A quality portable speaker is essential for listening to tunes at work, by the pool, or on the trail. Although the new JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Speaker ($150) boasts a 6,000mAh rechargeable battery similar to the original JBL Charge that can rock for up to 12 hours, your smart device most likely won’t last half as long as that. luckily, the JBL Charge 2 can keep your smartphone charged and the music playing thanks to a built-in USB port.
Additional features include dual drivers and twin passive radiators for epic bass and crystal clear audio, Bluetooth functionality, a hands-free speakerphone with patented noise and echo cancelation technology, and a Bluetooth Social Mode that lets you and two of your friends take turns sharing their playlist through the speaker. Available in black, red, white, blue, and purple.