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Bose SoundLink Mini II Troubleshooting

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My device is plugged in, but it will not power on.

Charging Contacts could be dirty, and need to be cleaned. Clean contacts located in upper corner of base and speaker with cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. If this does not work, the charging base may be faulty and need to be replaced.

Make sure charging cord is firmly plugged into wall and charging base. If the speaker does not turn on, try changing USB cord with one that is known to be in working condition. If the speaker still does not turn on, the AC adapter may be faulty and need to be replaced.

My Device will not power on when not plugged in to electrical outlet.

To check the charge level, press and hold the power button and observe the battery indicator. If the battery indicator light flashes red, the battery may not have enough charge to power on. Plug in the base to the AC outlet and place the speaker on the base to charge the battery. Battery indicator will be yellow while charging, and will turn off when done.

If the speaker is unplugged and unused for more than 14 days, it enters battery protection mode to preserve battery power. To reactivate the speaker, connect it to AC power. You can immediately use the system while the battery charges.

If the battery status light remains yellow after 10 hours of charging, the battery may need replacing.

Speaker turns on, but will not connect to Bluetooth Device.

On average, the speaker will work within 30 feet of your paired Bluetooth device. Walls and construction materials can affect reception at times. Try moving closer to device to pair.

The speaker can only store 8 Bluetooth devices in its memory, and can only sync to two devices simultaneously. Make sure two devices aren’t currently synced to speaker. To clear device memory, press and hold Bluetooth button for approximately 10 seconds. The device will say “Bluetooth device list cleared” if successful. To pair new Bluetooth device, press and hold Bluetooth button until indicator light blinks blue. Then you can scan for the speaker from Bluetooth device.

If the device is within range and Bluetooth list is not full, the Bluetooth module may be faulty and need to be replaced.

Buttons do not respond to being pressed.

If buttons on device do not work, but certain device functions, like volume control, work when controlled by audio device, button board may be faulty and need to be replaced.

My speaker will not produce a proper sound.

Make sure speaker is properly connected to audio device. To pair new Bluetooth device, press and hold Bluetooth button until indicator light blinks blue. Then you can scan for the speaker from Bluetooth device.

Make sure speaker and audio device are not muted. Attempt to turn up audio on both the speaker and audio device.

If audio is playing but sounds distorted, make sure speakers are not being obstructed. If speakers are free of obstructions, speakers may be “blown” and need replacement.

Bose SoundLink Mini II review

The Bose SoundLink Mini II is relatively ancient, having been released in June 2015. Fans of the original SoundLink Mini loved the upgraded features and audio of the second generation speaker. But how does the SoundLink Mini II fare against more modern competition? 

From the spec sheet, you may be disappointed to find all the things the Bose SoundLink Mini Ii lacks. There’s no NFC for easy pairing, no multipoint Bluetooth for pairing to multiple devices simultaneously and it's not water resistant.

Its battery life is also rated for an average 10 hours where speakers like the JBL Charge 3 can last up to 20 hours and charges your phone in a pinch. 

While the lack of features may turn off some buyers, it would be a mistake to write off the SoundLink Mini II entirely because it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers on the market.


The Bose SoundLink Mini II is built like a tank. The speaker exudes quality the moment you pick it up with its hefty 1.5 lb ( 0.7 kg) weight and aluminum casing. That’s quite heavy considering the speaker’s small 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inch (51 x 180 x 58 mm; H x W x D) dimensions. 

On top of the speaker you’ll find all of the speakers controls including power, volume pairing and multi-function button. The multi-function can be used to change tracks or for activating voice assistants like Siri. The speaker also contains a mic so you can take calls. 

On the left side of the speaker you’ll find the microUSB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack for using legacy devices. Last but not least, there are pins at the bottom of the speaker for using the included dock. The dock isn’t necessary as you can simply plug in a microUSB cable to charge, but it’s nice to be able to set the speaker down to charge in one motion. 

Overall, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a handsome looking speaker that exudes quality thanks to its aluminum case and weight. It’s small enough to easily place in a bag but think twice before taking the SoundLink Mini II to the beach as it’s not water resistant. 


Although light on features, the Bose SoundLink MIni II remains one of the best-sounding wireless speakers we’ve ever heard. The speaker wowed us by punching way above what its diminutive size would suggest. 

