Altec Lansing - Mini Life Jacket 3 Portable Wireless and Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Listen to music while outdoors with this Altec Lansing mini life-jacket wireless speaker. Mount the speaker on a tabletop or other flat surface for security, or float the speaker in the pool while swimming. This Altec Lansing mini life-jacket wireless speaker has up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.

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  • Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3 Portable Wireless and Bluetooth Speaker

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1225 out of 1300)

Features


Connect wirelessly from a distance

Pair this speaker with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets and laptops.

Rich sound you can carry in the palm of your hand

This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Play your favorite tunes for up to 16 hours on a full charge.

Water-resistant design

For extra protection.

Floating design

Offers a sleek, stylish look.

Built-in microphone

Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.

Auxiliary audio input

Allows simple wired connectivity.


Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    'House Party' Pairing had its issues

    Posted
    Andretti
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Overall very satisfied with speaker(s). The first Lifejacket (original design) I had performed outstanding. I used it for two or more years before accidentally breaking the piece that the charger cord plugs into on the back of the speaker that was totally my fault for doing. I decided it gave me a great opportunity to upgrade to the lifejacket 3 (which enabled further distance from the source it is connected to via bluetooth, longer battery life, and the ability to 'pair' with another (or more) lifejacket 3 and play them all at the same time). Awesome option. Probably the one thing I wished my original lifejacket version had been able to do. My only issue with the new Lifejacket 3 is that pairing function, referred to as 'House Party Pairing Mode' (and why I held back from 5 stars). The idea sounds very appealing, but due to the lack of clarity for the 'house party' description, it forced me to having to call tech support not once, but twice to figure out how to get them to pair appropriately. According to the literature, the point of the 'house party' function is it: 'allows you to connect an unlimited number of compatible speakers together for a bigger, more powerful sound'. My first attempts to pair them as a master and slave speaker was a total waste of time (even though I followed the directions exactly). For anyone having problems, you need to first verify you have two speakers that are capable of the ‘house party’ function in the first place as evidently not all are (you need to look closely at the top clear plastic part of the package just below the actual speaker level in the package and look for ‘house party multi-speaker pairing mode’). Secondly, you need to make sure you have ones that are able to pair with each other. My first two lifejacket 3’s I had to return because when I failed 1000 or more attempts to pair them, I broke down and called tech support. There, they helped me determine that I I did not have matching speakers capable of pairing in the first place. Check the model numbers on each speaker box to be certain you are purchasing two of the same speakers (if you want the house pairing option) by turning the package over and looking at the bottom of the package where it lists the model number on the top part of the bar code. Once I did manage to get two of the same speakers purchased and home, I followed the instructions to pair the ‘master’ speaker with my phone and did so with no issues. I also followed the instructions to try to do the master-slave pairing again for house mode to fail numerous times. Eventually, I did manage to get it done, but was not at all satisfied because even though they both played the same song, the slave speaker was ¼ second or so behind the master speaker, creating an ‘echo’ effect. Subsequent attempts yielded the same result. I also experimented with pairing the speakers to my laptop and then doing ‘house party’ function, but again had the same results….an echo. I decided to try support again and when explaining the situation, he had me attempt the pairing yet again. This time though, instead of following the instructions as they are explained on the sheet you receive with the product, he had me do a slightly different procedure as follows: Pair the first speaker to your phone/computer as you normally do. Start the music and make sure you hear it out of the master speaker. Once you do, turn on the slave speaker. Now, look under ‘my devices’ and if it is listed there (this is in addition to the first one that you have on, paired and playing music) you should choose to ‘forget the device’. As long as it is not listed under ‘my devices’, the speaker will have a blue flashing light once it is on which means it is searching for something to pair to. Now, put both speakers in close proximity of one another. With the master speaker on and playing music and the slave speaker on with a blue light flashing, push down on the ‘+ and –‘ buttons on both speakers at the same time for just a fraction of a second. The master speaker should have a green light now instead of a blue one, and the slave speaker should start flashing green and you should hear music out of both….without the echo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound and battery life.

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The best test of any speaker is to test and make a purchase decision in the exact location/environment you intend to use it in because of musical acoustics and frequencies being washed out etc. - not just on the store shelf. With that said, I wanted a BT speaker that primarily sounded great in my noisy work environment. This unit performs much better than anyone would think possible. It's amazing and the dynamic range of the music is balance perfectly - not to much base or treble, midrange is exactly were I would set it if using an equalizer. It's physical size is just right! It fits comfortably into my backpack thus allowing me to easily carry from home to work etc. without any 'hassles'. Use it very often in my home garage on weekends and in the pickup when I want portable Blue Tooth! Excellant price/performance ratio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound in a Small, Waterproof Package!

