Merrci profile image

WakaWaka Power Pack & Solar Light

The Waka Waka Power Pack & Solar Light

The Waka Waka Power Pack
See all 2 photos
The Waka Waka Power Pack
Source: Copyright Merrci

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.


Here it is if You'd Like More Information

WakaWaka Power - Solar Charger, Black
WakaWaka Power - Solar Charger, Black

Small but sturdy, the Waka Waka can provide hours of phone charge from its solar powered battery. It has a great, bright light that would light a room too, should you need it. Every family should have at least one for emergencies.

 

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 Pack

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Unboxing the Waka Waka
Unboxing the Waka Waka
See all 2 photos
Unboxing the Waka Waka
Source: Copyright Merrci

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.

d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S300 Lantern and Cell Phone Charger
d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S300 Lantern and Cell Phone Charger

Here's another handy item when power is not available. Charge in the sun to light up the evening.

 
Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger
Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Charger

Here's a larger choice in a solar charger that works very well.

 

Watch a Review of the Waka Waka Power Pack

WakaWaka Solar Lamp
WakaWaka Solar Lamp

A super light weight solar light also made by WakaWaka.

 

 Last updated on September 15, 2014

Useful {3}Funny Awesome Beautiful Interesting {2}

Have you been caught without power and a dying cellphone? Wouldn't this help? 47 comments

takkhisa profile image

takkhisa 10 months ago Level 4 Commenter

I think we must collect at least one of these for bad days. Thanks for sharing.


goldenrulecomics profile image

goldenrulecomics 8 months ago Level 1 Commenter

These look very useful


SusanDeppner profile image

SusanDeppner 8 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

I really appreciate this review. I love "gadgets" like this one.


tonyleather 8 months ago

I am a big fan of solar power. Great lens!


visit2goa 8 months ago

i am afraid of its price.... usually these solar gadget are high priced..


Diana Wenzel profile image

Diana Wenzel 8 months ago from Colorado Level 5 Commenter

I love solar chargers. Very useful devices. I can see myself using this while backpacking. Congrats on Review of the Day!


GrammieOlivia profile image

GrammieOlivia 8 months ago from Toronto Level 6 Commenter

Think I might just have to give these out to grown children for Easter instead of bunnies.............okay with just a little bunny too!


ecogranny profile image

ecogranny 8 months ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

I love this idea, and I'm nearly sold. I like the idea of a small device I can carry with me. Living in earthquake country, I like to be prepared.A question: If I understood you correctly, it only charges when there is full sun? Overcast skies do not give it enough light to charge? I know some solar chargers can charge when skies are cloudy, but not all. The reason this is so important to me is that I'm looking for a portable charger for our earthquake preparedness kit. Quite often in a major disaster such as an earthquake, smoke can fill the skies for days, rendering some solar chargers ineffective.Otherwise, I'm sold on the idea of an easy to carry portable charger for traveling and for those times I'm out and about hours longer than I thought I would be.


MJ Martin profile image

MJ Martin 8 months ago from Washington State Level 3 Commenter

I have been looking for lights like this for a long time. It will sure help out when we head into the woods, helping out with local disasters.


oscar1208 lm profile image

oscar1208 lm 8 months ago

Love solar-powered devices. Good review. Thank you for it.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@oscar1208 lm: Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@MJ Martin: They are so handy! Thanks for your comments.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@SusanDeppner: Thanks so much Susan!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@ecogranny: Thanks Graceonline! Thanks for your comments. I send an answer to you. Since my home doesn't get sunshine it can sit in, I charge it with the USB, then take it when I travel. In a forest fire type situation where smoke is thick I don't know how it would do, but in most EQ's the smoke often isn't that widespread. Hope that helps!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@goldenrulecomics: They are handy little fellows! Thanks for your comments.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@takkhisa: Good to have! Thanks so much for commenting!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@visit2goa: Thanks for your comments!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@tonyleather: Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: Thank you dear RenaissanceWoman! Backpacking would be a perfect use, wouldn't it? That sounds like so much fun. And you are very familiar with solar power!


DebMartin profile image

DebMartin 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Would love this little charger for camp.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@DebMartin: Definitely handy for that! Thanks so much for commenting Deb.


CherylsArt profile image

CherylsArt 7 months ago from West Virginia Level 6 Commenter

These are a great idea.


