A set of powerful handheld solar chargers are due to be launched at AfricaCom, Africa’s largest annual communications Congress and Exhibition, which is due to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 Nov., the manufacturer has announced.
PANA quotes US-based solar power firm World Panel as saying Tuesday that the World Panel 500 and 1000 portable phone chargers would be unveiled for the first time at the conference, to showcase a solution for the revenue gap caused by charging difficulties, and provide branding opportunities for wireless carriers and their partners, among others.
It said a key feature of the new chargers is the patented ‘direct-from-the-sun’ technology that charges a phone as fast as a wall outlet and allows for a low price-point as well as remarkable durability.
Utility-grade materials from the solar industry are used in the construction of the rugged devices so they can endure the harshest environmental conditions in sub-Saharan Africa.
The chargers can power any USB device and can be linked together using our patent-pending PowerLink to double or triple the output.
Commenting on the planned launch, World Panel boss John Anderson said: “I arrived in the sub-Saharan in 2011 with a solar prototype for boiling water and left with the clear message that people wanted a better way to keep their phones charged.
“After an intense R&D and testing period, I am returning to Africa to launch a line of patented chargers that meets the requirements of those I interviewed: it is as fast as a wall plug, it will last, and the price is right. Income generation is possible also for both entrepreneurs and the telecoms since 10 phones can be charged in a day.”