One thing which potentially inhibits many global consumers from making use of personal eco-technology is higher price points, which can often range into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Not all of it is this way, however, with companies like D.light Design and its $10 Kiran solar lantern.
D.light, which is targeted primarily towards developing countries such as India, sports an integrated solar panel which can fully charge the lantern after about a day of light exposure. Full operation time is said to be around eight hours, with the lantern offering 360-degree illumination and being reportedly four times brighter than a kerosene lamp. It can be AC charged as well if necessary.
“D.light continues to be at the forefront of providing innovative and affordable technology solutions for off-grid families around the world,” said D.light CEO Sam Goldman in a statement. “We believe the exceptional quality of the Kiran lantern, delivered at a low and affordable price, will make it a serious competitor to kerosene and other fuel-based lighting in every rural market.”