IKEA introduces the $15 VAPPEBY waterproof speaker

These days, buying a speaker is often seen as a long-term investment – or at least it has to be if you’re considering a good one. And while sound quality is usually the first thing that comes to mind, convenience and budget are just as important – and IKEA knows how to bring the latter two together as well as anyone. The furniture giant’s brand new waterproof portable speaker reinforces its audio line while extending your listening time.

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IKEA’s VAPPEBY range has already amassed a loyal catalog of gadgets, although the tech behind any of the designs has never been too intriguing. This time around it’s a different story, as the small-scale iteration, rated IP67, offers up to 80 hours of battery life when playing music at 50% volume, that’s over 50 hours of battery life. more than you can expect from Beosound Explore. Sure, you don’t get the transcendent sound quality you expect from Bang & Olufsen, but you get practically enough music to last about half the time you’re awake in a week.

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Plus, the dustproof device can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, ensuring there should be no issues when you bring it to spring gatherings by the pool. In addition, the economical gadget allows you to take part in an integral hobby: listening to music in the shower. Best of all, you can even pick up a pair of devices to get stereo sound for a fraction of the price you’d spend on most audio brands.

As we mentioned earlier, affordability can play a big part in buying a new speaker, especially if you don’t consider yourself an audiophile. Luckily for any casual enthusiast, IKEA’s VAPPEBY portable waterproof speaker is available on its online store in three colors – red, black and yellow, for just $15.

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