Soundcore Flare+ Portable 360° Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Conclusion
Bring the life of the party with the Souncore Flare+ speaker. Boasting 25 watts and a 6700 mAh battery, this portable bluetooth speaker can play music for up to 20 hours on a single charge. It is not too big and it is lightweight, allowing you to easily pack it for adventures. It has an IPX7 rating and can be paired with another Flare + speaker to enhance the sound and volume.

You can control many features, including the ambient lights and EQ controls, by using the SoundCore app. While there have been a few minor glitches with the app, it is still easy to use. If you are looking for a new speaker (or two), the Flare + is a great option. Keep reading to learn more.
Soundcore Flare+ Portable 360° Bluetooth Speaker Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Also acts as a charging bank

Great battery life

Ambient light show

Lightweight

Impressive sound quality

Cons

Some issues with the firmware

Must download the SoundCore app for full access to the features

Was not tested for dust and particle resistance

Key Features

Sound Quality

Boasting dual bass radiators, BassUp technology, neodymium drivers, and more, the sound quality of this speaker is quite impressive. The audio is clear, with great mids and great sounding highs. The two tweeters work together to produce melodic high audio frequencies. Paired with full range drivers, all types of music sound great on the Soundcore Flare+. While the bass won’t boom the speaker off the table, it provides an impressive deepness, especially considering the size of the speaker.

This speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology which pairs quickly and easily and provides an uninterrupted connection. There is also an aux outlet, if you prefer a wired connection.

But what’s better than one speaker? Two, of course! Double down and enjoy Stereo Mode. You can wirelessly pair two Flare + together with Boost Mode for louder, synchronized, and optimized sound. This is a great option for a party, an outdoor gathering, or a beach day. For optimal sound, it’s best to position the two speakers no more than sixteen feet apart for indoor events, or forty-eight feet apart for outdoor events.

Durability

This device comes with a waterproof rating of IPX7. Not sure what that means? Here’s a quick breakdown:

Ingress Protection (or sometimes called International Protection) is a way to describe the level of protection of an item from water, dust, or other liquids or particles. The first number after IP refers to the protection against dust or other particles. The second number refers to the protection against water.

Back to the Flare+. As you can see, it has a rating of X for dust protection. This means that it wasn’t tested to withstand this. Luckily, the number isn’t 0, but it might as well be with such little information/not ever even being tested. While this isn’t an issue if you only plan to use the speaker indoors or by the pool, it could cause problems if you plan to use it at the beach.

Onto the number 7. Considering the scale goes from zero to nine, the water resistance rating of this item is quite high. It is considered to be fully waterproof but still shouldn’t be put to the test intentionally. However, scientists did put this to the test, of course, and here’s what they found: A product with an IPX7 water rating can be immersed in water down to three feet for thirty minutes without being damaged.

As far as drop tests, Anker doesn’t specify its durability. The Flare + feels sturdy and doesn’t dent easily.

Portability

You will likely be surprised when you compare the sound quality to the size of this speaker. The measurements are 3.9 x 3.9 x 7.2 and it weighs only 1.88 pounds. There is a small carrying strap attached to the back of the speaker. While I don’t really find this strap necessary, I suppose it’s a nice touch. It allows you to carry the music to a different room without diffusing the sound with your hand.

Features

Let’s start with the SoundCore app. While you can use the basic functions of the speaker without the app (power, Bluetooth pairing, volume), you have a lot more control over the music EQ and features when using the app. You can also set a sleep timer from the app, that will turn off the music and the speaker at whatever set time you choose.

In the app, you can control each specific sound quality - the bass, the frequency, the treble, and more. You can also control the lights. You can choose to have them dance along with the music or to shine to a specific rhythm and color.

While the app is easy to use, there have been a few issues when updating the firmware. Sometimes you will not be able to perform a function because you “need an update” but then when you proceed to update the firmware, it tells you that you have the latest version. Sometimes deleting and reinstalling the app fixes the issue, and other times you need to wait for the manufacturers to fix the bug. It can be pretty frustrating.

One of the most impressive (and convenient) features is battery life. The Flare + can play music for twenty hours after a full charge. Of course, the light settings and volume will affect the duration, but either way, it’s impressive. The speaker can also be plugged in to charge and still play music at a high volume. You can not determine the battery life by looking at the speaker, you need to open the app.

The speaker has multiple charging ports. It features a micro USB, USB, or USB C. In the event that your phone begins to lose battery before the speaker, you can take advantage of the USB port and charge your phone directly from the speaker.

Comparison to Similar Bluetooth Speakers

Perhaps the biggest debate for consumers is making the decision between the Anker Flare and the Anker Flare+. The Flare is the original version and is a great speaker, but slightly less impressive.

The Flare+ is slightly larger, louder, and frankly, better. The original Flare has only a twelve-hour battery, twelve watts, and no tweeters. It does have the same IPX7 rating, BassUp technology, and uses the SoundCore app. There is only a slight difference in the price of these two speakers, so I suggest spending a few extra dollars and getting the Flare+.

From a different brand, the JBL Flip 5 is another similar option. It is slightly more expensive than the Flare +. It also has an IPX7 rating, can be paired with another Flip 5, and provides great sound output. It is available in many different colors or you can even design your own. It is slightly thinner and taller than the Flare+ and weighs only 1.19 pounds.

However, the 4,800 mAh battery can only play music for 12 hours and the sound is less customizable. It also doesn’t have the light show option that the Anker speaker does.

I considered comparing a Bose speaker but they tend to be much more expensive than Anker speakers. While they do have some great features, they also come with a hefty price tag.

Verdict

When it comes down to it, there’s not a lot of bad things to say about the Anker Flare+. It’s a reliable, durable, affordable speaker with great sound quality. My favorite features are the battery life, the ability to customize the EQ, and the Stereo Mode option (assuming you own two of the same speaker). Additionally, you can use it as a power bank to charge your phone on the go.

While the SoundCore app could use a few minor improvements, it’s nothing that should deter you from purchasing this great device. I highly recommend the Anker Flare+ 360 portable bluetooth speaker.