While most compact wireless speakers struggle to output bass, the SoundLink Mini II has it in spades while still maintaining a lovely balanced sound. We were impressed by the quality and impact of the bass as the speaker played bass heavy songs with authority and without distortion, even at high volume. 

Compared to the competition, the Bose SoundLink Mini II just sounds better. The JBL Charge 3 may produce more bass, but it is less controlled and overwhelms the high frequency at times. The similarly sized Razer Leviathan Mini sounded wooden compared to the Bose and failed to retrieve as many micro details.

Bose didn’t neglect other parts of the audio spectrum either. Highs were energetic and helped made violins and cymbals sound spacious. The SoundLink Mini II is one of the few speakers that has the ability to produce a sense of space around instruments where most other wireless speakers of this size sound dull. 

Likewise, mids are lush and warm, helping make vocal heavy tracks shine. Norah Jones sounded particularly good with tons of detail and texture around her voice. We're also impressed by the speaker’s ability to retrieve details like a musician’s breath and the clinking of glasses from the audience in live jazz tracks. 

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the SoundLink Mini II’s performance is its ability to sound great at any volume. The speaker manages to produce the same bass impact and depth at low listening volume, which we can’t say for most wireless speakers of its size. 

Speaking of volume, the SoundLink Mini II has seemingly unlimited levels of volume adjustment so you can dial in exactly how loud you want your music. There’s also no speaker hiss at low listening volumes either, which is great new for classical music lovers. 

Final verdict

Wireless speakers have changed rapidly since the Bose SoundLink Mini II was introduced in 2015. Consumers expecting NFC pairing, multi speaker pairing, multipoint Bluetooth, waterproofing and multi-day battery life will be disappointed by the SoundLink Mini II. 

However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II would be a mistake, as it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers. This diminutive speaker punches way above what its size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs and a lush midrange. While most wireless speakers sound OK, the Bose SoundLink Mini II proves that small speakers don’t need to compromise on sound.

At $199 (£170, AU$300), the SoundLink Mini II is expensive for what you get. But if you want one of the best sounding wireless speakers for under $200, it’s hard to do better than the Bose SoundLink Mini II. If you want more features and are willing to trade off some sound quality, the water resistant Bose SoundLink Color II is a great choice.

Bose Soundlink Revolve vs. Mini II vs. Color II: Can the New Take Down the Classic?

We ran an exhaustive meta-analysis on Bose’s Bluetooth speakers, and what  major European and American consumer organizations had to say about them. We also took into account the commentary from all sorts of audiophile critics and tech bloggers.

Which is best for whom among the Bose Soundlink Revolve, the Bose Soundlink Mini II, or the Bose Soundlink Color II? To answer, we considered the reviewers’ contexts and biases, and averaged out the opinions.

We’ll start with a quick side-by-side comparison, then sum up our findings.

We’ve also run a separate comparison of the Bose Soundlink Color II with the smallest Bose speaker yet, the Bose Soundlink Micro.

This article was originally published on Aug. 16, 2017. Link to Micro article added on Nov. 3, 2017. Updated on July 6, 2018 with minor changes.

Biggest, excellent and detailed 360-degree output, fullest bass

• Size: 7.1 in. tall, 3.25 in. in diameter (18 cm tall, 8.3 cm in diameter)

• Weight: 1.46 lbs. (.662 kg)

• Sound: Full bass (though too much for some tastes), excellent clarity and detail

• 360-degree output: Impressive evenness, sounds the same on any side, meant to be placed in the middle of the party

• Can pair two for stereo: Via iOS and Android apps

• Splashproof: Rated IPX4

• 12-hour battery

• Charging cable and wall plug included, charging cradle sold separately

Great clarity and soundstage

• Size: 7.1 x 2.3 x 2 in. (18 x 5.8 x 5.08 cm)

• Weight: 1.5 lbs (.68 kg)

• Sound: Good clear, detailed “soundstage” for picking out all instruments in a crowded piece of music

• Directional: Sounds best when you’re right in front of the speaker

• Charging cradle included

• 10-hour battery

Good clarity and even sound, rugged, cheaper, not as loud

• Size: 2.2 x 5 x 5.2 in. (5.6 x 12.7 x 13.2 cm)

• Weight: 1.2 lbs (.544 kg)

• Sound: Clear, even delivery; above-average sound for its size and price but most critics prefer the other two

• Directional: Sounds best when you’re right in front of the speaker

• Splashproof: Rated IPX4

• USB charging cable included, no wall plug

• 8-hour battery

Critics’ comparisons of these speakers to each other vary, even to the point of contradictory (see the popdown box below if you want your head to hurt, or skip it if you just want the conclusions).

