About this project
You Can't Fight Ebola in the Dark. As a WakaWaka backer you help courageous healthcare workers, first responders and families in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Over 90% of the population in these countries is not connected to the electricity grid. Once Ebola is gone, the WakaWaka lights will remain there to help people be more resilient for future crises and provide light to peoples homes.
The WakaWaka Base is the next step in the evolution of portable solar power. An all-in-one compact kit for when the light goes out. The Base is intended for anyone that hates to be out of power, or loves to be on the move.
The Base converts solar energy into battery power significantly faster than any other solar charge pack on the market today. It will charge any device connected via USB. The 5,000 or 10,000 mAh battery pack is enough for multiple smartphone charges or an entire week of light. The separate 7.5 or 10 watt super efficient solar panel ensures the Base will charge even on cloudy days.
We love our two custom designed LED lights, one that connects to the battery pack and another with a small rechargeable battery. The Base comes with a compact and rugged pouch to store all this gear.
WakaWaka is the maker of the award winning WakaWaka Power+, also known as the 'iPhone of solar power' and we are back on Kickstarter with a bigger, brighter, beautifully designed solution for anyone without access to electricity. The WakaWaka Base!
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Hurricanes in the fall, blizzards in the winter. When a storm hits and the power goes out, technology is there to keep us connected. These days, most of that technology operates on rechargeable batteries. So what happens when those batteries run out of charge? Whether you want to prepare for the next winter storm, whether you are a hiker or camper, or if you just want to be powered up as you travel around the world: the Base is here for you. A dependable, affordable solar solution for power and light, that will always be ready when its needed most.
Its compact design makes it perfect for camping and hiking and will make it easily fit in your backpack or briefcase when traveling or commuting.
We are becoming increasingly dependent on our mobile devices, but keeping them running is not easy. The Base aims to keep everyone connected no matter what the weather is like or how many plugs we need.
The WakaWaka Base is not only an essential during power outages and extreme weather in the US, for the 1.2 billion people in the world that live off-grid it is truly indispensable. The Base offers them enough light and electricity to light op their homes and allows them to charge multiple mobile phones. This enables communication, entrepreneurial activities, and socio-economic development in general. It is because of these 1.2 billion people that development of this WakaWaka Base is needed.
We expect the suggested retail prices for the WakaWaka Base to be up to 40% (!) higher than your Kickstarter Reward tiers.
By backing the project on Kickstarter we consider you an #AgentofLight. It's entirely up to you to do more and tweet, share, like and talk about WakaWaka - all of which creates more impact and literally helps us spread more light & power in the world.
Using the latest in patented solar technology, developed by our partner and market leader Intivation, the WakaWaka Base is a true lifesaver for anyone without electricity. The technology in combination with truly brilliant design and a high efficiency solar panel ensures that The Base harvests more power from the sun than any other device on the market.
Place your solar panel in direct sunlight for a day and the battery pack will be completely full, even if you live in New York or Seattle (where the intensity of the sun is far less than in Texas). The Base will also charge on cloudy days or in the winter, though that will take a little longer of course. The capacity of the battery on both models is large enough to fully power several smartphones, cameras or other USB powered gear. On top of this, you will have dozens of hours of excellent reading light from the two included LED lights.
The Base will be more affordable and efficient than any other solar powered gear on the market today. The custom power management software ensures efficiency levels way beyond the reach of any competitors, while the great design makes the Base a perfect new member of the WakaWaka family!
Before I started WakaWaka I developed and manufactured all sorts of products and advertising materials for companies such as Goodyear, P&G, Red Bull and others, so I know a thing or two about delivering high quality products on-time and at the best possible price. What's more: we delivered on our promises during the last two Kickstarter projects (here and here). That's why we are confident we can get you your WakaWaka Base at (or even before) the estimated delivery date! Here’s our plan to achieve just that.
- January 2014: presentation of initial concepts during the International CES ✔
- February - May 2014: market research & development ✔
- May - August 2014: 3D development - pouch design ✔
- September 2014: prototyping ✔
- October 2014: KICKSTARTER!
- November - December 2014: mold making, purchasing components
- January 2015: pilot assembly
- February 2015: field testing and final adjustments
- March - April 2015: mass assembly
- May 2015: back-up time - SHIPMENT to BACKERS
As you can see we are asking for your support to help us fund the tooling, final design costs and the remaining programming costs. Also it will help us in placing a first significant component order so we can reach the anticipated price level.
