‘Africa’s most exciting fundraisers are using Solsave and Ecoboxx solar power products.’
Sungrid Group’s Ecoboxx and Solsave brands are proudly involved in one of Africa’s most exciting fundraising initiatives. “Man vs Beast” is a first of its kind endurance adventure race. Covering a distance of 800km over 16 days along the west coast of South Africa, it is the ultimate physical and mental endurance race for man and horses alike to raise awareness and funds to facilitate corrective surgery in animals and children born with clefts.
As media and TV partner for this event, Wild TV Africa’s CEO, Dewald Visser, decided to join the challenge in order to secure great footage for the TV production. This resulted in him accompanying the participants, and animals, as they ‘trekked’ through some of South Africa’s most scenic spots – all the while on a Stealth Carbon Fatbike. He started the 50k A Day challenge, which also raised funds for the two charities, by means of a TV series currently in production.
In need of alternative, but viable, energy solutions to accompany him on this journey, Visser conducted extensive market research into potential options. After a thorough analysis of available offerings, he concluded that Sungrid Group’s Ecoboxx and Solsave product range was by far the most superior and, in that, exactly what they were looking for.
“We needed access to guaranteed and reliable power and light,” says Visser. “Sungrid Group’s Ecoboxx and Solsave range of portable (solar) power and lighting products were our first choice, and it definitely did not disappoint.”
During the course of the journey, Wild TV’s camera crew needed to charge batteries for the cameras, editing suite, drones, GPS and cell phones in order to be able to produce daily video clips for social media. “Sungrid Group’s Ecoboxx and Solsave products did everything they needed to do, and more,” says Visser. The Ecoboxx, with its solar panels (attached to the roof of the 4×4), provided reliable power during the four days there was no access to electricity.
In addition, the Solsave my-powa, kept in Visser’s backpack, enabled him to keep his action cameras charged as he traveled along the coast for days, eliminating the risk of any missed filming opportunities as a result of flat batteries. At night, the my-lamp! and my-lite! provided sufficient light for the camp site, recharging very quickly in the sunshine en route from Alexander Bay to Cape Town.
“I will never attempt another adventure without Solar powered products,” says Visser, “and have a very good idea as to what I will choose to use for my next 50k A Day event – a 1000km adventure from Swakopmund to Oranjemund in 2016.”
The following Ecoboxx and Solsave products, from Sungrid Group’s extensive range, were used during the course of this challenge:
- Ecoboxx 600
- Ecoboxx 160 DC
- Solsave my-powa
- Solsave my-lamp
- Solsave my-lite
Visit www.50kaday.tv for more information about this great Solo Fatbike adventure.