LuminAID’s new solar phone charger lives up to their mission: “meets basic human needs with compassion and intelligence.”
One of my favorite television shows is the ABC classic “Shark Tank.” I enjoy the entrepreneur drive, and through “Shark Tank,” Luminaid introduced the world to their emergency light. I enjoyed the story, the mission and the design of the product. Originating in 2010, co-founders Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta created a compact solar lantern, to provide a safe and renewable lighting source. Whether you are in an emergency situation like Hurricane Harvey or Irma or live in an environment without a regular source of light, Luminaid has attempted to make the world a little brighter. In fact, the pair wowed the Sharks so much that Mark Cuban became their first investor. I was able to meet the team at CES 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada and learned more about the product. On February 7, 2017, LuminAID introduced their latest device, the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone charger.
The “ultradurable waterproof solar phone charger” doubles as a powerful lantern, providing recurrent light and charging opportunities. If you have not had the pleasure of reading/hearing about the LuminAID humanitarian efforts (Give Light, Get Light), this is a story worth reviewing. Their latest efforts, dubbed Hurricane Relief, has already provided over 10,000 lantern/chargers for the Hurricane Harvey/Irma victims. Named the “Mothers of Invention” in 2014, by Toyota, Anna and Andrea worked with their nonprofit partners to get the solar charger to those in need. Amazingly, Toyota has promised to match the contributions of LuminAID’s supporters and provided 3,000 PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone chargers and 750 solar lanterns.
Most people do not realize that we are only able to use roughly 1/7 of the total power of the sun. zebu.oregon.edu states that the sun is capable of producing 84 Terrawatts of power per day, yet the world only consumes 12 Terawatts. When power is readily available, this may not seem like that big of a deal. When we lose our utilities, alternative sources of power become a whole lot more appealing. Starting October 2nd, the preorders for the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger will begin shipping. You can charge the device through a high-powered USB charging port, with the included USB-micro charger, or utilize the high-efficiency solar panels. Luminaid promises a device that offers a variety of features. You can enjoy a maximum of 50 lumens of lighting, with 50-hour max run-time (on low). The device recharges via micro-USB in 1-2 hours or 12-14 hours of sunlight, 5V 2.4A output, 2000 mAh battery, Waterproof, Floats, charges in overcast conditions, 4 LED battery indicators, five brightness settings, PBV free and a lifetime of 10,000 hours. There is an adjustable hanging strap, which will allow you to hang the lantern on trees/tents/bags or to combine multiple lights. The device measures 6 inches wide by 6 inches long and 6 inches tall (1 inch compressed).
The battery seems to be designed for emergency situations, and may not be ideal for everyone. I look forward to the opportunity to test this device and I have personally donated 2 lights to the Hurricane Relief Fund.