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A powerful modern solar light and phone charger that's super bright, versatile, and dependable. Useful everyday, essential one day.
A powerful modern solar light and phone charger that's super bright, versatile, and dependable. Useful everyday, essential one day.
908 backers pledged $91,864 to help bring this project to life.
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Shine: A Better, Brighter Solar Light + USB Charger

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At Voltaic Systems, we know the importance of having access to reliable electricity. After Hurricane Sandy hit our hometown of New York, we set out to design a better solar light and USB charger. One that was powerful and attractive enough to use in our homes everyday, tough enough to take anywhere, and dependable when the power goes out.

Bright, sleek, and packed with far more solar and battery power than other personal solar lights - the Shine meets the demands of a modern lifestyle. It produces over 30 hours of brilliant light, is waterproof and has a built-in phone charger so you’ll always be prepared wherever and whenever you may need it.

The Shine looks great in and around your home, wherever you need an extra light. Hang it as a pendant or mount it with the included wall bracket, and it will be ready to go when you need it most.

Extremely durable and 100% waterproof - the Shine is ready to power you off the grid.

There are 1.3 billion people across the globe that live everyday without access to electricity in their homes (IEA Energy Access Database, 2014). An additional 1 billion people depend on unreliable power supplies. Increasingly, these communities rely on cell phones for communication, weather updates, and mobile payments. For us, this innovative piece of technology is more than just a modern convenience, it is about addressing a significant global issue.

When you support our Kickstarter campaign you can help us light villages in several undeveloped regions of Nicaragua in partnership with the non-profit Fabretto. It is our goal to make the next generation of the Shine even more affordable and accessible to energy poor communities across the globe.

A look into the world of the communities you'll be helping...

Simply press the face of the light to turn it on and adjust the brightness settings. 

The internal battery can run the Shine over 30 hours on a single charge.

Charge the Shine directly from a Voltaic solar panel for a sustainable, self-sufficient system...

Or charge directly from any USB port.

The built-in 5,000 mAh (19 Watt hour) backup battery has more than enough power to fully charge any smartphone. Connect using the USB port on the back of the Shine.

SHINE SOLAR

SHINE

 *Travel and lodging not provided

*Add-ons will ship with any rewards. Please message Voltaic directly with any questions or visit our Update #4 for more information.

* First batch is limited to the first 2,000 Shine and Shine Solars purchased. Backers who join the campaign after this level will receive an ETA for delivery when funding is reached.

We are Voltaic Systems - a portable power and lighting company out of Brooklyn, New York. A flat phone on the beach in Spain inspired our founder to develop the first solar backpack. Today, we design and manufacture a full range of solar charging solutions used by customers all around the globe.

Meet the team behind the Shine...

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Are you a member of the press or just want to learn more? Then click here to access our Shine Press Kit.

We would like to thank the Kickstarter community for your support! A special thanks to all of those who helped develop this campaign: Ivan Hurzeler (videography), Brett Beyer (product photography), Derrick Lytle (video), Brian Battjer (Sandy photos), Kevin and Cesar from Fabretto and all our customers, family and friends who have helped us get this far.

Music by Josh Woodward, Attribution Link (Josh Woodward) / CC BY 4.0

Risks and challenges

With any innovation comes risks and challenges. Our team at Voltaic Systems has worked tirelessly to make sure that our process from production to shipping is properly planned out. We have a working relationship with our suppliers and have been communicating on a regular basis to start production in a timely manner this November (2015).

To ensure proper fulfillment we have prepared for production of the first 2,000 Shine solar lights. For quantities purchased over 2,000 we will update our supporters upon reaching our funding goal.

To ensure the best quality we have tested the prototypes for both technical and functional problems. Should our first production run not meet our high standards, we will resolve any issues and update supporters of the campaign in a timely manner with new ETAs. Beyond the campaign, we will offer a 1 year warranty on the Shine and Shine Solar (all components).

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    WISH YOU WERE HERE
    Thank you! For your generous support, we'll send you a set of 3 quality postcards featuring scenic images from some of our favorite photographers.

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    THE SHINE
    Be the first to own the Shine! Power from any USB charger (solar panel not included).

    MSRP $55 USD

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    SHINE SOLAR SUPPORTER
    We'll send a Shine Solar to a family in an energy poor community in Nicaragua and you'll receive a set of our premium "Wish you were here" post cards featuring the work of our favorite brand ambassadors.

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    EARLY BIRD SHINE SOLAR
    Be the first to own the complete Shine Solar. Includes a Shine and our durable 3.5 Watt solar panel so you'll be ready for anything!

    MSRP $85 USD

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    Pledge $66 or more About $66

    SHINE SOLAR
    Own your own Shine Solar complete with a 3.5 Watt panel for offgrid solar charging.

    MSRP $85 USD

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    SPREAD THE LOVE: NICARAGUA BOGO
    Purchase a Shine Solar for yourself and send one for a family in need in Nicaragua.

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    Pledge $119 or more About $119

    SHARE THE LOVE
    You'll get two Shine Solars (light + solar panel) to share with a friend or send home to mom!

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    Pledge $299 or more About $299

    THE SOLAR BUNCH
    Get five Shine Solars and keep everyone in your inner circle well prepared and always connected.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    SHINE SOLAR VIP PACKAGE #1
    Light 10 homes in Nicaragua with 10 Shine Solars plus lunch*with the Voltaic Team in New York City.
    (*Travel & lodging expenses not included)

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    SHINE SOLAR VIP PACKAGE #2
    Light TWO (2) villages with 40 Shine Solars, one Shine Solar for you, plus a dinner* with Voltaic CEO Shayne McQuade in New York City. You'll be able to discuss ideas of where you think we should take the Shine next and provide feedback on future designs!
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