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soda can speaker

by Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat
Recycled
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Can Session

"Reuse it for music!" Trash Amps turns empty soda cans into funky, portable speakers for MP3 players and grab-and-go amplifiers for electric guitars and bases. By approaching recycling with a can do attitude, the company repurposes spent aluminum cans by imbedding the shell with a high-quality speaker, a cord and an adapter to turn your deceptive speaker into a rocking amp. Just pop the colorful, magnetic top and choose your setting, "chill" for mp3 players or "jam" for those impromptu band rehearsals. Includes 3 AAA Batteries for 40+ hours of music. Handmade in California.

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Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
20889
Made from
aluminum, wire, metal, cardboard, circuit board, paper, polypropylene, ABS plastic
Measurements
5" H x 2.6" dia. (standard 12 oz. soda can)
Notes
Change batteries when music becomes distorted, approximately 50 hours of use
  • the maker
Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam Wegner and Ron Sloat have always loved to create things with their hands. Even as kids, they were inventing things, most of which didn't work out exactly as planned.

After graduating from Cal Poly State University in 2009, Adam and Ron started Trash Amps, combining their passions for engineering, design, art, and music.

Besides wanting to make a cool product, Adam and Ron have always enjoyed the intersection of education and real life. They began visiting local schools to encourage kids towards sustainability, music, engineering, and education as a whole. "When you connect education with something kids already view as "cool," education becomes cool by association. If you can show kids the end goal of what they're learning now, you just might set them on track to start their own successful companies down the road," says Adam.

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TRASH AMPS SPEAKER
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (8)
  • Durable (5)
  • Fun to use (4)
  • Sleek design (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Anytime (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (7), Budget shopper (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (9), No (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

My teen's favorite Christmas gift

By 

from Northern NJ

About Me Midrange Shopper

Pros

  • Fun To Use
  • Good Sound
  • Portable
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime
    • In My Son's Room

    Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

    This little speaker outshined the used foosball table I'd scored for my 15 year-old this Christmas. He loves it so much, he's told his friends about UncommonGoods. He loves the sound and the look, and the portability.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Clever, stylish and just plain ol' cool!

    By 

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Use
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime

      Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

      I bought this as a gift for my son who is a music fanatic and also a challenging-to-please sort of person. He immediately thought it was a cool piece of equipment. He got it set up with his iPod and we listened to Christmas and other music throughout the day while we celebrated Christmas. A very fun and functional little piece of technology in my opinion.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Very cool!

      By 

      from massachusetts

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Fun To Use
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anytime
        • Christmas
        • Parties

        Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

        This thing is really cool and very customizable. It has great sound and the can really adds bass to the sound. A little pricy for me but a really unique product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Great 10 year wedding present

        By 

        from Bremerton, wa

        About Me Budget Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Durable
        • Festive
        • Fun To Use
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anytime

          Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

          This was a anniversary gift for my husband, it was our tin year (10th), this made a great unique gift for a guy. He has really enjoyed it.

          Service and delivery comments:

          This was a anniversary gift for my husband, it was our tin year (10th) he has really enjoyed the speaker, it is a really great product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Anniversary

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Killer!

          By 

          from Rock Island, IL

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great sound
          • Sturdy
          • Unique
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bit pricey
          • Smaller Than Expected

          Best Uses

            Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

            Fast shipping, sounded GREAT, came with batteries (which are not always included anymore), gave to my son for his 21st birthday and he loved it! Plus it's green. And it cranked - sounded awesome!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Don't throw this one away!

            By 

            from Sarasota, FL

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sleek Design
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use

              Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

              This was a gift for my Dad. He loves music and loves to take it with him without using headphones. I thought this was a really unique idea using recycled materials and made by people in the good old USA! I like that you can change the can or even put it inside a handmade Chinese to go container. The sound is great and it looks cool too.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Prompt delivery and arrived in excellent condition

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Perfect for a Teenage Boy!

