Published on October 13th, 2015 | by Greg0
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.