Over the last few weeks I’ve been listening to my iPod Touch tunes with a ruggedized solar-powered sound system — the Soulra. And this could be one solution to a problem I’ve had for a while now; how to take my music outside with me and not have to wear ear-buds or headphones to enjoy it.
We like to camp, so portability and rugged construction are important in the things we bring with us. This, and one key feature of the Soulra really caught my attention — the large solar panel on the device.
Essentially, the Soulra looks and acts like any portable sound system docking station. You plug your iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone into the dock and it plays music. But there’s much more to it than that:
Solar powered charging dock, compatible with iPod and iPhone. This is cool, especially when you’re camping or away from an AC outlet. The solar cell will keep the Soulra’s batteries charged as well as your iDevice.
According to the specs, the Soulra will play for about 4 hours at medium volume level on a full battery charge. Using AC it’ll take about 4 hours to recharge, and about 10 hours using the solar collector panel (depending on the brightness when charging, of course).
Rubber-sealed clear plastic cover for your iDevice keeps random splash or rain events out, and your device dry.
Rugged/rubberized case and aluminum body.Rubber coating absorbs minor bumps while also sealing the rest of the electronic innards from the same wet events.
Yep, this little device has an equally ruggedized remote control so you can change your music or volume without getting out of your lawn chair.
Given that it seems to be designed to be used outdoors, I found the Soulra sounded pretty good in my office. I liked the way I could dial up a Shoutcast station on my iPod Touch and stream music through it, or playback from my internal music collection. I can’t wait to see how it’ll work out in the field.
And, a bonus, as I write this, Future Shop has the Soulra on sale.[ad#Future Shop Post Attribution]