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Luci by MPOWERD

Inflatable Solar Lanterns

Light Saver

Luci is an inflatable, affordable, solar lantern that generates continuous light with zero emissions anywhere on earth, independent of the grid. It can be charged under direct sunlight or cloudy skies (as well as incandescent light).

As easy to use as it is to deflate and stow, Luci’s durable, waterproof design makes it ideal for everything from boating and camping to outdoor entertaining, and power outages. In fact, lack of
electricity was the inspiration for the idea. MPOWERD was co-founded by Jacques-Philippe Piverger, John Salzinger, and Jason Alan Snyder. Principal inventor Jason Alan Snyder worked hand in hand with John Salzinger to develop the Luci lantern after an earthquake in 2010 left thousands without power in Haiti. Now, MPOWERD is on a mission to illuminate the lives of people who live in energy poverty all over the world.

Unlike other solar light products, Luci incorporates the functions of a task light, flashlight, and diffused lantern. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery weighs only 4.5 ounces. In your car, at home, or for those in need, Luci has the power to shed light on all types of tasks and all kinds of situations.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Owen
    Owen

    Hi I'm Owen from MPOWERD

    We are a company that develops and manufactures transformative clean energy products to replace and eliminate the dangerous, costly and harmful ways people living and playing off-the-grid are forced to find energy. We are excited to be on The Grommet and have the opportunity to share our mission to eradicate energy poverty through solar justice!

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    6/12/2014 12:32 PM

    Luci looks wonderful. Can you approximate how many hours it will stay lit? Is there an on/off switch? Thank you for your time. Margaret >!<

  • Meredith
    Meredith
    6/12/2014 12:53 PM

    @Margaret

    Hi Margaret,

    Meredith from The Grommet Discovery Team. Luci will stay lit for 6-12 hours depending upon how long you leave it on. There is an on and off switch on the bottom.

  • Jen
    Jen
    6/12/2014 12:40 PM

    Margaret is asking the same questions I would have. Love the concept; used to live off-grid and had only some of the early solar pathlights which I would charge outside during the day and take inside overnight --- great improvement over nothing or burning candles and worrying about fires --- but pretty dim! Also, how do you inflate these, and how does the outside hold up as far as punctures? Thanks

  • Arthur
    Arthur
    6/12/2014 12:42 PM

    @Jen I have had them on all night (? 10 hours) on bright. There is a on/ off switch, two levels of brightness.

    You inflate them by mouth, the plastic is very durable. I would suggest them as disaster kit items.

  • Karen M
    Karen M
    6/12/2014 12:46 PM

    @Arthur and @ Jen and Margaret, the order page always has more information such as tech info and usually answers that type of question..

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    6/12/2014 2:30 PM

    Hi Karen,

    Amy from The Grommet team here. Thanks for jumping in and helping us to get these important questions answered.

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/12/2014 9:00 PM

    @Amy

  • Arthur
    Arthur
    6/12/2014 12:43 PM

    Love these, been using them for disaster preparedness.

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 5:40 PM

    @Arthur thanks Arthur! Stay tuned for EMRG. We expect it to debut late summer. It's our smaller latern. It fits in all emergency prep kits. It's only 3oz and will cast a five foot light radius!

  • Paula
    Paula
    6/12/2014 12:45 PM

    Traveling at Christmas, looking for compact gifts for large family! This looks perfect! Thanks for such a great idea - love that we're keeping our energy footprint very small!

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/12/2014 12:50 PM

    Are there plans to have them come on at dark and off at daylight or will you just stay with manual off and on switches? So, if I have them in my back yard and just leave them on at all times will there be enough of a charge to operate them during the night too?

    Thanks,

    Kathy

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 1:28 PM

    @guest Hi Kathy, thanks so much for your interest. I would recommend turning them off during the day as to absorb the most amount of light and have a nice full charge by sundown. They are meant to be more utilitarian than, say, a garden light, but certainly are just as pretty.

    All the best,

  • JB
    JB
    6/12/2014 1:06 PM

    Does a portion of the purchase of this lantern go to help those in need? Such as described in the video and info attached to this wonderful product?

    Thank you,

    Julie

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 2:38 PM

    @JB Hi JB! We have a GIVE Luci option. When selecting GIVE Luci upon purchase, we will send the Luci lantern you have purchased to one of our trusted NGO partners.

    Kind regards,

  • L.a.
    L.a.
    6/12/2014 1:09 PM

    Okay, Luci is too cool for words! I purchased 2 of them because I live in a rural area outside of Austin, Texas, where power often goes out during our famous thunderstorms!

    Thank you Owen for introducing a terrific product!

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 2:39 PM

    @L.a. You're welcome! Thanks for your support!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    6/12/2014 1:12 PM

    Love the lantern, especially the ability to charge during an overcast day. How many charges will the battery last for? And are the batteries replaceable once they stop working? Thanks

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 2:48 PM

    @Kelly Hi Kelly, The batteries are not replaceable, but Luci has a lifespan of up to 500 full charges. So, she should be shining bright for quite some time!

