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PR Log - Dec 12, 2012 - SAN FRANCISCO -- Off-Grid Solutions introduces its most innovative product, the WakaWaka Personal Solar Power Station, POWER. Building on the original design, the WakaWaka POWER is thinner, lighter featuring the Sunpower Solar cell, Intivation power management technology and triple the battery power of the previous version – All while delivering up to 60 lumens of bright, safe solar light for 100 hours on an 8 hour charge.
On less efficient solar panels you can see the “grid” on the front. The new patented technology by Sunpower, places the metal contacts on the back side of the solar cells providing more area to collect sunlight. Increased solar collection and optimize energy conversion results in more sunlight turned into energy faster.
The new design delivers a much softer more elegant profile than the previous version. Much thinner with rounded corners the WakaWaka POWER will be easily placed in purses and briefcases around the world. Despite the compact size, OGS was able to triple the battery capacity and overall output. At 2200 mAh LiPo, the battery can deliver 10 hours of powerful reading light and charge your cell phone the same day. Used as a light, a single charge will deliver 100 hours of bright reading light.
“With the growth in mobile unit devices, there is a need in the world to have a reliable, efficient, portable device that ensures that you will always have power at your fingertips,” said Camille Van Gestle, OGS founder. “We’ve dramatically upgraded the WakaWaka POWER with the finest solar panel on the market today producing 20% more power than any other unit.”
Consumer feedback has guided the development of the WakaWaka Power unit to meet the needs of the military, disaster prep, emergency services as well as everyday use. Water resistant and made from the finest materials, the WakaWaka Power is well suited to be the premier Personal Solar Power Station worldwide. The WakaWaka POWER is the culmination of many months of design to create a product that would be a fashionable, yet powerful tool for everyday use.
Pricing & Availability
Kickstarter is the premier crowd sourcing site on the Internet today. OGS has been very successful introducing new product innovations on Kickstarter and returns with the introduction of POWER Starting on December 12, 2012, visitors to the WakaWaka POWER Kickstarter launch will be able to pre-order the units in either yellow or black. The suggested retail price for the WakaWaka POWER is $79.00. During the pre-sale Kickstarter event, visitors can purchase the WakaWaka Power for as little as $50.00/unit. The pre-sale funds provided by the kickstarter campaign will ensure that the new design will be ready for retail deployment in Q1 2012. When released in Q1, The WakaWaka Power will be available through Amazon, WakaWaka4light.com and through local retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
For each WakaWaka Power pre-ordered through Kickstarter, we will donate a WakaWaka Classic (version 1.0 with lights only) to Haiti. Today, two years after the devastating earthquake in 2010, 1.2 million families live in complete darkness, without any electricity, heavily dependent on toxic, expensive and extremely dangerous kerosene lamps. During the course of their life, more than a million people Haitians, and mostly kids, will be severely burned as a result of accidents with these lamps.
“More important, we plan to develop a fully sustainable eco-system that enables the people of Haiti to play a significant role in their own economic recovery,” stated Van Gestle. “We want to make available to the Haitian people micro-financing so all can afford lighting and charging capabilities, funding and education for energy entrepreneurs as well as lights for school children to improve their education. We seek to offer a hand up not a hand out. Working together, we can make this happen in the first quarter of 2013.”
About Off-Grid Solutions Founded in 2011, Off-Grid Solutions (OGS) develops, engineers, manufactures and markets the most efficient lighting and phone charging solar based products for consumers worldwide under the registered brand name “WakaWaka” (which means ‘shine bright’ in Swahili). Initially funded through US based Kickstarter, WakaWaka has received interest from over 75 countries from around the globe. In 2011 OGS made a pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative to distribute at least 1 million WakaWaka’s in the next few years and educate a similar number of students in becoming ‘Climate Heroes’. Heads of state and celebrities are starting to rally behind WakaWaka, supporting it’s mission to light up the planet with safe, reliable and affordable lighting. Digital Concepts 2.0 is the exclusive distributor of WakaWaka in the U.S.