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Eton NRKS100B Rukus Solar Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • E Ink Display
  • AC power and/or solar power
  • Play music from Bluetooth enabled smarphone, tablet or PC
  • Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel
  • USB port for mobile device charging

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 21.3 x 8.9 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: NRKS100B
  • ASIN: B007HSOB4O
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 28 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,583 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Eton Rukus Solar

Etón Rukus Portable Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel

Eton Rukus Solar
Eton
Start a Rukus!

The Eton Rukus Solar is a portable Bluetooth sound system with a high efficiency solar panel, so you can play your tunes all day long. Take it out to the park, to a tailgate, or use it at home with this self-powered sound system.

Amplify virtually any media-playing device

With quick one-touch pairing, the Rukus Solar can wirelessly stream your music from any source. Its Bluetooth connectivity with AVRCP (one-touch pairing and control) and A2DP (high quality stereo streaming) support allows you to play music from any Bluetooth enabled smart phone, tablet or computer. It's lightweight and has an integrated handle making it easy to carry around. It also has a USB output to charge most smart phones and mobile devices and its storage net securely protects your device during transport.

Rukus Solar
Big Sound!

Don't get caught trying to rock out with some mini-speakers! With stereo sound blaring from two full-range speaker drivers, you're able to keep the Rukus playing all day long! Audio comes through crystal clear with the stereo sound and bass boost.

Eton Rukus with MOG!
Hold Up! You get MOG too!

Your new Eton Rukus can only get better with 3 MONTHS of FREE music with access to MOG ($30 value). Access code is provided in the box for the primo listening package!

What is MOG?

MOG is an award-winning on-demand music subscription service. MOG provides users access to a vast music library of nearly 15 million songs to which they can stream whenever and wherever they want, uninterrupted. Consumers can choose a free, basic or primo listening package to stream its music collection through its mobile apps on iPhone and Android phones, as well as online.

Bluetooth
Bluetooth technology for a wireless experience

Play music from Bluetooth enabled smartphones, tablet or computers.

Carry Handle
E Ink Display
E ink Surf Segmented Display makes reading your Rukus easy

E Ink display provides great visibility in direct sunlight and also a 180 degree viewing angle. It uses minimal power and is virtually indestructible.

Enjor over 8 hours of music
Enjoy over 8 hours of music play time

Internal rechargeable Li-ion battery 7.4V 1500mA (depends on audio settings)

Charges in less than 6 hours
Charges fully in less than 6 hours

Using its built-in high efficiency monocrystal solar panel

 
USB
USB port for mobile device charging
Rukus Solar
Power
Solar power and/or AC power
Aux-in Jack
Aux-in jack

Listen to any audio device, Bluetooth or not

Features:
  • Bluetooth connectivity with AVRCP (one touch pairing and control) and A2DP (high quality audio streaming) support
  • Play music from a Bluetooth enabled smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer
  • Built-in high efficiency monocrystal solar panel
  • USB port for mobile device charging
  • E ink display
  • Stereo sound with two full range speaker drivers
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Mobile device storage net
  • Integrated carrying handle
  • Aux-in jack
  • AC adapter (included)
Eton

Product Description

Bluetooth Sound System with Solar Panel Play music from Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet or PC AC power and/or solar power E Ink Display USB port for mobile device charging

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire A White on Sept. 10 2013
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I was impressed with the Rukus Solar. It is easy to sync to the computer and plays all over the house. My iPod slips into the back and gives me a boom box of amazing quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justin on May 22 2013
do not buy this stereo!
i used this for the first time in primo weather conditions, bright sun, few clouds.

it cannot charge phone while charging the internal battery
it cannot charge the internal battery and play. it will kill the battery. even without the iphone plugged in!
it cannot play without bluetooth!
it cannot charge a completely dead iphone, it does not recognize something is there unless it is powered on.

terrible stereo, i tried using it on a boat, only had 4 hrs of music the whole weekend.
the only use i found for it was to keep papers/maps from flying away.
yup, turned out to be quite the expensive paperweight.

oh, and Windows has nothing to do with this product
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By Wolfe on July 9 2013
It is perfect to go to the beach, or for every days. When you have to work outdoor and want to bring your music, you put it in the sunlight and you can listen all day long without going out of battery. And if your music player is dead, just charge on the usb plug, while the rukus fuel from the sun!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ on Nov. 20 2012
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It is a great product. The size is good and the sound is very good. It has a very convenient carrying handle built into the unit.
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159 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Rukus or Sukus? April 26 2012
By Brian R. - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The Eton rukus is a well made boombox with the key feature of having a solar panel to charge the battery. Unfortunately, it seems most of the product cost is going to the battery and solar panel rather than the speakers themselves.

The sound from this unit is ok, but not great. You'll get sound similar to lower priced systems, but you do get the added benefit of a long lasting battery and the solar charger. The speakers are two small full range drivers. They are not ported at all, and their positioning makes the sound come out in a pretty directional nature.

