Monthly Archives: February 2016


‘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

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Sungrid Group to donate 10,000 free solar lights to African NGOs

With over 10,000 free solar lights available to Africa’s NGO community, you too can play your part in helping to eradicate energy poverty by making a difference in the lives of those without access to power. For a limited period only (31 March 2016, or until stocks last), Sungrid Group will donate a free solar light, for every product purchased, to a charity or cause of your choice.

The products relating to this offer include:

  • Solsave my-lite!: 1.5W solar panel with 90 lumen super bright LED providing up to 6 hours of light from a single charge.
  • Solsave my-lite+: 3W solar panel with 200 lumen super bright LED providing up to 8 hours of light from a single charge; 4000 mAh internal battery powerbank for the charging of smartphones and other USB devices.
  • Solsave my-lamp!:120 lumen super bright LED providing up to 8 hours of light from a single charge; 2200 mAh battery powerbank for the charging of smartphones and other USB devices. The Solsave my-lamp! is also capable of manual charging via its handle-like feature.

With true plug-and-play convenience (no installation required) and its multi-charging capability (the ability to charge via the sun’s rays or via the grid); the Solsave my-lite!, my-lite+ and my-lamp! provide access to guaranteed power and light for when you need it most. In addition, all products come complete with a full one-year warranty and five-year battery life.

“One of our key objectives is, as far as possible, to ensure that our products land up in the homes and lives of those who truly need them,” says Paul Hubers, Sungrid Group. Access to reliable power and light can, and does, change lives. From improving study conditions through to providing aspiring entrepreneurs the means to succeed, Sungrid Group is passionate about empowering Africa.

This is evidenced through its existing partnerships with, amongst other, The Community Chest of the Western Cape, The World Food Program, Barclays, Gogla, The World Bank and the United Nations. It is these very partnerships together with Sungrid Group’s full range of portable solar power and light solutions, excellent logistics and distribution capability comprising its own warehouses coupled with an extensive network of agents throughout Africa, that is fast positioning Sungrid Group as the reliable and partner of choice within the African portable power marketplace.
“This offer enables us to continue fulfilling on our vision of ‘lighting up Africa’, with the help of every single one of our consumers,” says Hubers.