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ION Audio - Tailgater Express Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

Enjoy your favorite music for up to 50 hours on a single charge with this Ion Audio wireless speaker. It's water-resistant, so you can use it outdoors safely, and its Bluetooth capability lets you stream digital media from any compatible device. This Ion Audio wireless speaker has a USB port for conveniently charging your phone or music player.

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    • ION Tailgater Express Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (343 out of 376)

    Features


    Connect wirelessly from up to 100' away

    Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device. NFC technology enables one-touch pairing.

    Rechargeable battery

    Play your favorite tunes for up to 30 hours on a full charge.

    Splash-proof design

    Helps prevent damage caused by water infiltration.

    75Hz - 16kHz frequency response

    Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.

    Auxiliary audio input

    Allows simple wired connectivity.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 376 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      After trying various speakers, this one is it. Wow

      Posted
      DavidG
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      So I wanted something small, powerful, that can charge a device like a phone or my projector at the same time with good battery life. I've tried JBL, 2 different QFX PBX series speakers, JLab, JAM XTERIOR and others. Most where much larger (some 4X larger) in size but some smaller. This speaker blows them all away. The sound is incredible and loud. Even at full volume it's clear. I compared them with the THX sound tests, the Dolby Atmos tests and the Bose sound tests. It was every bit as good as the larger more expensive speakers and with very good separation. I wanted something that could go camping, to ball practice and be used in the backyard for movies but in a small manageable package with Bluetooth. This is it. I personally haven't had any problems with the radio like others. Maybe we have stronger signals or less interference here in the Dallas area. I have used it with my Motorola Z2 phone, my Andriod tablet and my AAXA P4X Android portable pico projector. So now I am totally wireless with portable entertainment. Another nice feature is that the top surface is flat unlike some other speakers so you can set your device on there or in my case, my projector. It's my personal opinion for my needs, the price is amazing compared to other speakers, Sound quality - Excellent, Volume - Excellent, Price - Excellent, Size - Excellent, Features - Excellent. It's hard to believe this little box can make all that noise. I love it. Sorry for the long review, but I was trying to find an in depth review when I was researching but really didn't find one so I just went ahead and bought it to try it out. I'm done searching. This one is it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Awesome concept, has its flaws though

      Posted
      Mephisto
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The sound is quality for such a small package. FM reception will vary on where you are (terrain wise) in relation to the station you’re choosing. Bluetooth connection is solid, utilized this speaker on a horse farm I volunteer on and walked across to a different turn out area 50’-75’ away and it never dropped connection. My only gripe/complaint was the battery life. At first it was awesome, then it slowly diminished. The day I returned it, I had to recharge the unit three times just to get the project I was working on completed. As soon as I would plug in my phone to utilize the power bank, the fully charged ION’s battery would drop to one bar to compensate. And within minutes it would say it was out of juice, unplug the phone and it would slowly crawl back to three bars of power. So it has its flaws, but it was a good unit. My sole purpose of getting it was to use it on the farm, and keep it in the back of my Jeep for when we go out for some trails. But, at the rate it was going, I’d need to either charge my phone independently off the USB (leaving the Jeep on to get power). Or, have to hardwire in a power inverter and run it to the back of the Jeep to be able to leave the ION plugged in for constant power to keep it powered on and charged. Either way, way more work than I wanted to have to do for a portable speaker to meet its full potential. If you just want a solid portable BT speaker with great sound for around the back patio, or garage, this is great. But for true portability, depending on what you’re looking to do it could require a little extra labor.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect little speaker that packs a punch

      Posted
      DHan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. When I first looked at it, I thought it was kind of small and might not be as loud as we were hoping for. He wanted a speaker that would be loud enough over belts and conveyors that he works around. He had borrowed a JBL speaker and complained how weak the sound was. This little speaker blew that other out of the water. The radio presets were easy to figure out and the Bluetooth capability made it a perfect match for my husband. I liked that it does what other larger speakers do without the high price. I will definitely buy another for summer get togethers and outdoor BBQs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sound, great features, great price.

      Posted
      JPCallahan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received this for father's day, after actually also unknowingly buying the same one for my own father. We both are audiophiles, and this speaker has been great, especially considering the price. I've used it on battery power for hours, with no issue, and have had it charging my cell phone the entire time. It's light weight, but packs a punch for it's footprint. It's also listed as waterproof, and while I haven't fully tested this, I have had it strapped to the front of a kayak for a day on the water (tuned to an FM radio channel)...which it handled like a champ. I've also had it hooked to a small projector, for fun times on the go. Overall, its provided plenty of sound, with a nice range for both music and movies. Great purchase for my dad, and I was very excited when my kids bought the same one for me!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great product, poor user guide

      Posted
      Winston
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This device has very good sound and good battery life. I have used it almost every weekend and holiday since I got it, weather permitting. The sound is very good for a speaker this small, and I usually use it for several hours at a time. My only gripe is the really Inadequate manual that came with it. To learn how to care for the battery and other details of its operation I had to go to the Ion website. I urge anyone who buys one to visit the website before using it, maybe during the initial charge.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good sound in compact packaging

      Posted
      MaureenT35
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      So far, happy with the purchase. I bought as a gift for fathers day. We like to go to drive in movies and were looking for something with good sound AND a radio tuner in one. We have not had a chance to test it out at the movies but we have been using it around the house. It is nice too as it pairs easily with other electronics, including our Amazon Dot (and Echo). Package says battery lasts up to 30 hours with continuous use. Again, have not tested it out. If that is true, then I would HIGHLY recommend this device. Price was ok. There were no sales going at the time so paid full price. I saw radios online at other retailers that were lesser, but I really wanted to be able to test and return if not happy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I can dig it

      Posted
      Dolemike
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I prefer function over form and this device is useful and performs well. All ports are protected with rubber seals, the sound is good at high volume (which is louder than I care to listen at) and I like the hand hold. The radio doesn't seem to have the best antennae, as it doesn't pick up all the local FM stations. I have not used the MIC function. I have not run it long enough to run the battery down, but expect it work good & last long time. Bluetooth range reaches across the house, but can get sketchy at that distance. I use it to lull us to sleep at night & work in the garage & house.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is the SECOND one I've bought from Best Buy!

      Posted
      SSSS
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Because this little thing is totally sweeeeeeeet! I bought the first for my son and this second one for a friend. I have enough faith in this manufacturer and in Best Buy selling them that I also bought my younger brother and his wife the ION Survival Scout portable Blootoof model. I do not recommend something unless I think it worth not only spending my own money but doing so as a gift for family and/or friends. Oh...And sometimes for myself of course! Huzzah indeed! I'm me and I approve this review! Superbamundo!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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