FAQ

General

What is the Fogo?

Fogo is an outdoor device that combines a GPS, Walkie-Talkie, Flashlight and USB Backup Battery in one. Fogo gives you all these devices in a compact, waterproof and durable package. In addition, the Fogo allows you to do things you couldn't do before by using these technologies together. Check out some examples here.

Why do I need the Fogo?

The Fogo keeps you safe and lightens your load. It also uses the GPS, Flashlight and Walkie-Talkie together to allow you to do things no other device can.

Is the Fogo Waterproof?

Yes.  The Fogo can be used in the rain or snow, splashed and submerged in water up to 12 inches in depth.

Is the Fogo walkie-talkie compatible with analog FRS/GMRS radios?

No. The Fogo uses a digital radio which is not compatible with FRS/GMRS radios. We extensively researched the radio options, when designing the Fogo, and decided on digital because it provides a much richer user experience. The digital radio works over farther distances, is clearer, and allows you to send text messages, voice messages and share your location. All of these features on not possible with analog FRS radios.

What advantage does the Fogo have over a smartphone

The Fogo hardware and software are purpose built the unique needs of the outdoors. The smartphone is great for your everyday needs at home, at work, or around town. However, the unpredictable and rugged conditions of the outdoors demand a device purpose built for your needs. Leave you smartphone safe at home or in your backpack and use your Fogo to help you find your way and stay in communication.

Here are several specific advantages the Fogo has over the smartphone for your outdoor adventures:

  • The Fogo is small and compact. Who wants to take their smartphone into the outdoors when it's the size of a tablet?
  • The Fogo replacement cost is one fourth of the replacement cost of a smartphone in case of a total loss while on the trail.
  • The Fogo keeps you in communication when you do not have cell service.
  • The Fogo has a powerful 1200 lumen flashlight. The smartphone has a 30 lumen light.
  • The Fogo is durable and waterproof.
  • The Fogo works below freezing and above 95 Fahrenheit.
  • The Fogo and its software is purpose built for off-the-grid navigation and communication.
  • The Fogo has a long life battery that can last for weeks or months depending on how you use it.
  • The Fogo  can charge any of your battery powered devices.