Pohopa EF-B210G Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 30, 2021 at 10:08 am
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6.1
Music
5.4
Videos/Movies
6.7
Podcasts
2.5
Voice Assistant
6.6
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The Pohopa EF-B210G are unique outdoor speakers designed to look like lanterns that are advertised for indoor and outdoor use. They can pair to each other and are rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. They can have an outstanding Bluetooth range and a long battery life which is great for long days spent outdoors. They have a slightly boomy sound profile that can muddy vocals and lead instruments, while the overemphasized high-mids can make those same instruments a bit honky and harsh at times. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features available.

Our Verdict

6.1 Music

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are passable for music. They have a slightly boomy sound profile that can muddy vocals and lead instruments, while the overemphasized high-mids can make those same instruments a bit honky and harsh at times. However, they also struggle to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which is disappointing if you like bass-heavy music. That said, they can play stereo content, and though they don't get very loud, they don't have a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so audio reproduction is clean and pure.

Pros
  • Not a lot of compression at max volume.
  • Can play stereo content.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Disappointing directivity.
5.4 Videos/Movies

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are inadequate for videos and movies. They have an uneven sound profile lacking in low-bass which can make it difficult to feel the thump and rumble in action-packed movies. Its overemphasized high-bass can make your audio sound boomy, and the underemphasized low-mids can muddy vocals and dialogue. The overemphasized high-mids can also make those same vocals and dialogue sound honky and harsh at times. Their latency performance is likely too high to be suitable for watching videos and movies using iOS and Android devices; however, some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may vary. That said, there isn't a lot of compression at max volume, and they can play stereo content.

Pros
  • Can play stereo content.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • High latency via Bluetooth.
6.7 Podcasts

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are okay for podcasts. Their overemphasized high-mids make dialogue and vocals sound honky and harsh which can be disappointing if you enjoy listening to a lot of podcasts. They also have inadequate directivity, meaning your audio may not sound as clear from all angles. That said, they're very portable and don't have a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so their audio reproduction is clear and pure.

Pros
  • Not a lot of compression at max volume.
Cons
  • Disappointing directivity.
2.5 Voice Assistant

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers don't support voice assistants.

6.6 Outdoors

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are alright for outdoor use. They have an outstanding Bluetooth range and a long battery life which is suitable for long days spent outside. They're very portable, and though they don't get very loud, they don't have a lot of compression at max volume. These speakers are also rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. That said, they have an uneven sound profile that's lacking in low-bass, so you may have trouble hearing the thump and rumble in bass-heavy audio. While the underemphasized low-mids can muddy the lead instruments and vocals, their overemphasized high-mids can make these same instruments and vocals sound honky and harsh at times.

Pros
  • IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.
  • Outstanding battery life.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Disappointing directivity.
  • 6.1 Music
  • 5.4 Videos/Movies
  • 6.7 Podcasts
  • 2.5 Voice Assistant
  • 6.6 Outdoors
  1. Updated Apr 08, 2021: Added IP5X rating for dust resistance.
  2. Updated Apr 02, 2021: Updated our Battery results after retesting for verification.
  3. Updated Mar 30, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights Yes

The Pohopa EF-B210G are unique speakers designed to look like lanterns. They have LED lights all around the top, and wood print designs on their side and rear panels. For an outdoor-oriented wireless Bluetooth speaker that looks like a rock, check out the Theater Solutions B83GR.

8.4
Design
Portability
Volume
1,246 in³ (20,416 cm³)
Weight
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers have an impressively portable design. Each one has a handle at the top, so you can carry one in each hand. They're also battery-powered, so you can use them on-the-go without having to plug them into an outlet.

Note: Our weight measurement is for both speakers.

7.2
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Decent
Water Resistance
Water-resistant (IPx4)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Protected (IP5x)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

Update 04/08/2021: We updated the review to reflect that the speaker has an IP5X rating for dust resistance

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are decently built. Though we don't test for this, they're rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, and the LED lights underneath their tops are covered by a plastic shield, though they aren't properly aligned on some areas on the Secondary speaker. Each speaker has an LED light on the rear, which indicates when it's connected to Bluetooth and when it's paired to the other one. They have a metal grille protecting their drivers and a panel with a wooden design covering their sides and rear. They also have a cover protecting their ports; however, it's important to note that only the Host speaker has an AUX port.

6.8
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Good
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are alright. To turn them on, press their power buttons once, and to turn them off, press and hold the power button instead. When both speakers are on, they connect automatically, the LED light on the rear of the Host speaker blinks blue, and the one on the Secondary speaker is solid green. The power buttons can also be used to play and pause audio by pressing them once while the speakers are on. You can also control the volume by pressing the "+" and "-" buttons on the Host. To skip to the next song, press and hold the "+" button, and to go back to the previous song, press and hold the "-" button. While there's some audible feedback when they're turned on and off, as well as when Bluetooth is pairing, there isn't any way to monitor their volume level.

