I’ve tested several waterproof speakers, but JBL’s Flip 4 is still the one I recommend most often. I submerged it under water for a little over 10 minutes while testing it for my review and it continued to work perfectly.
Durability aside, the Flip 4 is also a great sounding speaker that comes in fun colors that’ll help it stand out in crowded places. The speaker also has a feature that lets two devices connect to it simultaneously, so you and a friend can take turns DJing instead of having to pass one person’s phone around.
Why should runners have all the fun? If you’d like to listen while you swim laps, a pair of waterproof headphones should be on your summer to-buy list. Thankfully, Swimbuds has you covered.
Now on their second generation, swimmers on Amazon have praised the Swimbuds for their snug fit and tight water seal. The Swimbuds come with four different types of headphone tips, so they can fit in as many differently shaped ears as possible. The air seal they create is powerful enough that, as long as they’re in your ears before you make the plunge, you shouldn’t get any water inside.
By default the Swimbuds have a short cord so they don’t interfere with your swimming, but an extra three-foot cable is included if you’d like to clip your music device somewhere lower on your body.
Read on to learn about the best waterproof MP3 player to pair with these headphones.
A waterproof MP3 player
Modern phones are basically waterproof, but only for short periods of time. So how do you listen to music with your new waterproof earbuds? A waterproof MP3 player.
There’s lingering leeriness about MP3 players, as they’ve largely been replaced by a streaming-music app on our phones, and for good reason — most of them were clunky. Underwater Audio has made the best of the situation by selling waterproofed versions of the iPod Shuffle. Sure, it doesn’t have a lot of storage or a screen, but those likely won’t be your priorities mid-backstroke. It’s only 2GB, but that’s enough for a couple hundred songs or a handful of audiobooks and podcasts.
The only complaint I’ve seen is people dislike the headphones that come bundled with the iPod, but that won’t be a problem for those who have a pair of Swimbuds.
A water resistant phone
I’m going to use the term “water resistant” here because that is technically is correct, but many modern smartphones are basically waterproof. All three current iPhone models and both Google Pixel models are designed to survive in up to one meter of water for up to a half hour.
Basically, if you accidentally drop one of these phones in the pool (or get pushed in), you wont have to worry about getting it replaced.
If you’re planning on playing any water-based sports this summer, you might want to have a camera to document the fun.
The GoPro HERO Session is capable of capturing 1440p footage at 30 frames a second and 1080p footage at 60 frames per second. It’s also lightweight and waterproof up to 33 feet. The Session has a one-button design that makes it easy to capture pictures or video — if the HERO Session is on, it’s recording.
Most of us take a majority of our pictures using our phone, but if you’re going on some more daring adventures, it’s better to keep your fragile tech somewhere safe. Instead, attach the HERO Session to your bike or helmet, and give your friends a first person view of your latest stunt.
A waterproof fitness tracker
If you’re concerned about keeping track of your activity on both land and sea, the Fitbit Flex 2 has you covered.
The fitness band can track your steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and was designed to be “swim proof,” meaning it’ll survive if you wear it while taking laps at the pool or a dip in the ocean. Although it doesn’t have a screen, the LEDs on the Flex 2 will light up, and the band will vibrate if you receive a notification on your phone.
Beyond that, the tracker in the Flex 2 can be removed and put into cases that look like jewelry, helping you stay in shape without wearing a fitness band that screams tech.
It only took 10 years, but you can finally get a waterproof Kindle. It’s called the Kindle Oasis and it has a bigger screen, physical page turn buttons, and support for audiobooks. I was reluctant to dunk the device in a tub of water for my review, but the screen stayed on and it’s still working fine several months later.
Although you can read digital books on any device, the e-ink display on a Kindle is far less reflective than the LCD screens found on phones and tablets. It’s also a lot easier on the eyes, so you can really dig into that beach read you’ve been meaning to catch up on.
Protection for your non-waterproof devices
So you’ve got your waterproof phone case, earbuds, speaker, and MP3 player. What about your non-waterproof stuff?
Having a bag around to keep your electronics — or clothes for that matter — dry and safe from the elements is pretty handy. SakGear has released the DrySak for just this purpose. It’s made with a thick vinyl seal to keep the elements from mucking with your stuff. The insulation is so good one Amazon user has begun to use the bag for an unintended purpose — keeping his beverages cool.
The DrySak’s most convenient feature is having a front pocket for smaller items like your money, wallet, or keys, so you don’t have to root around your entire bag when those items inevitably fall to the bottom.