Updated on January 3, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015


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Bboxx Kit is a plug and play solar kit that can power lights, televisions, radios, and charge mobile phones.

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  1. Bboxx
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  • Bboxx
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Product Description

Bboxx’s BB17 Kit is a plug and play solar kit that can power lights, televisions, radios, and charge mobile phones. The system has a 17 Ah battery and comes with two USB outlets and four 12V DC outputs. 15-50W solar panels can be connected to the system, as well as 6 lights, television, radio, and phone charging. The system can be connected to the local mobile data network (where available) and send back performance and usage data to an operator. This functionality is tied to Bbox’s Smart Solar platform which is a solution that enables their products to be controlled and monitored remotely.Bboxx is located in London, England with distributors throughout the world. Bboxx spun out of Imperial College and a group named e.quinox.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Bboxx and international partners, including: Sustainable Water Systems, Station Energy Burkina, INTI Energias renovables, Green Power Africa, MicamaSoley/SAFICO, CDS Eau et Energie, Ap-Tech Contractors Co. Ltd.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mass produced.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

From local distributors, including Bboxx locations in East Africa, or direct from Bboxx's factory in China.

Distributions to Date Status

70,000 as of July 2016.

Description of power outputs

2 USBs and 6 DC outlets

Description of light points

6 LEDs

Total lighting service (lumen-hours per solar-day)


Peak power rating (Wp)

15 – 50 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

17,000 mAh

Nominal battery voltage (V)

12 V

Battery type

Lead acid

User replaceable battery (yes/no)


Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)


Payment structure


Mobile service required (yes/no)


Design Specifications

The BB17 kit is comprised of a control unit, solar panel, battery, LED lights, and accessories. The product uses solar power to capture energy and a battery to store it. The system is capable of powering lights, phones, and a variety of other appliances including radios and televisions. The unit has a built in GPRS/SMS connection that works with over 500 networks around the world. An online platform can be used to monitor and control the device remotely. Dimensions: 30 x 20.4 x 89 cm Weight (kg): 7.23  

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by Bboxx via products@bboxx.co.uk.

Replacement Components

Replacement 17Ah, 12V sealed lead acid batteries are available.Interview with representative


1 year warranty for the control units.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters


  • Solar panel will produce at least 70% of rated output for 20 years.
  • Batteries, battery box, control unit, and inverter-charger are guaranteed to be free of defects in material and workmanship for first 12 months.
  • 60W of continuous DC power.

Vetted Performance Status



Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

Riiny, M., 2014, South Sudan rural electrification project the hybrid mini-grid & PBK project. IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)., 10-13, pp 5-27.

Cherry, C.A., Rios, M., McCord, A., Stefanos, S., Venkataramanan, G., 2014, Portable electrification using biogas systems. Procedia Engineering., 78, pp. 317-326.

Pailman, W.L., Kruger, W., Prasad, G., 2015, Mobile payment innovation for sustainable energy access. International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy (DUE)., pp. 39-44.

Grealish, A., 2013, Development of a ‘pay as you go’ solar home system. Appropriate Technology., 40(3), pp. 26-28.

Van Acker, V., Szablya, S.J., Louie, H., McLean Sloughter, J., et al., 2014, Survey of energy use and costs in rural Kenya for community microgrid business model development. IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC). pp. 166-173.

Compliance with regulations

Conform to:

  • EU EMC – Directive 2004/108/EC, EN 61000-6-1: 2007, EN 61000-6-3: 2007
  • IEC, JIS, UL, BS6290 - Part 4 IEC 60896-2/'04 and JIS C8704-2

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