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Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker, with IPX7 Waterproof Protection and 360° Sound for Backyard and Beach Party, 20W Wireless Speaker with PartyCast, EQ Adjustment, and 12-Hour Playtime, Black
|Speakers Maximum Output Power||20 Watts|
|Mounting Type||Table Top|
|Item Weight||1.29 Pounds|
About this item
- 360° Immersive Sound: A portable Bluetooth speaker with Powerful 360°, bass-driven audio. Dual drivers and passive radiators combine with BassUp technology to generate a portable party with 20W of intense sound.
- All-New Light Show: A totally reimagined rainbow light show that pulses, phases, and shines to the beat of your music. Double light-rings simultaneously shine down onto the dancefloor and up into the atmosphere for pumping floor-to-ceiling illumination.
- Pool Party Proof: No matter where the music needs to be, Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speaker is suited up and ready. Super-safe IPX7 waterproof protection effortlessly withstands spills, rain, and even complete submersion in water.
- PartyCast Technology: Link 100+ Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speakers to party into the next dimension—sound and light synchronize across every speaker for a seamlessly electrifying experience.
- Customize The Atmosphere: Enhance your audio with complete EQ control then tailor the light show to your mood with 6 mesmerizing lighting modes.
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What’s better than a Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speaker? 100 Flare 2 speakers. Sync light and sound across 100+ speakers (via a single device) for unlimited atmosphere in any space of any size.
With BassUp technology, Flare 2 gives your beats the bass they deserve. A custom-designed DSP chip and dual bass radiators deliver 100% more bass than ordinary portable Bluetooth speakers.
Multiple Light Modes
Choose from 1 of 6 lighting modes using the Soundcore app to take complete control of the atmosphere. Get hype at the start of the night and bring on the chill when it’s time to cool off.
Complete water resistance means that your party stays rocking in any weather. Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speaker can even withstand complete submersion in water.
A 5,200 mAh Li-ion battery with smart power technology fuel Flare 2 while Flare 2 fuels the party.
Ultra-compatible recharging that goes from 0 to 100% in just 3.5 hours
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Model Number:A3165 Key Features 360° Sound: Dual drivers and passive radiators combine to provide 20W of sound in all directions. Responsive Light Show: Light rings on the base and top of Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speaker provide intense atmosphere with beat-driven lighting. IPX7 Waterproof: Complete waterproof protection makes Flare 2 ideal for beach and pool parties. PartyCast Technology: Link over 100 Flare 2 portable Bluetooth speakers to a single device. Soundcore App: Adjust the sound profile and lighting modes to suit the mood or build the atmosphere. 12-Hour Playtime: Don’t let the party die thanks to a portable Bluetooth speaker with battery life that lasts all night. Specifications Input: 5V/2A Audio Output: 20W (10W × 2) Battery Capacity: 5200mAh Charge Time: 3.5 hrs at 5V/2A Bluetooth Frequency Range: 2400 - 2485MHz Sound Frequency Range: 73Hz 20kHz(-3dB) THD+N: Model number: A3165 What’s In The Box Flare 2 Happy card Quick Start Guide USB-A to USB-C Cable Note: Playback volume, lights, and BassUp will affect playtime.
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- Type C Charging
- Great Sound ( A little louder and a bit more bass than the first flare.)
- The lights look way better than the first flare.
- Power button is on the top so its easier to turn on compared to the first which has it on the back.
- Being able to turn it off from the Souncore App.
- I don't like getting my speakers wet but it is IPX7 so that's a plus.
- Great if you're only planning on buying one.
- No stereo mode
- Battery for me was bad, I only got about 5 to 6 hours at 80 to 100% Volume. (With the lights on)
Just received a second flare 2 speaker. Together they were amazing. You can really feel the power these little speakers put out. With the sound they put out, I cannot tell they are not in stero. With the option to add even more speakers, I would be worried someone would call the police at my party.
They live up to their name when they say, "party cast".
P.S. Anker is a great company and they listen to their customers to always improve their products.
The sound quality is great, and being that it is also has an adjustable EQ in the app, makes it very nice. The batteries seem to power these for about 8 hours with the lights doing their thing. I am getting closer to 10~11 with the lights off. This is about halfway up on the volume control, and I’ve not turned it up higher, because these are surprisingly loud. The base boost does work really well, but it is not necessary if you are using the EQ.