The volume can be controlled on the unit or by your device. Cranking it all the way up, it's not all that loud for filling a noisy room or playing to a crowd outside. That said, the distortion isn't all that bad, either. What it lacks in sound, it makes up for in portability. The handle and design of the unit is very good quality. It feels sturdy.

I like that the elastic band to hold your music player is recessed and protected, although the down side to this is that it's on the underside of the Rukus, and you can't see it unless you take it back out. Therefore, you pretty much have to be resigned to set a playlist then walk away. Since it's bluetooth, there's no way to skip/reverse/pause from the unit. The only sound customization is a "bass" button, which adds a little, but unfortunately there's no indicator on the screen to let you know if it's on or off.

The e-ink screen is good, no complaints and when it changes, it doesn't flash completely black like some ereaders. It simply updates. Unfortunately it only displays battery level and the input (USB, Line in, or Bluetooth). It does not indicate volume or if the bass boost is turned on. I really would have liked those to be displayed.

In all, if you want something portable and solar powered, this would be an ok choice, just realize you're spending some of your money on those features vs. sound quality.

[Update]
Just wanted to update this review with a few more observations. The Rukus doesn't really charge via the solar panel while indoors. If it does, it's not strong enough for the charge indicator to come on. It will charge outdoors, even in fairly overcast skies.

Another good use for the Rukus is that it can charge any device via the USB port. To do this, you have to have the unit turned on, then you have to press the USB button. It will still play via bluetooth, but just plugging something into the USB port doesn't automatically start charging it. This makes sense in that you might not want to drain the Rukus' battery every time something gets plugged into the USB port. This also makes the Rukus a choice for disaster preparedness, travel (like mission trips or when you're not sure when you'll have power available), etc.

Lastly, I'm still not overly impressed with the sound. It's ok, but not on par with other docks. I believe that the size of the speakers and volume limitations are probably a design choice that helps conserve battery life. Driving bigger speakers louder would certainly take more power thus reducing the length of time you can play on battery power. I do like how it can be laid flat or be stood on end. By standing on end indoors, it helps disperse the sound as it hits the ceiling.

[Update #2]
I used this as an iPhone charger at a baseball game. My phone was about 50-75% depleted and the Rukus had about 3/4 of its battery left. I was using a baseball scoring app that drains the battery pretty quickly. It was bright and sunny and the Rukus was in direct sunlight. I was just able to get a 100% charge before the Rukus' battery was completely drained. Once drained, it shuts off. I guess the point is that if your iPhone needs charging and you plan to have it on using apps, it will drain the Rukus faster than the solar panel will charge it. I thought this might be useful info for some people.

[Update 7/2012]
In my quest to be green I placed the Rukus outside to charge the battery, then forgot about it. It rained. Now water is clearly inside the unit as the solar panel is fogged up. I'm trying to let it dry out before powering back on. Lesson learned: it's not water resistant. Not sure if I will let it dry out on its own or try to open it up to dry out.

Also, the plexiglas panel covering the solar panel is easily scratched. I took it to a baseball game (very dusty) and was placing a cooler and my drink on it since it provided a nice flat surface. Now there's a bunch of fine scratches on it. Doesn't seem to affect anything other than aesthetics, though.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Good sound, good design Aug. 27 2012
By Pihmpdaddi - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, a product that has what I'm looking for!!! This just arrived yesterday and I love it. Turned it on, paired with my phone in about 10 seconds, and started playing music right away!

Pros
1) The solar panel is pretty big and seems to work well for charging small devices. Gonna see how quickly it charges my iPad...a slightly bigger draw.
2) I love that it has a USB port and not an iPod specific port like some iPod docks, so you can charge any low power USB device from it.
3) You can turn charging on and off while a device is connected (so it won't charge if you don't want it to; and you can use the Bluetooth connected device while another device is plugged in and charging.
4) It's pretty small, lightweight, and easy to carry (even though it comes in a box way too big for it's size).
5) Some reviewers have said the speakers were weak. I haven't played it outside but in my house it was pretty darn loud and the base was decent. I will update when I come back from a beach trip next week.
6) The Bluetooth range is about 40 feet or so line-of-sight, a little less with walls in the way, so you can keep your "player" in your pocket and use it as a remote.

Cons
1) The one thing I'd love for this to have is a water-resistant and dust-resistant design like the Eton Soulra.
2) The design of the iPod compartment leaves a little to be desired; it is only a black elastic strap, not very secure especially for small iPods.
3) Not sure how scratch resistant the solar panel is, I'm leaving the protective cover on for now. I might decide to put an iPad screen protector on it, trimmed to size.
4) It doesn't have an AM/FM tuner. I'm really tired of companies not making products with tuners...the circuitry is so simple now...just put it in. That goes for Apple's products as well. I'm not going to "stream" everything over my data connections when the AM/FM airwaves are all around me.

