Summary: I've used this item through about a dozen battery charge cycles. I take it with me camping and on my canoe day trips, and have found two shortcomings related to battery charging. It will not fully charge via the solar panel. I've left in in bright florida sunshine for as long as 10 hours, and it only gets up to about 3.5 green lights (out of 4). To get the last green LED fully lit, I have to plug in the USB charging cable.
Summary: Fairly happy with the ruckus. Solar aspect of it works very well. Often that is the weak part of these products. My problem was that the charging port broke after about 40 uses. The Micro USB jack broke and was pushed inside the ruckus and it can't be charged anymore except by solar. I do wish it was a little louder too. Submitted a warranty claim to the company and no response after a week.
Summary: Listen... I'm not trying to impress (or annoy) my neighbors with my amazing 80's rock collection, but at the same time, I would like to hear it myself. This has proved challenging at times even in everyday circumstances. Sitting alone in your backyard and looking to enjoy hours of wireless music? This is the product for you. If however, you plan to play music while you have a few friends over, possibly for a pool party or BBQ? Keep looking.
Summary: The instructions to set-up and sync are not detailed.. you are on your own. I have an electronic background and i managed to get it to work.. the sound from the unit is crisp and clear. The volume level is more than adequate. The wi-fi range is very limited. If you move the unit away from the music source, the range to keep the music going is restricted to no more than 15 feet line of sight.
Summary: I bought this unit to pair with my Galaxy S4. While my Galaxy's bluetooth does recognize the speaker system, no sound comes from the Rukus. However, since it does work when I connect with an aux. cable, I decided to keep the speaker system. The system itself is not as loud as I would prefer, but it's fine for listening to audio books in the car. For the $50 I paid for the Eton Rukus, it meets most of my needs.
Summary: The Rugged Rukus is a small, good quality portable radio for streaming music and othwr radio programs. The solar charger is especially useful. The sound is just ok. Not very good bass and certainly not as good fidelity as the larger Rukus Solar. But, then again it is half the size.
Summary: The Rukus is kind of like those Jeep Grand Cherokee SRTs with the 470 hp Hemi engines, 5,000 lb weight, 160 mph top speed, and 13 mpg mileage - very impressive capabilities, which address a need which is so rare and specific as to be almost non-existent. In the case of the Rukus, this odd dislocation of purpose is due to a very idiosyncratic set of features and some other strange deficiencies.
Ideal for a few, but there are better options for most
23 June 2013
Summary: I have somewhat of a wireless speaker addiction. Always finding a way to irrationally justify the purchase of yet another speaker. I justified the purchase of this one for its ability to extend its battery life when listening outside on sunny days. The bluetooth speakers I have found to be my favorites are the Bose Soundlink II and the UE Boombox. DESIGN: The look and feel of this speaker definitely coincides with its price range offering great quality.