Almost every home has a first aid kit for health emergencies, but shouldn't we also have a power and light first aid kit to help keep the lights on?
The first WakaWaka product, a solar LED lamp, was designed to be a safe and affordable way to provide light to families living at the so-called ‘Base of the Pyramid’ (living on less than $2 per day), and the success of the original device led to the development of the WakaWaka Power, which added a 2200 mAh LiPo battery to provide for charging small USB devices, such as cellphones. The company's ‘Buy one, Give one’ campaign for the WakaWaka Power raised over $700,000, and was able to underwrite the costs for about 12,000 LED lamps to go to Haitian families without electricity.
Now this solar gadget innovator is back with a new model, the WakaWaka Base, which includes either a 5,000 or 10,000 mAh battery pack, and the device is designed to be charged with the company's 7.5 or 10 watt portable solar panel. Along with the solar panel and battery pack module, WakaWaka is also offering two small LED lamps, one of which is powered by plugging it into the Base, and one which has an internal battery that can be recharged via the panel and battery pack. The entire WakaWaka power and light first aid kit fits into a small pouch for transport and storage, and could be a great addition to an emergency preparedness kit or as offgrid travel gear.
Just like the earlier solar lights from WakaWaka, which were successfully launched and funded via Kickstarter, the company has turned again to crowdfunding to raise the money to cover the cost of final tooling and design, as well as to be able to place a sizable order for components in order to keep the cost as low as possible.
Backers of the company's crowdfunding campaign, which seeks to raise $70,000 by November 13th, have the option of getting the smaller of the kits (the Base 5, with 5000 mAh battery, 7.5W solar panel, and two LED lights) for a pledge of $89, or the more powerful kit (the Base 10, with a 10,000 mAh battery, 10W solar panel, and two LED lights) for a pledge of $119.
Find out more about the social impact of small-scale solar from the WakaWaka website, or check out the Kickstarter campaign page for more details on the Power & Light First Aid Kit.