The Tribit StormBox Micro 2 ($59.99) is a fully weatherproof Bluetooth speaker.
With astonishing bass output for such a small package.
It has a few modest upgrades over its predecessor, the $49.99 StormBox Micro.
Such as longer battery life and Bluetooth connectivity for a newer version.
While it isn’t a significant improvement, it is still a nice option if you’re looking for an outdoor speaker that doesn’t take up a lot of space.
The StormBox Micro 2 is a good alternative to the $49.95 JBL Go 3 and the $59.99 Sony SRS-XB13.
JBL and Sony have long dominated this price category, but the StormBox Micro 2 offers a strong alternative to the JBL Go 3 and the Sony SRS-XB13.
Portable and Long Lasting!
The StormBox Micro 2 is available in black and is 1.7 by 4.0 by 4.0 inches (HWD) and weighs 11.2 ounces.
It’s a little bigger and heavier than the original StormBox Micro (1.4 by 3.9 by 3.9 inches, 9.1 ounces), but it’s still a compact device.
The speaker has rounded sides and a fabric grille on the front.
A solitary 10W driver produces a frequency range of 70Hz to 20kHz beneath the grille.
The passive radiator is also protected by a grille on the bottom panel.
The speaker is Bluetooth 5.3 compliant, although it only supports the SBC codec, not AAC or AptX like some other variants.
You may also combine the speaker with another StormBox Micro 2 for wireless stereo sound or use each one separately in mono mode.
A multifunction button handles playing, call management, track navigation, and voice assistants, and is located on the front of the device (depending on how many times you tap or hold it).
A power button, a Bluetooth connecting button, and status LEDs that indicate the speaker status.
And volume levels are all located on the lower side panel.
What About The Charging Port?
On the other side is a USB-C charging port that lets you use the speaker’s battery to power other devices.
Rubber feet on the bottom keep the speaker from dancing around on a surface owing to vibrations.
But you can also use the built-in rubber strap to secure it to a bike (or anything else).
The IP67 classification of the StormBox Micro 2 implies it is dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to a metre of water.
Although Bluetooth transmissions may not work underwater.
This grade ensures that the speaker can withstand everything from a muddy outing to faucet pressure.
Tribit estimates that the StormBox Micro 2 can run for about 12 hours on a single charge.
However, that depends on your average volume levels.
What About The User Experience?
Experience using the Tribit App
The Tribit app (for Android and iOS) is functional, but it requires you to establish an account.
And submit your email address before you can use any of the functions.
Tribit isn’t the only company that does this, and it’s an obnoxious trend that will almost certainly result in more spam in your inbox in the future.
Once you’ve gotten through that, the app gives you access to EQ settings (Music, Audiobook, and Customized), and firmware upgrades.
And other features like automated shutdown and sleep preferences.
Apart from the EQ, there isn’t much here, but for the price, we shouldn’t expect much more.
Still a little light on bass, but it’s a lot better at high volumes.
The StormBox Micro 2 flirts with distortion at high levels on tunes with intense sub-bass content.
Such as The Knife’s “Silent Shout”—its driver isn’t built to hammer out powerful deep lows.
The sub-bass thud on this tune is more of a tap.
What About The Sound Quality?
The Micro 2’s bright and rich sound profile is revealed in Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” which has significantly less deep bass in the mix.
On larger, bass-forward speakers, the drums on this track can sound powerful, but they have a modest presence here.
Callahan’s baritone voice, on the other hand, captures most of the low-frequency attention.
The speaker produces lots of rich low-mid presence (the previous StormBox Micro struggled with this track even at maximum volume).
And does not teeter on the verge of distortion.
The drivers’ performance here indicates that they can provide solid clarity both indoors and out.
It Came With Few Minor Changes?
StormBox has been updated with a few minor changes.
In the world of tiny Bluetooth speakers, incremental updates are quite frequent.
And the Tribit StomBox Micro 2 delivers somewhat more power and battery life than its predecessor, as well as the latest Bluetooth version.
If the StormBox Micro 2 doesn’t quite fit your demands, you should also investigate the aforementioned JBL.
And Sony models, as well as the $39.99 Anker Soundcore Mini 3.
If you’re ready to spend an extra $89.99, the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom offers a little more power in a considerably larger package.