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Nokia introduces solar powered cellphone charging for Afrika

The Portable Solar Charger is part of a project where Nokia is exploring the charging opportunities for people that do not have access to the electricity grid. Kenya and Nigeria provide the perfect opportunity for testing this solution as recent World Bank reports indicate that only 16 and 51 per cent of Kenyans and Nigerians respectively had regular access to electricity between 2007 and 2011.

The Portable Solar Charger DC-40 can turn one minute of charging time into two minutes worth of talk time. It relies on a thin photovoltaic panel which weighs 93 grams and a 3 meter long cable that connects to Nokia’s phone via the 2mm plug. Nokia will be piloting the program this week and thousands of people from Nigeria and Kenya are expected to help test it out.

Source: ubergizmo.comAdded: 15 October 2012