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No wires, no docks—simply stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device with 1-touch pairing and enjoy rich, clear stereo sound anywhere you roam
In direct sunlight, the efficient solar panel grabs plenty of power to keep you jamming all day long; after dark, enjoy up to 8 hrs. of music with the built-in lithium battery
If a wall outlet or USB power source is handy, keep the beat alive by coupling the included micro USB cable with your smartphone charger
Internal lithium battery charges in less than 5 hrs. via the solar panel in direct sunlight, and in 2.5 hrs. via AC power with the micro USB cable
Besides enjoying your favorite tunes, you can also recharge your mobile device from the internal lithium battery via a handy USB-out port
Light, compact design and carabiner-ready loops make it easy to bring the Rugged Rukus along on your backcountry adventures—just clip it to your pack and hit the trail
Eton Rugged Rukus portable wireless speaker features a blue LED to indicate Bluetooth connection, a red LED to indicate charging and an Aux-in jack for non-Bluetooth devices
Items with a lithium battery can only be sent via Standard ground shipping, and can't be shipped to P.O. Boxes, Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territory, APO/FPO, or International addresses.
This item contains hazardous or flammable materials and is restricted to surface shipping only. Online orders for shipment to Alaska must be picked up at any Alaska REI store (follow options for Free Shipping to REI Store when ordering); shipment to any other Alaska address is not offered. Sorry, this product cannot be shipped to Hawaii, APO, FPO or international addresses.
by mvmanfromVery coolI would have given this five stars but the sound output isn't loud enough to suit a gathering of more than 5-6. But the sound quality is very good and the whole solar power thing makes this ideal for travel, outings or just some sound in the yard while reading. The built in lithium battery lasts along time even if its been a number of days since seeing sunlight.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 4out of5
by allen sfromAlmost perfectThe packaging of this speaker reminds me that Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The claims on the package are also exaggerated.
This speaker charges well in the sun and plugged in. Bluetooth and the auxilary input work well. The volume and clarity are suffiecent for it's size. The product is only slightly larger than half a sheet of loose leaf paper, which I personally did not expect. The photos I saw made it seem much larger.
The package is incomplete or barebones, depending on how you look at it. Only one cord is in the box and that is to a usb. If you dont have a usb charger you're out of luck. No auxilary cord.
What really upsets me is the lack of "water resistance." The first time I used the speaker I sprayed it with water to clean it, then stood it on end to dry. From that incident there now appears to be water in or under the solar panel. I've had it less than 48 hours and it may be ruined.
Date published: 2013-09-12
Rated 3out of5
by manforrillafromDecent productBought this because its brilliant! And I love to have the option of tunes at camp. Its solar works well and for the price that should be the focus, it sounds great for any song thats just lows or highs but when both happen its not pretty. If I bought this for the audio then I would have returned it immediately. Basically they used a very cheap speaker to meet a price point I think and I would gladly pay $149 for this unit if it had component speakers (speaker for highs and one for lows)
But as a way to charge devices in the forest its great. And I still use it for music but when I'm listening its just poor enough sound quality that I am always bummed that I have to play it at 60% volume to sound clear and thats only loud enough for a 12' radius at camp.
Date published: 2013-08-18
Rated 4out of5
by Dirt FixerfromNice AdditionI use the Rugged Rukus when I work in the yard. It's nice that it stays charged while I work in the garden.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4out of5
by BenskifromSmall Speaker, good sound, great featureGot this as a gift for the 4th of July and I was a little surprised at the size of the speakers. Its small but puts out nice clean sound. Sometimes when the output is maxed out the base gets some distortion but it seems to be only with loud heavy base and the volume all the way up. Took it canoeing with me and we accidentally took a spill and the speaker held up okay although water got between the solar panel and the glass but its still fully charging and fully functional. Certainly splash-proof but not water-proof.
Charges my phone fully but charging a device will drain the battery fully. It needs to be charging in the sun to keep both devices running. I like it and would highly recommend it. Its lightweight and useful for backpacking. I put a clip on it to attach it to my pack and it works well.
I use it by the pool and often leave it on and charging in the window next to the pool. Even if its been playing all night, it gets light early in the morning and by the time I'm ready to use it, its fully charged up and running.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 4out of5
by Jeff likes varietyfromGreat Little SpeakerIt's definitely a good little outdoor speaker. Great design and ideas. I originally bought it to take around as a general speaker when going on vacations, camping, etc. I was really excited about the phone charging capabilities. Unfortunately, I accidentally left it outside in my backyard in the grass for an entire weekend while I was away. I think it must have rained. Everything seems to still work except the powered USB port.
I only got the chance to really test out how the speaker would do charging and playing audio all day once. It did well, but make sure your music device (iPhone for me) isn't in direct sunlight. This seems obvious, but may prove more difficult than you might think since the speaker needs direct sunlight to charge via solar panel. Not a huge deal, just figure out a way to keep your audio device shaded.
One thing I was a bit surprised by was how small the unit is. I didn't actually read that part of the specs before purchasing. I expected it to be a bit bigger, but it's size is actually great.
If great bass is a must have, don't buy this guy. Having said that, you really can't expect great bass from a speaker this size.
All said and done, I would buy this again.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 4out of5
by TubernautfromSo far, so good.Great for strapping to backpack for (urban) family hikes and sharing the tunes. Good for motivation while you do yardwork. Not super loud or precise sound, but a big benefit over most built-in mobile-device speakers and does quite well for its' size.
Plan to use this in concert w/ a SealLine zip case when kayaking and for camping. The reasoning is Bluetooth adds the ability to forsake a cord (and an avenue for leakage). I realize the Rukus isn't waterproof, but it's cheaper and a little more tolerant of mosture than a phone / tablet.
I haven't gotten much chance to test the solar charging yet; but it seems that a couple hours in the Oct AZ sun was enough to top it off after playing for ~3 hours. Will update if I am able once I've used it more.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5out of5
by HunterGathererfromgo anywhere sound systemThis was an amazingly unexpected gift to receive.
The sound quality, solar functionality, and durability of this product make it hands down the best item I have used.
I have used this on float trips, day trips to the beach, and when not on a trip it rests (and charges) on the arm of an Adirondack chair in the backyard. Splashes from whitewater or just the sprinkler system have yet to phase this device.
I recently started charging my iPhone with the solar charging capacity, and was amazed. I LOVE IT!
Though I received this Rugged Rukus as a gift, I plan to give it as a gift too.
Date published: 2013-09-10
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