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 Base-5 and Base-10, two compact solar base stations that convert solar energy into battery power for any device connected via USB. The Base-5 model has three USB ports and can fully charge the equivalent of two iPhones after sitting for 4-8 hours in sunlight. The Base-10 model has 5 USB ports and can recharge an iPhone five times before running out of juice.
Both the Base-5 and Base-10 come packaged with small USB-powered LED lights that can be hung from their cords or set up on small stands to provide targeted illumination. The lights have three levels of brightness and can provide up to 100 hours of light.
WakaWaka, a company focused on creating and distributing renewable energy-based lighting solutions, has received wide acclaim for its first two products, the WakaWaka Light and the WakaWaka Power. The Light is a simple but rugged solar-powered LED lamp. The Power adds a USB port to the lamp to charge a single mobile device. The Base-5 and Base-10 take WakaWaka's technology one step further to better serve the developing technological needs of our society today.
We are becoming increasingly dependent on our mobile devices, but keeping them running is no longer as easy as swapping out 2 AA batteries. The Base-5 and Base-10 aim to keep everyone connected no matter what the weather is like or how many plugs we need.
WakaWaka expects to have the Base-5 and Base-10 on the market by mid-2014.