    Posted
    Opie495
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had one of these before and lost it to my brother in a scam he pulled, such is brotherly love! That is said jokingly, I was happy to give it to him to take on a trip out of the country. After about 2 months without it I knew I needed another. Being the careful, prudent shopper I am I did read reviews on the other latest and greatest out there. I didn't see anything I liked better and this unit was still getting rave reviews so I bought it. I am really glad I bought this as it is exactly the same as my previous one and I absolutely love it. The bluetooth works flawlessly, I can use it as a speaker phone (yeah, most phones can do that on their own but not with this level of clarity and volume) and it is waterproof. Living in FL I take it out on the boat all the time and never have to worry about it. Anchor out and go up to a secluded beach, take it with me and have great music on the beach. The battery life is good enough that I can use it all day. I love this speaker, you wouldn't go wrong getting one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It's...okay.

    Posted
    Analeigh

    I received this a Christmas gift from my dad. First things first: It doesn't want to pair with my iPhone 8. My iPhone pairs fine with everything else except this. Secondly, the sound is hollow. It's almost echo-y and doesn't do well with base whatsoever. I plugged it in with aux cable, seeing as that's the only way I could get my phone to work with it, and it was just not a good experience. The sound grates on your ears--it's not smooth like my car's bluetooth or my bluetooth headphones. It's harsh and frustrating to listen to because the sound is inconsistent. If you listen to any other speaker: Beats, Bose etc. the sound isn't hollow and static. It's dynamic. The vocals aren't grating and the instrumentals compete evenly with the sound of everything else. With this speaker, you just don't get that and I'm wholly frustrated. I'll be returning (sorry dad) and going back to Bose. Bad mistake.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It’s Awesome

    Posted
    Timmi59
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I looked at quite a few Bluetooth speakers before I bought the Mini Lifejacket 3. Aesthetically speaking, most were hideous, with terrible lines and shapes. Also, many just didn’t sound all that great. Tinny sounding. The Lifejacket 3 has a good sound, especially when you connect it with other Lifejacket speakers, up to 50 apparently. It’s sturdy, aesthetically pleasing AND, if you happen to drop in in the pool or lake it FLOATS! Amazing. One important thing, though, you must be careful when plugging the micro usb cord into the port. It’s kind of delicate and easy to damage - both the port and cord. I’ve already damaged mine. That was kinda disappointing. It still functions, I just have to be super careful when I plug it in. The cool thing is the battery life is roughly 16 hours, so you don’t have to be constantly plugged in. Still, I recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works great but ...

    Posted
    justabuyer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is the first time I bought Bluetooth speakers. I bought this as a general use speaker for my wife's PC and laptop. Sounds great for small speakers. Using and syncing the Bluetooth is a snap. The only problem is it shuts off automatically if it doesn't sense any audio input. So when she has it attached to her laptop or PC with no audio playing it shuts off and she doesn't have any sound alerts. Her monitors doesn't have any internal speaker. Keeping the volume low while playing music doesn't help either because the volume is to soft. I'm still looking for a way to keep the Bluetooth on constantly even with the power charging cable attached. At this time I would recommend this for a small light weight leisure speaker to listen to movies and music. But not as a general use PC speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasted

    Posted
    William

    I got this as a birthday present 4 months ago, it's worked really well! Loud, clear, and crisp sound. I've taken really good care of it, never left my house, never dropped it, and never spilled anything on it. But the problem is the charging, after one month of use I started noticing the battery was getting weaker and not lasting as long as it used to. It was getting weaker and took longer to charge fully. Now 4 months later it just turned off as if it ran out of batteries, I tried to put it on the charger and it wouldn't start charging and wouldn't turn on. So now, $100 have been used for only 4 months of use. Not the length I wanted. Very poor charging, will not last as long as you want.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      AltecLansingCustomerServ

      Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We would be happy to help - please contact us at support@alteclansing.com or at 1-855-292-4087 AltecLansing

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A solid product. Worth the money..

    Posted
    Eli1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My family and I went tubing this past weekend and i bought the speaker so that we could use it without worrying about dropping it in the water. Put it in the water briefly and it's floated! But I didn't want it to sit in the water for long. So I really can't speak on how well it does after a long exposure to water. But the brief exposure it got with us it seemed fine. The Bluetooth connection is nice and strong. The sound quality is really really good for such a small speaker. It got very loud and had nice deep bass and solid mids and highs. It was clear at any volume. Never got muddy. Definitely worth the $70 sale price I paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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