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Solar Suitcase Educational Kit

Each We Share Solar® Suitcase kit ships with everything required to build a stand-alone 12-volt DC solar power system. It includes a full-color assembly and commissioning guide with written and visual step-by-step instructions.

The We Share Solar Suitcase kit offers students hands-on experience with:

  • Basic tools
  • Wires and wiring diagrams
  • Solar charge controllers
  • Circuit breakers and switches
  • DC power receptacles
  • Pre-crimped, slide-on connectors
  • Reversible terminal blocks
  • Digital multimeters
  • Illustrated technical instructions
  • System testing and troubleshooting

A typical classroom package includes one teacher demonstration suitcase, kits for student use, one solar panel with homerun cable, one 14 amp-hour battery, and additional tools for assembly and continuity testing. Our Solar Suitcase Student Kit does not include a solar panel or battery.

Designed for reuse, the We Share Solar Suitcase can be disassembled and used as a learning tool year after year.

Solar Suitcase for Deployment

  • Built for long-term performance in tough, remote locations
  • Equipped to light a typical classroom, dormitory or office
  • Expandable to provide more lights and more charging power

 Basic Components

The We Share Solar Suitcase ships with four 5W LED lights, a micro USB phone charger and a 15 amp 12/24-volt solar charge controller. An appropriately sized solar panel and battery are added in destination countries.


Solar Charge Controller

A professional quality 15 amp 12/24-volt solar charge controller displays system functions, provides overload prevention, and offers battery protection.

Size and Weight
Height: 4.1 inches (105 mm)
Width: 6.0 inches (153 mm)
Depth: 2.2 inches (55 mm)
Weight: 12 ounces (0.34 kg)
Rated Solar Current: 15 amps
Rated Load Current: 15 amps
System Voltage: 12/24 volts

LED Lights on Cords

Each durable plastic 5W LED bulb provides an 8 foot diameter of clean, bright, ambient light. The lights connect to the suitcase via the 23’ (7m) cords to the receptacles located on the main control board. The lights included in the Solar Suitcase run on 12-volt DC power and are able to withstand travel, heat, moisture, and dirt.

Size and Weight
Height: 4.0 inches (102 mm)
Width: 2.0 inches (51 mmm)
Depth: 2.0 inches (51 mm)
Weight: 1.2 pounds (454 kg)
Cord Length: 23 feet (7m)
Power: 5 watts
Color Temperature: 5000K

LED Lights via Switch Box

A student-built, professionally-tested switch box with two 5W LED lights extends the lighting capacity of the Solar Suitcase. A 30’ (9m) cord connects the switch box to the main control board via an expansion port to power the lights.

Size and Weight
Height: 5.0 inches (127 mm)
Width: 3.0 inches (76 mmm)
Depth: 2.0 inches (51 mm)
Weight: 8.6 ounces (244 g)
Cord Length: 30 feet (9m)
Power: 5 watts
Color Temperature: 5000K
*See separate specifications for LED lights and cords.

Micro USB Phone Charger

The Solar Suitcase comes equipped with a single USB to Micro-USB charging cable.

– Compatible with most USB devices and tablets
– 2 USB ports to charge 2 devices at the same time
– SmartFuse circuit-breaker protection means no fuses to replace
– Detachable 1-meter micro USB cable can be used separately

 International Deployment

We Share Solar has impact on a global scale. With systems installed in Central and South America, eastern Africa, the Caribbean and the Philippines, we make student-to-student connections worldwide. Here’s how we do it.


Suitcase Assembly

Once students have completed their build, the assembled suitcases are shipped back to our manufacturer to be professionally tested to assure construction quality and system reliability.


System Testing

A technician carefully checks every part of every suitcase to guarantee circuit validity and connection strength. When quality assurance is complete, we add a deployment kit containing everything required to install the suitcase.



Upon arrival in the destination country, each system is paired with a battery and a solar panel. We purchase these items in-country to support the local economies and to create a network that can provide replacement parts when needed.



Our trained partners install the entire solar system and train the school staff on proper usage and maintenance.



We Share Solar is dedicated to serving students on both ends of our program – those who build the suitcase and those who use it. Each suitcase ships with our solar energy primer, “The Power of the Sun” and a comprehensive user’s manual.



We capture the story of every suitcase and bring it back to student builders. This small step changes lives. When students see their work valued, needed, and celebrated they begin to see themselves that way – and the next generation of global changemakers is born.

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