Solar Phone Chargers
Sometimes even the smallest gestures can make a huge distance. Chicago-based LuminAID began as a project by two architecture graduate students to design a product to assist in relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. They opted for something simple – providing light. Their product, the PackLite, an inflatable, solar-powered LED lantern, transformed into a successful Kickstarter campaign and later attracted investor interest on TV show Shark Tank.
The latest version of the PackLite, the PackLite Nova measures 4.75 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches, packs down to less than one inch in depth, and can run up to 24 hours and provide up to 75 lumens of light. It's rechargeable via micro USB or through built in solar panels and can be fully charged in 10 hours of sunlight.
LumiAID's latest offering the PackLite Max is a combination 150-lumen lantern and phone charger that the company says is also fully water-proof. According to company specs, the PackLite Max can fully charge a cellphone in the same amount of time it would take to charge using a wall outlet.
With the help of partner organizations, LuminAID is currently distributing its solar phone chargers and lanterns to disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean. The company currently offers a Give a Light, Get a Light program in which a PackLite is donated to relief efforts for every one purchased.
(Image source: LuminAID)