Rugged Photive HYDRA Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Photive HYDRA Bluetooth Speaker

If you want to enjoy music everywhere you go, Photive HYDRA wireless Bluetooth speaker is one item that you should not overlook for its cheap price. Though it is cheap, it maintains high quality both in material and in workmanship, and maintains a high standard among best selling waterproof Bluetooth speakers. The quality of sound is no less than other high-end Bluetooth speakers.

Features  Details of the Features
Bluetooth version 4.0
Bluetooth range  30 feet without obstructions
Weight 227g
Dimension 15.2cm X 3.8cmX5.1cm
Water resistant Yes
Waterproof Yes, from strong seawater and spring water jets but not emersion
IP rating IP66
Shock Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Battery type Lithium Ion
Battery life 08 hours at a stretch
Connectivity Micro USB and Aux port for non- Bluetooth devices
Built-in microphone Yes, for hands free calls

The Best Features of Photive HYDRA Bluetooth Speaker

  • IP66 rated for strong seawater and string jet waterproof, dustproof
  • Shockproof with rugged rubberized exterior
  • Uses 4.0 version of Bluetooth for minimum consumption of power and clear sound
  • Long lasting Lithium-ion battery that last eight hours at a go

It is amazing to have features like IP66, which is dustproof and waterproof, for a speaker that costs less than $60 when some other high-end speakers don’t even have it. Regardless of whether you play music at the beach or in any dusty place, your gadget is free from dust. Water is the main worry for most of us because once gadgets fall into water, it is spoiled, but this speaker is always safe because it’s waterproof.

This little guy is rubberized at the exterior and therefore, it is safe even if it drops to the ground from a three to four foot high wall. The rugged exterior gives you a firm grip and so, there are less chances of the speaker slipping out of your hand.

The latest version of Bluetooth, 4.0, not only consumes less power but also gives better sound to the listeners. Photive HYDRA speaker is small but compact and gives out good quality sound. It is amazing that we get such wonderful sounds from a small device. The louder you play the better is the bass, unlike most speakers that become indistinct when it gets louder.

This speaker comes with a lithium-ion battery that can last up to eight hours of non-stop music once it is fully charged. Even if you listen for two hours of music every day, it will last for four days at a stretch. Therefore, you really don’t need to carry a charger with you in your weekend outing because if you intend to enjoy other things apart from listening to music. However, it is very comfortable to carry a charger with you should you need it.

Photive HYDRA Bluetooth Speaker

Why I bought Photive Hydra Bluetooth Speaker

I recently bought Photive HYDRA Bluetooth speaker for listening to music whenever I go camping outdoors. I usually spend most of my weekends at the beach and on the mountains, and so, I felt that I need to own one good Bluetooth speaker. When I did online research on Bluetooth speakers, I came across many costly speakers with the same features as Photive Hydra speaker. I decided to choose this product because not only is the price reasonable, but the features are simply amazing like most high-end Bluetooth speakers are. I am very pleased with this speaker because it is small and compact and therefore, I can easily slip it in my bag. Surprisingly, this little guy is dustproof, waterproof and shockproof with IP66 for a speaker that cost just $60.

Though you can submerge this speaker in the water for a few seconds, you cannot continuously submerge this speaker in water unlike IP68 speakers. However, there is no risk in playing music in the rain because drizzles cannot penetrate into the speaker. From the day I bought this speaker, I use it in my bathroom and play the music of my choice while taking a shower. I generally keep changing songs with my hands wet without any harm to the speaker.

Whether it rains or shines, whether you are on the mountains or at the sea beach, you really don’t have to worry because it is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. Once, it slipped out of my hand when one of my friends playfully tried to snatch it from me…we thought it would split into pieces, but surprisingly, this little guy was still rocking with Bryan Adam’s Cloud Number 9 on the ground.


What You Can Do with the Photive HYDRA Speaker

On the top portion of this device, there are buttons with a sign for Backward, Forward, Play, and Pause. Simply press any of those buttons when required and it works like magic. There is no confusion in using this device. When you want to pair it with your phone, you simply open your phone’s Bluetooth and it will display Photive HYDRA on your screen and the moment you select it, the music begins. You can control either from your phone or from the speaker through its buttons. It has the capacity to play wirelessly within a range of 30 feet. You can party out with this speaker because it has unbelievably loud sound to fill your room. Even at your outdoor camping, it is just the right speaker for you because it does not take much space in your bag due to its small size and you can play music in any weather condition.

Disadvantages: The charging slot is not very firm and so you have to plug or unplug carefully as it might break. There is no attachment or handle to carry the speaker around, so you always have to hold it unless you place it in a firm place. The bass of this speaker is not excellent. However, you can improve the bass by using hollow objects like buckets in the bathroom or an empty box to bounce back the sound.

Advantages: This speaker is small and handy. It not only gives clear sound but is also very comfortable to take with you anywhere. It has a long lasting battery that lasts for eight hours of continuous music at a single charge of five hours. The wireless Bluetooth covers a range of thirty feet for listening to music. It is very cheap, yet very good in quality with IP 66. It also has an aux for those who don’t use Bluetooth.

Photive HYDRA Bluetooth Speaker


Final Verdict

Photive HYDRA water resistant wireless Bluetooth speaker is cheap not because the quality is inferior compared with others. From my experience, it has a good quality sound like most other pricey speakers without breaking your bank account.

This speaker is Ingress Protection (IP) 66 rated for waterproof and dustproof. You can listen to your favorite music while you take a shower in your bathroom. Even if it falls down while listening to music, it will keep rocking at the place where it falls because it is a shockproof speaker. It has a good value for money and so, it is not a bad idea at all tobuy this speaker and listen to non-stop music without the least worry for the speaker battery.

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