Low-cost solar lantern

Glowstar, a solar lantern designed specifically for countries where mains electricity is inaccessible or unreliable, is now commercially available.
It features a battery which can be recharged over a thousand times using a small solar panel. When fully charged, it gives bright, continuous light for up to eight hours. The battery can als {mosimage}Glowstar, a solar lantern designed specifically for countries where mains electricity is inaccessible or unreliable, is now commercially available.
It features a battery which can be recharged over a thousand times using a small solar panel. When fully charged, it gives bright, continuous light for up to eight hours. The battery can also be recharged using a car adapter or an AC mains adapter.
The Glowstar is available in two sizes, both fitted with a 5W lamp. Larger lamps up to 9W can be used instead.
The lantern has been developed by the Intermediate Technology Group (ITG) in collaboration with Sollatek, a British designer and manufacturer of solar energy products. The aim was to find a low-cost solar solution with a long service life. The final product was tested in Kenya. Prices start at UK™  £50 (US$85). Solar panels cost from ™  £16 upwards.
Contact: sdl@sollatek.com www.sollatek.com