ION - Tailgater Express Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Red

Bring the party anywhere with this two-way rechargeable Tailgater Express wireless speaker. The water-resistant design lets you use it near the pool, and the compact size makes it easy to transport. Sync this Tailgater Express wireless speaker to your Bluetooth-enabled device or tune in to the onboard AM/FM radio to enjoy your favorite tunes.

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What's Included


  • ION Tailgater Express Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (317 out of 347)

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

4.4
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • 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

    This device is excellent!

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

    I bought this for my son to use at work and out on the patio when we BBQ. In a word, excellent! Not too big and not too small. Perfect for both what he needed and wanted. Pairs instantly and sounds (so far!) distortion free even turned up. As usual I did some research and found that the battery is easily replaced should that be a problem. This is very important in a device like this. Batteries have a finite lifespan (i.e., number of charge cycles) and being able to access and replace it when that lifespan is reached is a big deal to me. Since it is portable and because I bought it for a family member, I included the extended warranty. So far my son is very pleased with this unit. Highly recommend? Indeed!

    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: 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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Okay decent speaker

    Posted
    Anime4mii
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Its okay speaker sound and battery. The speaker sound very distorted on some song but the bass sound amazing though. Though the high/mids sound okay harsh, The Speaker is very loud though its at 70% do tend to distort and also well you can hear some static noise in the background where to sony XB3 you can't with the same song. The battery is okay decent, it say 30hr but I got 20 hours which is still good enough. Overall Well I dont know if i would recommend this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy with purchase.

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

    Bought this for a corner spot in the kitchen. My wife wanted radio and bluetooth. This fit the bill and is actually overkill for our use. Sound is very good. Bluetooth synced up first try and has good distance. Very good battery life. Radio reception is fairly good, but some stations were a challenge to tune in. I did find that their suggestion of removing the power cord did improve radio reception. While I don't see us taking it out to picnics very often, the portability and water resistance is a strong plus. Overall I rate this as a very good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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