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Super efficient Personal Solar Power Station to charge your iPad, iPhone or any other smart phone. With excellent reading light.
5,622 backers pledged $419,472 to help bring this project to life.

Shipping date!

Posted by Camille van Gestel (Creator)

Hi Everyone,

We will start shipping May 15th!
Sending out the more than 7.000 packages to backers worldwide on the same day. It was quite a challenge so we are all really happy that we will be making the original shipping date promised to you. Expect your WakaWaka Powers to arrive in the days following the 15th, but please note that the exact day depends on how far away you're located from one of two shipping points in the US or the Netherlands.

Online sales
I would like to apologize for anyone who feels offended by the fact that a limited number of WakaWaka Powers has become available online this week. Allow me to explain. We have offered our backers a 25% extra battery capacity, the maximum available capacity our supplier is capable of delivering within the available dimensions of the WakaWaka Power, and custom build for this backer model only.
That explains why the retail version of the WakaWaka Power (with the regular 2200 mAh capacity battery) was finished a little earlier. We are now testing the online market with a limited number of this retail version (at and next up Amazon). It is not anywhere near the thousands of units ordered by you guys. But if successful, we may expect a lot more from them, and therefore do more good for those around the world without electricity. I hope you understand that we had to jump on this opportunity. As to the price of the WakaWaka Power online, once again, as a backers you are getting much, much, more value for your money than retail costumers. We try our utmost to maintain a minimum advertising price, but we have to allow for some flexibility with regard to promotions, and it is actually illegal to enforce a universal end user price.

Power to Syrian Refugees
I would also like to share some related news with you. Last December we were approached by a major international emergency relief organization (which name I am not at liberty to share at this point, but they are well known and respected). They asked us how soon we could fast track production for some 5,000 WakaWaka Powers for Syrian refugees, on the run for full fledged civil war and the ensuing desperate humanitarian crisis. Recently these units landed in the South of Turkey and have by now finally found their way to 5.000 Syrian families, providing light and power, keeping them safe, enabling them to read, and charge their mobile phones so they can get in touch with lost family members. I sincerely hope you take no offence in the fact that we did everything within our power to utilize the maximum of the preliminary production capacity for this special and most urgent request. In the beginning of a new production run, capacity is usually limited since workers need to get routines down. We are very proud to be able to share this with you since it was your support that has enabled us to do this.

The support of all our backers and the massive success of the 'buy one, give one' crowdfunding campaign (and pre-sales on has resulted in over 12.000 WakaWaka Lights for Haitian families living without electricity. A masterplan on the distribution of these free Lights in Haiti is beginning to take shape. Read more about Haiti here.

As for myself, I have been travelling around these past weeks talking to the UN, UN Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and about putting WakaWaka further on the global map and therefore neglected you guys a bit. I will be around! So do feel free to approach me with any questions you might have. Your Powers are nearly there!

Warm wishes and talk soon,


the photos bellow show the arrival of the 5.000 WakaWaka Powers at the southern border of Turkey and some of the first WakaWaka Lights finding their way to students in Haiti

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    1. Camille van Gestel 2-time creator on

      picture credit for the bottom photo: Stichting Projecthulp Haïti

    2. Reaper1oo on

      I know I responding quite late, but in response to your query about the Syrian Refugees: If you had responded differently I would have to admit some degree of confusion as to the intents of the company.
      While it possibly delayed my receiving of product, the fact remains is that I am very happy of this companies intents and plans - those I perceive at least - and that I am a rather relaxed upon what date product is received backer. Anyways, I am happy that I was, in some manner, able to assist in the provision of this very useful product to others who have-not a reliable electrical grid.

    3. David Coleman on

      Did everyone see this:
      Panasonic to distribute 100,000 solar lantern/chargers to the developing world
      We live in an age where people in the developed world are so dependent on electricity that if it wasn't available a whole civilization would collapse in a week. It’s therefore ironic that 1.32 billion people around the world are still without what most people have come to see as a basic necessity. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Panasonic Corporation plans to distribute 100,000 solar lanterns that the company has developed that can not only provide light, but also charge mobile phones and other small devices.
      Read on Desktop or Read on Mobile

    4. Chris Langevin

      So we wont get a shipping notification email or tracking number on it ?

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      Sean Mury on

      I love a company with heart! You are doing the right things in my book. I am proud to support waka waka and look forward to the next project!!!!

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      yu sean hang joseph on

      if only i was rich, i would support you 1000X more and provide you with the resources needed to make your good will in good use!
      there should be more people like you doing stuffs like this! :D

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      Janet Spring on

      Thanks for your note. I am eager to have my lights before I leave in mid-June, as I'll be giving one to someone in the Fort Peck Reservation and hoping they might become a resource for folks there.

