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Etón rukus XL: Bluetooth boombox for fun in the sun


Etón's alternative-energy accessories for Apple devices are a favorite here at TUAW, so when the company announced its new rukus XL solar-powered boombox (US$199.99) today, we just had to take a look.

Available at and, the rukus XL features a big 72-square-inch solar panel to fully recharge the internal battery in five hours and keep your tunes blasting for more than eight hours. Sound-wise, the rukus XL has eight speaker drivers -- two tweeters, two woofers and four passive radiators -- providing 22 Watts of audio power.

So you don't have to throw out a shoulder lugging your rukus XL, there's a built-in carrying handle. If you want to charge your iPhone from the battery pack while it's feeding your playlist to the rukus XL, there's even a USB connector for that.

Stay tuned to TUAW for a forthcoming hands-on review of the rukus XL.

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