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Bring the sunshine into your home with these CARRY THE SUN solar lights

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

As an island nation resting on top of the boundary where four tectonic plates meet, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the darkness that they bring – both emotionally, and physically.

In most recent memory, typhoon Hagibis wreaked havoc across the nation in 2019. The extremely violent typhoon was the deadliest to hit Japan since typhoon Tip in 1979, with 98 fatalities recorded, 7 people still missing, and more than 50,000 homes throughout the country experiencing damage of varying degrees.

One of the immediate effects of Hagibis was a loss of power, which plunged more than 935,000 homes into darkness within the Kanto region alone.

The loss of electricity due to Typhoon Hagibis is an extreme example of what can happen during a natural disaster, but across the world there are many countries and regions that live without access to electricity on a daily basis. This lack of power often experienced following disasters is the catalyst behind the development of solar light CARRY THE SUN, which aims to shine brightness into the lives of individuals across the world.

Image: Grape Shop (Connie Sceaphierde)

CARRY THE SUN is a solar light designed first and foremost for emergency situations, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be stored in an emergency pack at all times. In fact the light is not only compact, lightweight and durable, but it also has an attractiveness to it that can be used to accentuate the atmosphere of any home.

The exterior of CARRY THE SUN lights are made from a durable material that is woven with UV resistant threads that prevent tearing. The woven threads that provide this durability also diffuse the light into a soft brightness that isn’t overpowering.

Image: Grape Shop (Connie Sceaphierde)

Image: Grape Shop (Connie Sceaphierde)

Place a collection of the cube-shaped lights in a corner of the room for a touch of warmth in the evening, accentuate your beloved plant corner at home with the soft lights, or enjoy reading a book on your balcony long after dusk with the company of CARRY THE SUN.

The lights are also waterproof, so if you’re looking for something to add a little romantic light to your bathtub in the evening then CARRY THE SUN is the light for you.

As a wireless light source that takes up little space, CARRY THE SUN provides a little bit of sunshine all through the night without imposing too much style.

Image: Grape Shop (Connie Sceaphierde)

As a solar powered light, CARRY THE SUN has no need for bulky batteries or tangle-prone charging wires. Simply place the lights in direct sunlight to charge them up.

With the medium sized light, an 8 hour charge will provide 72 hours of sunshine (on the weakest setting), with the remaining charge being indicated on the medium sized lights by a flashing LED indicator. The smaller sized light needs only 5 hours of charge to provide 15 hours of brightness. The battery has a lifespan of up to 500 charges.

Image: Grape Shop (Connie Sceaphierde)

The most convenient point of CARRY THE SUN is how compact it is; when folded down CARRY THE SUN is only 1.2cm in thickness, and both the medium and small sizes are easily portable.

To ‘inflate’ the light, simply pull the two attached belts and it will transform into a three dimensional cube.

CARRY THE SUN can be purchased in two sizes; small and medium, with both sizes folding down to a compact flat height of 1.2cm.

The light itself is available in two basic tones; white and warm, which can be adjusted to three different levels of brightness. There is also an SOS flashing function that can be used in emergencies.

CARRY THE SUN sizes and specifications


8.8cm x 8.8cm x 8.8cm when in use

8.5 x 17 x 1.5 cm when folded

Weight: 57g

6 LED lights

Charging time: 5-7 hours


11cm x 11cm x 11cm when in use

11cm x 21cm x 1.2cm when folded

Weight: 86g

10 LED lights

Charging time: 7-9 hours


Developed as a sustainable source of energy, CARRY THE SUN aims to tackle and provide the following SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals):

GOAL 1: No Poverty

Providing light to non-electrified areas, CARRY THE SUN will help to extend activity hours long after nightfall, this in turn will lead to an improvement of income within an area. As a solar light, CARRY THE SUN is able to reduce utility costs and also contributes to the lowering of the poverty rate.

GOAL 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

CARRY THE SUN can improve the health and welfare of individuals by preventing respiratory issues caused by soot, or any harmful substances that are released when burning wood and oil. The use of CARRY THE SUN will also lead to a decrease in wounds inflicted by flame, as well as prevent the spread of uncontrollable and dangerous fire.

GOAL 4: Quality Education

CARRY THE SUN aims at increasing both the literacy rate of children and school enrollment numbers in developing countries, by providing lighting that can be used for evening study.

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

CARRY THE SUN is powered by solar energy alone, and is a clean energy that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Solar energy devices such as CARRY THE SUN can help solve energy problems on a global scale.

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

CARRY THE SUN promotes ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ in order to best make use of the world’s limited resources. All CARRY THE SUN lights can be returned to the headquarters for recycling.

GOAL 13: Climate Action

As a solar powered light source, CARRY THE SUN can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the prevention of global warming.

Whether you are an outdoors enthusiast, a desk jockey working from home, or just someone looking to add a little bit of sunshine into the atmosphere of a room, why not consider purchasing CARRY THE SUN and supporting a sustainable future

Check out CARRY THE SUN solar lights at grape SHOP.

(We use WorldShopping Global. The grape SHOP page is in Japanese, but if you see the WorldShopping widget appear at the bottom of the page, that product can be shipped overseas).

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Batteries degrade quickly when they're left in hot sunny places. These kinds of integrated solar rechargeable lights become junk in a few years for that reason.

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These type of collapsible solar lights have been on the market for a long time. Just another manufacturer joining the market to compete for the solar light yen/dollar.

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Nice. Good thing to have during a power outage.

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I’ve got small solar lights like this, they are not new.

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After using them for a few nights to read a book by you go blind from eye strain.

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Undoubtedly made in China, and solar cells turn into toxic waste when their usable lifespan is over. Nice feelgood item, but those who want to be "green" should think twice.

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