does that automatically. This means that if you scan for radio channels and find 50 of them, the radio will save each and every one of them. Even more, there is no option that allows you to skip to a particular channel. For example, if your favorite channels have been saved on the 1st and 15th position, you will have to press “UP” button 14 times to go from one to the other.
Another downside is that the clock feature is only visible if the device is turned on. The good thing is that since the display is not used, you save battery life. The annoying part is that if you want to check the clock, you have to turn the radio on every time. The integrated alarm clock is a nice feature, especially if you’re on the go and need to be reminded of something.
UwaterK7 Waterproof Swim Digital PLL FM Radio & Earphones
If you’re looking for the smallest waterproof portable radio, this is exactly the product you should buy. With 4 ounces in weight, it’s about as a light as radio can be. It really reminded us of the iPod Nano, one of the smallest MP3 players ever. The first thing that you’ll notice about the UwaterK7 is that it was designed for a single person usage. Thanks to the included headphones, you will be able to listen to music when you’re jogging, swimming, biking, camping, hiking, snowboarding, sledding, skiing and whatever other “-ing” activity you can think of.
This waterproof portable radio comes with both digital and manual tuning, which means you can select which channels to save on the 19 available slots or you can have to radio do that for you automatically. With a single charge, you can listen to 6 hours of music. This particular radio comes with an USB cable, making battery charge simple. This will save you money usually spent on buying new batteries for such portable devices. The package also includes 100% waterproof stereo earphones and 4 sets of silicon ear tips. The single port connection system is completely protected against corrosion and saltwater. This waterproof portable radio also includes a large size bright LCD display for easy navigation.
The included flex-clip makes it super easy to find just the right way to secure the radio. The silicone ear tips will provide quality stereo sound, while preventing any water from getting inside your ears.
It really depends what you’re focused on when you decide that you want to buy a waterproof portable radio. If you are mostly interested in portability, the UwaterK7 is the right choice. Its lightweight will make it almost unnoticeable (hopefully, that’s not translated into “easy to lose”).
However, in terms of quality and durability, the Sangean H201 is by far the best waterproof portable radio. Meeting the standards of military radios, it can withstand water submerges, water spills, rain and moist without taking any damage.