Solar Chargers

Hi all-

I am reaching out to all to hear about experiences both positive and
negative with using solar chargers for the Nokia C-2. We will be using them
in rural West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso). I have done my own research and
have found:

Tough Stuff
Gomadic
d.light S250

Do people have any experiences with these 3? Do people have any other
suggestions? I would ideally like to keep the cost below $50USD.

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
Nicki

This thread it’s gonna be interesting!

··· Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:29:17 -0700 From: nlobban@gmail.com To: commcare-users@googlegroups.com Subject: Solar Chargers

Hi all-

I am reaching out to all to hear about experiences both positive and negative with using solar chargers for the Nokia C-2. We will be using them in rural West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso). I have done my own research and have found:

Tough Stuff
Gomadic
d.light S250

Do people have any experiences with these 3? Do people have any other suggestions? I would ideally like to keep the cost below $50USD.

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
Nicki

Hey,

We use the d.light S250 in a project in Zambia. According to our local team
lead they have not been the best, although the light is a nice feature:

“They never charge the phones completely even if left in the sun for the
whole day. You will need to keep the phones plugged in constantly in order
to use them! But they come with a fitted lamp which has been very useful
for our CHWs.”

Not sure if this will be true of all models, but is one data point.

Cory

··· On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Edwin Estuardo Salazar Masaya wrote:

This thread it’s gonna be interesting!


Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:29:17 -0700
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Subject: Solar Chargers

Hi all-

I am reaching out to all to hear about experiences both positive and
negative with using solar chargers for the Nokia C-2. We will be using them
in rural West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso). I have done my own research and
have found:

Tough Stuff
Gomadic
d.light S250

Do people have any experiences with these 3? Do people have any other
suggestions? I would ideally like to keep the cost below $50USD.

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
Nicki

Hi,
We also tried the d.light and seemed to work ok, although we also got some
of the SunTransfer lamps
(http://www.stiftung-solarenergie.org.ph/node/134). The ST lamps seemed to
work better as they have much more powerful batteries (sealed lead), so
they are much heavier than the d.light - the d.lights we used just have 3
AA batteries. Also we could buy the ST lamps locally (in Ethiopia) at under
40 USD. We were using them to charge HTC Hero phones.

Hope that helps,
Alex

Hi Alex-

Thanks for the information, is this just for lighting or can also be used
for charging mobile devices?

Thanks for the clarification.

Nicki

··· On Friday, August 3, 2012 2:45:33 AM UTC-7, Alex Little wrote: > > Hi, > We also tried the d.light and seemed to work ok, although we also got some > of the SunTransfer lamps (http://www.stiftung-solarenergie.org.ph/node/134). > The ST lamps seemed to work better as they have much more powerful > batteries (sealed lead), so they are much heavier than the d.light - the > d.lights we used just have 3 AA batteries. Also we could buy the ST lamps > locally (in Ethiopia) at under 40 USD. We were using them to charge HTC > Hero phones. > > Hope that helps, > Alex > > >

Hi Nicki,

Yes, we mainly use it for charging mobiles.
Cheers,
A

··· On Friday, August 3, 2012 9:07:06 PM UTC+2, Nicki Fluehr-Lobban wrote: > > Hi Alex- > > Thanks for the information, is this just for lighting or can also be used > for charging mobile devices? > > Thanks for the clarification. > > Nicki > > On Friday, August 3, 2012 2:45:33 AM UTC-7, Alex Little wrote: >> >> Hi, >> We also tried the d.light and seemed to work ok, although we also got >> some of the SunTransfer lamps ( >> http://www.stiftung-solarenergie.org.ph/node/134). The ST lamps seemed >> to work better as they have much more powerful batteries (sealed lead), so >> they are much heavier than the d.light - the d.lights we used just have 3 >> AA batteries. Also we could buy the ST lamps locally (in Ethiopia) at under >> 40 USD. We were using them to charge HTC Hero phones. >> >> Hope that helps, >> Alex >> >> >>