We Care Solar
The Solar Suitcase is a packaged, solar power system designed to power off-grid medical clinics and provide surgical lighting, power mobile devices, and medical devices.
We Care Solar is located in Berkeley, California.
Countries/regions targeted include: Africa: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Central America: Mexico, Nicaragua
Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, India, Pakistan, Japan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tibet, Vietnam
- NGOs or donors contact We Care Solar to implement the Solar Suitcase. Partners include AMREF, Safe Mothers Safe Babies, Save the Children, Pathfinder International, Kissito Healthcare International, UNICEF, Kasimu Education Fund, WEEMA International, One Heart Worldwide, YWAM Medical Ships, and Power Up Gambia.
- Medical facilities in the developing world that have limited or sporadic access to electricity, including hospitals, clinics, and other health centers.
Mass produced. Local contract manufacturers assemble Solar Suitcases.
NGOs or donors contact We Care Solar to implement the Solar Suitcase
1,500 as of December 2015
• Two 20W solar panels
• Two LED lights
• One 14 Ah sealed lead-acid battery
• Two 12V DC charging sockets
• One 12V DC binding post
• Solar panel mounting kit
• Solar suitcase mounting kit
• 35 foot cable to connect solar panel and suitcase
• Height: 19.75″ (502mm)
• Width: 15.53″ (394mm)
• Depth: 7.48″ (190mm)
• Weight: 35 pounds (16kg) (with internal SLA battery)
Provided by We Care Solar at 1-800-592-8916
• Battery replacement every 2 years
• No professional installation necessary
• Modular system can accommodate 200W of solar panels and a 100 Ah battery
We Care Solar follows standard US design principles to ensure the products are over-current, over-and-under-voltage protected. Interview with representative
Can be enhanced with additional solar panels or Maternal Health Kit. The Solar Suitcase MATERNAL includes a fetal Doppler.
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Callister, L.C., Let there be light: WE CARE Solar. MCN. 2012 Sept/Oct;37(5):351.
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We Care Solar also provides an expanded version of the suitcase with two 80 watt panels, a 79 Ah sealed AGM battery, and an extra set of LED medical lights.
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