Searching for a Solar Light With Mobile Phone Charger?
When I first saw ovPilot X™, task light in an exhibition, I was smitten by its fluorescent green hue and the trendy shape of the lamp. It had a fresh look which drew my attention among the other 150 solar lighting products displayed. I could not resist picking it up from the shelf to take a closer look.
Omnivoltaic’s ovPilot X™ – Light It Up
This solar powered lamp can be detached from its stand, which can then be conveniently carried in your pocket. The lamp can hang from a hook while you are on the move or can be used along with the stand (it does not wobble and comes in the same color as that of the lamp) at home.
The lamp has a portable array of two UV protected LED lights enclosed in a UV protective semi-transparent plastic housing. It has 2 neat slots on one side: one for charging all types of mobile handsets (a USB charger with multiple heads comes with the deal!), and one for charging the lamp.
Once I started reviewing ovPilot X™, I realized the potential of its touch key feature. This feature is the patent pending lens, which doubles as a switch. It allows you to adjust the brightness of the light from normal to super mode.
The sensitive touch- key power button is on the upper cover of the lamp. The lamp glows only when you touch it, but not when it comes in contact with materials like a paper or cloth. This is very thoughtful of the designer, especially since ovPilot X™ is meant to be used as a portable task light, which can fit in your pocket or be kept in a bag.
There is another mode in this lamp which is a flashing / SOS mode. This useful feature will come handy to campers / trekkers in case of emergencies while on the move.
There are three green LED chips indicators near the touch-key, they indicate the charging status and the capacity status. When it’s in charging, the green indicators will glow. When you turn on the light, the indicators will tell you how many percent of the light left: 3 indicators glowing means the capacity is more than 80%, 2 indicators glowing means 50%–80%, 1 indicator glowing means the capacity is 30%–50%, when the capacity is less than 30%, there in no indicator glowing.
With ovPilot X™, I was curious to know whether it would deliver sufficient light. I have been using it in office and at home as an emergency light. It worked well.
We grew up with incandescent bulbs, then transitioned to CFLs, where we are used to measuring the power of bulbs using watts. But watts are a measure of how much electricity a bulb consumes, whereas brightness is measured in lumen: the more lumen, the brighter the light. Technically, the minimum specification required for task lighting is 50 lumen per square foot. In normal mode, the output of ovPilot X™ is 19 lumens and in super mode it is 74 lumens, which is adequate to meet essentials.
This entry level solar task light ovPilot X™ has passed the rigorous Lighting Global Quality Assurance Framework test method. The quality test includes passing a drop test, switch and connector cycling, strain relief testing, physical ingress protection testing, and protection from frequent rain. For more information on the Lighting Global Test Method visit: https://www.lightingglobal.org/qa/
If we charge the solar panel (you are not supposed to keep the lamp in the sun while charging) for one full day, this diminutive solar lamp runs for 4 hours in normal mode and 8 hours in super mode.
ovPilot X™ Solar Light Availability in India
Since its launch in India this year, this solar task light is steadily gaining confidence of users in the rural areas. Omnivoltaic warrants this product against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of sale of the product. These lamps can be obtained from Dharmalife the Indian partner of Omnivoltaic. It is yet to be made available on e-commerce portals.
Being a solar powered task light, it is used as an emergency light during power outages, or for charging your cell phone in un-electrified areas of our country. Priced at INR 1299, I see ovPilot X™ as an attractive option for all kinds of consumers.
- 2 LEDs
- 74 lumens brightness
- 15 sq ft of illumination
- Rechargeable lithium polymer battery pack
- 800-1000 cycles
- Over charge/discharge protection
- Over current and short circuit protection
- 8 hours of charge time yields up to12 hours of light
- Fully functional from -20◦C to 50◦C, not exceeding 60◦C
Tip: Solar lighting is sometimes preferred for applications where the need is temporary (fairs, mining sites, Olympics, introduction of real estate developments, etc.).
INDIA GOES SOLAR Rating:
– Functionality: 4 out of 5
– Durability/quality: 4 out of 5
– Warranty/support: 4 out of 5
– Innovativeness: 4 out of 5
– Design/looks: 5 out of 5
– Price: 4 out 5