New WakaWaka Power uses solar energy to charge phones and tablets

New WakaWaka Power uses solar energy to charge phones and tablets

They're calling it your personal solar power station. And buy a new LED WakaWaka Power and you'll be giving light to Haitians living without electricity

WakaWaka Power has a more powerful solar cell that can charge devices such as phones and tablet computers

Award-winning solar-powered WakaWaka LED lights are making a huge difference to the lives of people around the world who live without electricity. The new WakaWaka Power has a slimmer, more powerful Solarpower solar cell and much more battery power that enables it to charge electrical devices, as well as give bright reading light. Available from May.

If you are driven mad when you're out and your mobile phone dies on you, imagine what a joy it would be to have a power-source in your bag or pocket to charge it up. Enter the WakaWaka Power, big brother of the successful portable WakaWaka solar LED lamp.

Powered by an advanced chip made by Dutch technology firm Intivation, the WWP takes eight hours to charge in daylight, and then has enough power to fully charge a mobile or tablet, and provide 10 hours of bright reading light. If you don't charge a device, you'll have 40 hours of reading light.

The WakaWaka light has been a best-seller and the company's charity, the WakaWaka Foundation, has worked with partner charities to distribute tens of thousands to lights to people living in villages without electricity so their activities don't have to come to a halt when darkness falls.

This means children across Africa can study in the evenings, parents in India can see what they're doing when they're cooking, and people feel safer going out at night.

The device uses a chip from Dutch technology company Intivation
Charge the device for eight hours and get 40 hours of light

The WakaWaka Power, which will be available from May thanks to successful funding on Kickstarter, takes the product on: it has a more powerful Solarpower solar cell, which means it can be used to charge electrical devices using a USB cable. It doesn't need bright sunlight, just daylight to work efficiently, so even those of us living north of Calais can use it.

Its uses are obvious, from ensuring your mobile is always charged, to being a light to read by in bed, to providing light when you're travelling or camping.  

For every product pre-ordered (price $49), the company will donate two WakaWaka lights to the UNHCR to give to people in Haiti, 370,000 of whom are still living in makeshift camps three years after the earthquake that devastated the island. They mostly use kerosene for lighting, which is unhealthy and the source of many fires.

You can order online but note if you aren't resident in the US or The Netherlands, you will have to pay duties.

WakaWaka products are manufactured in China. The company says its team pays regular visits to the factory to ensure working conditions are good and that no children work there.