              By 

              from Lewisburg Tn

              About Me Budget Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

                  Shopping for my 15yr old son is so challenging. But he LOVED this. It looks cool, sounds GREAT!, and is a conversation starter. His backpack has a space for a water bottle, so he sticks in in there and can share his music while waiting at sports meets and at lunch or after school. Plus it just looks so cool while at the same time encouraging an earth-friendly attitude! I highly recommend this product. We haven't had it long enough to comment on battery life or long-term resistance to being banged around but so far so good!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Grandson says it is awesome.

                  By 

                  from ohio

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

                        Happy with product

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        Comment on this review

                         
                        1.0

                        Not what I expected...

                        By 

                        from Delaware

                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Sleek Design
                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Bad sound
                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

                          I was excited to find this gift for my sister. I bought it originally for her to use in her car as substitute speakers for the car. However, when I opened the package, it was hard to figure out how to use it. Then, when I tried it with my iPod, it didn't even make sound. I then changed the batteries (which it tells you to do if the sound is warped - which it was)...that didn't work! I'm extremely disappointed with this purchase and sent it back.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Jammin to the Blues with my Trash Amps

                          By 

                          from Virginia Beach, VA

                          About Me Midrange Shopper

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • From recycled products
                          • Great sound quality
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                          • Battery Power only
                          • Needs solar power option

                          Best Uses

                          • Wherever you need tunes

                          Comments about TRASH AMPS SPEAKER:

                          Was looking for a portable speaker for a while. Found the Trash Amps and the search was over. I love this speaker!! All my friends want one too!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          Q and A

                          When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                          409votes, 81 comments

                          Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                          We think this just might be one of the coolest ways to repurpose an aluminum can out there. Do you think the Trash Amp rocks?


                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I think this is a great way to repurpose old soda cans! While I hate loud music and cannot play an instrument for my life I am a recycling freak and this is perfect for me to give as a gift! (My older brother plays electric guitar and I am always nagging on him to recycle so this would be perfect!) While the price is a little steep I think it's a very unique gift for any music addict.

                          Jamie
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Way cool!

                          Juli
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Love it... very clever!!

                          Seneca
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very cute idea!

                          Adam
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          These portable speakers are totally awesome and perfect for Uncommon Goods! Trash Amps are both sustainable and hand-made; what more could you want from a cool little speaker? Reuse It For Music!

                          Mari
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Great gift idea

                          Jenna
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          These comments seem so excited about reusing a can, but look at how many batteries this uses!!!! Three batteries for only 20 hours of music? Figure out a way to solar charge the can and you've got yourself a product. Right now I think this is a prototype that needs more work. But it is a product on the right track. Maybe choose a picture that matches your catalogue's style if you're going to go with this waste creating product though.

                          Catherine
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Only a thumbs up because I'm so keen on recycling; however it's a bit overpriced.

                          NM
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I agree with the previous posting about the waste coming from the number of batteries needed to power this. a Solar panel or something of that sort would take this to a better level of "green" fun.

                          michelle
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          great idea but I think they need to improve it more to keep up with the high cost

                          judith
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          way too expensive

                          Alyssa
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I like it - but it's too expensive for what is essentially a novelty item

                          judy

                          overpriced it needs 3 batteries. why can't it work off the power of the mp3?

                          carol
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          looks like someone is trying toooo hard

                          Kay
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          I totally agree with Jenna and others. Too many batteries to offset the recycling effort.

                          Marie
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I think the idea is great, but they need to figure out a way to charge it as opposed to keep using batteries... not very helpful in recycling.

                          DeAnna
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I love that you can use it for electric guitars and basses! This would be a good gift for my fiance!

                          Andrea
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          The cigarette box amp is way cooler - this artwork on this is just too cheesy.

                          Jane
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          It just pretends to be kind to the environment.

                          Amanda
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Fun concept, but overpriced and the batteries are a real issue

                          josie
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          ridiculous

                          Erin
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I love my trash amp! Makes a great christmas gift!

