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Solar Powered Lantern Built to Last

Techstination feature for Friday, May 29, 2009

A solar powered lantern built to last. I'm Fred Fishkin with technology Boot Camp, a report on gadgets and gear. Solar powered outdoor lights are everywhere, and they vary greatly in quality. It's always a good idea to find out what type of batteries are used to hold a solar charge....some ni-cads often don't last very long. A company called PiSAT Solar is selling a lantern that was developed by doctors working in replace dangerous kerosene lights. It is called the K-Light. And PiSAT's Andrew Williams says...

"It's ten to twenty hours on one charge. It's totally solar powered. So you stick the solar panel in the sun, let it charge up. It gets a one to one charge. So one hour in direct sunlight is going to give you an hour on full power, which is sixteen LEDs or two hours on half power, which is eight LEDs."

A portion of the fifty dollar price goes to the Light for Africa program. You can find more information at PiSAT You can find us with archives and more at I'm Fred Fishkin.