    Best,

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    6/12/2014 1:45 PM

    What are the dimentions of Luci when completely inflated and when deflated? Also what is the total weight? What type of battery does it use? Can the battery be changed without a tool?

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 2:53 PM

    @Debbie Hi Debbie, The Luci is 5" in diameter by 1" width collapsed. When inflated she is 4" tall. She weighs4 oz. She as a lithium-ion polymer battery and does not need changing at anytime.

    Cheers,

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/12/2014 1:57 PM

    Hi, Great idea. How long will it hold a charge without use? Thank you.

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 3:00 PM

    @Peter Luci will hold her charge up to two to three months, but may decline in charge thereafter.

    Thanks!

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    6/12/2014 2:07 PM

    Here is some information that is available when you click on the product.

    Incorporates the functions of a task light, flash light and diffused lantern into one

    To use, let it charge up in the sun for about 8 hours to achieve a full charge

    Easily inflates with a few deep breaths and deflates when not in use for easy and compact storage

    When fully charged it provides 6-12 hours of light

    Luci provides 80 lumens of illumination from its 10 integrated bright white LEDs that light approximately 15sq. feet

    LED lights provide up to 25,000 hours of light before burning out

    Two brightness levels and flashing mode

    If not used right away, the rechargeable lithium polymer battery pack will maintain a single charge for up to 3 months

    Materials: PVC

    Collapsible & Lightweight

    Rechargeable (battery included)

    Maintenance-free

    Waterproof & can safely float

    Made in China

    Dimensions: 5"x5"x4" (inflated), 5"x5"x1.25" (collapsed)

    Weight: 0.25 lbs

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    6/12/2014 2:31 PM

    Hi Kathy,

    Amy from The Grommet team here. This is wonderful of you to help out. We appreciate it.

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/12/2014 2:39 PM

    I think Luci is great! I want to be a part of spreading this product world wide. How do I do so?

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 3:06 PM

    @Guest Thank you for your support! You may purchase the GIVE Luci, which will be sent to one of our NGO partners and end up in the hands of those living off the grid. Please feel free to share Facebook and Twitter posts to help spread the word!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    6/12/2014 3:54 PM

    @Guest We see a ton of lift from Pinterest and Instagram posts too, and if you are active on blogs you can share the word there too.

  • holly
    holly
    6/12/2014 3:15 PM

    I have one of these and love it. Do you have other solar items?

  • Owen
    Owen – Special Guest
    6/12/2014 3:48 PM

    @holly Hi Holly. We will soon be debuting other micro-solar products in the near future! The Aura, EMERG and the Lux.

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/12/2014 6:52 PM

    ONLY thing I see I don't like is that they are made in CHINA !! Could you not find someone to make them in the United States? I don't buy products made in China. These are super cool and great for underdeveloped countries but I would not buy one.

    Cathy

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    6/12/2014 7:26 PM

    I love the Idea of Luci but we do not buy any items from China. when will you be making Luci in other areas? Eileen in San Diego.@Guest

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    6/12/2014 8:18 PM

    Hi All,

    Thanks for your comments here. We truly value all of our made in U.S.A products and know that our Makers always work hard to manufacture here whenever possible. Often times we find it's simply not possible and continue to support them in their endeavors.

  • ellie
    ellie
    6/12/2014 8:44 PM

    @Amy

    Amy, are you really asking us to accept that in this whole country it is not "possible" to find a company that would make these with quality and affordability. That's a real stretch in believability. There are many of us out here who believe in strengthening America first, not China.

  • Maxwell
    Maxwell
    6/12/2014 9:14 PM

    @ellie I, too, am very disappointed that entrepreneurs go right to China for manufacturing. Like the product idea. Won't buy made in China. Will do without.

  • ellie
    ellie
    6/12/2014 8:23 PM

    It looks like a really great product. I was all set to buy it until I read "China" . What made the U.S. a strong and self sufficient nation, our own manufacturing industries, are being passed over in favor of products from countries like China. The MPOWERD desire to help nations who are faced with energy disasters is outstanding. Don't they realize our economy is also a "disaster area", partly because of all the manufacturing outsourcing to places like China.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    6/13/2014 12:35 PM

    @ellie Thanks for weighing in. As regulars in the Grommet Supporter community know, we have a deep commitment to discovering Made in USA products. If this is important to you too, the best way to support your values is to buy those Grommets and share those stories. Here is where you can find them: http://www.thegrommet.com/made-in-the-usa

    I've yet to meet a USA based Maker who hasn't tried to produce in this country. Many times when they do, the prices rise accordingly to reflect American wages or, sometimes, this also brings a higher quality outcome. And then we find that that the same people who say they only buy things made in the USA do not truly support those domestically produced products. And that makes me a little crazy.

    I am hopeful that the people here on this board discussion will not fall in that camp. Taking positive action is always the best course to exert your power, rather than sitting on the sidelines complaining.

  • Robert
    Robert
    6/12/2014 8:35 PM

    is the underside of the top silver so that it will reflect more light

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/12/2014 9:04 PM

    @Robert

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    6/13/2014 11:23 AM

    I never thought I'd live off the grid but many times when the wind blows or we get awful weather-off I go. I"m ordering one to take out when I have to get the generator going......

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