                          Alan
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I really want this for Christmas! Please carrry this!!!!

                          Lisa
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          I'm totally with Jenna on this one!A. If you're truly into recycle/reduce/reuse - it would indeed be solar-powered or rechargeable in some way.B. Half-assed looking "graffiti" graphics? Really??!? Does it also come in a Forty size?? Come on, Uncommon Goods - you're better than that.

                          Susan
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          $55 bucks, 3 batteries and only 20 hours? I wonder how long the batteries last by themselves.

                          Laura
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          I have to agree with other people's comments. At first it seemd utterly cool but the thought about how much batteries. Plus, the price is too much!!

                          Kelley
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Priced a bit high. Wish can noT painted- left to look more like pop if even a fake brand. Even better would be a kit that would allow a user to convert their own can into a speaker

                          Kelli
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is a pretty cool idea! Made in the U.S. is a HUGE selling point (for me)... and they include batteries? Awesome.

                          ann marie
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          junk for $55

                          Lizzie
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          WHY??? There are so many different kinds of speakers available these days that are much more attractive AND much less expensive. If you want to recycle cans, there are a million other ways to do so.

                          Ed
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          perfect4trash metal

                          Nina
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          There are other products out there that use found objects, are rechargeable, and are way less expensive

                          Sam
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Hey guys, 20 hours is much more than most portable speakers you'd find at an electronics store. People like sharing music with friends, so they might as well get in the mindset of reuse. Recharable batteries aren't as powerful as disposable, and you eventually throw them away. Solar doesn't give enough power. If you want a loud portable speaker, 3 AAA batteries are they way to go.

                          Gloria
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          People are talking about how this would be cool with solar... nice idea, but study up a bit! Do you have any idea how much surface area would be required to power a little speaker like this? It's way different than charging a cell phone, for example. Thats all you need is a HUGE solar panel to go with your extremely sleek and PORTABLE speaker... This product is extremely compact, portable, and apparently loud - that's the point I think. Hopefully someday solar technology will advance and be able to power little gadgets like this someday tho...

                          Josiah
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Um to everyone who thumbed down... you can use recharable batteries (for those who care about the environment, that's your best choice!). Try to find another portable speaker for guitar/ipod that uses a recyclable housing or a "better power source" on the go...you won't! And you can customize all of it!

                          Ira
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Heard this at a local mall. Amazing sound from a small recycled can!

                          john
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          that is truly and uncommon good. I want.

                          john
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          what a great idea

                          john
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          very cool.

                          greg
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          It really is pretty awesome sound quality.

                          Kylene
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Interesting concept... skeptical about the sound it will put out, but also agree with Jenna concerning the batteries (it might be a recycled can but think about all those batteries that it will use that will stick around for decades)...

                          Kim
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Cool product that definitely fits in at Uncommon Goods. Great way to get people thinking about ways to reuse and excited about recycling!

                          Al
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          The Trash Amps Can is a great practice amp for guitar players like me.

                          gabby
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          super legit product with awesome clarity and sound! You can set it down and it actually stays in place unlike many portable speakers that often roll around or fall over. Awesome engineering guys!

                          John
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Great environmentally friendly product

                          nancy from Watsonville
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I own one of these and absolutely LOVE it! If you don't have an ipod jack in your car this fits the bill. Great for traveling and jam sessions as my musician friend Max tells me. He tried to steal mine, he said the quality was outstanding. This is a great small company too.

                          Dan
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          The sound from the Trash Amp is way better than cheaper speakers. It's cool, it's portable, and it works great.

                          denise
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          clever KId would love this!!

                          Nima
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Will be a great gift for Christmas and birthdays

                          AL.Sanchez
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          My family really enjoys the trash amp. The girls take it with them to all their games. They really enjoy hearing music during warm ups and in between games on tournament weekends. This is a great gift at a decent price and I am very happy with my purchase. FYI rechargeable batteries are the best way to go.

