Braven introduces the rugged, water-resistant wireless BRV-1 speaker

Braven BRV-1

Designed to withstand use in the great outdoors, the Braven BRV-1 wireless portable speaker is IPX5-certified water resistant and is housed in a rugged case to withstand bumps and knocks.

With 12 hours of playback from the 1400mAh battery, the 6W speaker wirelessly streams music from a smartphone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth. There's also a 3.5mm jack for connecting non-Bluetooth devices.

A built-in 'power bank' can charge your phone on your travels, plus a noise-cancelling mic for making and taking calls from your phone.

To achieve its IPX5 certification – a rating that officially means “water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects” – the Braven BRV-1 survived 12.5 litres of water per minute being hosed on it at 30kPA pressure from a distance of 3m.

"In real life, that means the BRV-1 is happy being out in the rain or snow, being sprayed by water on the beach or in the bathroom, or getting muddy out biking," claims Braven.

The BRV-1 is available in two colours – the blue-faced Glacier (pictured above) and orange-trimmed Lava. Both cost £149.99.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.