Aino Aaltonen

Aino is a 16-year old girl scout and she’s going to test the limits of mobile solar charging in a massive scout camp during this summer. Meet Aino.

Conclusions: Where, how and when a solar powered mobile phone works best

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the city of Yuma in Arizona is the sunniest place on earth. Of the possible 4,456 hours of daylight each year, the sun shines in Yuma for roughly 4,174 hours, or about…

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Conclusions: A solar mobile phone’s performance is affected by lifestyle

After four months, our solar charging project has come to an end. In that time we’ve collected huge amounts of invaluable data from places as far apart as the Arctic and Kenya. We already knew that for solar charging to…

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The challenges of using a solar mobile while camping

If there’s one occasion you’d expect a solar powered phone to be useful it would be camping. To test this assumption, we gave Aino Aaltonen a Lokki prototype when she attended the world’s largest scout Jamboree in Sweden. After an…

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Life with a solar powered mobile phone in Sweden: Part 1

Some of the most passionate mobile phone users are youngsters. Recent research from GFK shows that 90% of under 16s in the UK have a mobile phone. In fact, devices are becoming so popular that many schools have had to…

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