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Gear: Eton Rukus Solar Sound System

Turn an iPod into a campground sound system.

by: Shannon Davis

Eton Rukus Solar Sound System (Courtesy Photo)
Eton Rukus Solar Sound System (Courtesy Photo)

[solar sound system]
Eton Rukus

Imagine your all-time favorite car camping site (mine’s hours up a dirt road I’ll never tell you about in Colorado’s Sawatch Range). Now add some Bob Marley (or LMFAO or Def Leppard or whatever it is you love; I don’t care). Didn’t it just go from Shangri-La to full-on heaven? This dictionary-size speaker system makes that transition easy. Just synch your phone or tablet or laptop via Bluetooth, and start jamming. The solar panel charges the speakers (and your device too if USB-connected). The power meter never dipped below 50 percent, even after four hours of after-dark reggae. It survived light drizzle too. Sound quality? It’s not a Bose, but it fills the average campsite and won’t break the bank.$150; 4 lb. 13.oz; 12”x8.25”x3.5”; etonstore.com



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Fido
Jun 16, 2012

lrphill has it exactly right. This is the last thing campgrounds and the backcountry need. How about a solar-powered electromagnetic pulse rifle for shutting these things down?

lrphill
Jun 11, 2012

Seriously? I hate sound blasting out of somebody else's camp -- or at my own, for that matter. At base, I don't understand it. I personally go "out there" to get away from the sounds of civilization -- I want to hear the backcountry, not recorded sound -- the TV, movies, the radio, iTunes are all left at home for a reason. <rant> And ESPECIALLY I don't want to hear somebody else's choice of music. It's the equivalent of a boom box on the subway -- it's plain rude. If you must, wear headphones. I can get behind a person's desire to have music in the backcountry until I have to listen to it, at which point it's a very rude imposition. If you're alone, go for it, but if you're near other people, be polite and keep a lid on it. </rant>

Brendan Carl
Jun 03, 2012

I LOVE having music at my camp site, even on backpacking trips (no cars). I've actually hiked up ipod speakers into the mountains before.

This obviously wouldn't work on a backpacking trip, but for a car camping trip, this would be excellent. You could blast music from your car speakers for a little bit, but you would either waste gas or the car battery.

This is awesome because it seems like it would have a much better sound quality than the little ipod speakers I (and many other people) have. And, it is solar powered. Awesome!!

-Brendan Carl
http://campingguru.net

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