Greenlight Planet has announced the launch of a new line of solar lanterns – the Sun King Pro 400, Sun King Pro 300, and the Sun King Pico Plus. The new devices are more powerful versions of the company’s existing best-selling solar lamps, boasting dramatic increases in brightness and phone-charging capacity, at lower cost, while retaining popular elements like their famously indestructible design.
Greenlight Planet CEO T. Patrick Walsh says the improvements are a direct response to the evolving priorities of the company’s customer base. “It’s been nearly ten years since we launched the first Sun King product, and people’s needs have changed. Rural consumers today expect brighter light, on par with standard home lighting on the electrical grid. And they need more power to charge their increasingly battery-hungry smartphones.” Walsh aims to meet these demands with the new line of modernized, high-performance lanterns.
Technical improvements include higher capacity batteries and USB phone charging ports, along with significantly larger 5.5-watt solar panels. New, higher-efficiency LEDs can be found in all three of the new models. And with roughly double the brightness and battery power of their predecessors, the Sun King Pro 400, Sun King Pro 300, and the Sun King Pico Plus still manage to achieve unparalleled affordability through increased efficiency and a newly streamlined design.
Specs of each new model are as follows:
. Sun King Pro 400: Shines at 40X the brightness of kerosene (400 lumens) for 5 hours, with 100 hours at its lowest brightness setting after a single day of charge. Suggested to retail at INR 2699
. Sun King Pro 300: Shines at 30X the brightness of kerosene (300 lumens) for 6.5 hours, with 100 hours at its lowest brightness setting after a single day of charge. Suggested to retail at INR 2299
. Sun King Pico Plus: Shines at 5X the brightness of kerosene (50 lumens), with 72 hours after a single sunny day of solar charging. Suggested to retail at INR 499
The company recently received USD 60 million in equity and debt funding – amongst the highest in the solar sector to further its expansion plans in Africa and Asia.