WakaWaka develops, manufactures and markets high-tech low-cost portable solar powered products. Literally lifesavers both in the developing world and in developed markets. We are a 'Social Enterprise': a business with an impact driven mission. Over 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity. This has a critical, large-scale effect on health, education, and economic development, especially in remote regions, disaster-struck, or war-torn areas.
WakaWaka is in the business of saving lives. We believe that everyone, regardless of age, position, or predicament, has the ability to be an agent of light that can spark positive change.
Sounds great doesn’t it? But where did we start? How did we get here? With my partner Maurits Groen we founded WakaWaka with the sole purpose to ensure no one has to live in the dark any longer. We aim to achieve our goal of brightening the lives of 1.2 billion people before 2030. It may sound like an impossible goal, but we take this ambition very serious!
In 2012 the first WakaWaka Lights were sent to our first Kickstarter Backers, check out the project here. This led to lighting up the lives of 800 school children in Tanzania. Less than a year later we introduced the WakaWaka Power, a solar powered phone charger & light. Right when we were ready to ship out to our 5,622 backers (check out the campaign here), the International Rescue Committee asked us whether we could send our first batch to Syrian refugees instead. You will understand we could not refuse this. I am proud to state that not a single backer complained about this. Today, the WakaWaka Power is the most valued non-food item in Syrian refugee camps.
Thanks to that Kickstarter project we were also able to donate 12,000 WakaWaka Lights to Haitian families still living in shelters after the 2010 earthquake. That's 60,000 people no longer at risk from kerosene accidents which in the past led to lifelong mutilations. They save up to 20% of their expenses now, which does not need to be spent on expensive lighting fuels. We did not just give them away though. They were ‘free, but not for nothing’. Through some 13 different NGO’s the WakaWakas were distributed and the recipients did all sorts of things in return. One village with a few hundred people cleaned up the streets for the very first time since the earthquake, another project planted 50,000 additional trees in exchange for their WakaWakas, so there’s a WakaWaka forest growing in Haiti now!
We keep track of every WakaWaka project that takes place off-the-grid on our Impact Map. I am so incredibly proud to be able to tell you we have well over 100 projects on the map now. Check it out and zoom in to see pictures, sometimes a video and more details on the impact of light on the lives of people around the world.
I'm proud to introduce you to the some of these amazing #AgentsofLight that make up WakaWaka's growing team of staff, volunteers, interns, ambassadors and more. They are all dedicated to making the worlds most efficient solar powered products available to you and the 1.2 billion people who lack access to electricity.
Help us bring the Base to market, and be one of the first proud owners of your own Power & Light First Aid Kit. And on top of that, your support helps people elsewhere in the world bring some light in their lives.
I look forward to welcoming you (back) as a WakaWaka Kickstarter Backer and once you do, would like to thank you for also becoming an #AgentofLight
Risks and challenges
This is not our first Kickstarter project. And we have proven that WakaWakas are high quality products with a return rate of less than 0.3%. Regardless, let me address the challenges of this project:
We are in the final stages of development. the 3D design is finished. We are currently making the final changes to the PCB and the pouch. As we proceed with our testing, we will still make some changes to the Bill of Materials to ensure the highest possible quality & performance. Although we have scheduled enough time for this process, delays are technically possible, though not likely to happen.
I personally have over 15 years of experience with production in China and I am glad to have found excellent production partners for WakaWaka with whom we have been working for quite some time now. For more than 10 years I work closely together with a trusted Chinese partner, his name is Bill Huang. I have been to his wedding, he has been to mine (first time ever he left the country). We have a very strong bond far beyond a working relationship. It is my humble opinion that coordinating production in China is simply impossible without a trusted local partner.
Still, production management is not an exact science and problems happen. Moulds can be delayed, components can be out of stock. My experience is that for each problem there is a solution and we will go the extra mile (or two) to make sure that we don’t need to trouble you with delays.
Before every batch is shipped out, it is inspected by SGS (www.sgs.com) which is one of the worlds largest independent quality control and test agencies. Without a ‘stamp of approval’ from them, we won’t ship. Of course this comes on top of our own assessment.
The success of our last Kickstarter project prompted us to add reward tiers with new accessories and it all really became a bit complex. We had over 80 different product/reward combinations! Quit a hassle to get that sorted. You will understand that we have learned from this. Also we now have professional fulfillment partners in the U.S. and Europe which will make shipping a whole lot easier for us. Regular updates will keep you up to date of where we are in the process. Should for whatever reason, we be faced with delays, we will inform you and we will be on top of communication!
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