The IPX rating on shower speakers means that they are waterproof and dustproof to varying levels. Be wary since not all devices are made the same due to material and build cost.
In an ideal word, you would have an excellent device which you can carry everywhere, but since this is the real world, we would have to make do with these ratings.
Here are 3 common IPX ratings found on most waterproof Bluetooth shower speakers:
This rating means that your device is protected from a spray of water in all directions, at the speed of 12.5 liters per minute for at least three minutes and with a pressure of 30kN/m2
This rating means that your device is protected from a spray of water in all directions, at the speed of 100 liters per minute for at least three minutes and with a pressure of 100kN/m2
This rating means that your device is protected from immersion at a depth of 1m for 30 minutes
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker IPX7 Grade by Tech Acoustics, as the names suggests, is an IPX7 rated device. Unlike other devices in the market that are just water resistant, this device would be able to withstand being accidentally dropped in a tub of water.
Unless it is Armageddon or you are playing music in a storm, a meter of water should be non-existent in your everyday shower use.
Most Shower Speakers should be easy to operate. Just plug them in for a couple of hours or the specific number of hours your device is made for charging. Plug them in, then turn them on by pressing the power button or the on/off button of your device.
Do not forget to pair them with another Bluetooth device that actually plays songs. Most shower speakers are just speakers by themselves.
Every device is created differently. Usually, pairing starts off by turning off your Bluetooth waterproof speaker. Then turning it on, and holding the play button(or another button) for about 4-10 seconds, waiting for the LED indicator to flash to denote that it is in standby mode or pairing mode.
Once your speakers are in pairing mode, turn on the Bluetooth of your smartphone and search for the name of your Bluetooth speaker. Check the manual for the specific name of your Bluetooth speaker in case there are many other Bluetooth devices in the vicinity.
After pairing is completed, the LED indicator should now change and you should be able to play your music with your smartphone/tablet.
Bluetooth devices should be approximately 10m apart. Obstructions such as other objects and walls in between the two devices may shorten the distance.
If you are at home, charging waterproof speakers is a breeze. Just plug them into an outlet or a USB port using the charger that comes with the device. If you are on the road and driving a newer version of a car, they may already have a built-in USB port where you can charge these speakers.
There is also a new trend nowadays in the form of power banks. These power banks are essentially modular batteries that have ports such as USBs where you can charge a multitude of devices.
You can also charge your waterproof speakers using power banks. Just make sure to avoid the fast charging port if your waterproof speakers do not support it.
How do you actually charge shower speakers? To put it simply, just plug your speakers into any outlet, using the charger that comes with the device. Just wait for the battery indicator to show that the speakers are fully charged.
Although it is an outdated practice, a lot of devices, even waterproof speakers, come with an instruction manual. As best as possible, give time to at least browse the included manual to properly find out how to operate and take care of your device.
Try to avoid charging your waterproof speakers on unrated AC/DC adaptors. It may damage your speakers or worse, burn down your house.
Also, make sure to charge the speakers periodically to ensure good functionality. Batteries drain at a very slow rate all the time even if you are not using your device.
Avoid charging in hot conditions. If you feel that your device is heating up too much, consider stop using it and either have it fixed or find a replacement. Your self should be your priority, not your device.
Do not overcharge your waterproof speakers. Unless specified by your device’s manual and specifications, it is not recommended to leave your devices charging overnight. You can do it, but you may be exposing yourself to unnecessary risk of fire or even death.
If your waterproof speaker is using a Lithium Ion battery, charge it between 50-80% to remain functional. You can always estimate the number of hours and from there charge accordingly.
Since your device can usually run for 8-12 hours, charge accordingly, say 1.5-2 hours if you plan to use it for less than 8 hours.
Different companies provide different warranty periods. Search for a device manufacturer that provides at least a one year warranty on parts and services.
For instance, the Portable Outdoor and Shower Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker by AYL SoundFit provides a three year warranty from date of purchase. This warranty should speak for itself that this company may be a good company in terms of device service.