The units all feel SOLID, and in fact, I’ve actually tossed them all onto the floor of my son’s room, which is carpeted and then played the Call of Duty grenade toss to wake up my son. Trust me when I tell you this, these things cranked up with CALL of Duty will wake up any sleeping teenager. Lucky for him two of these was for him.
These absolutely work fine in the shower, in fact, I’ve discovered that my son sings in the shower, we can hear him through the walls. The have worked fine in the rain storm as well, I had zero issues with water getting all over them. I’m very satisfied with that feature.
Linking them together is easy, but, connect only one of them to your phone or tablet or laptop via Bluetooth, otherwise they will all connect automatically to your devices. This will make it much easier to sync.
These speakers appear to charge via USB-C only, however it does not appear to function as a speaker that a PC sees, which is a bit of a disappointment. I have some PC’s that don’t have Bluetooth at the shop, so it would have been nice to be able to connect these as desktop speakers. This is a missed opportunity for Anker. Also, we have new speaker phones with 4 USB-C outputs for connecting external speakers, and unfortunately, these don’t work. Another missed opportunity.
It is really difficult to see the buttons on the top of the device; they should have made them with thicker, or is its bigger icons that you can at least feel what is it. Anker should paint them a color like white, or hell make them illuminated from below. I’m starting to form the muscle memory on where the buttons are at based on where the rubber piece and logo is on the sides. I should not need to memorize that.
The lights, the different patterns are very limited to really about four settings. I wish I could have more control over the colors, and the patterns. The app does not give much customizable options. Also, if these were able to connect to the PC’s, it would have been great to sync these up to the RGB in my computers.
The application is very limited, and really the best feature is the EQ. In fact, other than the EQ, I’m hard-pressed to justify having the app installed.
Audio delay… when watching video’s… I’m on fiber optics at my house and at my work, we have multiple trunks into our building. I’m on very high-end laptops and some very power work stations and gaming rigs. If I’m watching videos there appears to be about a 1.5 second delay in audio. This was not meant to be PC speakers. My cell phones and tablets have about a 2 second delay with the audio from the videos on YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, Netflix or TikTok. Granted, this is very nice for just listening to music, which is what this device is intended for, but don’t expect to see synced up audio with video.
I highly recommend the Soundcore Flare 2!
The lights are cool.
The battery charges fast and lasts for hours.
I didn't want to spend a fortune on a speaker that I'd want to cart to the beach and have outside, and this definitely fits the bill. Well worth it. After reading other reviews, I might eventually order more so I can string them together. I feel like with a whole party of people, which is currently impossible anyway, I might need more volume.
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The first thing to note is that this speaker does not actually have a 360 degree speaker array, but it does create a good illusion make it seem like it has. It has two 10 watt drivers on the left and right sides of the speaker - making it technically a 180 degree sound system - it sounds different depending on your position and location as you move around the speaker. Above each driver is a bass radiator which helps to push more air from the tiny drivers giving better bass response from this small unit.
The main problem with this speaker is that it's sound characteristic is highly inconsistent, and I feel you can only get it to sound ‘good’ within certain conditions. On its ‘default’ sound profile, the speaker sounds very weak and tinny until you turn the ‘bass up’ button on. This does considerably increase low end response and can quite literally save the speaker from sounding bland and rubbish, but it doesn’t do enough to satisfy and songs can still sound a bit tinny. All of the other sound profiles (voice, chill and flat) are effectively useless and each sound very similar making only minor changes to the sound signature.
The custom EQ profile however will allow you to crank up frequencies to +6 dB and create a tuned sound profile to get the most out of this speaker. By increasing the low end to almost full, you can get a satisfying bass response - reducing some of the mid frequencies will overall reduce muddiness of the sound and boosting the highs will give you more detail - effectively saving this speaker from its mediocre sound. Some songs will unfortunately distort with this EQ profile at lower volumes, but unfortunately the speaker has to have this aggressive sound processing in order to sound good. I have included a screenshot of what I think is a good sounding EQ profile if you want to test it out.
The problem is, when you turn this speaker up past 50%, you start to loose low end bass response on all of the different sound profiles, and once you hit past 70% the speaker turns into a harsh distorted tinny mess of sound with effectively no bass. The speaker drivers cannot handle loud volumes which isn’t ideal especially as advertised for outdoor parties.
