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Outdoor Warehouse Strongly Endorses Sungrid Group’s Top Product Range


“With the constant increase in electricity tariffs, more and more consumers are looking for viable alternative energy sources,” comments Michael Kriel, buyer at Outdoor Warehouse, one of Africa’s largest suppliers of outdoor equipment and apparel. “What makes Sungrid Group’s product range so attractive, is that it really is an all in one solution. There are no extra items that need to be bought, everything you need to ‘power’ your home, office or outdoor adventure is included in the box you purchase – making Sungrid Group’s offering true plug-and-play, literally as easy as 1-2-3.”

Having initially stocked only the Ecoboxx 160DC Plus, Outdoor Warehouse now also offers its consumers the Ecoboxx 600, available at selected stores. Both products are fast gaining traction and recognition as the ultimate all-in-one power machine for any light to medium portable power requirement. “In addition, we also stock the newly released Solsave my-powa,” adds Kriel. Launched early 2015, the Solsave my-powa is a revolutionary portable solar charger complete with both on- and off-grid capability.

“With the summer holiday season almost upon us, South Africans are gearing up for a well-deserved break,” continues Kriel. “Both the Ecoboxx 160DC+ and Ecoboxx 600 are ideal for the outdoor life, making it the essential accessory for all camping, caravan and 4×4 adventures.” On the other hand the Solsave my-powa, with its easy portability, is perfect for those who will be tackling some of South Africa’s beautiful hiking trails. “This makes it a highly sought after end of year gift,” adds Kriel.

“Through Sungrid Group we are able to offer our customers leading alternative (solar) power solutions, that are both cost-effective and of exceptionally high quality,” continues Kriel. Further, the easy to understand POS displays and visually appealing packaging, together with training provided, empowers the Outdoor Warehouse sales team to have extensive knowledge of the benefits and value these products bring to the South African consumer.

Whilst South Africa might not currently be in the grips of a crippling load shedding schedule, the need for alternative solutions remains. “The South African consumer still needs access to alternative and cost-effective energy products,” says Kriel. With the price of electricity continuing to soar, solar ‘power for free’, harnessed from the sun, is becoming an increasingly appealing option.

“Before, solar was always cumbersome and expensive, but this is no longer the case,” continues Kriel. Constant improvements in technology has led to the development of portable solar products capable of positively impacting the lives of many. “Whilst it might still be a growing market,” adds Kriel, “it is nevertheless fast becoming an essential product to have.”


sungrid3DIHAD (Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition) acts as a forum and facilitator for organisations around the world involved in delivering humanitarian aid. Over 300 companies, from 60+ countries exhibited at this year’s event held in Dubai.

“It was an honour to participate in this year’s event,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group. “A key part of our vision is focused on using our products for humanitarian aid, and DIHAD is definitely the forum to help enable this.”

Attended by the likes of UNICEF, United Nations, Save the Children as well as various other international refugee and relief organisations, all with the common to reduce human suffering around the world. “We know, and have evidence, that our portable (solar) power and lighting products bring relief, particularly during times of crisis,” says Hubers. “Participation at an event such as DIHAD enables us to continue living our vision, not only of giving back to society but to sungrid4empower those living in disaster areas around the world.”

The favourable feedback received, together with its recent appointment as supplier to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN HCR), reinforces the value that Sungrid Group’s range of portable (solar) power and lighting products are able to deliver to the humanitarian marketplace.



Getaway Show

Getaway Show

Sungrid Group, in conjunction with Outdoor Warehouse, maintained a strong presence at this year’s Cape Getaway Show held at Lourensford Wine Estate in March. With over 200 interactive exhibitors, and drawing thousands of visitors, it remains one of the leading events of its kind in South Africa.

In addition to showcasing its entire range of portable (solar) power and lighting products, Sungrid Group also used the opportunity to introduce thier more recent offering suitable for heavier power requirements. “The Ecoboxx 300, Ecoboxx 600 and Backup King are new to market and in direct response to demand to cater for heavier power requirements,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group.

“Our solutions are receiving a great response from the market,” continues Hubers, reinforced by the feedback received at this year’s Cape Getaway Show. “Africa is ready for alternative solutions and we are confident that our range of portable (solar) power and lighting products are able to provide consumers with viable, sustainable and cost-effective solutions suitable for all portable power and lighting requirements.”


left_aIntersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry held in Munich this June, provided an opportunity for locally spearheaded ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign to showcase its wares in front of a discerning international audience.

“With over 1,100 international exhibitors, it is the leading exhibition and networking event for the solar industry,” says Ryan Steytler, Director Product Innovation, In2Brands. Visitors from over 145 countries had the opportunity to experience first-hand the revolutionary capability of both the Ecoboxx and WakaWaka range, in addition to new product developments in its portable solar power portfolio.

“Solar power, the conversion of sunlight into electricity, is in itself not a foreign concept.  It is, however, cumbersome to install and requires costly consultants making it far from readily available or a practical solution for most,” continues Steytler.  The concept of portable solar power however brings with it the ability to harness the sun’s energy, but most importantly the capability of making it easily accessible to all, rendering it a perfect solution particularly for the local market. An overwhelming positive response to the Ecoboxx and WakaWaka product range from international attendees has reinforced local support and uptake for the ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign.

“Not only was it an opportunity to showcase our product portfolio, but also to interact and network with stakeholders in the international solar industry,” continues Steytler.  “As players in the local portable solar power market we are committed to remaining abreast not only with regards to local requirements, but also of international trends and developments in order to ensure maximum value and benefit for local consumers.”