iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker Review

iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker Review

The Low Down

Want to hit a party and need to rock some music or listen to a game? Enter – tailgate speakers. There is no shortage of options. These speakers can be used at parties, camping trips, or at home.

The iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker is powerful, lightweight, affordable, and offers Bluetooth, AUX, and USB connectivity to play music. It also has color-changing LED light effects for a good party atmosphere. This speaker is the perfect choice for those looking to purchase one to use indoors or for small to medium gatherings. 

The downside of this speaker is its short battery life. Many users also complain about the sound not being loud enough. Despite that, the iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker is overall a great speaker that is ultra-portable and extremely easy to use. 

iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker Specifications

  • The ION Audio Tailgater Express supports Bluetooth
  • Total Power Output: 60 Watts 
  • Bluetooth range: 18.28 m
  • Weight: 1.7 kg
  • Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 35.5 cm
  • Battery: The iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker comes with a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides 3 hours of continuous use.  
  • Water-resistant: No
  • Input: Auxiliary (3.5 mm)
  • Warranty: 90 days
  • Woofer: 3.34 cm
  • Radio: 30 FM stations
  • USB: Charge port (+5V, 1A)

Design and Features

iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker Review

The iLive Wireless Tailgate Speaker is black in color. The speaker has LED light effects to set a good party atmosphere. Many customers have complained that the speaker does not have the option to turn off the light effects or choose just one color. However, it is quite easy to fix this issue. Simply remove the cover and pull the bulb out.

This tailgate speaker is compact and can be carried with ease. The speaker has a hard plastic shell, with a built-in handle. Past buyers have complained of the speaker falling over when the wind is too strong, but its shell case is hard and durable.

The volume is decent, and it has a 3.5 mm auxiliary input to use at tailgate parties and small backyard gatherings. Many buyers have complained about it not being loud enough though, especially since it is advertised as a “tailgate speaker”. 

Sadly, the battery only lasts for around three hours and takes the same amount of time to recharge. On the upside, the speaker will still play while plugged in. So, as long as you have a power source, it can be used with ease.

While it does not include a microphone, the iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker does have a mic input that can be used for karaoke or when you need to make an announcement or speak in public or at a gather. It also has a built-in digital radio and has a radio turner for FM stations. It contains 30 FM preset stations.

iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker v iLive ISB309B Wireless

iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker v iLive ISB309B Wireless

The iLive ISB408B and ISB309B are quite similar in terms of design and features. Both speakers are compact, powerful, and extremely easy to use. The ISB309B is versatile and light. It has color-changing LED light effects and voice prompts that announce speaker functions.

It has Bluetooth connectivity, a digital FM radio, and an FM wire antenna. The user can stream music up to 18.28 m away from the device. It seems to be cheaper than the ISB408B and a good value for money. However, the ISB408B has 30 FM stationary memory presets, while the ISB309B only has 10. 

One of the downsides of both these models is the limited battery life. Both batteries only last three hours at maximum volume and it can take just as long to charge it. The ISB309B seems to be cheaper than the ISB408B.

It seems that the only difference is the amount of FM presets, with the ISB309B having less than the ISB408B. Both are small in size, affordable, straightforward to use and a built-in handle to carry the speaker with you wherever you go.

FAQs

Is the iLive ISB408B Wireless Tailgate Speaker waterproof? 

Unfortunately, this device is not waterproof. It should be kept away from water to prevent damage.

How many watts does this device have?

It has 60 watts. 

Is the speaker loud enough for a party?

It depends on the size of the area, as well as how many people are attending. There are mixed reviews on this, with some complaining that the music is not loud or clear enough to use at a tailgate party or gathering 

What is included?

Included is the speaker, micro-USB to USB power cable, and a 3.5mm audio cable.

Conclusion

The iLive ISB408B Wireless can be used both indoors and outdoors. The battery life poses a problem, but it still plays while on charge. It has USB and SD memory card ports to play your saved music so you can listen to music no matter where you are. 

While it is not the best Bluetooth speaker out there, it is affordable and decent. It supports media playback and is quite straightforward to use. The speaker’s size and the built-in handle are convenient and light. This makes it easy to carry around with you. Most reviews are positive, and buyers really love the LED light effects. While it is not the best speaker to use at a large party, it can be a good choice if you are looking for a speaker to use indoors or for a small outdoor gathering.

Ultimately, the iLive ISB408B is affordable, compact, and easy to transport. Its rugged exterior is a plus. Unfortunately, its sound and bass is not the best out there. The bass is also not that great. However, it is a great value for money and will surely entertain a small group of people.

This article was last updated on July 12, 2021 .

By Chane Henney

Chane holds an LLB and is currently in the process of completing an LLM. She enjoys writing tech product reviews in her spare time.