Radio World Combination solar/wind-up radios provide access to education, information for up to 20 million people
Equipped with FM, AM and three SW bands, the Prime Radio can be powered by a solar panel (stored in the back of the radio’s case), its onboard hand-cranked battery charger (based on Freeplay’s original design), or a DC input that can connect to a car battery or, when available, AC mains power. The solar panel comes with a USB port option that can be used to charge cellphones.
The Prime Radio was borne out of Lifeline’s solar-powered MP3 player, which is known as the Lifeplayer. Capable of holding 64 GB of pre-loaded educational/informational content, the Lifeplayer is basically a Prime Radio with an MP3 player and recorder built in. The British Council in Kenya is distributing more than 6,000 Lifeplayers in rural and remote areas of Africa, to further group education in English (an important language for business and commerce in Africa).
“Here’s a vision of lives being improved through simple, yet ingenious technology,” said Tom Hanks, two-time Academy Award winner and Lifeline Energy’s unpaid American ambassador. He is quoted on the organization’s website.