Posted by: Tony Bradley
mobile device charger, solar power
A few months ago I wrote a short review of the WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger. With a WakaWaka, as long as you can find a little sunlight, you can charge your smartphone, tablet, or really any other device that can be powered through a USB cable. The one issue or complaint I have about the device is its price–it’s a tad steep at $80.
Well, now WakaWaka has decided to get an early jump on the holiday discount craze with some special pricing. The holiday deals are bargains, but if you were hoping to get a WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger for half off you’re out of luck.There are four holiday discount deals:
- Buy two WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device chargers, get one free
- Buy two WakaWaka solar lamps for $60 (a savings of $38)
- Buy one WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger and one WakaWaka solar lamp for $105 (a savings of $23)
- Buy one WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger, get free AC charger (in case there’s no sun available)
The best deal there–at least in my opinion–is getting three solar-powered mobile device chargers for the price of two. Of course, you still have to spend $160, and you end up with three solar-powered mobile device chargers when you really only need one. But, it is a holiday special, so that may be a good deal to use to give out a couple as gifts.
The device is small enough to be portable, and rugged enough to be durable. It’s a good thing to have in your glove compartment on road trips in case your car dies and you need to charge your smartphone to call for help. It’s also an excellent thing to have with you when hiking, camping, or going to the beach–really any outdoor activities–because it may come in handy and the odds of finding an available electrical outlet while tramping through the woods is essentially nil.
If it makes you feel better, at least some of the money you spend buying WakaWaka products is being put to use for noble causes. WakaWaka is a socially-conscious company with a mission. The word WakaWaka is Swahili for “shine bright”, and WakaWaka has a goal to end energy poverty around the world.
The WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger is not cheap. However, the company is putting the money to worthwhile use, and when you break your ankle hiking up a mountain, and discover that you forgot to charge your smartphone, you’ll be very grateful you have a rugged solar-powered charger in your backpack–and suddenly that $55 (roughly speaking if you buy three for the price of two) will seem like the best $55 you ever spent.