Lady Lorelei profile image

Lady Lorelei 7 months ago from Canada Level 5 Commenter

I am really looking forward to each new solar power product that comes out. I think it truly is the way to go in environmental protection. I just wish more governments would clue in and start moving away from fossil fuels and more into solar energy research.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@CherylsArt: Thanks for commenting. They are so handy.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@Lady Lorelei: It would be good if they do all they can with whatever they can!


TerriCarr profile image

TerriCarr 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Great product! I wonder how many different things it can charge? Amazon says only Smartphones and tablets. Is there a solar powered charger that would charge a small laptop? That is what I need.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@TerriCarr: I'll have to check! It would be great if a USB would charge it. Good question! Thanks for stopping by.


esmonaco profile image

esmonaco 7 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

Nice Review and product, I'll have to check it out, because my wife's phone is always drainred not mine so much because nobody calls me, they all call her!!!!


dmhonz 7 months ago

Good review there. I have a problem in my battery of my laptop is this WakaWaka Power Pack can supply a laptop have you tried it and if it works in the laptop.


Rhonda Lytle profile image

Rhonda Lytle 6 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie Level 7 Commenter

This is going at the very top of my wish list. Being so far out in the boons, when we have a power outage, it takes a long time to get a repair crew. I don't mind candle light but get really annoyed when my computer's charge is gone. This would be just the fix.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@esmonaco: It's handy to have, especially when away from power. Thanks so much esmonaco!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@dmhonz: Not that I know of. It plugs in through a usb port.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@Rhonda Lytle: Thanks for your comments!


Sylvestermouse profile image

Sylvestermouse 5 months ago from United States Level 6 Commenter

Wow! This seems like the perfect gift for the men in my family! While there is no doubt we would all benefit from it, the men would love it immediately


Merrci profile image

Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@Sylvestermouse: Thanks so much for stopping by Sylvestermouse! Appreiciate your comments!


yayang0405 lm profile image

yayang0405 lm 5 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Yes. I think this is a good product especially here in the Philippines.


SheGetsCreative profile image

SheGetsCreative 5 months ago from Seattle, WA Level 5 Commenter

Sounds like a great product to have in your backpack or trunk. pinned


Adventuretravels profile image

Adventuretravels 4 months ago from London UK Level 7 Commenter

I love this. I want one too very useful for camping trips. Good lens


Merrci profile image

Merrci 3 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@yayang0405 lm: Thanks so much yayang!


Merrci profile image

Merrci 3 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@SheGetsCreative: Definitely! Thanks so much Upon-Request.


Merrci profile image

Merrci 3 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Hub Author

@Adventuretravels: I think that is the perfect time for one! Thanks for commenting.


zigwynn 3 months ago

Who knew? Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Very useful for many situations.


smine27 profile image

smine27 7 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan Level 6 Commenter

Looks like a great product Merrci. I think I need to get one of these just in case another major earthquake happens.


ecogranny profile image

ecogranny 7 weeks ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

Merrci, this looks like a truly handy and useful gadget. Could you just clarify a bit please? You said you tried it on the Oregon Coast this week, but there is not much (sun, presumably?) to be found. Does the solar feature work only in bright sunlight? Will it not charge when skies are overcast? That would be an important factor for me in deciding whether to put it in our earthquake-preparedness kit, as I live in San Francisco. I'm fairly certain that in a major earthquake, we would see a lot of smoke-filled skies, and I need a charger that works in lower-light situations.

What a wonderful concept this is, having a flashlight and USB solar-charger in one small gadget. Thank you for sharing it.


Brite-Ideas profile image

Brite-Ideas 4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada Level 7 Commenter

Merry, what a fabulous item to own. I want one. Great gift idea as well. Last year I gave many people portable chargers for their cell phones and those little puppies are handy too!


esmonaco profile image

esmonaco 4 weeks ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

Love this thing, I still haven't picked one up. Hope you have a wonderful week :)


Lady Lorelei profile image

Lady Lorelei 4 weeks ago from Canada Level 5 Commenter

A solar charger is definitely on my shopping list. I am still debating on how large a model to get and checking into ease of use (which the smaller models really have down pat).

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages account.

    8192 characters left.
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    Please wait working