WakaWaka Power Pack & Solar Light
The Waka Waka Power Pack & Solar Light
Emergency Solar Power When You Need It
Over 21,000 of these small WakaWaka solar chargers were put to good use in the Philippines after the typhoon Yolanda struck in November of 2013. Besides providing solar power to charge their cell phones and tablet, the flashlight also aided them during the dark hours.
This solar powered charger was recently featured as one of the highlights at the Consumer Electronics Show. Using a USB cord, It will charge most cell phones and tablets even without an electric connection. That's a gadget most of us actually need and will definitely use.
It works on A/C when available or set it in the sun for a solar charge. For A/C you will need an additional cable. Either USB to a power attachment or USB to USB. You can plug in to your computer periodically to keep it charged as an extra precaution. That can been especially handy when you live in foggy weather.. It's extremely lightweight (about 7 oz), and very durable. Its size is only an inch or so larger than my iPhone.
These little chargers from WakaWaka have established an excellent reputation in the Philippines since the terrible typhoon. With power out, they were desperately needed so the residents could stay charged, connected and in touch. When you think how reliant we are on our smartphones to stay connected to family and friends, whether texting or calling, as well as for everything from banking to getting the latest news. It must have been such a relief to the residents without power--in some cases without a home-- to reconnect with their families once they could charge their phones and tablets.
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The Waka Waka has Many Uses
I can think of so many times this would have come in handy in the past. The world regularly faces one natural disaster or another causing extended power outages and worse. Invaluable for those emergencies.
Then we have delayed flights with long waits at airport. It's true, and very considerate, that airports are adding outlet stations in more waiting areas for flights, but still they are often fully in use.
Think of the fun times too, when we go camping, hiking, fishing, bicycling, perhaps for extended periods. Or what about a day at the beach (perfect time to test the solar charge feature), and all the other times we overlook charging our phones to find them nearly drained. Last week when I was taking a bunch of photos, I was surprised to find my phone nearly drained. The camera and the location apps that stay on most of the time increase usage as well.
When I opened mine up my charger, I was very pleased. It's so small, it's very easy to manage. It would easily slip into a backpack, your car, purse or pocket if you think it might be needed. Honestly, these are going on my gift idea list for coming birthdays. I'd like all of my family to have one. It was charged when it reached me, so I charged my phone fully through the USB connection.
I tried the solar feature but this week on the Oregon Coast there is not much to be found. Checking the reviews, some say that it was hard to get the solar up to full charge (should take 12 hours). That's why when I'm home I will use the USB and my computer. It's an amazing little invention. I'm glad to have one.
The Unboxing of the Waka Waka Power PackClick thumbnail to view full-size
Camping is one of the most common times when a solar charge would come in handy. The flash light too! Sure, many campgrounds offer electricity, but not always when you are tenting it. Especially if you prefer to backcountry camp to get away from all the people. With more families bicycling and backpacking together on camping trips, these might be essential. For backpackers usually lighter and smaller is better, so the Waka Waka products are great choices.
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Last updated on September 15, 2014
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