Waka Waka Solar Lamp Review
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You must have seen solar LED lamps before; they sell them in most big-box stores to highlight gardens and light up walkways. It would have only a matter of time before someone took the idea of the solar LED to the next logical step and designed a solar lamp that is designed for indoor use. It could be utilized in Third World countries that consume dangerous kerosene to light the night, thus reducing global CO2 emissions. This is exactly why people over at Off-Grid Solutions have designed the Waka Waka solar lamp. This solar lamp has much more potential, which is a good reason to design a great product. In First World countries, I think it has tremendous value as a camping lamp and also as an emergency/survival lamp.
Waka Waka Solar Lamp Review
The Waka Waka solar lamp has an innovative feature that makes it simple to charge and utilize. To allow the user to face the Waka Waka towards the sun to better charge the lamp, it has a hinged cut-out on the back that allows the unit to be placed on top of a water bottle. Once it is charged it can be flipped over to utilize and better direct the light toward the user.
The Waka Waka has an SOS beacon mode for emergencies and 4 different brightness modes:
5 Different Modes of Waka Waka Solar Lamp
- SOS Beacon. This is activated by pushing down and holding the switch for three seconds. It flashes SOS in Morse code.
- Night Safety Light Mode(6 lumen). This mode is bright enough to safely move around a room. 80 hours of light on a fully charged battery.
- Bright Reading Light Mode(30 lumen). 16 hours of light on a fully charged battery.
- Bright Ambient Light Mode(60 lumen). 8 hours of light on a fully charged battery.
- Super Bright Mode(120 lumen). This mode is active only for 30 seconds, and then it switches to Bright Ambient Light Mode to conserve energy.
Waka Waka Solar Lamp Features
- The lamp uses a highly efficient (18% effictiveness) 0.75W mono crystalline solar cell. This extremely effective cell is capable of charging the battery in even cloudy conditions, or when the cell is not directed towards the sun properly. It will even charge with artificial light. The life expectancy of this cell is over 10 years.
- Energy Savings Mode. It will automatically switch to a lower setting to save energy, when there is only about one hour of light left on the lamp.
- Under optimal conditions one hour of sun charge equals 2 hours of Bright Ambient Light (60 lumen).
- The packaging of the Waka Waka is made for extreme outdoor conditions. It is resistant to heat, UV rays, dust, and rain.
- The LED lamps in the Waka Waka produce 60 lumen at 0.5W and are super bright.
- The battery used lasts for about 500 charging cycles before it begins to degrade and is a rechargeable 800 mAh NiMh battery (3 x AA size). That equalizes to about 3 years of every night use before the batteries need to be replaced.
- It has a blinking green light which indicates the battery is charging. This light is on the top of the unit, the faster the light blinks, the quicker it charges.
- In ideal conditions the unit will charge completely in 8 hours.
Waka Waka Solar Lamp – Conclusion
The Waka Waka solar lamp has the capability to transform night time into productive time no matter what conditions you find yourself in. It has an extremely innovative piece of gear. Its reliability is quite remarkable, and its simplicity and ease of use are magical. They are a smart investment: I recommend you incorporate them in your emergency/survival kits, in your vehicles emergency kit, and with your hunting/camping gear. You will not be disappointed.