Yachts International: Keep smart devices powered up at sea
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Long-range cruisers need no longer worry about keeping their smart devices fully charged. Singapore-based company Third Wave Power Pte. Ltd. recently launched mPowerpad 2—the latest and most advanced addition to its mPowerpad range of portable multi-function solar chargers. The new mPowerpad 2 is a personal solar charger that charges even in cloudy conditions, and refuels your iPhone in just 1 hour. It’s perfect for yachtsmen who travel off the grid, and is especially useful on tenders and remote ship-to-shore excursions, as it can be detached and carried around a port-of-call while the main unit is left in the sun to continue charging.
The new mPowerpad 2 solar charger charges fast, both from the sun and to devices that are plugged into it. With a battery capacity that is expandable from 3300 mAh to 11600 mAh, it can charge a smartphone up to 8 times. It also features a pocket battery pack called mPowerpack that can be docked and removed from the main unit, as well as built-in radio, light and insect repellent. Weighing just 500g, mPowerpad 2 is half the weight and 40% thinner compared to the previous version – making it a highly portable and sustainable source of energy for users constantly on the move, within and without the power grid. What makes mPowerpad 2 truly unique and portable is the introduction of mPowerpack – a detachable battery pack that can be docked, charged, removed and carried around in one’s pocket or gear bag.
mPowerpack not only supplies ready power on the go, it also provides users the flexibility to add more charging power as and when it is needed. Designed for rugged outdoor use, mPowerpad 2 has an outer shell made of sturdy high-strength plastic and sealed by a silicone gasket and grommets, making it water- and dust resistant. It also features fixture points that can be attached to RIB or tender mounts. In addition, the built-in multi-function features such as a reading light, flashlight, SOS signal (in Morse code), FM radio and ultrasonic insect repellent make the mPowerpad 2 an indispensable companion.
“With our increasingly heavy use of mobile devices, battery capacities are struggling to keep up, and there’s a growing demand for portable power both on and off the grid. mPowerpad 2 solar charger is here to meet those needs. Based on the positive reactions from retailers, we believe that this product can make solar charging relevant and useful not just to outdoor and nautical users, but also to the mainstream consumer.” said VS Hariharan, co-founder and chief executive officer, Third Wave Power.