Vodacom snags contract to sell solar panel chargers for mobile phones

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Having a mobile phone is great, but if you, like thousands in the country, don’t have access to a steady supply of electricity to charge it, you have a bit of a problem.

This is where World Panel comes in. About two years ago the company showed off its SunStream solar panels designed specifically to charge mobile phones, and today it announced it has signed a retail detail with Vodacom.

“World Panel products are the first to stream electricity from the sun directly into mobile devices and they require no chipsets or PC boards. The SunStream and SunStream Plus charge mobile phones at or near the same speed as a wall plug,” it explained in a press statement.

At the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town, World Panel CEO John Anderson said that he first came to South Africa with a solar prototype for household purposes, but the most frequently asked question was whether it could charge mobile phones.

So after two years of fine-tuning, World Panel signed a deal with Vodacom in which the mobile service provider will sell its solar-powered chargers.

“We are honoured that Vodacom has joined us as a retail partner and are looking forward to reports on how the SunStream is changing lives and delivering energy independence across the African continent,” he said.

The panels have been purpose-built for African conditions, as it is water submersible, drop-tested up to two meters, and has a shatterproof glass face with a polymer case.

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.