About this project
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; France: App4Phone
The WakaWaka You Asked For
WakaWaka Power charges virtually any smart phone or tablet
First, there was WakaWaka, the world’s most efficient solar LED lamp, successfully lauched through Kickstarter last year. After many requests we are proud to present to you the WakaWaka Power, capable of charging practically any type of (smart) phone: iPhone5, Blackberry, Samsung, you name it. And... tablets as well.
Mobility is what our lives are all about these days. We use flexible workspaces, travel for fun, pleasure and work and unfortunately we’re a lot on the run, so much to do. How inconvenient is it when your iPhone or iPad dies on you again, right in the middle of that conversation you wanted to finish today.
You need back-up power if you don’t want to be slowed down by your device. Solar chargers are becoming increasingly popular, but most are still bulky and really many of them, if you tried any, really don’t work that well, especially in the winter or on overcast days.
The WakaWaka Power is a pocket size mini power station with super efficient solar cells and a power management system which ensures efficiencies which are up to 200% better than any other product in the market. Apart from charging your smart phone, WakaWaka Power is also a light source which can provide you with more than 40 hours of excellent reading light (on a single day solar charge!).
Don’t underestimate The Power
Place WakaWaka Power in direct sunlight for a whole day and you will notice that the battery 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 capacity of the battery is large enough to fully power most mobile phone from completely depleted, to practically full. On top of this, you will have 10 or more hours of excellent reading light as well. If you don’t charge your phone or tablet, as said before, you can have more than 40 hours of light.
We calculated that a fully charged WakaWaka will give you at least 2 hours extra surf & work time on your iPad (on full brightness). Just enough to finish that movie, send some mails in the train or bus or plane.
WakaWaka Power is engineered by a top team at Intivation. They are the creators of the chip which made WakaWaka the most efficient solar lamp in the world today. Their technology is used in over 90% of the solar powered mobile phones in the world, including well known brands. So… we’re working with experts in the field! And because they simply love what we are doing with WakaWaka, they are supporting us all the way. Thanks Guys!
LED's LED's LED's explain what happens...
WakaWaka Power has:
- LED’s to show you that your WakaWaka is charging in the sun
- LED’s to show you how full your WakaWaka battery is
- LED’s to tell you that your mobile phone is charging
- LED’s to light up your life when the grid fails us again
A lot of our backers asked us for indicator LED’s, so we decided to add a few here and there. They’re not only functional, they also look cool.
WakaWaka Best in Class
We have claimed before that WakaWaka is the best solar lamp in the world. Recently we received an independent 3rd party test report where we compared a number of brands. First the lab depleted the batteries completely by keeping them switched on for as long as it took to deplete them. Than they were all placed together outside in the sun from sunrise until sunset (test was done in the UK same latitude as Calgary). So they all got the same amount of light. The report came with the figure below which ‘says it all’
Take a look and I will explain.
On the left is the amount of light produced. You see that actually 4 other lights start off with much higher light output than WakaWaka, more than you need for reading a book, or lighting up a room. You also notice that practically all lights drop to nearly zero output within roughly 4 hours. The only exceptions is the dotted light blue one (which is almost twice as expensive) and the 2 WakaWaka samples. The WakaWaka’s lasted 7, respectively 8 hours on a single days solar charge, before it switched to its 10% energy saving mode (the horizontal line at the bottom), indicating a low light output for several more hours, enough to keep you from bumping your head in complete darkness and it actually still allows you to read.
The graph shows that WakaWaka works in fact twice as long on a steady output than all of its direct competitors tested here (whom we all wish the best of course). If it shows we’re proud of this, you’re right. We are. I can’t wait to do a stress test comparison to compare life expectancy… WakaWaka is really one of kind.
Where are we now?
WakaWaka Power is now in prototype phase. Much further than we were with the first WakaWaka when we launched on Kickstarter last year. We learned a lot from the first version, but the 2.0 version requires more components and more complex programming. Programming? Oh yes… you have no idea what goes into the chip which controls the power management inside.
With your support we can connect WakaWaka to your smart phone, tablet and MP3 player. We have already selected the factory where we will manufacture the WakaWaka Power. As a matter of fact, I have already been there!
With your contribution you can help us fund the tooling, design costs and most of the programming costs. Also it will help us placing a first significant component order so we can get the anticipated price level.
