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Eton Rugged rukus The solar-powered, Bluetooth-ready, smartphone-charging speaker
- High efficiency mono crystalline Solar panel with internal Li-ion battery
- Charges your Smartphone on the go to keep your tunes streaming
- Internal battery provides 8+ hours for listening long into the night
- Stereo Sound - Pump Your Tunes with 2 Full Range Speaker Drivers
- IPX 4 rated - Rugged and Water Resistant for go anywhere audio!
- Great for any outdoor activity, or just lounging by the pool
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From the Manufacturer
Dimensions 6.5 x 5.9 x 1.8” (W x H x D) 16.5 x 15 x 4.57 cm (W x H x D) Weight: 1.2 lbs (0.54 kg)
- Rugged and IPX-4 splashproof
- Wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth enabled device
- USB smartphone charger
- Solar charging panel
- Lithium battery plays music for 8 hours
- Fully charges in less than 5 hours in direct sunlight
- Micro-USB charges in 2.5 hours via AC power
- Aux-in for use with non-Bluetooth devices (cable not included)
- Blue LED indicates Bluetooth on
- Red LED indicates unit is charging
- Loops for strapping to backpack
All-Terrain, Solar-Powered, Music-Blasting, Smartphone Charging Bluetooth Sound System
Harness Nature’s Power:
With an all-terrain design and all-out stereo sound, the Rugged rukus is ready for fun! Wherever there is sun, you have got an instant party – rock out at the pool, at the campsite, or on a hike trail. Connect your Bluetooth enabled device wirelessly and you can start blasting your favorite tunes in stereo sound. Our super-efficient solar panel powers both the music and it is the only solar powered device that allow you charge your mobile device while you are using it so the fun continues all day long.
Stream Your Music
The super-efficient solar panel of the Rugged rukus generates massive amounts of power to play your tunes all day long -- guaranteed fun for all.
Way To Charge
Thanks to the USB port on the Rugged rukus, you can charge your favorite mobile device while you listen. Now that is super smart and convenient.
Its lightweight, durable design and carabiner-ready loops makes the Rugged rukus a perfect companion to take on your back country adventures and hikes -- just hook it on and hit the outdoors.
Start A Rukus
With two full-range speaker drives, the Rugged rukus delivers crystal clear audio with stereo sound. Stream all your music from any Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet or computer and control your tunes from your device. No wires. No docks. No hassle.
Get Powered Up
After the sun goes down and you have to move the party indoors, the Rugged rukus' internal lithium battery will keep the music and fun going for 8 hours. The micro-USB cable will also get additional power for non-stop entertainment.
Make A Splash
The Rugged rukus has an IPX-4 splashproof rating so it is ideal to take camping, to the river or the pool.
Take your music with you everywhere, the sunshine will power the rukus to keep your tunes playing. If your phone starts to die, no worries, plug it into the rukus to get a charge. When it gets dark, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for hours or you can use the included USB cable for non-stop songs. Stream all your music from almost any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer. And for non-Bluetooth devices, there's an aux-in. It’s time to start a Rukus!
Top Customer Reviews
Let me tell you a story. When I first saw these speakers for sale on amazon I thought "well amazon is a trustworthy site, but are Eton a trustworthy company to invest ~$120 (NZD) in?"
It turns out they absoloutley are! Living in rural New Zealand I don't often feel like I have a top of the line anything.. Until I saw these!
This little bugger can pump out tunes for days on end! I have literally had it run out of battery once (and have owned mine for 7.5 months) and that was because it was upside down! It charges in the most minimum of sunlight and easily outlasts any "UE boom" or "beats pill" (although it can't quite match the noise output of a UE) a few complaints have been made about these however and I'll address them now.
"Not waterproof" said one unhappy user. Well if only he had read the full description of the rukus! No it's not waterproof but mine has been sprayed by sea, sand, hoses and showers! They may not be entirely water tight but they are very near it! Often what I do if I think it will get wet (eg rainy days working outside) I'll wrap the rukus in a plastic bag and this will definitely do the trick. Just make sure your knot is good enough for keeping water out! Another mod is buying a cheap tablet screen protector, cutting it to size and applying it to the solar panel, my solar panel is perfectly clear and in marked because of this! The protector doesn't effect charging via solar. And last but not least turn it into a backpack by tying two loops of rope to the carabinier loops then just put it on and rock some music! (No strings attached) (I'm terribly sorry for that pun and would invite you to please continue reading this review. I won't do it again, promise!) I was skiing with it have been mountain biking with it gokarting and most of all farming! This speaker takes the boredom out of most chores! Especially fencing... When you are usually very far away from the nearest power socket, this little speaker will not fail you. Trust me.
