If you haven’t noticed, we have been on an audio accessory bender the last couple of months. We’ve shown you portable audio devices like the iMain GO, the SuperTooth Disco and even some great sounding headphones and ear buds. Well here we are again with yet another must have audio accessory geared towards all the outdoorsy types.
This is the Eco Extreme by Grace Digital Audio. It is a portable speaker case designed for anything in life that you can throw at it, literally, I threw a rock at mine a few times. Gotta test out the claims, right? So what makes this speaker stand out above all the rest that we’ve covered. Well, none of the previous ones were waterproof, float in water, are shock proof or built for a rugged lifestyle. Starting to get the point huh?
On the front of the case you will see the protected speaker grill and on the lower right is the power/volume control, and on the left is the pressure equalizer. The pressure equalizer has a small filter that blocks water and dust from entering the case and also allows for equalization of the speaker while changing altitudes. That little nugget keeps you from blowing it out. On the back top right you will also notice the attached Carabiner clip. In the picture to the right you can see the clips that hold the case together. They lock into place and you have to press the small grey buttons in order release them to open the case. Having a feature like that will ensure you don’t open it by accident or that it opens by itself during a tumble down a mountain side.
When you open the case you’ll see the battery compartment, headphone cable and padded pouch for your device or MP3 player to nestle in. For power it take 3 AA batteries. I usually prefer something that has a rechargeable battery source, but at the same time, batteries are easier to carry when in the back woods. Those 3 AA batteries will offer you up to 30 hours of play time. Which is probably way longer than your device will last anyways. There is quite a bit of room inside the case to fit other valuables such as, keys, credit card, photo ID, a granola bar or whatever else you may want to protect from the elements but have handy.
Below you find a short YouTube video made by yours truly, I know, I am horrible with a camera. I drop it a few times, I shake it a bit, I put it in some water and let it float and then I push it under water. Let’s see if I ruin my phone.
Nope, works as advertised! After a little abuse and testing it help up beautifully. I am headed to the coast this weekend and I half tempted to bury it in the sand and tie a rope to the Carabiner clip and through it in the ocean. Who knows, I may get crazy with it and make another horrible video for you guys to see.
You can pick these up for $49.99 via their website or various other retailers like REI. This particular model comes in 3 colors blue, black and pink. Although the site shows many other colors those are the three that are available to order from them directly. You can snag orange, and yellow from REI. If this wicked little device is something you have only dreamed about, or at least want to pick up, go check them out at GraceDigitalaudio.
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