Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Review

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Anker is renowned for its range of budget-priced speakers, which provide above-average sound quality. The newly released Anker Soundcore Rave Mini is on course to be another “Anker Best Seller” with a ton of features and some serious sound.

Although the name suggests the Soundcore Rave Mini is small, it’s more the medium size for portable Bluetooth speakers. The speaker stands about 17 inches high and weighs just over 7 pounds. It’s certainly bigger than your average portable speaker. Still, it’s lightweight and compact enough to carry just about anywhere.

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Specs

LF Driver: 1 x 5.25” low-frequency driver
HF Driver: 1 x 2” tweeter
Power Output: 80W
Battery Life: 18 hours
Inputs: USB, ⅛-inch AUX, Bluetooth (version 5.0)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 7” x 17” x 7”
Weight: 7.17 lbs

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Features

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Soundcore Rave Mini is possibly the most feature-packed Bluetooth speaker Anker has ever released. The most noticeable are the multicolored LED strips on the left and right of the woofer. There are a total of 6 modes that are controlled by Anker’s Rave Party Lighting algorithm to deliver a visual effect for your music. The effects are pretty cool, and you’ll find a preset to pair with most genres of music.

IPX7 Waterproof

If you like to play music at the pool or in the shower, you’ll be pleased to know the Soundcore Rave Mini has an IPX7 waterproof rating. This will protect your speaker to a depth of 1m for up to 1 hour. The speaker’s enclosure is robust and should hold up against the odd bump, scratch, or drop. However, I wouldn’t be in a rush to test this.

18-Hour Battery Life

The Soundcore Rave Mini features an 18-hour built-in battery to take the speaker out and about while playing beats. The USB port doubles as a power bank to charge your mobile devices on the go. Remember that the LED lights, volume, and charging devices will all reduce your 18-hour battery life. Check the user manual for more details on this.

The battery will fully recharge from flat in around 4 hours. The speaker has a five-stage battery meter, so you always know how much power you have left.

Soundcore App

If you want more control over your Soundcore Rave Mini, download the Soundcore App and connect the speaker to your smart device. The app lets you play party games, adjust EQ and light settings, and switch between Indoor and Outdoor sound modes.

You can also pair two mobile phones to play back-to-back music with a friend, or you can control the music, and they can control the lights.

Speaker Pairing

If you want to make double the noise, the Soundcore Rave Mini can pair with a second Soundcore Rave Mini in stereo or mono. The speaker comes with rubber feet on the bottom and side, so you can position the Soundcore Rave Mini vertically or horizontally depending on your setup preference.

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Inputs & Controls

You have three audio inputs: the Soundcore Rave Mini ⅛-inch AUX, USB, and Bluetooth. Anker has incorporated the latest Bluetooth version 5.0, so you can enjoy the best audio formats and solid connectivity.

To control your speaker there is a 10-button control panel on top of the Soundcore Rave Mini. Buttons include power, Bass Up, lighting effects, previous track, next track, volume up, volume down, play/pause/multi-function, input selection, and Bluetooth. You can access these controls via the app, including additional EQ adjustments.

What Does The Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Sound Like?

The Soundcore Rave Mini features a 5.25-inch low-frequency driver with a single 2-inch tweeter capable of producing up to 80W of power. This little speaker is seriously loud for its size! The bass is fat sounding, and with Bass Up engaged, you can enjoy even more bass. The sound is not quite as tight as premium speakers like the JBL or Sony, however, it’s got a nice punch and for EDM and urban genres, the speaker sounds awesome.

Mids appear slightly recessed, but you can still hear vocals clearly while the treble response has a fun sizzle. It’s not audiophile quality, but Anker has done a great job making the Soundcore Rave Mini a fun speaker.

What’s In The Box?

Included with the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini:

  • Anker Soundcore Rave Mini party speaker
  • Power cable
Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Conclusion

If you like the Sony, JBL, or Altec Lansing party speakers but are a little out of your budget, then the Soundcore Rave Mini might be the speaker you’ve been waiting for. At $150, the Soundcore Rave Mini is a lot more expensive than other Anker speakers, however, the speaker comes with way more features, it’s relatively large, and provides some big sound. At this price, you can purchase two Soundcore Rave Mini speakers, and it’ll still be cheaper than the Altec Lansing and JBL party speakers!

Even though the Soundcore Rave Mini is a budget speaker, the build quality is great, and the features all work as advertised. By making the speaker waterproof, Anker has really added value to this awesome portable Bluetooth speaker.

If you’re looking for a party speaker on a budget, the Soundcore Rave Mini is an excellent choice. It does most of what the more expensive brands do at more than half the price!

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Author: Matt Hallowes

Matt has worked as a sound engineer and tour manager since 2003. His work as a sound engineer includes both live production and venue installations. With a passion for the industry, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us.

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