For the past two months, I have been using an Accessorise (TM) Portable Bluetooth Wireless Mini Speaker System for my Kindle Fire HD 7″. I bought it for $29.99, and it came with free shipping because I have the Amazon Prime membership. It’s a gorgeous little gizmo with a blue decorative band around it. The speaker weighs only 2.5 ounces and is shaped like a ball. The volume and quality of the sound it produces are surprisingly good–noticeably louder and deeper than the built-in speakers in the Kindle Fire, which aren’t too shabby to begin with.
I use the speaker ball in several situations and love the wireless connection for convenience of use. If I’m listening to an Audible book while washing the dishes, I can position the Kindle Fire on the cutting board and place the speaker over by the sink, or wherever the best listening will be enabled. If I’m watching Downton Abbey on the living room sofa with Darlene and Claire, I have the speaker on my lap just in front of the screen. For movie and TV viewing I go all out, using what passes for a big screen in our TV-deprived home, which means I fire up my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ instead of the 7-inch model. I also use the mini speaker at night when I’m shaving and brushing my teeth with an electric toothbrush, because I can hold the ball close to my ear and still hear the audiobook above the buzzing racket of the toothbrush.
The speaker ball’s charge lasts 10 hours, the specs say, after a three-hour charge with an included micro USB charging cable. That’s the same type of cable you use to charge any of your Kindle models or other devices. I’ve never used the speaker ball for 10 hours without a charge, so I can’t testify to how long the charge lasts. I generally give it some juice once or twice a week. The speaker also comes with a nice little pouch, which gives it some protection when you toss it in your suitcase for travel.
The Bluetooth pairing process is easy. You press a button on the speaker and hold it until you hear two musical bleeps. Then you go to settings on your Kindle Fire, tap on Wireless, then Bluetooth. You will see the device appear on the list of paired devices, and when you tap on it the speaker will make another bleep which means it’s ready to take over the audio duties for the Fire.
I am uploading a YouTube video that I finished tonight demonstrating how to set up the speaker and showing my three favorite use cases. It should be up later tonight or tomorrow morning here and at my YouTube Channel.
If you are using this or another external Bluetooth speaker for your Kindle Fire, please let me know in the comments what your experience has been and leave any tips you might have on how to get the best use out of your speaker. A search in Amazon’s Electronics department for “Bluetooth Ball Speaker” will lead you to a good number of speakers similar to the one I’m using. I would also love to hear what your favorite use case is for an external Bluetooth speaker for your Fire.