Eton Rugged Rukus Review (Solar Powered)

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0/5 on October 12, 2016

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544 reviews

PROS

Awesome solar efficiency.
Charge your cell phone from the speaker.
Sounds great; crisp and clear.
Up to 40 foot pairing and streaming range.
Auxiliary input.

CONS

AC adapter not included.
Minimal bass for the serious bass lovers.
Splash proof but not water resistant.

VERDICT

More than 1,208 reviews on Amazon and with 70% being 4+ Stars. Lots of happy buyers in regards to quality and content in the box. Definitely the Bluetooth speaker that you should have if you're an avid outdoors person and like to take advantage of the power of the sun! It doesn't get full marks for audio quality, but the sound is OK and if you constantly forgetto charge your device and love the outdoors, you should seriously consider the Rugged Rukus.

We admit it.  We didn’t have much faith in the Eton Rugged Rukus and its “solar powered” bravado when we got our hands on it.  So…we basically almost swallowed our tongues when the thing worked and sounded better than some of the other “bigger” names on the market.  Although solar powered speakers are becoming more common these days, they’re still a dime in a dozen, so we had our reservations. We got ours off of Amazon for a great price and after reading this review, we hope you’ll take advantage of it as well.

The Eton Rukus is the real deal.  It’s a solar powered Bluetooth speaker that is an all terrain portable, loud music playing, outdoor, ruggedized, phone-charging, beast!

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Eton Rugged Rukus Features

  • Rugged and IPX-4 splashproof
  • Wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth enabled device
  • USB smartphone charger
  • Solar charging panel
  • Lithium battery gives the Eton Rukus 8 hours of play time and fully charges in less than 5 hours in direct sunlight
  • Micro-USB charges in 2.5 hours via AC power
  • Aux-in for use with non-Bluetooth devices (cable not in the box. Get one here!)
  • Blue LED indicates Bluetooth on and Red LED indicates unit is charging
  • Loops for strapping to backpack and taking it with you where ever

 

Charging and Playtime

You can take the Eton Rukus anywhere...as long as there’s sun…and play music all day long.  We used it at the beach and it was quick to power up and stay powered up.  The 1600 mAh internal lithium ion battery will give you about 8 hours of audio streaming. We did have an issue with power after charging it for only 15 minutes (but, yeah, we’re impatient) but after 45 minutes of charge time in the sun we were able to keep it playing all day. However, it takes about  5 hours to charge in full sun. Of course, you can charge it faster with the included AC adapter (takes about 2.5 hours).

Eton Rugged Rukus Bluetooth speaker

Eton Rugged Rukus Bluetooth speaker

Also, the Eton Rukus can power your electronic devices through the output port while you are on the go to keep your tunes streaming

 

Sound Quality

The Eton Rugged Rukus features 2 Full Range Speaker Drivers that deliver fairly clear audio with stereo sound at the high end. It’s not the loudest speaker, but its top volume is adequate for outdoor activities such as camping or tanning by the pool. Don’t expect it to power your next party, however.

When it comes on to bass, the Rukus does leave some room for improvement. Firstly, there are no passive bass ports or radiators with this system. If you are someone likes bass, then the Rugged Rukus is probably not for you. Otherwise, you will enjoy great clarity and crystal-clear music with the Rukus.

 

Connectivity and Bluetooth Range

Connectivity is as easy and simple as any other Bluetooth speaker. Turn on the Rugged rukus, turn on your device and it will connect immediately. We were able to keep our devices paired for up to about 40 feet but we may be off a bit because we were trying to measure while at the beach…still, we’re sure it’s pretty close to between 38 and 42 feet range which is great range particularly for a solar powered speaker.

 

Design

Weighing 530g and measuring 16.3 x 15.1 x 4.6cm, the lightweight Eton Rugged Rukus isn’t heavy, but feels quite sturdy. It is built with a splashproof rubberized exterior (the sides and bottom) which is soft to the touch, but isn’t delicate. On the top, you’ll find the powerful solar-panel is 20-square-inch and site comfortably on the device. In fact, its adds a unique caracter that you won’t find in most Bluetooth speaker.

Eton Rugged Rukus

Eton Rugged Rukus

You might not notice, but the front of the speaker is actually metal which protects the 1-inch drivers from any kind of shock due to falling, etc. Even if it looked strange, the thing allows you to stay charged on the go, can you really complain? Think about it, you could literally leave the Rukus by your window and never really have to manually charge it! Same goes if you are always outdoors. As long as there is sun, you can keep playing!

We don’t need to tell you that the Rugged Rukus is sleek. With its cool, unusual wedge-shaped design, that’s pretty clear.

 

Not Quite Water Resistant

The only issue that we have with theEton Rukus is the water resistance.  There are silicone flaps for the ports that fit securely but it is, at best, splash proof/water resistant. This can be a concern for kayakers, parasailers, etc although we feel that speaker will be fine in some light rain/sprinkles.  However, don’t let it sit in the rain for more than a minute or two and it won’t survive being submerged.

 

Great For The Outdoors

Lastly, we love the design and rugged make of Eton Rukus.  It’s quite portable, with extra tie-down loops for strapping it to a backpack, your bike or wherever where it can soak up the sun during the day. Not to mention, Eton claims the device can take a fall of 1 m (3.3 ft)!

 

Conclusion

All in all, the Eton Rugged Rukus is the perfect Bluetooth speaker to make your companion poolside or mountainside, hiking or camping.

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