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Outdoor Tech grows its sound into BIG Turtle speaker and charger

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The latest Outdoor Tech wireless speaker
The latest Outdoor Tech wireless speaker
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A mock-up of the BIG Turtle Shell next to the original
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A mock-up of the BIG Turtle Shell next to the original
The BIG Turtle Shell is similar to the Armadillo Outdoor Tech showed last year, but can also act as a charger
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The BIG Turtle Shell is similar to the Armadillo Outdoor Tech showed last year, but can also act as a charger
The latest Outdoor Tech wireless speaker
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The latest Outdoor Tech wireless speaker
Outdoor Tech plans to begin shipping in June
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Outdoor Tech plans to begin shipping in June
The BIG Turtle speaker may not be as comfortable with water as a real turtle, but it's not afraid to get splashed, either
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The BIG Turtle speaker may not be as comfortable with water as a real turtle, but it's not afraid to get splashed, either
The BIG Turtle Shell gets wild
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The BIG Turtle Shell gets wild
Using Bluetooth 4.0, the BIG Turtle connects with audio input devices from up to 30 feet away
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Using Bluetooth 4.0, the BIG Turtle connects with audio input devices from up to 30 feet away
The BIG Turtle is built for outdoor use
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The BIG Turtle is built for outdoor use
Outdoor Tech has already met its Kickstarter goal, but the BIG Turtle Shell is still available, starting at a $140 pledge
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Outdoor Tech has already met its Kickstarter goal, but the BIG Turtle Shell is still available, starting at a $140 pledge
Outdoor Tech expects the retail price of the BIG Turtle Shell to be $229.95+
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Outdoor Tech expects the retail price of the BIG Turtle Shell to be $229.95+
The two handles on the back can be used to carry and strap the BIG Turtle Shell
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The two handles on the back can be used to carry and strap the BIG Turtle Shell
The two handles on the back can be used to carry and strap the BIG Turtle Shell
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The two handles on the back can be used to carry and strap the BIG Turtle Shell
The BIG Turtle Shell can charge devices via a USB output
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The BIG Turtle Shell can charge devices via a USB output
The BIG Turtle Shell is IPX6 water-resistant
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The BIG Turtle Shell is IPX6 water-resistant

Outdoor Tech is no stranger to the world of crowd funding. It's used Kickstarter to get past products like the Turtle Shell speaker off the ground. Now it's back with a bigger version of the Turtle that it calls, quite simply, the BIG Turtle Shell. This speaker brings more sound to the park and beach and packs enough power to double as a portable charger.

No surprises here, the BIG Turtle Shell is a bigger, more powerful Turtle Shell. It's also essentially a redesigned, renamed version of the Armadillo speaker that Outdoor Tech revealed last year. The big update from the small Turtle and Armadillo is the addition of an external-device charging capability made possible by the larger 7,800 mAh lithium-ion battery and USB charging port. Outdoor Tech estimates that the battery can charge an iPhone four times or a GoPro action cam six times.

The BIG Turtle Shell can charge devices via a USB output
The BIG Turtle Shell can charge devices via a USB output

Not surprisingly, the BIG(ger) Turtle Shell packs more sound than the original, pumping out up to 110 decibels compared to 96. Other specs, like its 30-foot (9.1-m) Bluetooth 4.0 range and 16 hours of playtime are nearly identical to its older, smaller brother. Also like the original, the BIG Turtle Shell features Outdoor Tech's rugged, shock-proof, dust-proof and water-resistant design. When paired with a phone, it offers speakerphone functions, as well as music listening. It has two handles for carrying, lashing and hanging and weighs 2.2 lb (1 kg).

Outdoor Tech launched a Kickstarter campaign this week and is already well past its US$40,000 goal. It's offering the BIG Turtle Shell for pledges starting at $140, a savings over the anticipated $230 retail price. It plans to start deliveries in June.

Source: Outdoor Tech

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