Portable solar power to the people

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is commercialising its solar powered portable LED lamps with mobile phone charger, the Mobiya TS 120S, in order to offer innovative, reliable and affordable products to people living without access to electricity.

Available from Schneider Electric distributors at under R500 in SA, the Mobiya TS 120S in an energy efficient, eco friendly and robust portable lamp producing 120-lumen light output, perfectly suited for demanding rural environments. The lamp is equipped with a mobile phone charger that includes a USB port, enabling users to charge their mobile phones any time. It features three brightness settings providing up to 48 hours of lighting with one day of solar charge.

“Ideal for off grid households, small shops, street vendors and fishing boats, the Mobiya TS 120S offers users safe and sufficient light for comfortable reading and other household and business activities within an un-electrified household or small business environment,” explains Zanelle Dalglish, head of sustainable development for southern Africa at Schneider Electric.

The lamp is designed in such a way to allow it to be hand carried, hooked to the ceiling, mounted on the wall, placed on the desk, fixed on the top of a bottle, and carried on a pole. This patented design has won Grand Prix, Strategies Du Design 2013 and European Design awards.

To cater for the proliferation of mobile uptake and technology on the continent, the range is equipped with a mobile phone charger that includes a USB port, enabling users to charge their mobile phones any time.

The Mobiya TS 120S superior battery technology - Lithium Ferro Phosphate battery - delivers high performance for more than three years. The micro-controller based charge controller ensures efficient solar charging, prevents over charge and deep discharge. Smart electronics for battery monitoring shows indications for battery charging, battery charge level remaining and recharging when drained.

“Through its global BipBop programme (business, innovation, and people at the base of the pyramid), Schneider Electric develops collective solutions for comprehensive rural electrification, domestic solutions for energy-related needs, and the business models that make these solutions sustainable. The Mobiya TS 120S is in particular ideal to take advantage of the African sun, lessening the burden of daily life in poor and off-grid communities. An added plus is that it is affordable, eco-friendly and safe,” states Dalglish.

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