                          Mark
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Designed and built by former students of mine. Great Idea, and they sound great too.

                          Rudy
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          There's nothing stopping you from using your own rechargeable batteries with the Trash Amp, it's really your choice. I looked at their "official video" on YouTube, and the batteries are just on the bottom, not built in, so rechargeable batteries are totally an option. Plus if you're camping or backpacking and it needs new batteries, you won't have a place to recharge, so having the OPTION is good. And people are complaining about the price - including rechargeable batteries would only increase the price - you can't have it all you naive tree huggers!

                          Scott
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I have had multiple trash amps throughout the last couple years ranging from original prototypes to the most current up to date models, and all I can say is that Adam, the owner of Trash Amps, is purely in it for the love of his hobby. These are extremely high quality and I turn heads every where I with it. This is certainly a must buy product.

                          Cyn
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Finally a creative gift for all those people I have trouble shopping for on my holiday list! Great idea!

                          Betsy

                          This is a great, creative and very cool product!

                          Pat
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          The sound is awesome!

                          Brenda

                          This is an awesome product. I found it last Christmas at a mall in the SF Bay Area and bought 12 of them as gifts. Everyone who received one wanted to know where to find it. Most of those people went online and bought multiples. I wish I had bought more; I kept thinking of people to give it to. From 10 year old grandchildren to 65 year old travelers - it works for all. It sounds great,it's fun,it's not just a novelty, and it's all recycled. Love it.

                          Howard
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          It's amazing how many places you can use these. I think it's a great product and very inovative. Hat's off!

                          Jeanne
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Cleaver idea! Very creative. Environmentally friendly.

                          Michele
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Fantastic, Ingenious, and EARTH-FRIENDLY item. LOVE IT!

                          Daron
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I know the guy who invented this! He is the most creative, outside-the-box person I know! Who thinks of this!?

                          michael

                          really fun portable music.. they work great with electric guitars when you're traveling somewhere and don't want to tote your amp!

                          Patricia
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          This thing looks like it would eat up batteries like crazy. Maybe an AC adapter that charged a rechargable cell would make this worth it.

                          Heather
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Looks sort of "generic" to cost so much. Plus, thats a lot of batteries!

                          Dan
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I could see this turning any outdoor hangout, like a campfire or day at the park, into a great jam session. I always feel like having tunes around keeps the outdoor party atmosphere groovin

                          Marguerite
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is just way too cool!

                          nancy
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Gave Trash Amps for Christmas

                          Eric
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is a great product, I've been using mine for over a year! For those who complain about using three AAA batteries and creating waste... BUY SOME RECHARGEABLE ONES if you're so high and mighty about going green...

                          Marc

                          We bought one of these and are sending with my daughter to school. She can't wait to show it off to new friends. It's a great item!

                          Kris
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Awesome product that you can use at work, school or camping. We are planning to buy our 2nd Trash Amp soon.

                          My
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          What Jenna said.

                          Karen
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Great sound -perfect

                          Thea
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          everyone should have them. need more details tho.

                          Kiki
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Does it really work?? If so then cool beans!

                          Joye
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          My trash amp has save many a party, weather I'm just playing tunes through my phone or plugging into my guitar. Cool to use on the beach too! There aren't many other portable speakers that will last at the beach all day without plugging into a power source. Most I-pod speakers last only about 4 hours before they need to be recharged.

                          Amy
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Wow! Crazy cool idea. I am impressed!

                          Marilyn
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          I agree with Jenna that adding solar power would make it worth it.

                          Stacey
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is wonderful! Recycling and upcycling...Winner!Use rechargable batteries dear people...Carry this!

                          Ashley

                          Great product! I have gifted many Trash Amps and people love it!

                          Rouel

                          This is an amazing product for portable mp3 use or soft to medium-volume electric guitar. I like to take it with me wherever I go, especially on vacation.

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