The German consumer testing organization has not yet tested the latest versions of these Bose speakers, the French organization loves the Soundlink Mini II but haven’t tested the other latest Bose speakers, and the Wirecutter prefers the Color II to the first Color, and prefers the Soundlink Mini II to both of them, extolling the clarity of the Mini II. The American organization confusingly gave a better score to the Color II than the Mini II, and complains more about the latter’s lack of volume and sounding “congested”, but the reviewer of the Mini II was perhaps comparing this speaker to much larger wireless speakers. The Mini II does go much louder than the Color II. Finally the testers at the British organization liked what they heard from Bose in 2015, but disliked the 2017 updates; they loved the Soundlink Mini II for its evenness and detail, hated the Color II for its “one-dimensional low note”, calling it much worse than the Color I, which they had quite enjoyed two years prior. They were also disappointed with the Revolve for having too much “boomy” bass. We suspect they may have become more stringent, or else are just in a worse aural mood, in 2017 vs. 2015.

Here are the agreed commonalities of the Bose Soundlink Revolve, Mini II, and Color II:

  • All offer excellent speakerphone functions.
  • Testing shows that the battery-life for all three is as Bose claims.
  • All offer easy Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts to guide you along.

And here’s what’s pretty safe to generalize about what various listeners hear as the speakers’ differences. The Bose Soundlink Revolve is the best-sounding of the lot in the ears of most critics; they find it “detailed”, and “expansive”, with “rich bass” (though it’s also slightly over-emphasized bass for some tastes). They are particularly impressed with how it evenly distributes sound at 360 degrees, so it sounds great no matter which side of it you’re standing on (and for the best sound, should be placed on a solid surface, which gives the bass more resonance).

The Revolve is definitely better than the other two speakers for outside use; aside from performing best when placed in the middle of the action, it’s rugged and splash resistant.

Another key point: If you buy two Revolves (now or eventually) you can link them up to create true stereo sound, or else just a bigger party, via the Bose Connect iOS or Android apps.

Most critics think that the Bose Soundlink Mini II also sounds excellent, delivering one of the most careful, detailed soundstages of any speaker its size. They point out that while the Revolve will better animate a party (sound better to a group when it’s placed in the middle), the Soundlink Mini II sounds better when you’re directly in front of it, giving a sense of “placement” to the various instruments in a complex piece of music. The Mini II might not be as powerful on the bass department, but it’s not skimping on bass either and delivers a powerful low end for such a small speaker.

If you’re looking for great sound that you can use in the corners of various rooms in the house, and take sometimes on trips to use in a hotel room, this is the best Bose to choose.

Reviewers generally feel that the cheaper Bose Soundlink Color II is a quality speaker that delivers reasonably good mids and highs for its size and price, though it’s generally not nearly as loved as the UE Boom 2 (see the next section), which is now nearly as cheap. The Color II offers reasonable detail, although it’s a bit harder to pick out all of the instruments in a crowded song, and it doesn’t provide as fulfilling an experience on the bass end. The Color II has a rubberized housing so it’s the most rugged of these three speakers — it’s likely to survive getting knocked off a table and keep playing. It’s also splash resistant.

The Bose Soundlink III is the much larger, “home” Bluetooth speaker, though at that larger size and price point we think you might as well just get the beloved and top-rated Sonos. That said, since Bose has been phasing out the Soundlink III in favor of its Revolve lineup, you can sometimes click through that Amazon link and find used or refurbished models of this excellent home speaker for quite cheap.

The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ is a larger, more expensive, fantastic-sounding version of the Revolve. As we mention in that review, we think it’s better in every way — but it’s also more expensive and a lot more speaker to lug around. Depending on your tastes, a better upgrade pick might be to buy two Revolves and pair them via the app for a portable stereo experience.

The JBL Charge 3 is louder and has a better battery life than these Bose speakers. It’s not really our top pick, but lots of people do love it.

The Fugoo Sport is practically indestructible and has an insane 40-hour battery, far more than most people actually need.

All things considered, and we really nearly did consider all of them, we think that the very best portable Bluetooth speaker right now is the UE Boom 2. Read that review to find out why.


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