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You get a great Adventure & Emergency light, and Makers4Good uses ALL profits to send light and power to people in need.
You get a great Adventure & Emergency light, and Makers4Good uses ALL profits to send light and power to people in need.
You get a great Adventure & Emergency light, and Makers4Good uses ALL profits to send light and power to people in need.
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HELIO: Solar Light & Powerbank for Adventures & Emergencies

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Pre-order HELIO on Indiegogo, or visit us at HELIO.energy.

Makers4Good presents...

HELIO is an ultra-efficient source of light and power. 100% Solar, 100% Heart. HELIO is great for camping, hiking, emergencies, gazebos, use as a night light, stargazing... or wherever your adventures may take you.

HELIO is based on a simple idea: to design a solar light and power source we could use for adventures and emergencies, and that others in need would use daily.

Makers4Good believes that everyone should have access to safe light and power, so 100% of profits from HELIO will be used to provide light and power to those with limited access to electricity.

Let your adventures help others.

 

Dimensions

 

Exact details may change as development of HELIO continues. The specifications below reflect current plans.

 

 

 

 

I created my first Kickstarter campaign in 2011, and HELIO is my sixth project on Kickstarter. In order to ensure HELIO will be another fantastic product, Makers4Good has assembled a team extremely experienced in electronic product design and manufacturing. Members of our team have built products for Apple, Intel, Google, Microsoft, HP, and Sony. Many individuals and companies have donated their time to help this project succeed.     

We plan to unlock the following product enhancements and additional nonprofit support as we reach key campaign targets. Help us spread the word and keep the goodness coming! If you have ideas for other stretch goals, please let us know in the comments.

  • UNLOCKED AT $80,000: wall-mounting hardware and wrist strap. We reached this goal! We will add hardware for mounting your HELIO to any surface, and a handy carrying strap.
  • UNLOCKED $100,000: cloth carrying pouch.  We reached this goal as well! We will add a cloth carrying pouch to each shipment.

 

Watch your email after the campaign to choose your color!

All profits from each purchase of HELIO—during and after this campaign—will support nonprofit organizations through our Share Light program. These nonprofit partner organizations have provided solar light and energy through a variety of solutions to those in need for the last six years. We have worked with each of them over the last year to learn from their deep in-the-field experience about the needs of those living in regions without reliable energy access.

These nonprofit partners, together with you and HELIO, will bring solar light and energy right where it is needed most.

There are over a billion people worldwide who use candles, kerosene, or wood to light up their lives. These fuels are expensive, dangerous, and make it almost impossible for children to study and to achieve their full potential.

Our three Share Light partners each focus on helping different regions, and our backers can choose which nonprofit will receive their support.

The Global BrightLight Foundation (GBL) provides practical, affordable solar energy solutions to rural communities in Peru and Guatemala that currently lack access to electricity. Makers4Good support will fund and expand their Light a Village program for families in Guatemala. Details on this program are available on GBL's site.

Lalafofofo is a community-based organization raising youth in rural Kilimanjaro out of poverty; and inspiring & challanging American youth to contribute to innovative, real-world, cross-national solutions.

"Light up Tanzania” a Lalafofofo program, in collaboration with Last Mile and Makers4Good, provides solar-powered LED lights to Tanzanian communities living in extreme poverty and 12-hour stretches of darkness.

One Million Lights (OML) distributes thousands of solar lights yearly to people in rural communities with no access to electricity as a safe, clean, affordable alternative to kerosene lamps.

Makers4Good’s and HELIO’s support for OML will provide solar lights to students in the Bopolu Distict, Gbarpolu County in Liberia. We have worked together before on this buy-one-give-one program.

The following nonprofits are also helping to support our mission of bringing safe energy to the world.

Help us by sharing HELIO with your friends!

Know someone who would love HELIO? Help us spread the word by sharing on your social media accounts! Sharing is caring. ❤️

 

This project is promoted by Jellop, a direct­ response online advertising agency specializing in Kickstarter campaigns on Facebook Ads and Google AdWords.
This project is promoted by Jellop, a direct­ response online advertising agency specializing in Kickstarter campaigns on Facebook Ads and Google AdWords.

 

Risks and challenges

Our team has delivered in the past and we expect to do so again. Our team has successfully shipped over 10,000 Kickstarter reward units to happy backers since 2011. We understand the logistics involved in shipping rewards to backers at scale, and we will communicate along the way.

We have been designing HELIO for two years, and working prototypes built in March, May, July, and August have incorporated all the features we plan to ship. We are testing prototypes now for reliability and robustness. We have already sourced and placed on order for the long lead-time parts we'll need for the first production run.

Of course, things can go worse than planned at the factory, with our testing, or in shipping to the US. For example, maybe all the needed batteries will unexpectedly get bought by Tesla.

We are ready to tackle these challenges and we hope to improve HELIO with your input along the way.

HELIO is our best product yet, and the most mature project we have put on Kickstarter. We believe HELIO & Makers4Good will improve the world: starting with your adventures, and with others' basic energy needs.

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    Every backer helps us. Please tell your friends about HELIO.

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    1 HELIO For Evangelists

    A very limited reward for backers who spread the word about HELIO. Share us on your favorite social media accounts, tell your adventurous friends, or post a tip about HELIO on your favorite blog. These backers will also be thanked on our Web site.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 54% off the expected $99 retail price.

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    1 HELIO for Early Backers

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 47% off the expected $99 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    1 HELIO for Early Backers

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 50% off the expected $99 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    1 HELIO for Early Backers

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 47% off the expected $99 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    1 HELIO for Early Backers

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 45% off the expected $99 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    1 HELIO for Kickstarter

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 1 HELIO unit in any color!

    This pledge is 42% off the expected $99 retail price.

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    Double Pack - 2 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 2 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 45% off expected $198 retail price. 

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    Double Pack - 2 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Any color HELIO you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 2 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 45% off expected $198 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    Family Pack - 4 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Get four HELIO units in any color you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 4 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 47% off the expected $396 retail price. 

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    Family Pack - 4 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Get four HELIO units in any color you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 4 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 52% off the expected $396 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    Family Pack - 4 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Get four HELIO units in any color you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 4 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 47% off the expected $396 retail price. 

    —Free shipping in the U.S.

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    Mega Pack - 10 HELIOs

    Kickstarter exclusive deal. Get ten HELIO units in any color you want! You choose how your light will help the world.

    Includes 10 HELIO units in any color!

    This pledge is 50% off the expected $990 retail price.

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    Share 30 HELIOs with a Nonprofit

    You can choose any nonprofit that provides energy or light to regions in need, and we send them thirty HELIO units. We will include a personal message from you.

    Included:

    • 30 HELIO units delivered to a nonprofit you choose.

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Funding period

- (50 days)