It’s been a full day of getting from Amsterdam to Krakov. It’s close to midnight and I just checked into my hostel. I shimmy up three flights of narrow stairs, my pack brushing up against the wall as I turn corners. I make my way down a dimly lit hallway till I see Door #16. I slowly turn the door knob and quietly push my way inside.
My eyes take a minute or two to adjust to the darkness. Every bed seems to have a bulge or a mound or a heap. Some of the dark bulky masses stir as I grope around trying to find the bed that’s empty.
My feet ache and my back is tired. I unclasp my chest strap and hip belt. I pull my arms from the weight of my pack and it drops to the floor with a louder thud than I anticipate.
Someone groans and rolls over.
I slip off my shoes and tuck my passport pouch under my pillow. Then I pull out my phone and see a lovely red “12%” in the upper right hand corner.
Where are the wall outlets?
Are any of them free?
Which adapter do I need to use here?
I pull out my WakaWaka from the top compartment of my pack, climb into bed, and plug my phone into it.
I lay my head down and yawn, “It doesn’t even matter” I think to myself, already drifting off to sleep.
The WakaWaka Solar Power&Charger is every backpackers dream!
Whether it’s for a night out under the stars, a long weekend at a music festival or spending months abroad, the adventurous spirit you know will undoubtedly put this gadget to use. It’s strap loops make it easy to hang on your pack, in a tent, on your bike, and a number of other places that may come in handy. It can also be placed on any bottle with a standard size top. It’s small, lightweight and USB compatible.
Check out the black option here. It looks a bit more chic and fashionable, although I personally have the yellow and LOVE IT!
This little tool definitely gives me a sense of security, since once it’s charged it can last weeks with “stand-by” solar energy. It gives me peace of mind to know it’ll be ready whenever an emergency may come up. For that reason it’s great to keep in a glove compartment and around the house too. I keep mine in an “emergency drawer” – it’s better than having just an old school flashlight! This can charge my phone when the power goes out, ahh… a sigh of relief.
Even if you’re staying in a place with electricity and outlets, you can bypass the issue of there not being enough wall receptacles or the need for an adapter with the handy WakaWaka.
Not to mention it also has a flashlight feature which is a relief when your phone is dead and your headlamp has been lost to the sheer chaos in your pack.
Let’s go over a few stats
The WakaWaka is compatible with most USB-chargeable devices, making it a pretty great universal tool.
Emits 4 levels of LED illumination – From 5 to 75 lumens for up to 150 hours of bright light on a single charge.
It’s “SunBoost Chip” enables the charger to fully rejuvenate its battery after 8-12 hours in the sun.
SOS emergency beacon enables you to signal for assistance if needed.
The WakaWaka can be charged by the sun, (obviously) but also by plugging into the wall as well.
The one and only con for me personally is that sometimes my device will only get to about 85% charged. This isn’t the case every time, but it does happen. I’d say maybe 3 out of 10 times. I guess it doesn’t take a whole lot to please me though – 85% charge is better than a 0% charge!
Fun Fact: WakaWaka is the Swahili word for, “Shine bright.”
The WakaWaka foundations mission is to end poverty in our lifetime, through trade not aid. Through support for women-led solar enterprises and through consumer and entrepreneur micro financing.
For every WakaWaka you purchase, one is donated. Each one comes with a “Give code” located inside the packaging which allows you to select a location in the world to donate a WakaWaka light. Proceeds benefit those without light
Every purchase helps fund the WakaWaka Foundation’s efforts to end energy poverty and bring light to the 1.5 billion people in the world without electricity.
Take a look at these short videos to learn more!