There are a lot of portable speakers out on the market for the iPhone and iPod touch, but none that make the design and environmental statements that Eton delivers with their SoulraXL Solar Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone. Equipped with 8 speaker drivers pushing 22 watts (2 woofers, 2 tweeters, and 4 passive radiators) for solid, full ranged sound output, Eton allows you to cut the cord and go fully green using the 72 square inch enhanced monocrystal solar panel to charge its lithium-ion battery pack.
Depending on the sun intensity, it takes roughly 5 hours to fully charge the SoulraXL battery, which will then give you 5 hours of playback (depending on how hard you’re cranking that bass, of course). As a bonus, you can use the SoulraXL to charge your iPod or iPhone with some extra juice when you’re not playing your tunes, delivering a full charge in as little as 4 hours.
I love the design of the SoulraXL, looking like a futuristic version of my old boom-box from years ago. The iPhone/iPod is displayed front and center behind an anti-glare tinted chamber. The available remote control allows you to change music from a distance, or you can just use the buttons on the top of the system. There’s a separate audio-line input for when you want to connect any other audio source (I’m looking at you, Droids), and it will even go into a power saving mode after you stop the music to keep the battery from draining if you walk away without turning it off.