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VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals

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With under 8 days to go, the WakaWaka Compact Solar Power Station (say that 3 times fast) has wildly exceeded its Kickstarter goals of $50,000 with 3,556 backers pledging a total of $243,258 and growing.

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WakaWaka Power charges virtually any smart phone or tablet

First, there was WakaWaka, the world's most efficient solar LED lamp, successfully lauched through Kickstarter last year. After many requests we are proud to present to you the WakaWaka Power, capable of charging practically any type of (smart) phone: iPhone5, Blackberry, Samsung, you name it. And... tablets as well.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalshigh efficiency sunpower solar cell & USB in connector

Mobility is what our lives are all about these days. We use flexible workspaces, travel for fun, pleasure and work and unfortunately we're a lot on the run, so much to do. How inconvenient is it when your iPhone or iPad dies on you again, right in the middle of that conversation you wanted to finish today.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalsworking prototype

You need back-up power if you don't want to be slowed down by your device. Solar chargers are becoming increasingly popular, but most are still bulky and really many of them, if you tried any, really don't work that well, especially in the winter or on overcast days.

The WakaWaka Power is a pocket size mini power station with super efficient solar cells and a power management system which ensures efficiencies which are up to 200% better than any other product in the market. Apart from charging your smart phone, WakaWaka Power is also a light source which can provide you with more than 40 hours of excellent reading light (on a single day solar charge!).

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalsyellow is the WakaWaka signature color (this is a proto)
VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalsblack edition - 3D rendering

Specifications

Don't underestimate The Power

Place WakaWaka Power in direct sunlight for a whole day and you will notice that the battery will be completely full, even if you live in New York or Seattle (where the intensity of the sun is far less than in Texas). The capacity of the battery is large enough to fully power most mobile phone from completely depleted, to practically full. On top of this, you will have 10 or more hours of excellent reading light as well. If you don't charge your phone or tablet, as said before, you can have more than 40 hours of light.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalsprototype actually charging an iPad

We calculated that a fully charged WakaWaka will give you at least 2 hours extra surf & work time on your iPad (on full brightness). Just enough to finish that movie, send some mails in the train or bus or plane.

Top engineers

WakaWaka Power is engineered by a top team at Intivation. They are the creators of the chip which made WakaWaka the most efficient solar lamp in the world today. Their technology is used in over 90% of the solar powered mobile phones in the world, including well known brands. So... we're working with experts in the field! And because they simply love what we are doing with WakaWaka, they are supporting us all the way. Thanks Guys!

LED's LED's LED's explain what happens...

WakaWaka Power has:

  • LED's to show you that your WakaWaka is charging in the sun
  • LED's to show you how full your WakaWaka battery is
  • LED's to tell you that your mobile phone is charging
  • LED's to light up your life when the grid fails us again

A lot of our backers asked us for indicator LED's, so we decided to add a few here and there. They're not only functional, they also look cool.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals
VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals

WakaWaka Best in Class

We have claimed before that WakaWaka is the best solar lamp in the world. Recently we received an independent 3rd party test report where we compared a number of brands. First the lab depleted the batteries completely by keeping them switched on for as long as it took to deplete them. Than they were all placed together outside in the sun from sunrise until sunset (test was done in the UK same latitude as Calgary). So they all got the same amount of light. The report came with the figure below which 'says it all'

Take a look and I will explain.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals

On the left is the amount of light produced. You see that actually 4 other lights start off with much higher light output than WakaWaka, more than you need for reading a book, or lighting up a room. You also notice that practically all lights drop to nearly zero output within roughly 4 hours. The only exceptions is the dotted light blue one (which is almost twice as expensive) and the 2 WakaWaka samples. The WakaWaka's lasted 7, respectively 8 hours on a single days solar charge, before it switched to its 10% energy saving mode (the horizontal line at the bottom), indicating a low light output for several more hours, enough to keep you from bumping your head in complete darkness and it actually still allows you to read.

The graph shows that WakaWaka works in fact twice as long on a steady output than all of its direct competitors tested here (whom we all wish the best of course). If it shows we're proud of this, you're right. We are. I can't wait to do a stress test comparison to compare life expectancy... WakaWaka is really one of kind.

Where are we now?

WakaWaka Power is now in prototype phase. Much further than we were with the first WakaWaka when we launched on Kickstarter last year. We learned a lot from the first version, but the 2.0 version requires more components and more complex programming. Programming? Oh yes... you have no idea what goes into the chip which controls the power management inside.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals

With your support we can connect WakaWaka to your smart phone, tablet and MP3 player. We have already selected the factory where we will manufacture the WakaWaka Power. As a matter of fact, I have already been there!

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goalsmodular design

With your contribution you can help us fund the tooling, design costs and most of the programming costs. Also it will help us placing a first significant component order so we can get the anticipated price level.

VIDEO WakaWaka Power: Compact Solar Power Station & Light Blasts Through Kickstarter Goals