claraLux NEO: Designer Solar Lantern For the Urbanites
Do you want to shift to a clean energy lifestyle? ‘India goes solar’ is the new mantra echoing in Delhi’s power corridors. However, besides the government, all stakeholders – NGOs, businesses and common people – have to play their role in promoting renewable energy in their daily lives.
The usage of solar powered lanterns is still mostly limited to rural parts of India. But you urbanites out there – you can also go solar! We want to take you through the usage and benefits of solar products so that you can take part in the growing trend towards energy efficient and clean sources of energy.
Like all solar lanterns, Kirloskar’s claraLux NEO can be used as an emergency backup lamp in cities and as primary source of lighting in places, where there is no grid connection. claraLux NEO is a portable, solar energy based, robust LED lamp device. There are three levels of brightness: high, medium and low. claraLux Solar Lantern offers back up for 8 hours when in low mode and for 5 hours in high mode.
While reviewing this, the most striking aspect for me has been the design of the lamp, which accentuates the functionality of the product. It comprises of a solar light emitting diode, a main conical reflector designed for a 360 degree, equal illumination. A task light feature enables the user to concentrate the light in one direction. The basic idea is to maximize light and minimize power consumption.
Get, Set, Go
The toughness of the claraLux NEO is due to the ABS plastics material, which is used in the body of the lamp. The lithium ion battery used makes it a non-hazardous choice – so it can be used by children. The 5V USB output can charge mobile phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth devices and even tablets. So, if you are planning to go for camping or trekking, take a claraLux NEO Solar Lantern with you.
This solar lantern appeals to people across all age groups. I will happily place it near my bedside, or even hang it outside in my balcony or in the terrace garden. My teenage son is keen to use it as an emergency light while studying or while travelling outdoors. My colleagues have coaxed me to spare the review sample for office use, during power cuts. (I am sure people staying in Gurgaon can relate to this!).
Priced at INR 1,899, claraLux NEO solar lantern is expensive, but we think it’s worth it: it is a trusted brand and design and durability of the product are above par. If this is too expensive for you, there are a range of other solar lanterns with similar specifications and output available at lower prices.
- 1.5 Wp Solar Module
- Battery Type: Lithium-Ion, 3.7V, 2200mAh
- USB Charging port output: 5V / 1A
Did You Know: The Lithium-Ion battery is lighter in weight than a traditional battery and has a longer life cycle of up to 1,000 charges.
Tip: If you are using this product for 4-5 hours daily then charge the lantern after it gets fully discharged after 2 days of operation.
INDIA GOES SOLAR Ratings:
– Functionality: 4 out of 5
– Durability/quality: 4 out of 5
– Warranty/support: 4 out of 5
– Innovativeness: 4 out of 5
– Design/looks: 4 out of 5
– Price: 3 out 5