Eton Rukus Portable Bluetooth Solar Powered Wireless Speaker System (White) - (NRKS100W)
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- Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel
- Play music from Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet or PC
- AC power and/or solar power
- E Ink Display
- USB port for mobile device charging
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Etón Rukus Portable Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel
Start a Rukus!
The Eton Rukus Solar is a portable Bluetooth sound system with a high efficiency solar panel, so you can play your tunes all day long. Take it out to the park, to a tailgate, or use it at home with this self-powered sound system.
Amplify virtually any media-playing device
With quick one-touch pairing, the Rukus Solar can wirelessly stream your music from any source. Its Bluetooth connectivity with AVRCP (one-touch pairing and control) and A2DP (high quality stereo streaming) support allows you to play music from any Bluetooth enabled smart phone, tablet or computer. It's lightweight and has an integrated handle making it easy to carry around. It also has a USB output to charge most smart phones and mobile devices and its storage net securely protects your device during transport.
Don't get caught trying to rock out with some mini-speakers! With stereo sound blaring from two full-range speaker drivers, you're able to keep the Rukus playing all day long! Audio comes through crystal clear with the stereo sound and bass boost.
Hold Up! You get MOG too!
Your new Eton Rukus can only get better with 3 MONTHS of FREE music with access to MOG ($30 value). Access code is provided in the box for the primo listening package!
What is MOG?
MOG is an award-winning on-demand music subscription service. MOG provides users access to a vast music library of nearly 15 million songs to which they can stream whenever and wherever they want, uninterrupted. Consumers can choose a free, basic or primo listening package to stream its music collection through its mobile apps on iPhone and Android phones, as well as online.
Bluetooth technology for a wireless experience
Play music from Bluetooth enabled smartphones, tablet or computers.
E ink Surf Segmented Display makes reading your Rukus easy
E Ink display provides great visibility in direct sunlight and also a 180 degree viewing angle. It uses minimal power and is virtually indestructible.
Enjoy over 8 hours of music play time
Internal rechargeable Li-ion battery 7.4V 1500mA (depends on audio settings)
Charges fully in less than 6 hours
Using its built-in high efficiency monocrystal solar panel
USB port for mobile device charging
Solar power and/or AC power
Listen to any audio device, Bluetooth or not
Top customer reviews
I was disappointed by the seller as they offered no fix to make the situation right and acted as if they were they ones that found the problem first. I will not buy from them again.
I can say I already had the Eton Rugged Rukus and love it. It has worked great for a few years now and gives me tunes on my bass boat all day and can even charge my cell without draining its battery. At the end of each fishing day the solar charging usually keeps the battery full or only one bar down. Its a great product and I bet this larger version is as well but I will never know.
Neither the Amazon listing nor the retail box say anything about durability against weather. Having read most of the reviews on here before purchasing it, though, I felt confident that it would stand up to weather. The key is that you MUST protect the three ports (DC, USB, 3.5mm audio jack) on the underside of the solar panel. This is easily accomplished by setting the unit in a panel-up position (like on top of the cooler in my canoe -- see photo and notes) and, just for good measure, placing it on a towel or something else to buffer possible splash up. The smartly designed underside keeps those ports a couple inches off the ground when in that position anyway, making protecting those ports much easier.
The REAL test for this unit came during a float trip in Canyonlands National Park a few weeks later. Sure, I was careful to protect the ports from rain and sand. Yet, the unit itself spent not a moment under cover for the entire four days. I was pretty worried when the solar panel (and even the e-ink display) seemed to fill with water thanks to an unusually long desert rain. Fortunately, there must be some internal layer of weather protection for the panels, as I both used it and charged it while there was still water in the case and eventually it dried out on its own in the sun. Oh, and I was able to use the USB port to charge my iPod when I completely drained that battery by leaving it on overnight.
I'm sorry, but some of the negative reviews on here are ridiculous. Is this thing going to sound as good as your buddy's Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System? Of course not. Does it slice bread? Nope. And, yeah, I'd like to have seen them integrate something into the underside to cover the ports a little better; still, that's the worst thing I can say about it.
Bottom line: If you want the best portable iPod dock that I -- and all of my friends on the float trip -- have ever seen, buy this and a short male-male 3.5mm audio cord and find yourself rocking out wherever and whenever the sun shines. Of course, then there's the Bluetooth capability, which I'm using to send audio to it right now as I sit on my front porch and write this review...
One of the earlier reviews mistakenly said the unit only charges when it is on. This is not true. I want to correct this misconception because I have tested this. The unit charges as long as it is exposed to light. The solar icon shows only when the unit is on but if the unit is off it still charges even if the icon isn't showing.
I love this unit. It's powerful enough for small events but if Eton were to come up with a much more powerful unit with interchangeable batteries I would buy that too. I would love to have a bigger and more powerful version of this. I suggest that the company should consider making a bigger version.
A possible enhancement to this unit would be to give it multiple USB jacks instead of just one. If they added that and also gave it an option to power the USB without turning on the unit it could double as a USB Cell Phone charger and that would be very useful.
All in all this is a pretty awesome unit.
In response to another commentator, you can in fact pause and play audio from the unit itself without having to locate the device from which it's broadcasting. I discovered by accident that pressing the bluetooth button pauses my audio podcasts (I use Beyond Pod for Android); pressing it again restarts. Combined with the volume up and down buttons, I have all the controls I need. I'm not sure whether the same works for Pandora or other mobile-borne audio.
A few positives though... The sound quality is nice and clear (albeit low), the solar charging works even when the sky is overcast, battery life is remarkably long (probably a function of the low volume), blue-tooth connectivity was so easy that my 8 year old could do it without much instruction.
Lots of good things going for it, but for some, the sound volume may be an issue. Especially since this product was designed to be used outdoors.
Most recent customer reviews
The speaker itself is great with great quality when it is operating correctly.Read more