The Arma K1 Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker and 4800 mAh Power Bank from Kmashi is unique in a variety of ways. First and foremost it is versatile external Bluetooth speaker. There are many Bluetooth speakers on the market but the Arma K1 has a triangular shape in black and orange that stands out in the crowd.
- Arma K1 Bluetooth Speaker with a powerful 4800 mAh lithium battery
- Micro USB charging cable
- Micro SD card slot (card not included)
- Bluetooth 4.0 Technology for use with for iPhone 6, Plus, iPad, Mini, Air, Samsung Galaxy, Note, Nexus, and Other Smart Phones. as well as Bluetooth enabled computers and tablet PCs.
- Printed User Manual
- Bike Mount: fits neatly on the handlebars of your bike or even your treadmill for listening as you workout.
- 1 year warranty
Not content to be just a Bluetooth speaker, the Arma K1 is also a Power Bank for charging your cell phone or other small devices on the go, and a flashlight. When using the included bike mount attachment, you may position the Arma K1 so the flashlight aims forward to light your way as you ride as well as make you visible to oncoming traffic.
On the orange end of the speaker is the flashlight with 3 light levels. A rubber cap on the opposite end of the speaker conceals the card slot, power switch, and charging ports. On the side of the speaker is a full complement of buttons which control the flashlight and volume control up and down. Pressing the flashlight button once will activate the brightest light setting. A second push of the button reduces the brightness to the normal setting which still provides plenty of light. The third setting is an emergency flasher.
Before you can use the Arma K1 for any of its intended functions, you must first turn on the power switch. I expected to do this for listening to music but it is also necessary before you can use the power bank to charge a device. Unfortunately, when you flip the switch, a very loud voice announces ‘Connection,’ or ‘Card Reader’ if a card is in the slot. There seems to be no way to shut off that annoying voice or reduce the volume. It is so loud that it can be heard at the other end of the house. That is a major negative that I hope they will correct in future versions of ths product. My rating of 4 stars is a reflection of this feature.
The volume control buttons control sound output for music from the SD card or output from a Bluetooth connected device. The buttons should be pressed and held until the desired sound level is produced. Gently tapping the buttons will advance forward or back to the next tune on your play list. This is especially useful when using a MicroSD card as the source of your music. The sound level may be raised to a point that sent my cats running for cover with the speaker almost bouncing out of my hand with the beat of the music. It has the most amazing sound output for a device of this size.
The exterior of the speaker is coated in rubber and the power switch and charging port are concealed beneath a snug fitting rubber cap on the end of the speaker. This makes the speaker seriously water resistant for listening to music by the pool, walking in the rain, camping, hiking, rafting, around your house, and even in the shower. Although the product name and description use the word ‘waterproof,’ the speaker is designed to withstand rain and water splashing on it but it is not to be submerged in water.
Connecting the speaker to a Bluetooth enabled device is quick and easy with no special code required. Sound quality is very good with plenty of volume. The volume control buttons are within easy reach when the speaker is mounted on your handlebars. A carabiner clip is attached to one corner to hang it from a hook or tent pole. The rubber coating protects the speaker from rain and also keeps the speaker from sliding around on a slippery surface. I would have liked the option to be able to use a standard audio cable to connect to devices without Bluetooth. Perhaps they will include that feature on a future version of the product.
- Model: Kmashi Arma K1
- Capacity: 4800 mAh
- Bluetooth version: 4.0
- Playing time: 35 hours
- Input: 5V/ 1A
- Output: 5V/ 2.1A ( max )
- Connection range: 33 feet (10m )
- Size: 2.36″ x 2.36″ x 4.7″ (60 mm x 60 mm x 120 mm)
- Weight: 11.8 oz. (335g)
The Kmashi Arma K1 is well made, thoughtfully designed, and energy efficient to provide up to 35 hours of listening pleasure on a charge. It is available on Amazon for $36.99.
I received this product for my honest evaluation which I have provided above.