Encore Player MP3 is a solar-powered radio with the ability to charge a mobile phone. The radio also includes a task light. As a power backup, the unit can also be manually powered using a winding mechanism.
This product was selected for inclusion in WHO’s 2021 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low‐Resource Settings.
The radios are manufactured in China. Components include external solar panel, an 8GB SD card, aerial kit, and mobile phone charging kit, among others.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Distributions to Date Status
Encore Player MP3 can be powered with either a solar panel or hand-crank mechanism. The main components of the radio include the external solar panel, an 8GB SD card, aerial kit and mobile phone charging kit. SD cards can be pre-loaded with educational content for users. The radio is designed to be portable and includes a handle for carrying.
Provided by the manufacturer
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Designed for use in off-grid communities
Vetted Performance Status
Encore Player MP3 has been tested and certified for a number of standards, including audio and visual quality.
No known safety hazards are related to this product
Complementary Technical Systems
An external solar panel can be used to power the device
Academic Research and References
Yildiz, F., 2009, Potential Ambient Energy-Harvesting Sources and Techniques, Journal of Technology Studies, 35, pp. 40-48
Compliance with regulations
SGS, EN 55013, EN 55020/A11, EN 55015, EN 61547, EN 61000-3-2/A1/A2, EN 61000-3-3