ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker Review

ON Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker

Spice up your next outdoor adventure with the ION Pathfinder 280! This powerful square-shaped speaker gets loud enough to make you feel like you’re in the front row at a concert. Featuring 16 radio station presets and RGB lights, this IPX5 water-resistant wonder provides great sound quality (even if there are some slight inconsistencies). With its graphic EQ and preset settings, users can easily tweak it for an unforgettable audio experience – no matter what type of elements Mother Nature throws your way!


ion pathfinder 280 Style

The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker is a great choice for anyone looking to bring the party wherever they go. Its stylish design features 16 radio station presets, customizable RGB lights, and a built-in telescopic handle with wheels that make it easy to transport. The large square-shaped speaker provides plenty of room for powerful sound that will fill any outdoor area.


Ion Pathfinder 280 Portability

The ION Pathfinder 280 is designed with portability in mind. This powerful speaker weighs 23.8 lbs (10.8 kg), making it light enough to easily move from one place to another. The built-in telescopic handle and wheels make transporting the device a breeze. Plus, its IPX5 water-resistant feature will keep your audio equipment safe even in wet conditions.


ON Pathfinder 280 Controls

The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker provides users with complete control over their sound. The intuitive controls on the front panel allow you to adjust the volume, select radio stations and change the RGB lights. Plus, it includes a graphic EQ and preset settings so that you can customize your audio experience.

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Build Quality

The build quality on ION Pathfinder 280 is okay, it does feel quite sturdy and strong even though it’s mostly made out of thick plastic. Another cool little feature we found that can come in handy during summer parties is the bottle opener on its right side. There is also a decent-sized storage compartment at the top of the speaker with a USB and Aux port that can be used to tether music and charge your mobile device. The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker is IPX5 water-resistant. This means that it’s designed to handle splashes and rain, or any other contact with water for up to three minutes, but it should not be submerged in water for long periods of time.

ion pathfinder 280 Build Quality

Transmission Distance

The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker has a transmission distance of up to 100 feet (30m). This means that you can be across the yard and still have great sound quality!

Battery Life

The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker has a rechargeable battery life of up to 100 hours on a full charge. During our testing, the battery lasted around 70 hours on a full charge, which is still great if it is less than what the manufacturer promised.

Mobile App

ion pathfinder 280 Mobile App

ION offers an easy-to-use mobile app that can be used to control the ION Pathfinder 280. The app allows you to customize your audio experience and switch up the RGB lights from your phone. It also gives you access to a library of over 50,000 songs through streaming service providers like Spotify and Amazon Music.

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The ION Pathfinder 280 Portable Speaker is equipped with Bluetooth v4.2 as well as Aux and USB inputs for connecting your device directly to the speaker.

Why do we like it

  • Good Loudness for outdoor parties
  • Stylish design with customizable RGB lights.
  • Built-in telescopic handle with wheels for added portability.
  • IPX5 water-resistant feature that keeps your audio equipment safe in wet conditions.
  • Intuitive controls on the front panel for adjusting the volume

Why we don’t like it

  • Decent sound quality, but it can be inconsistent at times.
  • The bass is lacking and the treble can be too overpowering.
  • The battery quickly drains its battery while playing music over Bluetooth.
  • The mobile app is difficult to use and can be slow at times.
  • May be too heavy to carry for some users

Our Rating 3.5/5 (Good)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


How to link ION pathfinder 280?

ION pathfinder 280 can be linked with a smartphone or other device through Bluetooth v4.2, Aux, and USB inputs.

How to charge ION pathfinder 280?

The ION pathfinder 280 has a rechargeable battery that can be charged by plugging in the included power adapter into an AC outlet.

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