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Our mission was simple, we wanted to build the most long lasting and affordable way to power your LED lights while on the go. After 2 years of prototyping we have sourced the best components to put together a portable solar battery bank that is half the cost of leading brands. By offering a solar panel plug-in, we came up with a lighting system that can power your LED lights the entire night as well as charge your electronics every day as long as you have access to the sun and clear skies.

Whether you’re spending the weekend at a music festival or out in the wilderness on a hunting excursion, we have designed and built 4 different Watt Box’s with customizable options to suit anyone's lighting/energy needs. 

WHY US? 

Instead of putting all of our resources into reinventing the light-bulb, we chose to build the most suitable battery bank to power an already popular LED light rope.

By sourcing readily available components at wholesale prices and assembling them here locally at our warehouse, we can guarantee on-time delivery to our customers at the lowest cost possible. To make sure of that, we are putting a cap on our funding at $70K to limit the demand so we can stay realistic with our production capabilities. We know that there have been other projects in the pastthat have been months behind on their delivery goals and we don't want to be one of those campaigns.

Even though we’re not the first ones to come up with portable lighting/charging on the go, we are proud to say that our battery packs are designed to last more than a few days for the true off-the-grid camper. Other Kickstater projects only offer up to 2.5hrs of battery life to power their LED lights while we have tested ours to run for 5-24hrs on full brightness and lasting up to 20-72hrs on low lighting. (Excluding car battery option).

  • 10 watt RGB LED Flood Light
  • 150 RGB LED Light Rope w/ Music Controller
  • 150 RGB LED Light Rope w/ Bluetooth Controller

10 watt RGB LED Flood Light

Quick Specs:

  • Power:DC 12V 10W RGB flood light 
  • Includes remote control
  • 900 Lumen
  • Input Voltage: DC 12V; 
  • Life Span: >35,000 hours
  • Waterproof: IP65 (But can not put it in the water)

150 RGB LED Light Rope w/ Music Controller

Both Music & Bluetooth options come with the same 15ft 150 RGB LED light rope. We have lined the back of our LED light rope with a nylon ribbon to reinforce the strength so you can hang it wherever you want with the included Velcro cable ties. They are also IP65 rated waterproof so you don’t have to worry about them getting wet or falling in water.

IR Music Controller:  This Sound Sensitive RGB Controller picks up sound well when you have it near music or a speaker. Excellent way  to light up a party. Comes with 20 key remote and features 8 different light settings. 

  • Color: RGB Red Green Blue Flash SMD LED   
  • Working Voltage: DC 12V 
  • 36 Watts
  • 2010 Lumen
  • LED Quantity: 30 LEDs per meter, 150 LEDs in total 5 meters 

150 RGB LED Light Rope w/ Bluetooth Controller

  • Color: RGB Red Green Blue Flash SMD LED 
  • Working Voltage: DC 12V 
  • 36 Watts 
  • 2010 Lumen
  • LED Quantity: 30 LEDs per meter, 150 LEDs in total 5 meters 
actual photo taken of the Watt Box via long-exposure
actual photo taken of the Watt Box via long-exposure

Don’t want to wait for us to ship out your Watt Box until July? Would like to learn more about solar energy? Our blue prints will have all the information you need on how to build all of the Watt Box's shown below. Once our goal is reached, we will E-mail you a complete list of items you need and where to buy them along with an easy to use diagram that will show you exactly how to wire each component together. Our detailed drawings will also show you the hole sizes and where to place them on the tin tote. 

This is a great DIY project that will teach you the basics of how solar panels can be used to turn sunlight into reusable energy. Great for anyone with a little bit of know-how and curiosity.

example of schematic provided
example of schematic provided

Powered by 2 disposable 6v lantern batteries, this entry level Watt Box is the most affordable way to power your LED lights for 24+ hours. By keeping the design simple we came up with a portable way to bring your party lights with you whether it be to a pool party or music festival.

Batteries are not included but are easy to find at any department store at your camping/outdoor isle for under $5 a battery. Installing the batteries are as easy as opening the buckles from the tin tote, and sliding them into their appropriate terminal. By not including the batteries we are able to keep the shipping prices down for you as well as for us.

Quick Specs:

  • Powers 150 LED Rope Light for 24+ hrs on full brightness 
  • Powers LED Flood Light for 40+ hrs on full brightness 
  • Powered by 2 6v disposable lantern batteries
  • Dimensions: 6" X 6" X 3" 
  • Weight: 3lbs

Hook up your Watt Box Go to any car battery and get the largest capacity to charge our electronics and run your lights. If you have your car at your campsite or at a remote parking, you could hook up the Watt Box directly to your battery terminals and keep the party alive the entire night. The solar controller will prevent your battery from dipping below 50% to prevent damage to your battery and the optional 20 watt solar panels will make up for most the drainage from the previous night. (Make sure to bring some jumper cables just in case if you're using your car battery).

