Nokero aims to help the poor with its solar chargers

Posted on Aug 2 2011 - 4:35pm by Julius

Mobile phones have drastically changed the way we live and our lives and are incredibly convenient. However, when we are stuck in a place or situation with a dead battery, it feels like its the end of the world. Luckily, Nokero found a way to solve that problem with its solar panel mobile phone charging system.

According to a study by the Hong Kong- and Denver-based company, about 500 million of the world’s mobile phone owners have no access to electricity. One the face of it, it doesn’t make sense, why would you buy a mobile phone if you don’t have electricity at home? Surprisingly, these people have to travel to charging hubs in order to charge their phones. Nokero designed these cheap panels to be used by impoverished villages around the world that have little to no access to electricity.

Nokero International claimed that their two solar panels are cheaper because the don’t have batteries. The 1-watt P101 model can charge a mobile phone for three hours, while the P102 charger can fully charge a dead cellphone in about one and a half hours. These pocket-sized solar panels are USB compatible and come with a variety of phone adapters. These Nokero solar chargers are not strong enough to charge smartphones, though.

We’ve heard stories of villagers traveling by foot and by boat, sometimes for days, to reach a place where they can charge their phones,” said Nokero founder Steve Katsaros. “In other places, people pay exorbitant prices to have their phones charged by vendors who use diesel generators and car batteries.”


via: Ubergizmo

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