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Matt Berg, of BuildAfrica.org, put together a photo montage (PDF) on the increasing use of super-cheap Chinese LED lighting in Mali, in West Africa. The middle picture is of a street-corner cell phone charging station. It costs about .25 to get your phone charged.

That last picture is basically of a motorbike filling station (with the fuel inside of recycled bottles). The little 36-lamp LED light on the left is the station’s nighttime lighting. The light costs around US$4.75 and can be powered for a week to a month of 4 D-cell batteries.

LED Lights and 12V Cell Phone Charging Mali [via AfriGadget]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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