Even as I write this review I am pumping red hot chili peppers at full noise!
Now I'm not a very good writer.. But I hope I have convinced you to get one. If you work a menial outside job, these are the way to make it better just make sure you bring the tunes!
P.S.if Eton would like to send me some trial products I would be glad to review them or help them to refine the designs and anything like that.
First off, this is small. Coming from the original Rukus, I'm used to a speaker that has a decent footprint. I assumed this was similar (yeah, didn't read the product description very well) so when I received the Rugged I was surprised at the size of the box. The speaker is all of 6"x7"x2". Which in retrospect is actually a great thing. It fits in places the full size rukus wouldn't and it's much easier if your stowing it in a backpack for camping. It's also very light, weighing in at 1#3oz. Again, important if your backpacking.
I was a little disappointed when I opened it, as I assumed small size = small sound. Not so. This puts out sound on par with the full size Rukus, so plenty of volume for a campsite or backyard. If you're looking for something to fill a block pary, you'll be disappointed, but that's not what it's designed for. It's also very clean. Running off bluetooth with volume maxed there is very little distortion. The bass is a little weak, but for a system with 1.5" speaker it's acceptable.
Jumping to the solar panel, it's a standard 6x6" made up of 20 cells. Mine came almost fully charged, so I drained it then set it out starting at noon today (North Dakota, 80 degrees, no clouds). By 4:30pm it was fully charged, so slightly better than the listed 5 hours. I did not have it playing while charging, will try that this weekend and see how well the panel can handle both duties. Back panel has micro-USB input to charge, standard USB output to run to your device. Also is an aux input if you're not connecting via bluetooth.
Moving to bluetooth, the setup is simple and connection is solid. Standard procedure of holding the bluetooth button, waiting for a beep, looking for the rukus on your phone/mps player and connecting. A few drop outs if I walked too far away, but that's typical.
A few final things. As another reviewer mentioned there is no handle, but it's small enough it's simple to carry in your hand. There is also 2 retaining loops on the back of the chassis that you can use to attach it to your pack, boat deck, etc...so it doesn't fall when being used. The panel cover is also plastic (I think I saw another reviewer say his was glass). This is nice as it's less prone to shattering, but it's also soft enough that it's a magnet for scratches. Mine came with multiple fine swirls. These where easily removed with an automotive plastic swirl remover, but in a device that's designed for rugged use a stronger panel cover would have been nice. Gorilla glass for version 2.0?
In all, a surprisingly nice small solar powered bluetooth speaker. Well worth the price if you like to bring your music with you to share.
The manufacturer could provide more tech specs in my opinion. There is more technical information about the batteries, voltage, milliamp hours, etc on Amazon than is included in the manual. I regularly backpack and camp so having data on how much charge the batteries hold, how long it takes to charge with solar, etc, would be nice.
On the bottom of the unit the battery is rated 7.4V 2600mAh. Since Amazon indicates there are two lithium batteries I assume that means there are two batteries with this voltage and capacity. The unit holds a total of 5200mAh. This would make sense, given the charge time indicated in the manual indicates 2 - 2.5 hour charge times on the DC adapter. The DC adapter power supply is rated 9V output at 3A.
If my math is right, given the 15 hour solar charge time in the instruction manual, the solar charge should produce 416 mAh at peak capacity. This concerns me since I typically take my iPhone 5 and my Tikka RXP headlamp when I'm outdoors. Both devices have battery capacities of around 1,900mAh.
Why does this concern me? I need to know how much solar charge time is needed to fully charge the battery of a device. Basically I will need to allow the unit to charge in direct sunlight for 4.5 - 5 hours to fully charge one of these devices. This does not include any electricity needed for music. Based on the battery capacity and the play time of 8 hours it seems the unit consumes 700 mAh while playing music (if not more).
All-in-all I love this product but would like to have more information from the manufacturer for my needs.