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INCREASED load shedding and endless electricity price hikes continues to haunt South Africa. A recent statement by the Democratic Alliance (DA) estimates that, since 2008, load shedding has cost the country R 300bn and 1 million jobs.
“The sad reality is that the current situation will get a lot worse, before we see any improvement,” says Ryan Steytler, energy expert and Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands). Involved in portable (solar) power, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands) are focused on providing viable and alternative solutions to the South African consumer. “Eighty years ago the concept of harnessing the sun’s energy hadn’t been imagined. Today, we are putting the sun’s energy in your pocket,” continues Steytler.
Its latest offering, Solsave, offers consumers a full range of alternative energy choices comprising both smaller and heavier portable off-grid power options. Its flagship offering, the Solsave my-powa, a solar power bank making use of the latest Sun Power Cell (SPC) technology, is able to quickly generate power with a world record efficiency panel.
A mere 10 hours of direct sunlight provides enough power to charge all essential devices including phone, tablet, camera, MP3 player, eReader, GPS, action cameras and smart watches. “But the real beauty is that for those who choose, Solsave’s my-powa can also be charged via a conventional wall plug (USB wall charger) for maximum convenience,” says Steytler.
Early 2014 saw the rollout of its ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign, focused on providing the country (and Africa) with reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy alternatives. “The uptake and market interest was encouraging, with market response confirming the need for both smaller and heavier additional portable solutions,” continues Steytler.
In response, this year sees the launch of Solsave, a global brand with local roots. Ranging from 1000 – 3000 Watt, it offers an answer to South Africa’s energy crisis across home, office, outdoor and emergency use. “South Africa is looking for solutions,” continues Steytler. “Whilst we are passionate about portable solar power, consumers also want the comfort of something familiar.” In response, the Solsave range comes with both on- and off-grid capability.
Contrary to a few years ago, it is now commonplace for South Africans to consider and investigate alternative sources of power. “This is a clear indication of the country’s energy crisis and lack of confidence in Eskom to supply uninterrupted and reliable power,” says Steytler.”What South Africa needs is greater access to independent (portable) power solutions that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, whilst capable of addressing any and all power requirements.”
This year sees the launch of three new products for heavier power requirements
As the need for alternative energy solutions continues, so too does the demand for products that are able to meet heavier power requirements. “Whilst our initial range, comprising of the WakaWaka and Ecoboxx products, has successfully provided local consumers with an alternative energy supply, market response has indicated the need to cater for increasingly heavier power requirements”, says Ryan Steytler, Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands).
As a result, this year sees the launch of three new products. Ideal for heavier multiple charging, light and medium plus AC power, the Ecoboxx 300 will keep your lights burning for as long as 11 consecutive nights, whilst charging your smart phone for no fewer than seven days. And these are only a few of its benefits. Irrespective of your requirement, the Ecoboxx 300 provides a reliable power solution across all household and business needs.
Known as the ultimate all-in-one power machine, the Ecoboxx 600 is one step up from the Ecoboxx 300, complete with higher charging and greater AC power capacity. As with the Ecoboxx 300, the Ecoboxx 600 is able to meet all general household and business power requirements from providing light in times of darkness, through to efficiently and effectively charging smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, stereos and other general household and business appliances.
The Solsave Backup King, part of The Sungrid Group’s latest offering provides an entire portable solar power kit, with up to 1800 Watts of AC power. Its endless power supply and indefinite battery recharge capability render it the perfect solution for home, office (UPS function), outdoor or emergency power. Safe, silent and an environmentally friendly alternative (no fuel requirements), Solsave’s Backup King is safe for indoor use and easy to install with its simple plug-and-play ability.
The Solsave range, requiring no electrical company installation and grid independent, continues to enable The Sungrid Group to provide sustainable, cost-effective and alternative solutions to the local consumer, allowing for peace of mind during power outages.
Empowering South Africa’s children through energy relief
I&IFORYOU, founded and led by Iris Freericks and Ianthe Smulders, has at its core the aim to reach out and make a difference. Their latest project, proudly sponsored by The Sungrid Group (In2Brands), sees Iris and Ianthe travelling throughout South Africa, from Eastern Cape via Kwazulu Natal to Johannesburg. And their intention? To help the people of South Africa realise greater self-sufficiency through the use of solar power, and to educate on how this source of renewable energy can greatly improve the lives of millions.
