My Eton Rukus solar-powered Bluetooth sound system came in the mail over the weekend, and I had some time to play around with it yesterday.
The Eton Rukus solar-powered bluetooth boombox harnesses the power of the sun’s rays to pump out your tunes through two full-range speaker drivers. That doesn’t mean that you’re limited to sunny days though – you can also use the included AC adaptor to charge up the internal battery.
While I’d imagine that this thing was designed for the outdoors, I initially charged it up by sitting it on a desk next to a window.
This solar-powered iPhone speaker system is perfect for the beach. The solar-powered boombox uses an e-ink display, so it’s easy to read even in direct sunlight. You can use the USB port on the bottom of the boombox to keep your phone or mp3 player charged as well as the boombox itself, which I thought was pretty cool. The pouch on the bottom of the boombox holds your phone/mp3 player snugly against the speaker, as seen below.
As far as sound goes, these aren’t the loudest speakers (my Bose SoundDock takes the cake there) but for someone like me who tends to annoy people with loud music, this may be a blessing in disguise.
I spent a good portion of my day outside yesterday, and while the Rukus was on a full charge when I brought it out, it was in direct sunlight the whole time it was playing music, and after several hours the battery only seemed to be drained 1/4th of the way.
Anyway, I’m writing about the Rukus because I got mine for free by entering their contest. They’re giving away one of these bad boys every day until May 20th, so there’s no reason not to enter. They announce the winner each day via their Twitter account, @EtonCorporation.
I’d like to add that I was not asked (or paid!) to post this – I simply wanted to spread the word because the Rukus is a pretty cool product, and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of competition. Get on it!