If you haven’t heard about the Zooka wireless (bluetooth) speaker bar (the speakers are at either end of a single bar), it’s a wireless bluetooth speaker for your iPhone or Android phone, or iPad or other tablet (or, even, your laptop). But the Zooka wireless bar instructions leave a lot to be desired in terms of explaining how to hook up your Zooka bluetooth speakers, so here are clearer instructions.
We have tested this device in all sorts of situations (including playing music loud enough to be heard over the running water of a shower). It’s sleek, the sound is decent (not world class, but decent) and it gets the job done.
What we like in particular is that in addition to being easy to connect (once you know how, and we’ll get to that in a moment), it sports its own internal rechareable battery, so that it doesn’t drain your device’s battery life.
We also like that Carbon Audio (the company that makes the Zooka speakers) got really creative with design, so that you can slide it on top of your laptop (and there is a cut-out so that it doesn’t cover your built-in camera), and it also has a little kickstand ‘leg’ so that you can stabilize it and use it as a base for your iPad. Really an ingenious, and versatile design.
The one place where the Zooka speaker comes up short is in the pictorial instruction card that comes with it. There are no other instructions included in terms of how to hook it up, which would be ok if the pictures were clearer:
So, here is how to connect your Zooka speaker bar to a device. It’s really easy, just not clear from the instruction card.
Make sure that your Zooka speaker is well-charged, or that it is plugged in (charging).
Then press and hold the power button – the LED will turn blue to indicate that the device is on.
Next, press and hold down the Bluetooth button until the indicator light starts flashing red and blue.
Put your device (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) in Bluetooth pairing mode, and it should find “Zooka”.
Select “Zooka” on your device and your device will either automatically pair with your Zooka, or it may prompt you for a passcode. If it asks for a passcode, enter “0000”.
And that’s all there is to it! And, because a picture is worth the proverbial thousand words:
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