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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 15 2018 3:49 PM UTC +00:00.

$16,542
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
56
backers
23days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 15 2018 3:49 PM UTC +00:00.

What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

More often, we see the uncontrollable tragedies of natural disasters around the world on our computer screen and mobile phones. Puerto Rico recently felt the wrath of Hurricane Maria, as many have been quoted as being without power for almost one year. Natural disasters like these, and Hurricane Sandy, and so many others inspired entrepreneur Anne Griffin to find a solution.

She saw an immediate demand for a safe product to provide both light and power to charge cell phones and tablets--knowing that in times of disaster, access to communication and visibility could truly save lives. Thinking further, Anne knew there must be an "SOS Mode" to send powerful light that can cut through the elements. 

Enter: Solar Foldy. A family of electronics harnessing the Sun’s renewable energy to produce light and charging power, anywhere in the world. Its sleek patent-pending folding design allows Solar Foldy to slip easily into your pocket. It's a personal, portable powered-by-the-Sun light and charging device, whenever you need it most.

Solar Foldy provides a way to make solar power personal with portable multi-functional solar devices that use the renewable energy of the Sun to bring relief and aid, whenever and wherever light and power is needed. Our family of products are designed to assist in the every day, join you on those great adventures, and be a tool to keep your devices activated, should crisis occur.

Solar Foldy Features:

  • USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices
  • Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal)
  • Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful

Meticulously designed to be:

  • Sleek and stylish 
  • Affordable 
  • Water resistant 
  • Lightweight 
  • Durable 
  • Pocket-sized 
  • Foldable 
  • Equipped with "SOS Mode"

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Risks and challenges

Even the most thought-out plans will have unforeseen issues. For the past 15 years, we have worked with our dedicated team of engineers to develop a product we’re ready to stand behind. Countless prototypes of the Solar Foldy have been developed and tested in real life situations. They exceeded our performance expectations--and we even have the original model, still intact!

Our biggest challenge will be production and cost, as we desire to have the product made in the United States, which comes with added costs, when compared to overseas pricing models.

Competition is always a factor in launching a new product--but without it, this business wouldn't be so exciting! We are aware that similar products have been produced, and our features differ a bit (charging plug-ins, lumen output, etc), but our intentions in creating this product was, and always will be, to support disaster relief. Our goal is to fund the project so we can produce the Solar Foldy and send our products to countries experiencing natural disasters that devastate infrastructure. To that point, we have already connected with the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and many of the top disaster relief agencies to learn how to send and distribute products after our campaign is funded.

The timing is right, as hurricane season now upon us, leaving thousands without power as each disaster strikes. Though we can’t control the weather, we believe our product will make all the difference in times of need. To aid in our efforts, we’ve included incentives that allow us to send backers a Solar Foldy, while also providing one to organizations that are supporting current relief efforts.

Please feel free to share your concerns with us, and rest assured we will inform all backers of any unexpected shortages or delays. Looking forward to much success with you all and the Kickstarter Community! Thank you!

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    Thank you!

    We are grateful for your support! Every dollar helps to manufacture Solar Foldy. You are officially one of the founders of Solar Foldy and have signed up for our newsletter, so you can stay current on the latest news!

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    Thanks so much for lending a hand! You will receive a surprise thank you card from Solar Foldy founder, Anne Griffin!

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    Charge Ahead T-Shirt

    "Limited Edition" Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) T-Shirt.

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    Solar Foldy: Early Bird!

    You’re the first to own the Solar Foldy! Featuring USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you!

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    "Limited Edition" Solar Foldy Tote + Moss-Colored Pigment Dye Cap with Custom Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) Embroidered Patch.

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    Solar Foldy: Buy One, Give One!

    Get a Solar Foldy + Give a Solar Foldy:

    You will receive a Solar Foldy AND you have just donated one Solar Foldy to a relief organization*! Give the gift of “A Pocketful of Possibilities”, featuring USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you!

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    The Total Package: Solar Foldy + More

    Get a Solar Foldy + Tote + T-Shirt + Cap:

    At this level, you’ll receive one "Limited Edition" Solar Foldy Tote, one "Limited Edition" Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) T-Shirt, one Moss-Colored Pigment Dye Cap with Custom Charge Ahead, LLC Embroidered Patch, plus: you’ll now own a Solar Foldy! Featuring USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you!

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    Buy Two, Give One!

    Get two Solar Foldys + Give a Solar Foldy:

    You will receive two Solar Foldys AND you have just donated one Solar Foldy to a relief organization*! Give the gift of “A Pocketful of Possibilities”, featuring USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you!

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    The Total Package: Buy One, Give One

    Get a Solar Foldy + Give a Solar Foldy + Tote + T-Shirt + Cap:

    You will receive a Solar Foldy AND you have just donated one Solar Foldy to a relief organization*! At this level, you’ll also receive one "Limited Edition" Solar Foldy Tote, one "Limited Edition" Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) T-Shirt, one Moss-Colored Pigment Dye Cap with Custom Charge Ahead, LLC Embroidered Patch, and: you’ll now own a Solar Foldy! Featuring USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Give the gift of “A Pocketful of Possibilities”. Congrats and thank you!

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    The Total Package: Limited Edition

    Get a Solar Foldy + Tote + T-Shirt + Cap + Drawstring Bag + Wall Of Fame:

    Yes, I understand you have to move mountains to get this ball rolling, and I’m willing to help get Solar Foldy produced. Count me in to help make solar power personal! At this level, you’ll receive one Solar Foldy of your own, one "Limited Edition" Solar Foldy Tote, one "Limited Edition" Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) T-Shirt, one Moss-Colored Pigment Dye Cap with Custom Charge Ahead, LLC Embroidered Patch, a drawstring bag, and an esteemed place on our backers “Wall of Fame” on solarfoldy.com! The Solar Foldy features a USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you so very much!

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    The Founder's Package

    Get Two Solar Foldy’s + Tote + T-Shirt + Cap + Drawstring Bag + Wall Of Fame + Founder TY Dinner:

    WOW! What can we say?! You get TWO Solar Foldy’s, one "Limited Edition" Solar Foldy Tote, one "Limited Edition" Charge Ahead, LLC (Solar Foldy parent company) T-Shirt, one Moss-Colored Pigment Dye Cap with Custom Charge Ahead, LLC Embroidered Patch, a drawstring bag, an esteemed place on our backers “Wall of Fame” on solarfoldy.com, and a personalized “thank you” dinner in NYC* with Founder, Anne Griffin! The Solar Foldy features a USB input to charge cell phones and portable devices; providing light up to 200 hours on a single 8 hour solar charge, Sleek, pocket-sized and powerful. Multiple brightness settings: Super Bright Light (up to 6 hours), Bright Light (up to 12 hours), Night Light (up to 200 hours), and SOS Mode (super bright flashing light crisis signal). Congrats and thank you so very much!

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