Get this solar lighting kit and we will deliver a similar kit to a village without power in Malawi..
We provide a quick walk through of how to use the kit including solar panel mounting options.
Here are some shots of the Zatuba village in Malawi, the residents and the training session by our local partner, Empower. More on our blog.
Photos by Empower
The most common application for this kit is to charge smartphones via our V15 battery. Some, but not all, Android smartphones will charge directly from the panel via our F3511-MicroUSB adapter. This system will not charge digital cameras that require you to remove the battery for charging.
Approximate Charge Time from 3.4-Watt Panel**
Voltaic V15 Battery: 11 hours
Smartphone via Voltaic battery: 5-7 hours
Smartphone direct (when possible): 4-6 hours
**For maximum power output, orient the panels towards the sun. When not angled towards the sun, output will be reduced. Dirt and scratches on the face of the panels will reduce the amount of light hitting the solar cells. Clean the panels with a damp non-abrasive cloth. Charge times are estimated based on optimal conditions and may increase in cloudy weather, high temperatures, or when panels are not angled towards the sun.
(the Array and Fuse 10W have three of these panels)
Dimensions: 210x113x5 mm (8.3x4.4x0.2 in)
Mass: 190 g (7 oz)
Substrate: 3 mm Aluminum/Plastic
Cell Type: Monocrystalline
Cell Efficiency: 18%
Open Circuit Voltage: 7.0 V
Peak Voltage*: 6.0 V
Peak Current*: 566 mA
Peak Power: 3.4 W
Connector: 3.5x1.1 mm plug
Mount: 4 stainless steel bolts
*Panel output is computed based on cell manufacturer's data assuming 0% reduction of cell efficiency after packaging of cell strings. Electrical output tolerance +/- 10%. Under irradiance of 100 mW/cm2, absolute air mass of 1.5, at 25 °C, as per cell manufacturer's specifications.
Our chargers are designed as universal chargers so this is a partial list of thousands of compatible devices. If you have a question about compatibility with your device or expected charge times, please contact us via our Tech Support Form.
Apple: iPhone 1G, 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4G, 4S, 5, iPod Touch, Classic, Nano, Shuffle (using your Apple USB cable or our optional adapter) BlackBerry: Bold 9700, Curve 8900, Pearl 8130, Storm 9530, Torch, Tour 9630 - Not compatible with Blackberry 9810 Flip: SlideHD, MinoHD, UltraHD HTC: Eris, Evo, HD2, HD7 Hero, Incredible, Rhyme, Trophy, Thunderbolt Garmin: Oregon, Dakota, and zumo Series, eTrex with nuvi with Garmin's power cable Iridium: 9555 Satellite Phone via Iridium car charger and 12V output LG: Chocolate (requires optional adapter), Incite, Revolution, Rumor Kodak: zi6, zi8 Motorola: Atrix, Backflip, Droid, Droid X, Pro and 2 Nintendo: DS Lite with optional adapter Nokia: N72, N900, N97 Mini, X3, X6 Samsung: Epic, Charge, Galaxy S and X, Instinct, Mythic, Rogue Palm/HP: Pre, Veer Sony: PSP (requires optional 4.0x1.7mm phone adapter) TomTom: XL, XXL and GO Series.
Will give a boost to tablets that charge from USB, but our Spark, Fuse 10W and Array will charge tablets faster than our 3.4 and 4 Watt chargers.
Apple: iPad, iPad 2, new iPad (aka iPad3), iPad Mini BlackBerry: Playbook Google: Nexus 7 LG: T-Mobile G-Slate Samsung: Galaxy Tab (will not work with ASUS eee Transformer, Motorola XOOM or Acer Iconia Tab)
In addition, you can adjust the Voltage output of the solar panels from 6V to 12V. The 12V setting is suitable for charging larger 7.4V digital camera batteries. You will need an optional camera battery cradle that supports the specific battery in your camera. Read more about our solar camera charger solution.