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Etón Soulra XL

Solar-powered speaker system for iPod® and iPhone®

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Item #: 710SOULRXL
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Want a great (and green) way to bring your iPod's music to the great outdoors? Then check out the Etón Soulra XL solar-powered iPod/iPhone speaker system. It features a large, 72 square-inch solar panel to provide power. And while the Soulra XL is soaking up the sun, don't worry about the LCD display getting washed out. The recessed iPod dock has an anti-glare screen so you can easily see what's on your player, even in full sunlight.

Fast charging, long playback
The efficient Soulra XL can completely recharge its built-in battery in as little as five hours, depending on sunlight. It can also fully charge your docked iPod or iPhone in as little as four. And if it's rainy or dark, no problem — the included power adapter lets you charge the Soulra XL indoors, too.

How much music playback can you expect? The system can deliver up to five hours on a full battery charge.

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Great portable sound
The Soulra XL doesn't skimp on sound quality. Two woofers handle the mids and bass, while two tweeters produce clear highs. Four passive drivers help reinforce the low tones, giving your music a nice, full-bodied sound.

Made for travel
The Soulra XL was designed for convenient portability. The solar panel flips down, facing outward on the back so it can keep charging. There's a built-in storage compartment for the remote. And the removable carrying strap is gel-cushioned so you can comfortably carry the system for a good distance. Rubberized end caps minimize the minor bumps most portables experience.

From the review The Etón Soulra XL — Excellent in the Sun

I'd consider the Soulra XL a must-have for outdoor recreation. I enjoyed it while I worked in the yard, and relaxing in the shade. Keeping a portable system powered with four or more "C" or "D" cell batteries can be an expensive proposition after a while. Keeping my tunes going with the same sun that made it such a glorious day seemed to be an elegant solution to me.

- Ralph G., Crutchfield blog editor and writer

Highlights:

  • for docking iPods and iPhones
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS
  • 2 tweeters, 2 woofers and 4 passive radiators for stronger bass
  • selectable bass boost
  • flip-up solar panel operates in full sunlight and cloudy conditions
  • 22 watts total power
  • rugged, splash-proof rubberized design
  • strong, lightweight aluminum frame
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
    • up to 5 hours operation with fully charged battery
    • 5 hours recharge time with flip-up solar panel and direct sunlight
    • 5 hours recharge time for iPod/iPhone
  • automatically charges docked player even in battery mode
  • removable gel-cushioned carrying strap
  • remote
  • weight: 7 lbs.
  • 14-5/16"W x 8-1/4"H x 5-5/16"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)
  • Removable strap
  • User Manual (Eng/Fre)
  • Quick Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Limted Warranty/Product Registration (USA/Canada)

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Features

Overview: The Eton Soulra XL is a solar-powered speaker system with an integrated iPod/iPhone dock and auxiliary input. It also includes an IR wireless remote control. The Soulra XL is powered from an integrated rechargeable Li-ion battery, charged by a built-in solar panel or the included AC adapter.

22-Watt/8-Speaker System: The Eton Soulra XL is equipped with 8 full-range drivers (2 tweeters/2 woofers/4 passive radiators) powered by a built-in 22W amplifier for stereo sound. It also offers a bass boost function for added bass response.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The Eton Soulra XL features an integrated, swivel-hinged iPod/iPhone dock to connect select Apple iPods & iPhones. Once your iPod or iPhone is docked, there is anti-glare tinted plastic cover which protects your iPod/iPhone from the elements. The Eton Soulra XL 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 2011).

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 N N N N N N N
 mini 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
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 XL is equipped with a side-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 XL 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. There is a convenient remote control storage compartment located on the back of the unit.

Convenient Portability: The Eton Soulra XL features an integrated carry handle and a removable gel-cushioned carrying shoulder strap for convenient portability.

Solar Panel: The Eton Soulra XL 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 72 square inches and enables up to 5 hours of recharge time in direct sunlight.

Power Requirements: The Eton Soulra XL operates off of the integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery (200maH, 7.4V) or AC power. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 5 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.

 
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4 out of 5

Good package

Written By pm, Houston, TX on Thursday, June 06, 2013
 
Good sound and interesting concept. Very substantial build and easy to carry w or w/o strap. Difficult to dock iPod if in a case; recommend an Apple extension cord if so. Buttons don't let you know status. Manual a bit skimpy. Works wonderfully on the patio; don't know if I'd submit it to sand.Had to return one to Eton when the charge light wouldn't go off and temporary malfunction ensued. It cleared up but Eton insisted I return it for a new one. Not bad.
Pros:
Clear sound especially with bass boost. Charging boost from solar panel works well. Fairly easy to carry. intriguing appearance often makes it a conversation piece. Remote control is quite good. Excellent customer service from Eton.
Cons:
People think it's a heater. Manual is unclear. Hard to dock iPod if in a case. Could use status lights for buttons.
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5 out of 5

Etón Soulra XL

Written By Lynne, Savannah, GA on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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fabulous product!! We took it to the beach for the day and everyone loved it!!
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5 out of 5

Cool idea, great sound.

Written By P_W_12, Chicago on Monday, May 14, 2012
 
I was in the market for a portable speaker system and was considering the Dr. Dre Portable before listening to this one! I cost me half as much, has GREAT sound which provides very nice bass and mid range. The thing that drew me to the product was the solar panel because I primarily was going to use it outside. You can charge it up in your house for a few hours and then bring it outside to continue charging while you use it. I also love that you can charge your iPhone/iPod on it. Overall I am extremely happy with the product so far; its very easy to carry around with you, provides great sound, and is very "green".
Pros:
Solar Powered, Sound, Portability, iPhone/iPod Charging, Price.
Cons:
Can't control iPhone/iPod when charging is turned off.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Better than Sony portable!!!!

Written By Zach F, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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I've own the Soulra XL for a few weeks now and have used it daily. It's a nicely made system with a good sound volume. The quality of the music played out of the speakers is better than expected. I compared the Soulra XL to the Sony portable (RDP-XF100iP). The Sony was a lot louder, so if you want pure noise, then go with the sony. Although not as loud, the Soulra XL has a total of 8 speakers that carry the music, even when played outside. The quality of the sound is also better than the Sony.

Pros:

Awesome sound

Battery longevity, lasts longer than 5 hrs (especially with the solar panel)

Bass is great and the bass boost actually works unlike the sony presets

Cons:

Not the loudest

Sound distorts at higher volumes (Sony also distorts at high volumes)

I also compared this system to the Bose, but I don't like Bose's sound system.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great!

Written By Vicki, Waukesha, WI on Monday, August 15, 2011
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Bought as a birthday present for my music loving hubby. He spends lots of time outside and while he has his ipod and head phones, it's nice for all of us to be able to listen. We've taken it camping, to a pool party and out to the veggie garden to do some weeding. No problems at all.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Etón Soulra XL

Written By Mike L., Landisville PA on Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Great sound for the price . Love the built in battery feature. All the lights can be confusing, and the owners' manual doesn't fully explain them, Well worth the price.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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