Consumers vs Kickstarter Backers
We expect the suggested retail price for WakaWaka Power will be $79, starting from May 2013.
For all you backers, the price will be $ 69 and for early birds even $ 49 !
(nearly 40% discount...)
THANKS for making a difference!
Risks and challenges
Product development, production in general, production in China and logistics... If you have never done it before, they're all challenging. I am happy to tell you that I have been working in this field from 1997 already. For 7 years I worked at a company called 'The Invention Group' where I was responsible for developing literally dozens of products per year, getting them produced in China and shipped on time to customers such as Heineken, Bacardi, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and many other well known A-brands. Faillure was not an option. Too late? you think I got away with a slap on the fingers? Oh no... just in time delivery was of the essence.
Currently WakaWaka is being produced in China and we have shipped to more than 50 countries already.
Last year when we did our Kickstarter campaign for the first WakaWaka, we initially mentioned that we expected delivery in May. Eventually we had to postpone delivery until July. Some backers even got their WakaWaka's as late as August.
This year we are further advanced with product development. WakaWaka Power is being developed in The Netherlands. Design for hard & software is done there. Engineering as well, in close cooperation with our manufacturing partner in China. I actually already visited the factory already. So there is a major difference with last year. Nevertheless delays are possible. May is already more than 1 month beyond the delivery deadline agreed with the factory, but you never know. Let's just say I hope we will be able to surprise you this year with an early delivery.
If you want us to address additional risks, then don't hesitate to ask for your reassurance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
In a bubble envelope, well protected
We will ask for your address only 2-3 weeks before we actually ship. Let us know than if you will be moving in those 3 weeks.
Outside of the US, yes $14 extra. This is an average price for the entire world in order to make it still affordable for people in Australia, Japan and other distant parts of the world. For Canada $14 will cover the costs for up to 5 units. For international, please add $14 per each 2 units you pledge.
For US and Canadian backers: USPS
For international backers we will use a courier service. For this we need your phone nr. which we will ask you in January
Of course, please do. Just do the math yourself and shoot us a quick message. When we ask for your address, we will double confirm the nr. of WakaWaka´s you pledged. pls check FAQ on shipping costs as well.
Let's say you are an EARLY BIRD Backer and want the Blackout Kit, but just the extra's. Then you add $40 to your pledge. If you want the Power & Light set, add $30 to your pledge. We will double check details with you once the campaign has ended
No, if you live in Canada, we can ship you a maximum of 5 units for $14 total. If you live outside of the US, we can ship you 2 units for each $14 in shipping costs. Please do the math yourself when you pledge. If you’re calculation is correct, you’re top of the sending list.
As fas we know: all. You just need a USB charger cable. We tested iPhone 3,4,4s, 5, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy IIIs, iPad 2,3 all works.
almost 25 hrs on full brightness, app. 44 hrs on reading mode and more than 200 hrs on night safety mode. If you want to charge your phone as well, you get less hrs of light of course.
no, because of the USB ports, it is not completely water resistant. It can withstand some splashes for sure, but don´t leave it out in a tropical rain. We are working on rubber USB plugs to see how we can prevent this, but it may require a new set of moulds...
LiPo GSP 4050 dimension: 40.5 x 10.2 x 51 mm
Life expectancy is 1,000 cycles. This means, if you deplete the battery every single day completely, it will last for around 3 years. If you use it 'normally' battery will last between 5 and 7 years.
WakaWaka Power is produced at a factory which also produces for Philips, Panasonic, Hayer and many other famous brands. They are under strict government control regarding environmental regulations and they hardly produce any waste water. We have personally checked out the production plant ourselves and found it to be among the best we have seen in China so far.
The factory can loose it´s export license if it does and a trusted local chinese partner and close friend (Bill Huang is his name) visits the factory location every now and than unannounced.
Carbon emissions will be off-set by using WakaWaka. On top of this we are working on doing a carbon footprint analysis. Once this is ready we will publish this and inform you of how this will be compensated completely.
Not yet, but technical students are in fact working on this already as an assignment of their professor. It may take a couple of months before we get the results. If you're interested in the report, let me know.
Off-Grid Solutions USA LLC is registrered in Delaware and located in Discovery Bay, CA. It's where Eric & Victor live, our US Team. Our HQ is in The Netherlands though.
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