Self-Sufficient Portables

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Self Sufficient Portables (SSP) are generally small (1-5W) portable lamps that generate their own electricity, without the need for an external recharging source.  They are a brighter, cheaper alternative to kerosene lamps that are just as portable.

  • SSPs are generally powered by a solar panel which is attachable by a cord.  Some have extensions which allow users to charge a mobile phone, either from the light’s battery or directly off the phone.
  • Some SSPs also allow users to charge from the grid if they have access.
  • Because they incorporate a solar panel, SSPs often have a high up-front cost, but in the long-term they are much cheaper than kerosene.

CompanyProductCountriesDescriptionMobile Charger/Plug


AVANI

Lantern R

India

Task and Ambient light assembled by local community members using the Barefoot College solar technician training methodology.

Yes

Kamworks

Moonlight solar portable

Cambodia

Locally assembled solar lamp to replace kerosene. Lamp is waterproof and solar panel is detachable so panel can be charged outside and lamp can be locked safely indoors while farmer is in the fields.

No

ToughStuff

Solar Light Kit

Africa

Modular solar light kit with panel, light, charger, and battery pack sold separately

Optional


THRIVE Energy Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Accendo

India, East Africa, Afghanistan

Single or multiple LEDs in desklamp, rechargeable battery inside, charged by a 1W solar panel

No


Angaza Design

Solite 1

Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda

Bright LED- ceiling mounted, charged by 2W solar Panel, 65x brighter than kerosene

Yes


d.light design

S250

44 countries, including Haiti, Nigeria, Mozambique, Vanuatu, Pakistan, Colombia, and China.

Portable light with detachable solar panel and mobile phone charging capacity

Yes


Barefoot Power

Firefly

Sub-Saharan Africa, India, over 20 countries worldwide

Portable light with detachable solar panel and 6 connectors for different phone types

Yes

Comparison Chart

Product

Lumen Hours over 5 years (10,000s)

5 year Cost (US$)

Avani Lantern R 21.9 $59.53
Kamworks Moonlight 21.97 $28
ToughStuff Solar Light Kit 32.85 $45
THRIVE Accendo 219 $55.11
Angaza Solite 1 146 $65
d.light design S250 183.96 ~$50-65
Barefoot Power Firefly 18.25 $49.17
Kerosene 22 $250