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Gravity Light--light source that uses gravity

 
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Cool alternative technology that is providing inexpensive lighting for those millions of people that are off-grid (targeting Africa at the moment). Remember clocks that used to work using weights? Here's a light source that uses weighted bags to run and LED or two.
[youtube]www.youtube.com/embed/QX32yQgybaw[/youtube]

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Thanks Burra for getting the video to display in the post. How did you do it?

Ooops, I just noticed your link to an explanation....THANKS!

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Thom Illingworth wrote:Thanks Burra for getting the video to display in the post. How did you do it?

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This one involved a cup of hot chocolate...

How to post youtube videos
 
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That's pretty ingenious - thanks for sharing!
 
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I think it's great that someone did the R&D toward a commercial model.  I also applaud that these gizmos were initially intended for use in Africa (or parts of the world with similar nighttime lighting challenges).  At least one factory has been set up in Africa for them, and it could be many factories for all I know.

But I haven't found a source for this model GL02—made in Africa, so far as I know—that sells in North America for under a hundred bucks! So what's with that?  It may be to provide funds to support the third-world production facilities... but why not sell the unit for half that price (or less), thereby making them more appealing and sell many more?

https://www.amazon.com/GravityLight-GL02-System-Portable-Powered/dp/B01MRNBH39

Another thing: is the high-style superficial look necessary? and is it used to justify the high North American asking price?

Anybody here have more info or thoughts to add?
 
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