January 6, 2014                            

Finally, the Waka Waka Power, smartphone solar charger, was another gadget that stood out. The Power uses solar cells to charge up over the course of eight hours. After that, it can recharge a smartphone, which takes two hours. (…)The Power seems ideal for camping. Read more


January 6, 2014

The Waka Waka chargers are solar powered and already used by 102,000 people in Syria. The device got its start as a Kickstarter project, and now the makers are hoping that sales in the U.S. and Europe can help make the same devices more affordable in developing countries and areas hit by disasters. There's also a Waka Waka solar-powered light, and the company is working on a full emergency kit for the future. Read more


January 6, 2014

Hurricanes in the fall, blizzards in the winter... technology is there to keep us connected when a storm hits and the power goes out. But these days, most of that technology operates on rechargeable batteries. So what happens when those batteries run out of charge? Say hello to the WakaWaka... Read more


November 27, 2013

The day after the typhoon struck, Mariene Donato, a Filipino expatriate now residing in The Netherlands stood at our company's doorstep asking if she could fill her suitcases with WakaWaka Powers. (...) With her entire village literally disappeared from the face of the earth, Mariene needed to find a way to help her family and their neighbors. Without hesitation, the team at WakaWaka filled her suitcase with WakaWakas. Mariene's family lived in the area hit hardest by Haiyan. Payment was not an option. Read more


November 15, 2013     5 stars Daily Mail

It's a small, rugged and versatile unit which can be propped up in various ways, it is also light and portable and features no detatchable parts. The light is bright, although you can soften it, by pressing the central (and only) button on the device. Read more


May 2, 2013

Based on the Swahili word for "shine bright", this low-cost LED light is revolutionising life for thousands of families in the developing world. It lasts longer (up to 50 times more than a standard incandescent light), it's hugely more efficient (its light-to-heat energy ratio is 9:1, compared to about 1:9 in the case of conventional light bulbs) and it's solar-powered so free to run. Groen's business model also enables him to give away a sizeable amount for free. Read more


January 10, 2013

In contrast, the water-resistant WakaWaka solar lamps, which only need to be charged for a few hours during the day, produce enough safe solar power to get through the entire night. The lamps have five controls, from very bright to night-light. Read more


January 3, 2013

Wakawaka wants to do the right thing as far as manufacturing goes, too. If the company reaches its stretched $250,000 goal, it plans to manufacture parts of the compact solar charger in Haiti, which is still reeling from a devastating earthquake three years ago. To this day, 370,000 Haitians still live without lights, according to the company. So, the company plans to donate one of its Wakawaka Solar Lamps for every Wakawaka Power that's purchased. Read more


December 19, 2012

You’ll want to be prepared for the end. And if it’s not the end, these supplies will help you when the next subapocalyptic event happens: another hurricane, perhaps, or a blackout, earthquake, blizzard or typhoon. (...) Solar panels, or at least devices that incorporate them, are a must too. The WakaWaka solar lamp, $40, can provide up to 16 hours of light on a full charge. Read more


January 30, 2013

Developed with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, this solar charger from the makers of the much-loved WakaWaka Solar Lamp is set to hit the streets in May 2013. With the WakaWaka Power, designers have created a combination light and charger for your phone, GPS, or camera. Read more


December 13, 2012

Last year a portable solar LED lamp called the WakaWaka Light – a winner of four Accenture Innovation awards in 2012 – was successfully crowd-funded. Now, its makers are launching a follow-up device that can fully recharge a phone or fuel your tablet for an extra couple of hours on a single day's charge. Read more


January 10, 2014

Serendipity made WakaWaka the mobile hardware company to love at CES: everybody was grumbling about dying cell phones, no outlets, and heavy battery packs that have to be charged overnight. Meanwhile, the WakaWaka Power sat on the table, smugly showing off its solar cells. Read more


December 19, 2013

The mechanism is simple: For every product purchased another is given to the Syrian refugees. To date 25 thousand have been distributed, reaching about 100,000 refugees. People who have a vital need for electricity, as told by a girl who lives in the area of Bab al Salam, on the border between Syria and Turkey. "With this tool I can recharge my cell phone and keep in touch with my family that still lives in Damascus" she says, holding a WakaWaka Power in her hands. Read more (link in Italian)


August 29, 2013

Here are the scores for the WakaWaka solar charger on test24 of France24/Le Point: An overall rating of 7/10 and 10/10 on the inventiveness. Read more (link in French)


May 22, 2013

But the WakaWaka Power story goes deeper than any other gadget you’ve added to your emergency jump bag. The company (Off-Grid Solutions) got its legs on Kickstarter, with a moving video about the need for solar solutions in the developing world. The company has a powerful social mission: “The driving purpose for our company is to eradicate energy poverty plaguing over 1.5 billion people worldwide, so we’ve built a business model that will enable us to meet this objective in our lifetime in a sustainable manner.” Read more


February 13, 2014

For many of the 7 million Syrians who have fled their homes amid civil war, having access to clean and reliable electricity in refugee camps is not guaranteed. Lack of electricity is both a safety issue and makes communication nearly impossible. In an effort to provide this basic level of security, the organization WakaWaka has partnered with the International Rescue Committee to provide portable solar-powered light and chargers to Syrian refugees. Read more



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