The Anker Soundcore Flare is a nice looking speaker that is a few steps ahead of its predecessor, the original Anker Soundcore, and comes with a few tweaks that justify its slightly higher price tag. The wireless speaker offers 360-degree sound, and has a 12 hour battery life that\u2019ll see it playing music for up to half a day before it needs a recharge. If you have the LED light show on as you play your music, the playback period shoots down to about 5.5 hours, though you could also choose to have the speaker play music while it's plugged in so that it doesn\u2019t shut down. Does it have what it takes to compete with some of the top contenders in our best bluetooth speakers list? Go on with the rest of this review to find out.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Anker Soundcore Flare\r\nsoundcore flare\r\nAnker is gaining a steadily increasing following as a reliable audio products manufacturer, and this is because of high quality of products like the Anker Soundcore Flare. With a 12-hour battery life, a 12-Watt speaker output and a IP67 waterproof rating, it can be the perfect outdoor companion for those that never want to leave their music behind.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nDespite its small size, the Anker Soundcore Flare manages to handle bass-heavy tracks pretty well, and this is courtesy of its BassUp Technology which analyzes, then enhances your music\u2019s bass frequencies in real time. This ensures that the sound quality remains high, and keeps distortion at a minimum even when playing your tracks at high volume. For those whom the 12-Watt speaker output from one speaker is not enough, there\u2019s the option to connect two Anker Soundcore bluetooth speakers for a stereo sound listening experience, just as you would with two jbl charge 4 speakers. Also, with an IP67 waterproof rating, the portable speaker is completely capable of withstanding water splashes, and even being completely submerged in water for a short period of time.\r\nDesign\r\nThere\u2019s no denying that the Soundcore Flare is a pretty good looking portable bluetooth speaker. Like the oontz angle 3 bluetooth speaker, build quality is top notch, and it comes in a cylindrical shape that widens out at the bottom where it has an LED light ring that flashes with the rhythm of your music for a completely immersive audio-visual experience. If you\u2019re not a fan of the light show, you can also choose to have it off, and this works to extend the battery life for just a couple of hours. On its top, there\u2019s a central pay\/pause button, surrounded by plus & minus controls for the volume on its left and right. Right above it there\u2019s a button to control the LED lights, and below, another that controls the bass.\r\nValue\r\nIf you end up buying the Soundcore Flare, using it will get a lot easier once you download the Soundcore app. This app allows you to control everything from the light flashing sequence to the sound quality through its different EQ modes. To get it charged to full capacity will take something close to 3.5 hours, and despite this being a little longer than most of the other bluetooth speaker models, it\u2019s still reasonable seeing that the speaker can also be used to play music while plugged in. If you\u2019re still not satisfied with the level of sound performance that the Flare has to offer, then you could opt for the more sophisticated Bose soundlink color ii bluetooth speaker, though it's going to cost you a bit more money to buy.\r\nAnker Soundcore Flare Wrap Up\r\nThe Anker Soundcore Flare is a decent bluetooth speaker to get for less than $70, and with its elegant shape and small size, carrying it around should be a breeze. The speaker is built to last, and looks good whether you have it on top of your desk or by the pool.