Mandarin Ultra Solar Light

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Solution Overview & Benefits

The Mandarin Ultra is among the cheapest quality solar lights in the world. It is helping us at illumination to achieve our goal of reducing the energy poverty currently experienced by the world's poorest people, and thereby helping them to have more disposable income, be healthier & safer, and better educated.

Key features of the Mandarin Ultra are:

Ultra-bright (40+ lumens from 12 LEDs); Long lasting (6-8 hours on full charge); and Highly reliable and durable (robust design, weather resistant, 1 year warranty). It has been specifically designed to survive everyday use in the harsh conditions of the developing world. The Mandarin Ultra has also been proven on the ground through several years of development and testing across Africa and Asia.

Our Carbon-enabled business model allows illumination to offer such a high quality solar light at super low price point - of course critical when providing to people earning less than $1 a day.

History & Development

illumination started in Tanzania in 2010 in a town called Arusha near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our founder, Shane Thatcher, saw the effects that the continual reliance on purchasing kerosene (which accounts for nearly a third of household spend) had on keeping people there trapped in the poverty cycle. From that the Mandarin Ultra was born: a quality solar light that would effectively meet a family's lighting needs, but that was also at a price that was affordable to them.

Since then and with the help of our excellent distribution partners, the Mandarin Ultra's distribution reach has grown quickly across Africa and now into Asia. We have now distributed several hundred thousand lights across over 20 countries.

While meeting lighting needs with renewable energy is a key part of reducing energy poverty, we are also developing new products such as renewable energy powered radios, cell phone chargers and more. Our goal is to offer a renewable energy product suite that provides two thirds of household energy needs for less than $30.


Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price range (USD): 1 to 20 USD
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: No
Countries where spare parts can be purchased: Worldwide


Dimensions: 11 cm diameter x 2.5 cm high
Weight: 220g

Additional Information

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