Azuri Duo Solar Home System
The Azuri Duo by Azuri Technologies is designed to provide a source of power for lighting and mobile phone charging using solar panels and a battery. Azuri’s service model allows customers to pay a $10 installation fee and then rent to own the system using mobile money or purchasing IndiGo scratchcards. If payments aren’t met, the unit powers off until the next payment is made. After paying off the entire system, users have the option of “unlocking” it for free, unlimited use, or upgrading to a larger model.
The 5 watt Azuri Duo was previously the 2.5 watt Indigo Duo.
Azuri Technologies is located in Cambridge, England with additional operations in Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
$138 USD, paid in installments ($10 installation fee with 80 weekly payments)
Individuals, households and private sector businesses are the target consumers.
Mass produced in Malaysia
IP Protected (Patent Unknown)
- Users can obtain the Azuri product from dealers in the target regions.
21,000 units deployed as of September 2013
Mobile money (specify), cable, keypad or other.
Service required for the product to work [Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, other]
Remote diagnostics or monitoring available
- Design:• 2 LED Lamps• USB connection for phone charging
• 5 W solar panel
Warranty and technical support provided by local dealers, with technicians trained by Azuri.
Replacement components are not available for users to purchase independently, they must schedule repairs through their local dealer.
Lifetime is unknown, but support and repair is covered through the product dealer for one year after purchase.
• Battery fully charged after 7 hours in full sunlight
• Phone charger compatible with 15 leading mobile phone brands
• Lamp intensity of 60 lumens
- Lighting Global verified the following quality standards:• Truth in Advertising: Accurate Labeling (e.g., rated run time, battery capacity, PV power)• Lumen Maintenance: 101% of initial brightness maintained over 2000 hours of operation
• Quality: Passed basic durability and quality checks
Lighting Global (Schatz Energy Research Center, Arcata, CA, USA)
Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.
Mobile phones allow for mobile payments, but scratch cards can also be purchased to pay for the product.
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- Tested using:• Quality Test Method in IEC 62257-9-5• Lighting Global Quality Standards
• Passed factory certification ISO 9001
Azuri Technologies also sells the Quad, a 10 watt solar home system.
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