Quick Specs:

  • Powered by any car battery
  • Powers 150 LED Rope Light for 72+ hrs on full brightness
  • Powers LED Flood Light for 100+ hrs on full brightness
  • Optional inverter can power larger electronics 
  • Optional 20 watt solar panel (16" x 9.5" x 1")
  • Dimensions: 6" X 6" X 3" 
  • Weight: 3lbs

We have designed this battery pack around a 9ah lead acid battery that can be fully charged in 10-12 hrs in the sun. This version is only slightly larger than the Watt Box Mini but includes a solar panel and your choice of lighting. The included solar controller will make sure that the battery will get charged safely at a constant voltage, and the same time prevent complete drainage to maximize battery life. This version of the watt box will run your lights for 5hrs at full brightness and up to 15hrs on low. 

To keep the price as low as possible we have optioned out the possibility of adding a cigarette lighter socket. This will allow you to charge your phone up to 3-4 times or any similar device.

Quick Specs:

  • Fully charges in 10-12 hours in optimal sunlight
  • 20 WATT solar panel included (21" x 13.5" x 1")
  • 9ah SLA battery included
  • Powers LED Light Rope for 5+ hrs on full brightness
  • Powers LED Flood Light for 10+ hrs on full brightness
  • 3-4 charges for a Samsung S6 ( ~6 times for iPhone 5S)
  • Dimensions: 7.5" X 6" X 3"  
  • Weight: 4lbs

By choosing to go with 2 9ah lead acid batteries allowed us add a cigarette plug in for cellphone charging and at the same time doubling the length of time to power your lights. The battery could be completely charged in 10-12hrs with the included 20watt solar panel. This is great solution if you have a larger campsite. You could also double up the length of the rope light from 15' to 30' (expect power time to drop in half when doubling up).

Quick Specs:

  • Fully charges in 10-12 hours in optimal sunlight
  • 20 WATT solar panel included (21" x 13.5" x 1")
  • 2 9ah batteries in parallel (18ah) included
  • Powers LED Rope Light for 10+ hrs at full brightness
  • Powers LED Flood Light for 20+ hrs at full brightness
  • 7-8 charges for a Samsung S6 ( ~12 times for iPhone 5S)
  • Dimensions: 8.5" X 7" X 4"  
  • Weight: 6lbs

 Our Story

What began as duct taping a pair of batteries together, and alligator clipping them to a light rope at a popular Michigan music festival grew to become something much more. 2 years ago our group wanted a way to light our campsite with colorful LED lights that would stand out from all the other campsites. At the time there was no other way of powering the light ropes other than a battery pack comprised of 8 AA batteries, which would only power them for about 2 hrs. That's when we decided to try to wire 2 6v lantern batteries in series and see how long that would last us.  

The set-up worked so well that we were surprised to see that they powered the lights for all 3 days at 8 hours a night. Our site got so much attention that our neighboring sites began to ask us where they can buy one so last year we decided to make a trunk load of these battery packs and bring them to the festival.

Within 2 hours of the first day we were sold out and we knew we had something special that people wanted. That's why we are here on Kickstarter trying to raise enough overhead to invest in enough components at wholesale prices to last us our first production run. We would like to make the Watt Box available to anyone who wants to electrify their campsites.

Risks and challenges

We are very familiar with the production, shipping and delivery process. We have put together an experienced team that has built and supplied manufacturing solid products in the past as well as a strong customer service team. We've been through unexpected situations more than once, and we always go the extra distance to provide every customer with the best product and experience possible.

By sourcing readily available components at wholesale prices and assembling them here locally at our warehouse, we can guarantee on-time delivery to our customers at the lowest cost possible.

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    Get detailed instructions Emailed to you on how to put together a Watt Box on your own.

    Includes:
    ►Links to all purchased components
    ►Easy to read wiring schematic
    ►Detailed drawings on hole placements/sizes
    ►Assembly instructions with pictures

    (We'll be E-mailing out the Blueprints as soon as our goal is met)

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    ║WATT BOX MINI ☀
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    Includes:
    -Watt Box
    -12v 5.5mm DC Output
    -On/Off Switch
    -Tote Bag

    Add-ons:
    [+$15] ►2 6v Lantern Batteries
    [+$16] ►LED Flood Light w/ Remote
    [+$20] ►Music LED Rope Light
    [+$25] ►Bluetooth LED Rope Light

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    Includes:
    -Watt Box
    -Solar controller
    -12V Socket W/ USB Charger
    -Car Battery Clip-on Cables

    Add-ons:
    [+$16] ►LED Flood Light w/ Remote
    [+$20] ►Music LED Rope Light
    [+$25] ►Bluetooth LED Rope Light
    [+$35] ►110v Ac Power Inverter
    [+$45] ►20 W 12v Solar Panel

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    ║SOLAR WATT BOX I ☀
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    Includes:
    -Watt Box
    -9ah battery SLA Battery
    -10 watt solar panel
    -Solar controller
    -Tote Bag

    Add-ons:
    [+$10] ►12V Socket W/USB Charger
    [+$16] ►LED Flood Light w/ Remote
    [+$20] ►Music LED Rope Light
    [+$25] ►Bluetooth LED Rope Light

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    ║SOLAR WATT BOX II ☀
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    Includes:
    -Watt Box
    -2X 9ah battery SLA Batteries
    -20 watt solar panel
    -Solar controller
    -2V Socket W/USB Charger
    -Tote Bag

    Add-ons:
    [+$16] ►LED Flood Light w/ Remote
    [+$20] ►Music LED Rope Light
    [+$25] ►Bluetooth LED Rope Light

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