While we usually associate Bluetooth speakers with rechargeable batteries, there are plenty of quality Bluetooth speakers that still rely on an old-fashioned AC plug for their power source. There’s no doubt that speakers with rechargeable batteries are more convenient if you’re looking for a portable music source, but there are still advantages to speakers with a plug-in power source. You will certainly lose the convenience of being able to take your music with you anywhere, but these types of speakers can produce a lot more powerful sound.

When you’re deciding on what type of speaker fits your needs you should consider carefully what you’re really using it for. What works for your friends and neighbors may not be right for you, so don’t let their needs cloud your judgment. The bottom line is this – don’t automatically assume that a rechargeable speaker is the right way to go.

The Argument for Battery Power

If you’re outdoors a Bluetooth rechargeable speaker is a great solution that lets you take your music with you anywhere – you don’t need a power source, and even if you do run out of power as long as you have your car nearby you can plug it in for a quick recharge. When choosing a rechargeable speaker, though, you should look for one with at least 8 hours of battery life so that you’re not constantly hunting for a power source. You can definitely save a little money by going with a cheaper speaker with limited battery life, but you’ll likely regret your decision in the long run.

The Advantages of AC Power

If you’re trying to build a whole home sound solution so that you can move around the house and still keep listening to your favorite tunes, Wi-Fi speakers may be a better solution than Bluetooth. Bluetooth is great for portability and there’s no better solution if you’re heading out for a day at the beach or a camping trip, but most Bluetooth rechargeable speakers cannot be paired together easily, making them less than ideal if you’re looking to create a room-to-room solution.
Most Wi-Fi speakers rely on an AC power solution as you don’t really need to move them around – you just need to have them in each room where you plan on listening to music. If it’s a home sound solution you’re looking for, you’ll have absolutely no need for rechargeable batteries; having a reliable power source at all times is probably better for your needs. The only problem you may run into is a power outage; then you may be kicking yourself for not choosing a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker instead.

Consider a Hybrid Option

If you want a speaker that you can use both in the home and outdoors you may want to look for a hybrid option. There are some higher-end speakers that will work either plugged in or on battery power, and if you can afford one of these they’re definitely the way to go. In many cases these types of speakers will provide you with the best of both worlds – you can listen to them without a power source as long as your battery’s fully charged, or you can plug in and not have to worry about the music stopping any time soon. With this type of speaker there really are no limitations on how you can use it, and you can keep on listening even in the middle of a power outage!

The Verdict is In

So after all this analysis, what is the best choice? It all really depends on your own individual needs – I guess what I’m saying is there really is no one right answer. If you can afford it, the hybrid option that can be powered by both Bluetooth and AC power is of course the best solution, but if you’re on a budget and you spend most of your time listening to music on the go, then you’re better off choosing a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. If on the other hand you only really listen to music inside and you want a powerful solution that will let you listen to your music all over the house, then a Wi-Fi enabled, AC-powered speaker is probably the best option. The best thing to do is to look at your own personal needs and make the right decision.