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May 9, 2015 Gadgets No Comments Email Email

Australian solar company, illumination solar who make funky solar products for mobile phones, ipods and more, is shining a light on energy poverty with its new philanthropic offer called ‘BOGO’. 

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BOGO stands for ‘Buy One Give One’ and means that illumination solar will donate their Mandarin 2.0 Solar light to a family in a developing country who doesn’t have electricity with every solar product sold.

Over 1.2 billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity and must burn toxic and dangerous kerosene to light their homes which, inhaled is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. illumination solar has a mission to provide these people with safe, clean, free light.

The solar light will save a family in a developing country around $70 per year (which is a lot when you earn $1 per day). It will also increase their children’s study time by up to 70% and dramatically reduce the family’s likelihood of suffering a house fire or respiratory problems.

illumination solar has worked in over 30 countries covering more than 25 international aid and disaster relief programs. Currently we are working with Kadasig Aid and Development (KAID), a voluntary group based in Australia who has been operating for over 20 years in Cebu, We have already provided thousands of Mandarin Solar Lights to KAIDS programs, including to its ongoing relief work after the devastating storms that swept through the Southern Philippines in 2013 and again in 2014 leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

The life-transforming solar light was invented by surfer and economist, Shane Thatcher, who is based in Melbourne and who formerly worked in the energy industry.

He said, “We created this light for the billion people who live off the grid and survive on less than a dollar a day. Buying fuel for a kerosene lamp can take a third of their income, the kerosene fumes are toxic and polluting, and the lanterns often start fires. Having access to solar light can change their lives in so many ways.”

The Mandarin 2 is perfect for travelers, campers and those who wish to save energy. It is the world’s most versatile, high performance, solar powered light which comes in a powerful, tough, pocket sized package.

It is available online at and costs $AUD25.00

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