Vivitar was well known for making camera accessories, but with today’s cell phone craze it makes even more sense that they’d go after this lucrative market. What is required is to produce products that the public wants, more to the point expects to have available as well as making the price a few shades beyond just being “reasonable.” This all plays well when you consider Vivitar’s $14.88 Light Up Wireless Speaker and its $8.88 Light Up Power Booster — both of which proclaim the price right on the cover.
Speaking of covers (wait for the double-pun), both feature a prism like covering that reflects the light and highlights the fact that they have light up capabilities (this showing most strongly on the much larger box the speaker comes in). The speaker looks a bit like a soda can in shape, but does the job right with Bluetooth for streaming audio from a phone, a rechargeable battery and a set of small controls on the top for those looking for manually working the sound. Of course there’s a microphone inside so that it can be used as a speakerphone — volume is reasonable but not overwhelming so if used in the midst of a crowd when a call comes in, telling everyone to hush up might be the best recourse. Vivitar also adds an audio input (aux-in), but the real go-to for this speaker is how it lights up while in use. And varies its colors so it’s more of a fun accessory than a portable lantern. Just don’t expect too long a time before a recharge is needed, especially as the lights do drain the battery more so than if it was just the speaker being powered.
Vivitar takes care of recharging by making their Light Up Power Boost available with a 3000 mAH battery. You charge it up and then use it with plugged in cables to charge smartphones. It has the usual battery level indicator but adds LED lighting as it goes about its business. But it’s most useful function is non-electric — integrated suction cups that let it grip the back of the phone without causing any permanent damage. This makes using the Power Boost less cumbersome and definitely simpler, since it charges in a conventional manner (up to 1.5X times) which requires some many minutes to be accomplished, depending on the phone’s battery charge at the time.
Neither of these Vivitar products fall out of the range of what is expected in today’s marketplace, but they do offer a different slant on what is now established product lines. Plus they’re inexpensive so how good is that? Plenty, is how.