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.
Conclusion: The Etón Soulra XL is a solid but stylish iPod/iPhone boom box with plenty of volume power under the hood and potentially endless power supply through its solar panel but the price point might be too steep for many.
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.