If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that there is no shortage of Bluetooth speaker options on the market. Whether you’re looking for a multi-room home solution or a portable set for on-the-go, there is something out there for you. But what if your prone-to-break-stuff kids want something to blast their latest Kidz Bop purchase while playing outside? There is a solution for that also – Jambanz.
Not a product you’re going to find at your local electronics retailer, Jambanz encourages you to “Lose the Headphones” by putting your music on your wrist. In what can only be described as a marriage of speaker technology and slap bracelets (remember those?), Jambanz is obviously targeted towards a younger, probably preteen demographic.
The bracelet design allows for easy wearing and secure positioning, even while grooving to cranked-up pop music. Do not expect a wide audio range from this single-speaker product, it acts more like a larger version of your phone speaker. The audio is very clear, but this shouldn’t be considered an audiophile product. Connection via Bluetooth is as simple as it should be, and battery life appears to be more than plentiful.
Power and volume controls are conveniently placed on opposite sides and are responsive. The sealed button design prevents sweat from migrating into the speaker, a nice design element. Recharging is easy via any USB port or USB wall adapter (not included).
I previously mentioned that the straps stay secure on the wrist, and we did put them through their paces, subjecting them to a few rounds of cartwheels and miscellaneous gymnastics. As we got to the typical Bluetooth range limit there was some dropout, but this is a limitation of the Bluetooth specification and not of the Jambanz themselves. While in range, connection remained strong with no dropouts noticed.
If you have little ones that love to dance, but you’re afraid to just hand them your phone/iPad/iPod/etc., then Jambanz will be a great solution for letting them enjoy their music without the fear of breaking your device. You can purchase your own set directly from Jambanz or on Amazon for under $30. Each order includes one Jambanz slap bracelet the color of your choice, one Jambanz micro Bluetooth speaker and a micro USB to USB charging cable.
And if you’re interested in learning more about the inventor behind Jambanz, check out the links on their Facebook or Twitter pages and watch this great CBS interview to also see how Jambanz can protect your kids when out and about!