      Thus I was happy that you have another, cheaper source, and sad that actually has no wakawaka lights. Because I want to provide a resource for some people who are not rich, and the Kickstarter campaign does not do that. I want to be able to buy them. I also really look forward to getting my lights.

      I think it's great that you're sending lights to Haiti, Syria, and other places.

    8. Kai Brown on

      Wow this is great. I love that this project is doing everything it promised and SO much more to help out others.

    9. Janardan Nathan on

      Thank you for the much needed update and very detailed explanations.
      It is obvious that the WakaWaka Team has put considerable thought behind its decisions and actions.

      It is not often that we come across individuals such as Camille, who are deeply concerned with helping others. We often encounter Kickstarter Campaigns, where the project creator makes a a quick buck and promptly vanishes once the campaign is over.

      It's wonderful to know that in pledging for this campaign, the backers have managed to bring some measurable positive change in this world.

      I can't wait for my WakaWaka Power to reach me!
      I will put it to good use and hopefully can cut down on the electricity used to power my mobile devices.

      Warmest Regards

    10. Cheryll Athorp on

      So very proud to be a part of this. Thank you for the work you have done.

    11. fmotta on

      This resembles a professionally managed project!
      Not only was a plan set but information exchange was constant and (it appears) that the schedule is met.

      You could sell that ability alone much less product design and manufacturing!

      I look forward to charging my devices with this soon!

      Thanks for the product and nicely run (from my perspective) project!

    12. Simon Kwan on

      LOVE LOVE LOVE :-) `Nuff said

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      Todd Michael R. on

      Well done on all fronts. Proud to be a part of this project.

    14. Jordan York on

      Good job! A great product as well as a noble mission.

    15. Kelvin Tong on

      YES! YES! YES!

    16. Alex Newlon on

      Will we be getting any tracking information for our orders?

    17. Kosongz on

      I don't understand why people complain at all. We are on schedule, and that is a rare thing for kickstarter project. And with this project, you get to help others at the same time.

    18. Derek Hatfield on

      I'm confused, you're still hitting the shipping date, we are getting what we ordered and people are complaining about helping others out? Maybe I'm missing something but this is great news, not bad.

    19. Dallas on

      Last time it took a little longer to come to Australia,, but we don't leave for the 'wilds' ;-) of New York until June for some Waka Waka field testing.

      "Not sitting in a seat on the plane with a power supply?" No problem!
      (its 14 hours on the first leg alone for us Aussies)

      Having my other two heading to a needy family. Even better.

      I'll see if I can Tweet you a pic of the recharge action on the plane Camille :)

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      Dale Huff on

      I'm proud to have taken the opportunity to provide support for your efforts. You continue to do the right thing by seeking more ways to place WakaWaka units in the hands of those who really need them. Keep up the good work!

    21. Zack Jones on

      Getting our WakaWaka power toys is just the icing on the cake. The work you're doing in Haiti, Syria and elsewhere is way more important. Congrats on the success of your product and thank you for doing everything you're doing to help those in need.

    22. Felix Wassmer on

      If i'm located in Germany are you sending from Netherlands ? If yes that would be so sweet. Can't wait for my wakawaka. ;)

    23. Jon Uzel on

      To anyone who is, as you put it "offended" by any of this know this; You have a "first world problem" (look it up if you don't get it). You did not just sign into a web store to buy a fancy gadget, you joined a crowd funding collaborative effort to make a difference around the world, and get something neat by and by.

      I personally couldn't be happier to see this taking off, and I hope the devices do fantastically to help perpetuate this kind of work. Keep up the good work folks!

    24. Tony Troughton-Smith on

      Can't wait to get mine! Thank you - especially for your work in Haiti, Syria etc., but also for managing to keep the schedule for us backers, despite the more important other stuff :)

    25. Rand Chua TL on

      I am excited about this project and love the update!

    26. Theoreticgal on

      What a fabulous effort.
      You managed to delivery on time and yet still helped out so many people.
      The world needs more entrepreneurs with a heart like you guys.

      I am so excited about this project and I love the updates.

    27. mudgod on

      brilliant work guys.

    28. Maxim Morozov

      Yes! Green Power is coming!

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      Wong Kum Yew on

      I feel like I donated to a humanitarian cause and got a WakaWaka Power in return. Woot!

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      Daniel Holm on

      Thanks for the update!

    31. Dirk Siegel on

      You guys at WAKA WAKA do a great job for the world!

    32. Rob Cornelius on

      I think what y'all are doing is fantastic.

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      Wan-Kong Chan

      Thank you! Look forward to receiving my WakaWaka Power!