Nice camping addition
Posted by Elliott J. Brecht, Ph.D. - 13 August 2018
As a Ranger for TheDyrt.com I sometimes get the opportunity to test out products and the highlight of my weekend at Cypress Glen Campground was playing around with the E.TUNES. â€œWhere there is Sun, there is endless fun!â€ Renogy's E.TUNES is a solar bluetooth speaker designed with portability and listening in mind. You're able to stream your music seamlessly anywhere via Bluetooth or connect your phone to the E.TUNES by using the provided AUX cord. Weighing in at less than two pounds, this compact, splash proof speaker can be easily carried by the included strap or carried in your backpack. With a dynamic frequency range, an enhanced bass, and 10 hours of playtime, your ears are in for a treat with this powerful sound system. The E.TUNES also comes equipped with a built-in solar panel for charging convenience and a side light with SOS mode in case of emergencies. The E.TUNES also doubles as a 5000mah Li-ion power bank to charge your phone.
â€¢ Layout of all of the options and the features themselves all easy to navigate.
â€¢ The sound quality is great, it amplifies loud, clear, and crisp. Even at the loudest volume, the sound is great.
â€¢ Seems like it's well construction. Although I thankfully haven't dropped yet to know one way or the other.
â€¢ The battery lasts surprisingly long. We kept it going at medium volume for about 5 hours with battery to spare for the next day.
â€¢ I love that it's water resistant but haven't left it out in a rainstorm to truly test it (and hopefully won't).
â€¢ The flashlight on it is also super bright.
â€¢ For backpacking it's pretty large and not as mobile friendly as I'd thought.
â€¢ The strap is a cool, although, as you can see in my video one of the snap rivets that doesn't grab right and just comes off with virtually any weight on it.
â€¢ Only seems to seat well on its feet on very flat surfaces. The base speakers are located on the backside where you'd expect to lay it on a table and the grooves are large on that backside allowing dirt or sand in it.
â€¢ If you want to charge other devices (i.e. phone) don't expect too much. It will drain the battery quickly to fully charge your phone.
Sorry folks, but I haven't sat there and watched it in order to tell how long it takes for the internal battery to charge on the integrated panel, but the indicator show that its doing its thing, flashing and lighting up more or less of them as it's charging or being used. Having the charging input is neat although the battery pack isn't sufficient for having a phone charging and the speaker going together for a very long time. If you personally have the option and can link to the alternative input with an addition solar charger panel that would definitely assist. (It worked for me!)
Overall, I like this speaker because the sound quality is good, and it does what it says so far. I like that unlike some of my other Bluetooth outdoor speakers I don't need to bring an extra battery pack just to charge it, thus making it perfect for a basecamp or pullup campground.
One last thought, I wish there was a volume up/down option on the speaker. It's a little inconvenient to adjust the volume when you put your phone away in your pack or pocket, so having the option to do it on the speaker would be ideal.
Renogy E.TUNES solar Bluetooth speaker
Posted by Scott k. - 13 August 2018
When searching for a bluetooth device for my weekend trecks in the mountains I kept coming up with the same problem, (charging) witch ment bringing extra battery chargers and then there is more weight, this won't do. Ok then I remembered that I seen the E-tune solar bluetooth speaker
at Renogy. So it rained all that weekend. Well so I decided to bring it to work and put the E-tune in the south facing window and it played all that day For 10 hrs and was still half full. What a great product at a great price. would recommend it to others. Keep up the good work, thank you Renogy team
Durable, multi-functional, and great sound!
Posted by Chanel C. - 13 August 2018
I am so in love with this speaker! The sound on it amplifies loud, clear, and crisp. Even at the loudest volume, the sound is great. The battery on it lasts surprisingly long. We kept it going at medium volume for about 5 hours with battery to spare for the next day. The solar panel is on the small side so it doesn't recharge that fast (that's to be expected), but it does just fine if you're only using it to play music. If you want to charge other devices (such as a phone) don't expect too much. It will drain the battery quickly to fully charge your phone. The speaker also comes with a strap which I attached to my backpack. This thing is durable! It was swinging around my pack, getting dropped to the ground, getting bumped against things as I hiked, and it can take a beating. I love that it's waterproof as well. I'm not going to water test it, but it held up fine to morning dew. The flashlight on it is also super bright. It came in handy when I was looking for items inside my tent at night.
Some cons: Although it's under 2 lbs, I still felt it was a little on the heavy side. Adding 2 lbs to my pack when backpacking is a lot of extra weight, but it's a great gadget that I find worth carrying around. The aux cord also isn't the best quality. I would stick to the bluetooth option. The aux cord has a lot of interference so the sound starts crackling. And if I'm just being picky, I wish there was a volume up/down option on the speaker. It's a little inconvenient to adjust the volume when I tuck my phone away in my pack, so having the option to do it on the speaker would be ideal.
Posted by Robert M. - 13 August 2018
Pros are that the sound quality is great, layout of all of the options and the features themselves all great. Seems like solid construction for the most part ... maybe a little thin walled ... haven't dropped yet to know one way or the other.
Cons- its pretty large and not as mobile friendly as id thought. The strap is a cool thought, but ours has one of the snap rivets that doesn't grab right and just comes off with virtually any weight on it. It also is vibrates quite a bit. Its very lightweight (which is a plus) but as such only seats well on its feet on very flat surfaces. the base is located on the backside where youd expect to lay it on a table and the grooves are large on that backside allowing dirt or sand in it. Also vibrates in that orientation despite feet being there. So far hanging it seems like the best non vibration option (unless you happen to have something like a magazine or clothes to lean it on) but as I said above our strap is only secure in one of the configurations.
I haven't used it enough to tell how long it takes for the battery to charge on the integrated panel ... but ive seen the indicator show that its doing its thing. Having the shore charging input is neat though and If its not sufficient for having a phone and speaker hooked together going for awhile I can link my 10W folding charger panel there to better assist. I'm not even entirely sure what the wattage is on the integrated panel but based on surface area it cant be more than 4W.
Overall I like it because the sound quality is good and it does what it says so far. For its size though I think the internal battery for your other devices could have been bigger too. But its all a cost thing ... 115 wasn't bad for what this is. Keep it up Renogy.