Braven is making the humble backup battery a lot more interesting. The company has unveiled the BRV-BANK PRO LE at CES this week in Las Vegas.
Designed for the outdoors, the rugged option is completely waterproof and also features a 300-lumen LED flashlight. The 6,000mAH cell is protected with an aircraft grade aluminum housing.
Just like the BRV-PRO speaker introduced in 2015, the power bank can be used with a number of other optional and handy accessories. Some options include a solar charging panel, multi-tool, GoPro-compatible action mount, and stacking plate. Accessories are designed to fit both the speaker and battery.
The battery also sports Bluetooth connectivity so users can control it with the companion app. That means you’ll be able to find the bank if it is lost, monitor the power levels, and turn each USB port on or off.
You can also activate two unique modes – Find Me and Bear. Find Me activates a universal distress signal and sends a visual Morse code using the flashlight. Bear mode will turn on the phone’s motion sensor and alert the battery to sound an alarm when the handset is moved.
The system will retail for $129.99 and be available sometime during the first quarter of this year. Braven includes a USB cable and lanyard.
So many speakers
The company also unveiled a number of new Bluetooth speakers at the show.
On the high end, the BRV-XXL lives up to its name and features a huge 15,600mAH battery and can keep the party going with up to 14 hours of music playback. The company’s largest speaker to date is waterproof and features tie-down loops and a carry strap when it’s time to hit the road. It will retail for $349.99 and arrive in the first quarter.
Retailing for $199.99 and available in the second quarter, the BRV-BLADE LE is another rugged speaker option. It sports special bass optimization and a boost mode to help pump out sound while in the great outdoors. Along with a built-in power bank to charge other USB devices, you can also take hands-free calls with the built-in microphone.
On the smaller side, the BRAVEN 105 and BRAVEN 405 are both designed for portability. The 105, which will cost $59.99, features an attachable carrying loop and can provide up to eight hours of music playback before needing to be recharged.
Just like the 105, the bigger 405 is waterproof and features a built-in kickstand. It will cost $99.99.
Both will be available in the second quarter. Buyers can select from seven different color choices.
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