So i saw a tweet on the Twitterer inviting me to share an ad for solar powered stuff on my blog which all seemed a little commercial for my tastes. However, having taken a look at the items that is offering to students to help them both counter load-shedding and start taking responsibility for their own carbonite footprints, i thought it was worth doing. i am not making any money by doing this, but these items look really great and i’m not sure if you have to proveyour studenthood to be able to buy them, but i would hope not, cos i imagine all of us would be tempted with at least one of them:

There’s only one thing worse than being left in the dark, and that’s being left in the dark while on deadline. Luckily, is now able to help keep students test ready and switched on, even when nothing else is. With a range of smaller, personal load-shedding solutions (for under R150), these products perform reliably in every circumstance, so students can too.


Further proof that dynamite comes in small packages, this Pop-up Lantern produces an impressive amount of light when considering its modest size. Fitting in the palm of your hand while compressed and functioning as an LED torch, it pops open to cast light in 360 degrees. The lantern features three different settings (light, dim and strobe), and boasts 20 000 hours of brilliant LED globe life. A magnetic feature helps you store it easily by sticking it to your fridge or somewhere else accessible.


The strikingly simplistic design of the popular Chochin light is inspired by the Chochin Japanese lanterns traditionally lit at Japanese festivals. Created with the objective of providing a sense of warmth, light and peace, this novel light source lends an air of sophistication to any space. It provides users with solar powered warm white light, and features a handle which can be used for carrying or for hanging in a chosen location.


A little light that takes solar seriously, the EverLight reminds us that often it’s slow and steady that wins the race. This portable solar light can shine for up to 90 hours from just one single charge, and features a life span of up to 1500 charges. The EverLight takes only 12 hours to charge fully when placed in direct sunlight. Its water resistant body, S hanging hook and integrated handle work together to create a gadget that’s just as versatile as it is impressive.


Ideal for those caught by power cuts in the middle of meal preparation, or simply those who want save on electricity, the Small HotBag Eco Cooker is able to cook food by means of trapped heat. After food has reached boiling point, via traditional cooking methods, cooking is able to continue inside the HotBag. While reducing stove time by two thirds, the bag is also able to fold up, act as a cooler bag, keep plates warm and cook food while on the go.

  • Pop Up Lantern: (R108.00)
  • Chochin Solar Lights (R140.00)
  • EverLight Solar Lights (R100.00)
  • Small Hot Bag Eco Cooker (R179.00) is South Africa’s oldest online eco store. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, aims to decrease the globe’s carbon footprint by helping consumers improve their environmental impact while sparing their budget.


What do you think? Would you try one of these? And if so, which one looks like the better deal?