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Published on October 13th, 2015 | by Greg

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Eton rukus Xtreme: Serious Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

It probably won’t be long until most gear with batteries gets a fair bit of power via solar technology. Coal and gas and other non-renewable sources are slowly but surely going the way of, well, the dinosaurs. Environmentally friendly sources of electricity are rapidly growing in share of production, from geothermal to wind power, but most importantly solar. The fact is that solar could currently provide most of our needs, though with some definite compromises and costs. But while we’re waiting for utility-scale installations, you might as well get on board with your own gadgets!

The Eton rukus Xtreme is billed as the “super-loud, all-terrain, smartphone charging, dual-powered wireless sound system For Xtreme audiophiles”. Let’s break that down a bit- first and foremost, it’s a Bluetooth 4.0 speaker, with two full-range speakers and passive radiators for bass response. It’s also IPX4 rated for use outdoors (though it isn’t waterproof, or intended for submersion in water, it can shrug off some rain). The rubber-coated rukus Xtreme is also capable of handling a short drop, up to 3.3 feet or 10 meters, and is shock-resistant. The internal 5200 mAh lithium ion battery can power your party for up to eight hours.

It’s not a big, bulky unit, nor is it tiny enough to fit into a pocket- at a bit under two pounds and 9x3x7 inches or so, it is small enough to fit into just about any bag or purse. And thanks to a 5 volt / 2.4amp USB output, you can even charge your smartphone or other small portable electronic device. There is an auxiliary input and even an A/C adapter for external power from an outlet, as well as a microphone for speakerphone use (it’s only so-so, but that’s typical of weather-resistant models). The handle is a nice addition, for easy carrying, and there is a USB port as well.

We checked out the big brother a bit ago, and liked the rukus XL quite a bit, but the little sibling hits quite a few of the same high notes. The company is probably best known for it’s survival and safety gear, and though the rukus Xtreme doesn’t have an emergency light, you can still see the same DNA and background shining through in the build quality and unusually-shaped design. From an audio standpoint, it’s performance is better than we expected from a multi-function unit, though pretty in line with this pricetag and size- ideal for pop and rock, with plenty on the bottom end, though a little strained at the upper registers on classical or jazz.

The eton Rukus Xtreme certainly offers plenty of features- and thanks wireless connectivity, either from iPhone or Android devices. It’s available now, online and in stores, for around $180.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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