With a focus on providing lighting and power to schools and crèches in energy poor communities, the I&IFORYOU team will share with impoverished areas throughout South Africa the benefits of both The Sungrid Group’s WakaWaka and Solsave Portable Power solutions.
“We aim to reach out to people worldwide (you) by bundling our combined efforts (I and I), and helping in places where we believe we can actually make a difference,” says Iris and Ianthe. With over 600 million people in Africa, 12 million in South Africa alone, having no access to power, portable (solar) power offers Africa the opportunity to generate its own energy supply and in that, transform millions of lives.
“We are excited and honoured to be part of this journey,” says Ryan Steytler, Director, The Sungrid Group. “We wish Iris and Ianthe a safe and successful trip as they live our ethos of ‘empowering Africa’.
To find out more, we invite you to visit: http://www.iandiforyou.nl/
The demand for portable (solar) power products continues unabated as we enter a new year. With no end to Eskom load shedding, the demand for alternative and viable energy solutions remains. At the Sungrid Group (In2Brands), we are proud that the products available in our ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ range continue to provide South African consumers with a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable option.
Available online through either Takealot or Kalahari, in addition to selected Sportsman’s Warehouse outlets, the end of February will see the countrywide roll out of an extended product range (Ecoboxx 50, 90, 160DC and 160DC plus) across no fewer than 40 Makro stores.
“Portable (solar) power is the way forward,” says Ryan Steytler, Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands). “With no end to our country’s energy crisis, consumers everywhere are looking for a solution that will put the power back in their own hands, allowing for more sustainable and productive lives across both business and recreational.”
For further detail on these alternative solutions, we invite you to visit:
We are thrilled to announce that one of our flagship portable (solar) power products, WakaWaka Power, is now available on the Apple.com website.
As a leader in both business and consumer technology, this endorsement by Apple.com lends further credibility to WakaWaka’s reputation as a global game changer, not only with regards to everyday consumer activities but as importantly its role and benefits across social empowerment.
With the constant threat of power outages and load shedding, South Africans are increasingly turning to alternative forms of energy to both ‘power’ and in that, empower themselves, their businesses and households. Whilst to the average citizen, the use of generators might at face value appear viable, further investigation clearly indicates that it is perhaps far from ideal.
“Generators are both noisy and harmful to the environment,” says Ryan Steytler, energy expert and Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands). In addition, the cost associated to ensure a power supply adequate for even the most average requirements, places it out of range of the average consumer.”
“It is also not as simple as ‘plug-and-play’,” continues Steytler. When making use of your generator during power outages, in order to ensure no harm occurs when Eskom reconnects the power, one requires what is known as a bypass switch. “This needs to be installed by a qualified electrician, adding yet more costs to the average household.” Alternatively, the household items running off the generator can be ‘islanded’ (disconnected from the mainboard) via an extension cord. Whilst this would negate the need for a qualified electrician, the downside is that only smaller appliances are able to be connected, with no access to power for any heavier requirements.
Portable (solar) power, on the other hand, is already providing thousands of South Africans with a safe, cost-effective, reliable and renewable source of power. A viable, and increasingly preferred, alternative to the use of generators, portable (solar) power is placing ‘power’ back in the hands of the people when it is needed most.
On the back of last year’s ‘Switch to Portable Solar Campaign’, which saw The Sungrid Group focus on providing the country with friendly alternative energy solutions, this year sees the launch of an extended product range. Solsave, a full product suite covering smaller and heavier portable devices, also offers off-grid power solutions. Ranging from 1000 – 3000 Watt, complete with adjustable battery pack, rack and pay-as-you-go monitoring systems, Solsave is fast becoming the ideal energy solution across home, office, outdoor and emergency use.
“We listened to the marketplace and its need for additional portable products catering to both smaller and heavier power requirements, with both on- and off-grid capability,” says Steytler. “We are confident that the new Solsave range, together with our Ecoboxx, WakaWaka and LuminAID product offerings, is more than capable of providing South Africa with reliable, safe, renewable and cost-effective energy solutions across any and all power requirements and preference. Not only with regards to Eskom load shedding, but similarly when it comes to the use of generators as a potential option.”