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BoGo Lights: Help Light the World
Micki Krimmel, 16 Aug 07
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BoGo means "Buy One, Give One." For each of these solar-powered flashlights you purchase, one is donated to an organization that will distribute it in the developing world.

BoGo lights use standard rechargable AA batteries that last 750-1000 cycles of charge/discarge or up to two years. The batteries are charged by the onboard solar panel which lasts for up to 20 years, charges in 8 hours and provides 4-5 hours of illumination. 6 LEDs provide enough light to read at night.

BoGo lights are useful for outdoor adventures, emergencies and anything else you'd use a flashlight for. You save money on batteries and are contributing less harmful waste than you would with a standard battery-powered flashlight.

For people in developing countries, BoGo lights are even more useful. Safe and easy access to illumination improves security, health and safety and allows children to read at night. According to the BoGo light website,

Two billion people living in the developing world rely on kerosene lanterns, candles, and single-use battery flashlights for light at night. Not only are these options expensive, dangerous, and harmful to the environment, they also negatively impact health, education, and security.

So far, BoGo lights have been donated to nine United Nations High Commission for Refugee Camps in Chad, Darfur, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, Columbia, Algeria, Zambia and Ethiopia. The lights are also being used in orphanages in Rwanda, Bolivia, Tanzania, Kenya, Guatemala and Haiti. The lights are distributed by organizations already working in developing countries including Feed The Children, Samaritan's Purse, UNHCR and Invisible Children. Large companies such as ExxonMobil, Perenco and Noble Energy have purchased bulk orders as part of their community assistance programs.

So if you need a new flashlight, consider purchasing a BoGo light for $25. One for you and one for someone else. An orphanage in Rwanda, perhaps?

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