FUGOO Tough XL Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

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FUGOO Tough XL Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

FUGOO Tough XL speaker strapped to the radio shelf in the Project Humvee Battlewagon

Check out Jeff’s video review of the FUGOO Tough XL Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (Save 5% With Code “FG17”) Free Shipping at FUGOO.com.

After the video I’ve got some more thoughts below for things that weren’t covered in the video.

Oops!

One of the things in the video below that I repeatedly talk about hating isn’t an issue after all. Turns out that it is possible to turn off the audio prompts in FUGOO speakers. Just hold the + and – buttons while you turn on the speaker and it will change to the next mode. FUGOO voice prompt modes are:

  1. Loud voice prompts
  2. Quieter voice promots
  3. No voice prompts (YAY!) and the status light blinks according to battery level. So, 4 blinks = 4/4… full. 3 blinks = 3/4 full. 2 blinks = 1/2 full. 1 blink = 1/4 full. Nice!

I also incorrectly stated in the video that the micro USB port can be used for charging. Only the 19V wall charger can be used.

FUGOO Tough XL Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review - in HMMWV

Tough XL strapped to the radio shelf in the Battlewagon

Wet Sounds alternative?

Some of my friends have installed Wet Sounds bluetooth sound bars in their HMMWVs and LOVE them. However, I am too thrifty to drop $550 on the preferred Wet Sounds STEALTH-10 ULTRA. When I stumbled on the FUGOO brand I was immediately taken with the idea that I could use the $249 portable FUGOO Tough XL bluetooth speaker in the Project Humvee Battlewagon. Here is the feedback I received from one of my HMMWV buddies when I posted in excitement that FUGOO had just shipped the Tough XL for the Battlewagon:

“I had that one for a day, not loud enough. Just get the Alpine bluetooth module, two waterproof outdoor speakers and a UTV amplifier. Total around $250 and it gets LOUD! You control everything from your phone, same as the Wet Sounds but way cheaper and better, IMO.”

How I LOVE using the Tough XL

I’ve used it a LOT and absolutely love it for use around the house. For example, I spent most of a recent Saturday in the garage streaming music from my phone while I worked on the HMMWV and the Tough XL speaker was absolutely fantastic. The little Jensen speaker I have used in the past wasn’t loud enough. So, I had to move it around the garage as I moved around. The Tough XL is loud enough that I could leave it setting in the HMMWV and still hear it clearly whether I was in the truck, under the truck, or elsewhere in the garage. The FUGOO remote made it so easy to use. Even if I was under the truck wrenching when someone walked up to talk to me, it was as simple as tapping a button on the remote to pause the audio.

How “tough” is the FUGOO Tough XL?

In terms of industry standard ratings, the Tough XL is IP6X dust proof rated, in addition to the IPX7 waterproof = IP67. But what does that mean in the real world? The US Department of Energy’s HEPA standards, the IP67 rating breaks down like this:

  • 6 = Dust Protected.  Totally protected against dust ingress. Complete protection against contact.
  • 7 = Immersion Protected. Protected against short periods of immersion in water. Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). Test duration: 30 minutes;  Immersion at depth of at least 1 m measured at bottom of device, and at least 15 cm measured at top of device.

What this means to me is that I don’t have to worry if the FUGOO Tough XL speaker is left out in the rain, if I have it in the shop when working on the HMMWV with dust and dirt flying everywhere, if I take it camping and it gets dropped in the mud, if my brother spills his beer on it (regardless of it is on purpose or accident). If it falls off of the boat, I might even be able to retrieve it quickly without damage if the water isn’t too deep.

Battery shenanigans

FUGOO only list the battery capacity as “37 Watt Hour”. That doesn’t help much since most folks don’t know how to convert Watt Hours to milliamp hours, and the type of battery packs used for charging phones and tablets are usually rated in milliamp-hours. For example, the Anker lists several as their most popular battery packs as 26,800 mAh, 20,000 mAh, and 10,000 mAh. In order to compare the battery capacity of the FUGOO Tough XL you have to do a bit of math…

Convert Watt-hours to mAh
Use Watts-hour (Wh) and voltage (V) to calculate milliamp-hours (mAh). The formula is (Wh)*1000/(V) =(mAh). The Tough XL is listed as 37 Wh battery rated at 5V, the power is… 37 Wh * 1000 / 5V = 7400 mAh.

So, 7,400 mAh. To be honest, this isn’t as high as I expected. However, it should be enough to charge a typical smart phone once or twice and run the speaker for several hours. Not quite the capacity the Blackweb 10,000 USB power pack that I have been using to power the ATN X-Sight 2. The Blackweb is the only other USB power supply that I have which outputs at the 3.4Amps level the ATN requires.

Accessories

FUGOO also sent the shoulder strap and remote control for this review. I use the strap on the top corners as a convenient carry handle, or on the bottom corners to strap the Tough XL to the radio shelf in the HMMWV. The remote control is a fantastic add on for the Tough XL as it controls the speaker functions as well as initiating Google Now or Siri integration.

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The FUGOO Tough XL is a heavy duty, all weather, all terrain bluetooth speaker with some interesting features and great sound.

Suggestions?

Quarter Horse Arms - machine gun from HMMWV

Jeff shooting the Quarter Horse Arms AR15 Full Auto from the Project Humvee Battlewagon

Please leave a comment if you have suggestions on other HMMWV or M35A2 upgrades we should consider, or you have done upgrades that we can share on Gear Report.

The Project Humvee Battlewagon

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.