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Etón Rugged Rukus

Solar-powered portable Bluetooth® speaker system (Green)

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by Ralph Graves
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Spending quality time in the sun? Whether you're camping in the mountains or lying on the beach, just add an Etón Rugged Rukus to your smartphone or tablet, and you've got an instant party. This solar-powered speaker system was made for the great outdoors, where there's no power outlet in sight.

Eton solar powered rugged rukus bluetooth speaker

The Rugged Rukus can recharge your smartphone — even while running on battery power.

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Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet. You're not limited to the songs stored on your device. Enjoy audio from any app or Internet source you can access. Beats Music™, Pandora® Internet radio, Spotify®, YouTube™ — if you can hear it on your device, you'll hear it through the Rugged Rukus.

Solar-powered — and power to spare

The Rugged Rukus delivers about eight hours of continuous operation from its built-in rechargeable batteries. The system can completely recharge in less than five hours via its solar panel, in direct sunlight. When you're home, you can use the included USB cable to recharge your Rukus from your computer.

The system's USB charging port lets you recharge your smartphone or other portable — even when the Rugged Rukus is running on battery power.

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The Rugged Rukus was designed for convenient portability. It's small enough to be easily carried in one hand. Integrated loops in the frame were made for carabiners. Hang the Rukus from your backpack and let it charge as you hike.

The rubberized frame is splash-proof. So don't worry about using it near water — be it poolside, at the lake, the river, or just when you're caught in the rain.

Highlights:

  • portable solar-powered speaker for use with smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • 2 full-range speakers
  • built-in solar panel fully recharges battery pack in less than 5 hours of direct sunlight
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack with up to 8 hours continuous operation
  • rugged, splash-proof rubberized design
  • USB port for mobile device charging
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input
  • USB charging cable
  • 6"W x 1-13/16"H x 6-1/2"D
  • weight: 1.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable Bluetooth speaker system (w/ solar panel)
  • 32" mini-USB to standard-USB cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • FCC Compliance Statement

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Features

Rugged Design: The Rugged Rukus has an IPX-4 splash proof rating; it is not waterproof and should not be immersed in water. It's also drop-proof from a height of 3.3'.

Rechargeable Battery + Solar Panel: The Rugged Rukus features an integrated solar panel that generates enough power to play your music all day long. When it gets dark, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for up to 8 hours. It takes less than 5 hours in direct sunlight to fully charge the Rugged Rukus' rechargeable battery. You can also use the included micro-USB cable with your smartphone charger to power and charge the Rugged Rukus; takes up to 2.5 hours.

Full-Range Stereo Speakers: The Eton Rugged Rukus employs two full-range speakers for crystal clear stereo sound.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Eton Rugged Rukus offers Bluetooth A2DP connectivity to wirelessly play music from almost any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. With quick one-touch pairing, the Rugged Rukus can instantly connect to most Bluetooth-enabled devices (not compatible with all Bluetooth devices).

Aux Input: The Eton Rugged Rukus is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connected a non-Bluetooth audio device that features a headphone or audio output.

USB Charger: The Eton Rugged Rukus has a USB type-A output (5V/500mA) to charge most smartphones and other mobile devices.

LED Indicators: The Eton Rugged Rukus features two LED indicators. The blue LED indicates Bluetooth audio streaming. The red LED indicates the unit is charging.

 

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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Keith, Randleman, NC on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Very nice. Won't charge my iPad but it maintain's it at it's current level ("Not Charging"). Sound is great for such a small set of speakers.
Pros:
Solar power/recharge. Ability to recharge iPhone w/solar power.
Cons:
solar panel is easily scratched. So far doesn't take away from it's ability to charge but you have to be careful with it if you want it to continue looking new.
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5 out of 5

Solar means no plugs

Written By andys, Princeton Jct, NJ on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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I've had the Rukus about a month and use it outdoors by the pool and on the deck. I run pandora off my iphone primarily. Solar works well. Finally, no need to run an extension cord to get music outside. Kids use it occasionally for dance parties in the basement. Very portable. Feels rugged enough. Haven't had any issues.
Pros:
Solar works Bluetooth works No need for extension cords
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Small but Powerful

Written By Rugged and Righteous, Pensacola, FL on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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This speaker replaced another that I had broken. It has fantastic sound quality and is easy to carry. I got it for the pool but I end up carrying it all over my house while listening to iTunes Radio.
Pros:
Sound, portability
Cons:
Small handle
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4 out of 5

Decent Speakers

Written By Chase P., Florida on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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These speakers pack a powerful little punch. They get pretty loud and it sounds very clear as well. The fact that it's water resistant and it can recharge itself and your device at the same time makes it very unique. A lot of features come in these little speakers. It was a solid buy. If your an out-doorsy type of person these speakers are great for you.
Pros:
Solar panel is great! Overall pretty clear speakers.
Cons:
Wish it had a little more bass response.
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1 question already asked

Can the battery be fully charged by solar? If so, how long? [ matthew  Aug 14, 2014 ]
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  • I believe so. I haven't charged mine much and it works great! [ WILLIAM T   Aug 14, 2014 ]
  • I am not sure but at the beach it would last all day and I would plug it in most nights. Never really ran out of power. I have a small jbl that I love but only get about 2 hours before it needs recharged. [ Jeff   Aug 14, 2014 ]
  • I have only used it one day at the beach, I used it in the sun for like 6-7 hours and charged my phone with it. Then another 2-3 hrs when dark. It was fully charged when I took it out to the beach. [ Jonathan   Aug 14, 2014 ]
  • As far as I can tell yes. As long as it is outside it charges. You don't have to put it in direct sunlight. The sound quality is good and it connects to my bluetooth on my cellphone with no problems. [ Rickey   Aug 14, 2014 ]

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