Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 06, 2011

Panasonic's Solar-Powered LED Light Handy In Disasters

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Panasonic Corp. (6752) will release a portable solar-powered LED light on Aug. 26, the company said Tuesday. The firm has decided to offer the product after the March earthquake and tsunami heightened awareness of disaster preparedness.

Solar panels are embedded on the back of the body, and electricity will be stored in two AA batteries. On a full charge, which will take about 15 hours under clear skies, the light will last up to 60 hours. It can also be used as a power backup, capable of supplying electricity to cellular phones and notebook computers via a USB cable. The two rechargeable batteries can be taken out for use in other electronic devices. They can power a portable radio for 200 hours.

The 15 x 10 x 2.4cm product weighs 150 grams without batteries.

The price will be about 6,000 yen. Panasonic plans to produce 100,000 units a month.

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