Conclusion: While the Soulra XL can't work miracles, it does effectively use the sun to power your outdoor musical entertainment. On a bright sunny day, you can get hours of sonic enjoyment while being completely off the grid. Also, the remote is a nice touch so you can still adjust volume and playback while your iPod or iPhone is safely tucked away in its dock.
Pros: Take your tunes virtually anywhere, Can charge your iPhone/iPod from the sun, Lasts a really long time on sunny days, Decent sound quality for a portable system, Remote allows you to play DJ while iPhone/iPod is safely tucked away
Cons: Can take a while to build up a charge when completely depleted, Unit was a little unpredictable on a couple of occasions, Unit's dark colors mean it gets very warm if left in direct sunlight all day.
Summary: While it may not blow you away with its sound quality, the Eton Soulra XL is a sturdy and attractive portable iPod/iPhone audio system that offers a built-in rechargeable battery and solar charging.
Pros: Well-built and attractively designed for outdoor use, the Eton Soulra XL has a built-in rechargeable battery, an integrated solar panel for trickle charging while outdoors, and a shield for protecting your iPod or iPhone from water splashes and sand. It also plays fairly loud and comes with a remote.
Cons: The Soulra XL has no FM radio. It's short on bass and a tad pricey.
Excerpt: It seems odd to write a review for a solar powered product, based on the biblical amounts of rain we’ve had recently, but I’ve had this unit for a week or two and we did manage to have a little bit of sunshine during that time!
Summary: Wireless music systems are rarely totally wireless. Sooner or later you’ll have to plug something into a wall, and that’s not always convenient. What if you don’t have a socket available, or you want to take your music out and about? The Eton Soulra XL dock has the answer. Bring me sunshine A huge solar panel that covers the entire rear surface of the Eton Soulra XL can soak up enough power from the sun to power it for up to five hours.