You can use the LED button to turn the strip lights on. Pressing this button controls the lights on both speakers when they're paired to each other. The lights also stop alternating colors when your music is paused.

Design
In The Box

  • 2x Pohopa EF-B210G speakers (one Host speaker and one Secondary speaker)
  • Quick guide
  • 2x Micro-USB charging cables
  • AUX cable

Sound
5.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.32
Std. Err.
3.56 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
91.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
11.5 kHz

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers have sub-par frequency response accuracy. They struggle to reproduce a thumpy, rumbling low-bass which can be disappointing to fans of bass-heavy music like EDM. However, there's an overemphasis in the high-bass that adds a boomy quality to your mix and can make vocals and lead instruments sound a bit muddy and cluttered. Finally, the overemphasis in the high-mid range can also cause those same vocals and instruments to sound a bit honky and harsh at times.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.4
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.78 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers' soundstage performance isn't bad. The directivity is disappointing, so your audio may not sound very clear from some angles. That said, they can play stereo content. When they're paired, the Host speaker is the left channel and the Secondary speaker is the right channel.

7.7
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
89.6 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.00 dB

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers have a very good dynamics performance. Though they don't get very loud, they also don't have a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio should sound clean and pure. That said, they probably aren't suitable for large parties.

Active Features
7.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
60.0 hrs
Charge Time
5.6 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
Micro-USB

Update 04/02/2021: While this speaker's advertised battery life is 15 hours, in our tests, it last for 60 hours. We retested the battery life several times to confirm that our results are accurate.

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers have a very good battery performance. Though they're advertised to last for 15 hours off of a single charge, in our tests, they lasted for 60 hours, which is exceptional. They also have a power-saving feature that automatically shuts them off after about ten minutes without audio.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No
Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No

The Host speaker has an AUX port and a micro-USB charging port, though the Secondary speaker only has a micro-USB charging port. It's important to note that each speaker has a rear cover for its ports; however, they don't truly represent the correct ports of each speaker. Even though the covers say AUX IN or On/Off for both speakers, that doesn't correspond to the actual ports they're covering.

6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.2
Bluetooth iOS Latency
253 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
220 ms
Bluetooth Range
331.4 ft (101.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers' Bluetooth connectivity is okay. They have a disappointing latency performance, so they aren't suitable for watching movies and videos through iOS and Android devices. That said, they have a fantastic Bluetooth range, so your paired device should stay connected to the speakers even when you aren't very close.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers come in two variants, 'Clear Lights' and 'Colored Lights'. We tested the 'Colored Lights' variant, though we expect the 'Clear Lights' variant to perform similarly. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Pohopa EF-B210G speakers are indoor and outdoor stereo speakers designed to look like lanterns. They can be paired to each other, are rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this, and they even have LED lights that pulse to the beat of your music. They also have incredible battery life. However, they have an uneven sound profile, and they lack customization features, which can be disappointing for some listeners.

See our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better overall outdoor speaker than the Pohopa EF-B210G speakers. It's better built, more portable, and has a better-balanced sound profile with an Outdoor mode EQ preset. However, the Pohopa speakers have a wider Bluetooth range and a longer battery life. They also come in a pair of two speakers that can be paired to each other, with unique lantern designs and LED lights which some users may prefer over the design of the Ultimate Ears.

Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

The Pohopa EG-B210G Speakers are better than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. They are two speakers that can be paired to each other, with LED lights that alternate to the beat of your music. They have a slightly better-balanced sound profile and can get louder than the TikiTunes. However, the TikiTunes speaker has better directivity, so audio sounds clear from most angles, which makes it better suited for those who enjoy listening to podcasts.

Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker

The Pohopa EG-B210G Speakers are better outdoor speakers than the Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker overall. They come in a pair of two speakers that can be paired together. They also have unique lantern designs with LED lights that alternate colors to the beat of your music. Unlike the Alpine, they can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. They also get louder and have a more extended low-bass, though their sound profile is a bit uneven. They're also rated IP54 for dust and water resistance though we don't test for this. However, the Alpine has better latency performance with iOS and Android devices than the Pohopa speakers, and some users may prefer its rock-like design with a built-in solar panel.

Theater Solutions B83GR

The Pohopa EF-B210G Speakers are better speakers than the Theater Solutions B83GR overall. They come in a pair of two lantern speakers with LED lights that alternate to the beat of your audio. They also have a significantly longer battery life, and a better-balanced sound profile. Though the Pohopa speakers don't have a great soundstage performance, unlike the Theater Solutions, they can play stereo content. That said, the Theater Solutions can connect to over 99 additional B83GR speakers, and may be better suited for those with a larger outdoor space. Its rock-like design can also help it blend in with outdoor landscapes better.

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