********* I will update with any new findings after my next 2 weeks of use. ***********

Update 8/30/2012
The sound is not LOUD, but it is definitely loud enough for it's purpose, which is a decent set of speakers that you can play in your vicinity and never run out of power (ahem...during the day). It was certainly loud enough for what I had it for, which was to play some tunes while sailing down the Chesapeake Bay and lounging on the beach. You will not be able to throw a party with just this little guy...but for two 2-inch speakers...it worked just fine.

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Update 9/17/2012
I've discovered a few quirks that are worth sharing.
1) It seems that you cannot turn off the Bluetooth. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, but it's constantly on when the unit is on. Update: I did figure out how to turn the Bluetooth off...it was just confusing me for a bit.

2) The charging takes quite a long time. It has a fairly large battery so you can fully charge your phone and play for a few hours, but the solar panel takes a good bit of time to charge this battery back up. This is compounded by a quirk in the software that causes intermittent charging. When you place the unit in the sunlight, it doesn't automatically start charging; you have to push the power button to turn it on for it to start charging. This is a problem because if you're just charging it and not using it, you want to turn it off so that the system is not on draining your battery. When you push the power button again, it does indeed turn off and continue to charge UNTIL the sun fades for longer than about 1/2 a second, after which it does not continue charging. So, if a cloud rolls by or you cast your shadow over it by walking in front of it, it will stop charging and not come back on and you won't know it. You have to cycle the power button to get it to start charging again. This is a disappointing design to me; you would think that anytime it has light, it would attempt to capture that automatically by charging, but this is not what happens. This means unless you place the unit in direct cloudless sunlight, you have to nurse it the whole time.

3) USB connection - This is a more minor one for me, but you cannot hook your device up to the unit with USB in order to play music. The USB is a CHARGE ONLY port, it does not do data transfer. This also means that either Bluetooth or analog stereo-mini jack is the only way to play audio.
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Bush party ready April 26 2012
By xkydivr - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Eton is known for their emergency radios and the like. This isn't one. There is no radio on board so if your "device" quits you have a solar powered paperweight.

This is a great little unit for beach, poolside, tailgating, camping and all your bush parties. Probably not for hiking because it weighs close to five pounds, too heavy for a backpack. The sound is good with bass boost. There is a 50 to 70 foot range from your iphone. Don't know why this would be important but it's true. I think I would be more comfortable with some sort of protective cover over the solar panel when it's not being used but maybe it's tougher than I would expect.

I guess everyone is expected to be tech-savvy these days but the instructions are very sparse. There is a pamphlet which tells you how to charge the unit and that's about it. The online manual has about eight pages in english. The picture, naming the parts, is labeled wrong. Of course the 4G iphone is simple. Hold the bluetooth button on the unit for three seconds until you hear the beep. Tap "rukus" on the phone. If it asks for a password put in 1234. That's it, but not much info on connecting anything else. There is a USB port to charge you phone if needed and a little pocket on the back to store your phone securely.

There's a code number for three months free access to MOG music downloads ($30 value) but be sure to keep track of your registering date. You will be signed up and charged for a membership if you don't cancel in time. One of those deals.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Awesome solved my problem perfectly May 25 2012
By C. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I spend allot of time on my deck when it is warm out and have been struggling to find an elegant solution to listening to music downloaded to my phone when I am out there. Enter the Eton Rukus Solar Bluetooth Sound System. This device has thus far fit my needs perfectly.

(1) I charged it once a few days ago...since that time, my battery has continued to stay full. The built in Solar Panel keeps it charged continuously throughout the day.

(2) It was a breeze to connect to my Android phone. Once I paired the device through my Wireless Manager, it now automatically streams to the player if the Rukus is on and within range. No user intervention on my part.

(3) Sound Quality is just fine. It is certainly not high fidelity, but should meet the needs of 99% of all people.

(4) Not clunky, ultra portable.

(5) Stylish and slick looking in an old school way! My neighbors saw mine, and they liked it enough that they also ended up purchasing one.

(6) Its just reliable. Works when you want it to work. I can't recommend enough.

(7) Left it outside overnight and it rained! The Rukus is no worse for wear and playing just fine afterwards. Very durable it seems!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great idea - pretty good features and sound April 26 2012
By A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
With the warmer weather here, it's nice to have a boom box you can use anywhere outside without access to electricity. I'm sure this isn't the first solar-powered sound system, but it's the first one I have tried, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. It is *not* a radio - be sure you understand that this is only a Bluetooth speaker system for MP3 player on your smartphone or tablet, which must be Bluetooth-enabled itself. Set up is actually simple, but the directions provided don't really tell you much, so if you haven't paired Bluetooth devices before, you may be scratching your head for awhile.

Once it's up and running, it's a nice little system. I like being able to use it while I'm gardening. Because the reception range is 50-something feet, I can still keep my iPhone in my pocket in case I get a call, but wander the yard to do my work. The sound quality is pretty good, and it's not distorted at the highest volume.

It's also nice that this is a lightweight and very portable unit with a long battery life. I think it's a great addition to any outdoor activity.

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