Solar Pebble Powers Africa And The World

The Solar Pebble is a solar powered lamp targeted for use in rural Africa, as a humanitarian product, and at home in the UK as the perfect gift. The LED Solar Pebble is powered by batteries that are charged from the sun via a small, efficient solar panel. It can also charge mobile phones and other devices. The versatile ratchet handle allows the product to be carried and angled when standing or suspended. On the go? Just strap it onto a backpack for daytime charging.


Designer: Adam Robinson for Plus Minus Solar

Solar Pebble - Solar Powered Lamp by Adam Robinson for Plus Minus Solar

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58 Comments

  • Thomas Eales says:

    Hey Guys,
    For more information about the product and the story behind it please check out our Facebook Page, http://tw0.us/9yI
    Tom

  • Ah I see Tom found this before me 🙂 Just to build on the description above….

    The product will replace current kerosene burning lanterns widely used, which kill 1 person every 20 seconds and also cost an average family £80 a year!

    After dark it helps support on going work into the evening helping education and increasing working hours.

    From a development perspective, the product is design to be assembled in target countries to help support the development of local economies and a service infrastructure of repair and maintenance.

    Our representatives move from community to community training and setting up local business to assemble and maintain these products for ongoing sustainable development 🙂

    • john q says:

      great concept, simple, clean.

      kerosene lamps kill 1.5 million people a year?

      • Thanks!

        Yes they are extremely dangerous, they are not the clean and safe lanterns used in the west, they tend to be adapted tins filled with dirty and cheap fuel and a wick. Not only do people regally knock them over causing fires but the main killer is inhalation of fumes and the related health problems.

        In testing we had a very high grade of kerosene burning in a room for 30 minuets, it was a dreadful environment it stings the eyes and makes breathing hard. After the small time spent in the room we all had throat complaints!

    • reality says:

      only ‘assembled in target countries’ ? why not manufactured there? how long to these products last? 12months 24 months tops? what are these products made from plastic, where does the plastic come from? just how is this sustainable?

      • HI Reality let me try and address some of your concerns

        This product has always been a trade off between performance, cost and positive impact. Manufacturing in country is extremely expensive and often completely impossible. We have decided to impart the components to ensure an affordable purchase price and then assembled in country to achieve some level of wealth generation where we can.

        Environmentally this product is not sustainable, however there are three aspects to sustainability: Environmental (well understood), social (often over looked) and economic (must make money to survive in the market). This product is heavily socially focused with much of the environmental impact traded off against the huge benefit afforded to people in developing nations.

        Obviously we would love to achieve a product which is affordable, non-impacting and can help the target population however this is impossible in this situation (as is often the case unfortunately).

  • Noah says:

    great but do you realy know africa! i think it would be better for meditranian beaches

    • Thanks for your comments Noah, I have seen them else where also so let me answer your question. Yes I believe we do. We have studied the environment and users heavily over a 18 month period and I believe that we have found an optimal solution for their needs.

      You are completely correct however this would also be very well suited for a number of environments including Mediterranean beaches.

  • Nino says:

    Thanks for getting wind of this Yanko. After such positive response, we did a follow up interview with the Plus Minus Design folks on the Pebble: http://www.earthtechling.com/2010/04/shining-light-on-the-solar-pebble-chatting-with-designers-plus-minus-design/

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