Meet Coolala, the world’s first outdoor and indoor solar-powered air conditioner.
Established in 2009, the project was backed in 2015 when its production line was moved to Shenzhen, China.
For indoor usage, you have to plug Coolala into the nearest outlet, while for the outdoors, you can connect Coolala to the optional 40,000 mAh or 60,000 mAh power banks.
Unlike electric fans or evaporative cooling units (pour water) which can only blow hot air, Coolala gives you an experience similar to that of a window AC unit.
Global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter explains that “for extra sunny days, a solar panel provides additional power to the device. When there is no sun, Coolala can be worked by a power station.”
“It is a 3,500 BTU air conditioner with 100 watts of solar energy. Fully charged, the battery lasts up to 8 hours. Or keep it in the sun for an all-day cool that charges as you go.”
The product weighs just over seven pounds and is a carry-on which makes it easier to take it around.
The company is expected to start shipping by April this year after receiving HK$ 836,034 ($106878) in funding on Kickstarter.
In terms of price, it is expected to be priced around $589.