Soundcore have removed the 3.5mm aux input that was on the previous Flare versions meaning the only connection to the speaker is wireless Bluetooth 5.0 - which isn’t a problem for me but an AUX input cuts any Bluetooth latency that can occur whilst watching films. In my experience after testing this however, the audio latency with video playback is near indistinguishable on iPhones and worse on Android devices. It is important to note however that even though this speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0, it is limited to only connect to one device at a time which is a big missed feature. In terms of battery life, SoundCore advertises 12 hours but you will get less than this depending on volume and use of the LED’s and Bass Up - in my testing with the LED’s & Bass up always on at around 30% - 50% volume, I got around 10 hours of use which is ok.
I’ve also experienced strange Bluetooth connectivity issues with this speaker. This may be limited to my unit, but I’ve had the Soundcore App not detect the speaker, issues with pairing to new devices, the volume controls on my devices not working on the speaker, the speaker will randomly unpair and reconnect stopping music, and also times where the speaker has completely crashed and stopped working. I have factory reset the speaker according to Soundcore instructions but it hasn’t fixed these kind of issues. Once connected however, the range is fantastic and the speaker stays connected upstairs even if I go downstairs, mainly in part to the speaker using Bluetooth 5.0 which has much better range.
Anker’s support has also massively dropped as well, don’t bother trying to call them as you’ll be put through to a company who works as just an answering service that won’t be able to do anything apart from check your order number & will just advise you to send an email detailing the problem instead.
Overall, I have to say this is a decent little speaker if you’re willing to compromise and manage your expectations. You can get some decent sound out of it, providing you’re happy to play with EQ settings and stay under 60% volume - however, I feel that you’re not getting a good deal because you can’t crank this speaker up like its advertised to be able to. In-part to the various connectivity issues I’ve had, I've ended up sending it back but I may purchase another one in the future to try again because it sounds good at medium volumes.
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The battery life seems OK - I would emphasise that it is up to 12 hours. I'd say if you have it at around 50% volume it'll last 12 hours just fine, but if it's near max it will come down a fair bit. Those invested in the Anker/Soundcore brand probably have a power bank to supplement this though.
I was able to turn the lights off using the SoundCore app just fine (other reviews said they had problems with this.) I prefer the lights on, but I wish there was an option to have the light slowly transition between different colours. Personally I've found the default lighting effects to be a bit jarring as they try to flicker in time with the beat of the music it seems.
I was a little bit disappointed because the original Flare had a 3.5mm Audio jack which guaranteed perfect latency if you were to, for example, play video game or film audio through it.
Also, the original Flare could be also be paired with a second speaker for Stereo, is this missing..?
Anker have very kindly reached out to offer a second Soundcore Flare 2 speaker, as the original Flare speaker could not be paired with the Flare 2 in either PartyCast or Stereo mode.
Having two Flare 2 speakers in PartyCast sync sounds great. Connecting the two of them was very straightforward, and their lighting scheme synced automatically. Operating the controls on a single speaker affects all of them, which is a welcome feature. It may be out of scope, but it would be fantastic to be able to set individual volumes on each speaker, for example if you wanted a different music volume in each room of your home in a party.
The only minor improvements I would suggest would to be to have a setting which stops the lights flickering in sync with the beat of the music - but this is minor, and there are lighting settings which don't use this, but it would be nice to have them for all of them.
If you did need a 3.5mm audio jack I would recommend the original Flare, as I owned that as well and it was also great.
The sound quality was very poor, this would sound okay at low end but when the volume increased it sounded worse. I attmpted to correct this using the EQ on the app but this ultimately helped for a few days but after a few days of using that, the speaker became unsable. The sound on anything above 20% would just have a loud distorted noise to it, like a fart noise.
The battery on the unit I felt was very poor. After half an hour of using the device it would show on my phone as 80% and it would then go down just as fast. I love anker products and in the past I loved their speakers but this one is not for me. I will return and move back to my other soundcore speaker.
Update 20/08 Anker support have been in touch and have corrected the current issues I have had. Anker have some amazing CS.
Although, there is lag in voices vs movie/tv show when paired together but it's just fine to listen from the one speaker . If they get to loud they can become tinny when listening to vocal music. Although any dance track is amazing out of these.
Overall great product and the pros easily outweigh the cons, considering buying a third!