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Eton's Rukus Rugged: A nifty little solar-charging speaker

This compact $99 Bluetooth speaker has a splash-resistant design and fully charges in directly sunlight in around 5 hours.

The $99.99 wedge-shaped Eton Rukus Rugged is due to ship in a few months (click image to enlarge). David Carnoy/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Eton has unveiled a few different solar charging Bluetooth speakers here in Las Vegas. Earlier we highlighted the Rokus XL, but here's a closer look at the Rugged Rukus, the company's more compact model, which is due to hit stores in the next few months for $99.99.

The lightweight Rugged Rukus has a splashproof rubberized exterior, a 20-square-inch solar panel and a USB port for charging cell phones.

The internal lithium ion battery gives you about 8 hours of audio streaming via its wireless Bluetooth connection and it takes about 5 hours to charge in full sun (you can charge it much more quickly with the included AC adapter).

You're not going to get a ton of bass with this speaker, but it's lightweight and quite portable, with loops for strapping it to a backpack. We'll have a full review when it ships later this year.

The speaker has a solar panel on top for charging in direct sunlight. David Carnoy/CNET

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