Unfortunately, for a very good cause, the title of this article is filled with promo links. First of all, after reading this article, kindly spread the word with #wakawakalight tag, go to http://www.waka-waka.com in order to buy and/or donate their products to the countries in need of light source and “Share the Sun”.
Now that I’ve explained the title… what is WakaWaka?
WakaWaka is an impact-driven social venture that fights to abolish energy poverty throughout the world. This Dutch company is committed to their sustainable business model that makes the distribution of renewable energy-based lighting easy and cost-effective. In essence, they operate as any other business, but proceeds made from selling WakaWaka products in the West, at competitive prices, are used to make them available to off-grid communities around the world at a more affordable price. The reason being is there are approximately 1.3 billion people around the world – a quarter of humanity – have no access to electricity, and hundreds of millions more face regular blackouts. The effects of this energy poverty are enormous. Lacking power and light severely reduces a family’s quality of life. Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting, but they are very inefficient, dangerous and expensive, and have extensive health and environmental drawbacks. As a person whose family used to be one of those less fortunate — and also being part Dutch, I can do nothing but 100% back this company’s honourable business model.
At #CES2014 I was fortunate enough to talk at length with the company’s team and learn not only about their product and mission statement but also the passion communicated during our lengthy conversation. I was then invited to come back and try out the Waka Waka Power, a solar rechargeable USB charger that is also a light that after testing, I know for a fact can light my hotel room at the Treasure Island, about the size of an entire house in the areas of need, at full strength for 11 hours (the brochure conservatively listed 10 hours at maximum capacity). This is when the light set at the blindingly and insanely bright setting. At the sane and normal brightness level, I managed to get a full 24 hours out of a single daytime charge under the sunlight.
Even the USB output is strong enough to power up my (sigh) depleted Blackberry Q10 AND my Jabra ERA Bluetooth microphone to full charge. What can I say? It’s a very good product, good for the environment and great for the worldwide social impact too. Especially after reading the statistics (see chart below), I can only strongly recommend for every reader of this mini review to buy one as for every single product you buy, an identical product will be given to a family in-need of power and light.