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Etón Soulra

Solar-powered speaker system for iPod® and iPhone®

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    Soaking up rays, pumping out tunes

Item #: 710SOULRA
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Next time you're outside listening to tunes and catching some rays, put the sun to work! The Eton Soulra powered speaker system for your iPod or iPhone uses sunlight to recharge its built-in battery. The flip-up solar panel captures light in clear and cloudy conditions, so you can keep the music flowing.

Built tough and tight for the great outdoors
Go ahead, use the Soulra by the pool. Its thick, rubberized case is splash-proof. A clear plastic shell fits over your docked player, letting you see the screen while protecting it. Inside there's a tough aluminum frame that shakes off hard knocks but keeps the weight low.

And great for indoor use, too
The stereo full-range speakers can push out the sound when you're outside, but they have a nice 'inside voice," too. A small remote lets you control the system from across the room. The AC power cord keeps your Soulra charged until you're ready for your next outdoor excursion — be it the beach or just your backyard.

From the review Fun in the Sun with the Etón Soulra Solar-Powered iPod Speaker System

""When I'm outside, I need a system that can produce a big sound, and the Soulra delivers. Its stereo full-range speakers don't produce audiophile sound, but they do provide the punch necessary for an outside setting. The Soulra was a great little no-frills system to take along on vacation — especially to the beach, or out on the lake, by the pool, or other places where moisture might be an issue."



— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • for docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic®, 5th generation iPod nano®, and 3rd generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS
  • built-in stereo full-range speakers
  • flip-up solar panel operates in full sunlight and cloudy conditions
  • rugged, splash-proof rubberized case
  • strong, lightweight aluminum frame
  • minijack headphone output
  • built-in rechargeable NiMH battery pack
    • up to 4 hours operation with fully charged battery
    • 10 hours recharge time with flip-up solar panel and direct sunlight
    • 4 hours recharge time with included AC power cable
  • automatically charges docked player even in battery mode
  • remote
  • weight: 3.5 lbs.
  • 11-7/8"W x 6-5/8"H x 3-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Solar powered speaker dock (for iPod/iPhone)
  • AC power supply (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • IR remote control (with installled CR2032 lithium battery)
  • Clear plastic protective cover (for dock connector)
  • User Manual (Eng/Fre)
  • Quick Guide (Eng/Fre)
  • Warranty Information (US/Canada)
  • "Warning" note

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Features

Overview: The eton Soulra is a solar-powered speaker system with an integrated iPod/iPhone dock and auxiliary input. It also includes an IR wireless remote control.

IPX-4 Splash Proof: The eton Soulra features a rugged/rubberized case and aluminum body. It is IPX-4 Splash Proof certified which protects it against spraying water from all angles at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100 kN/m2 for 5 minutes.

Note: This unit is only IPX-4 splash proof certified when the solar panel is closed.

Amplifier & Speakers: The eton Soulra is equipped with two full-range drivers powered by a built-in 11-watt amplifier for stereo sound. It also offers a bass boost function for added bass response.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The eton Soulra features an integrated iPod/iPhone dock to connect select Apple iPods & iPhones. Once your iPod or iPhone is docked, there is clear plastic cover which snaps over your iPod/iPhone to protect it from the elements. The eton Soulra offers audio playback, basic playback control (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Previous/Next), and charging of your iPod or iPhone. You can still control all the advanced music navigation functions from your iPod/iPhones clickwheel or touchscreen. This unit does not feature an LCD display and does not support text display of your iPod/iPhone. You will continue to use your iPod/iPhone to view song information. The unit is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone functions (as of August 2010).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text  Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
 mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB Y N Y Y N N Y
 nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th Y N Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
 touch 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y N N Y
3G Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS Y N Y Y N N Y
4 Y N Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The eton Soulra is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input jack for connecting a portable audio device, such as your MP3 player or CD player.

Remote Control: The eton Soulra come with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit and docked iPod/iPhone. The remote uses a single CR2032 3V lithium-cell battery.

Solar Panel: The eton Soulra features an integrated high-efficiency monocrystal solar cell panel with commercial grade lamination technology to recharge the unit's built-in lithium-ion battery. The solar panel measures 5.125" x 5.125". The unit's integrated solar panel offers superior low-light response with a maximum power output of 230mA, 2W.

Power Requirements: The eton Soulra operates off of the integrated rechargeable battery (2-cell lithium ion 200maH, 7.4V) or AC power. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 4 hours of audio playback at mid-volume levels. The unit's rechargeable battery can be charged using the supplied AC adapter or charged from the unit's integrated solar panel.

  • Solar Panel Charge: The built-in high efficiency solar panel can recharge the unit's battery in approximately 10 hours (in direct sunlight).
  • AC Power Charge: The AC power adapter charges the unit's battery in approximately 4 hours.

Note: Its is recommended that you remove your iPod/iPhone from the Soulra if it is not in use to extend battery life.

Optional Travel Bag: An optional travel bag (710SOULBAG, sold separately) is available.

 
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5 out of 5

meets expectations

Written By John B., Titus, Alabama on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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This player meets my expectations. It appears to be well built and the volume and clarity are good. We plan to use it on our boat but have not had the opportunity to try it out yet. Spring should should be here before too long and we will see how it goes.
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5 out of 5

better than you'd expect

Written By ChrisA, Dumfries, VA on Friday, November 04, 2011
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I have to admit, my expectations were low when I bought the Soulra. But when I plugged it in, dropped in the iPod, and started listening to some of my favorite tracks I was very pleasantly surprised. Considering its size, weight, and price, the sound is really good. I had to employ the bass boost to really get what I'm looking for from the low end, and even then it misses a few things. But still, the sound is full, warm, and somewhat detailed. It's very portable and I get the impression that it's pretty tough. Looking forward to using it outside with the solar panel.
Pros:
Good sound and a solid design
Cons:
Nothing so far
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5 out of 5

Made the vacation

Written By Big Jeff, Hanover Park, IL on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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The Soulra I-Pod Speaker unit is the best that I have seen. Sound is amazing including a bass boost that is very impressive for it's size. My roommate and I took this everywhere with us when we were in the Bahamas and people did not stop coming up to us in amazement of the stereo's looks, size and sound. Works great whether it was in our room, at the pool or on the beach. Just have to make sure that the battery is correctly inserted into the remote for the best performance. Also, kind of a pain, but you have to take your I-Pod/I-Phone off of the docking station otherwise it will continue to charge and ultimately ruin the battery. I give this a 5 Star rating for it's quality, performance and dependability. Anywhere you take this system it will be a hit, I promise you that!
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5 out of 5

top of the line for product class

Written By wavlar, South Texas on Monday, July 05, 2010
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Good sound, great quality, performs above expecations. This is a vey portable device that holds up well to weather and outdoor elements.Couldn't be happier.
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