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By Paul Vinuelas
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PowerShade

The World's First Solar Powered Umbrella

Powershade is a standard sized beach umbrella fitted with solar powered charging equipment to allow for constant power throughout the day.  Charge up to three (3) devices at a time!

PowerShade Feature Overview

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 Technical Specifications

  • Waveform: Modified Sine Wave
  • Peak power: 360w 
  • Rated Power: 100w, Max Power: 180w
  • Input Voltage Range: 11-15 VDC
  • Output Voltage Range: 110-120 VAC
  • USB port output : DC5V, 3.1A in all. One with 1A, the other with 2.1A special for Ipad
  • No Load Current Draw: Less than 0.2A
  • Over voltage shutdown: DC15V-16V, Low voltage shutdown: DC10V-11V 

Inspiration Behind PowerShade

I love going to the beach.  It is a place to relax and just have a good time with friends and family.  However, I don’t like to be "unplugged".  I love reading a book, listening to music or surfing the web while I am at the beach.  Up until now I would be lucky to get a couple of hours of enjoyment before the "low battery" message starts creeping up. 

With PowerShade I can enjoy a full day at the beach doing what I want, using the tech toys that relax me. It uses a simple, intuitive design to modernize the beach umbrella.

Evolution of PowerShade

The Team 


Paul Vinuleas | Founder

Paul Vinuelas
Paul Vinuelas

Paul has spent more than a decade building successful startups.  His experience has allowed him to pull together the top minds in the solar and design industries to give you PowerShade.  Over 3 years of research and development has been put into PowerShade.  Every detail has been meticulously designed and redesigned to maximize efficiency and simplicity. 

Alin Zanfirescu | Industrial Designer

Alin is a degreed Industrial Designer with 8 years product design experience for clients ranging from small start-ups to major brand names like Oster and Sunbeam. Alin's initial concept art served as the basis for the final engineered prototype design for PowerShade. Many of Alin's recent products are featured at www.CadModels.com

Shaun K. | Mechanical Engineer

Shaun is a degreed Product Designer with 20 years experience in Electro-Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Production of Consumer Products. The son of acclaimed Product Designer Sam Kjellman known for his work on the ‘74 Ford Mustang body design and many famous toy and game products for Parker Brothers, Shaun is cut from a similar cloth with numerous accolades of his own, one of which led to a patent for Maytag. Most recently, his work on the Bedjet product (www.bedjet.com) was featured on ABC's hit series Sharktank.  Coolbox is yet another success in an ever growing list of product releases.  For the past 12 years Shaun has been commercializing products with CadModels.com.

Risks and challenges

We have spent over 3 years developing this product are fully aware of the challenges and have ironed out all of the risks. The PowerShade team has extensive knowledge in supply chain management and manufacturing. All we need is our first order!

The funding goal was carefully calculated to make sure we have the following locked down:

Full Scale Manufacturing: The first run one is always the most difficult as there are quite a few initial costs to get manufacturing up and running. Tooling costs have already been worked out and designed. We will have the PowerShade in production within a matter of weeks after the campaign is finished.

Manufacturing: Our manufacturing partners produce only the highest quality components. We have additionally lined up secondary and tertiary partners should they not deliver everything that meets our strict quality standards.

Shipping: Shipping umbrellas can be quite expensive, however due to our Kickstarter sales volume will allow us to pass on saving to our customers.

Because we have everything so meticulously planned, PowerShade's production will not be an issue!

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Funding period

- (45 days)