Q&A's

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  • I've heard MPOWERD is a Certified B Corporation. What is that?

    To borrow from the B Corp website, we're what Fair Trade is to Coffee, or what USDA Organic is to Milk. In other words, Certified B Corps were born out of the idea that in the modern age, companies should care just as much about helping others as they do helping themselves.

    To prove we mean it, we're audited by the third-party B Lab, in which we have to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. How are we doing? See for yourself.

    We're also legally registered as a benefit corporation, and our latest benefit report is available here

    How do you make a difference?

    Since MPOWERD began in 2012, we've been focused on providing a real, immediate solution for the 1.5 billion people still living without access to electricity. We built a sustainable business model that allows us to provide lights to everyone, no matter where they live or how much they make, at a price they can actually afford. Simply put, we use high volume retail sales to lower costs, and pass those savings on. So the more we sell at home, the more we're able to give to those in need. To learn more, check out our story.

    How can I get involved?

    If you've bought from us before, you already are. Profits from every light sold go towards getting more lights to those that need them most.

    Want to take it a step further? Our Give Luci program lets you purchase lights sent directly to someone living in energy poverty through one of our NGO partners. Learn more about Give Luci.

    MPOWERD Patent Information

    MPOWERD takes its IP seriously and is protective of its rights. The Luci line of products is patented in the U.S., China, and Taiwan, and is patent pending in other countries around the globe. MPOWERD is committed to producing the highest quality products while helping those without access to electricity. Look for the Luci logo to ensure that you are purchasing an original, high quality MPOWERD product.

  • How much does shipping cost?

    It depends on where you live. Costs are calculated during checkout, so you'll see the total shipping cost before you buy.

    Can I order from outside the U.S.?

    You can order from anywhere in the world!

    Can I send them as gifts?

    Please do! Just make sure your shipping address and billing address are different.

    Can I track my order?

    Of course! You’ll get an email with the tracking number once it ships. If you don’t get your email, please contact Customer Service at support@mpowerd.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

    Are there discounts for large orders?

    Yes! Find out if you qualify by emailing sales@mpowerd.com.

    Is it possible to co-brand with Luci lights?

    Yes! Get the details by filling out our quick form here. Someone will get back to you right away. 

    Are MPOWERD products available in stores?

    Oh yeah, big time. We're in over a thousand retailers in the US alone. If you're the type of person who goes to a website for info, but still loves the ol' brick & mortar, email support@mpowerd.com and we'll tell you where to find the closest store.

    Do you have a product warranty?

    Yep. All of our products have a one-year warranty for manufacturing-related issues from the date of receipt. The warranty policy is available in full here. Have a question about yours? Send an email to support@mpowerd.com.

    What is your return policy?

    If you bought a Luci light through our website, you can return it within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked, as long as it's unopened. If you bought at a store, you'll need to check their specific return policy. We also have a 1 year warranty in case you run into any issues with your light! For more info, please reach out to our team at support@mpowerd.com.

  • How does my Luci light work?

    Luci's solar panels absorb the sun's UV rays, which are then stored in its lithium battery until you're ready to use it. On a really bright and sunny day, your light should fully charge in 7-8 hours of direct sunlight. On overcast or rainy days, because there's so much less UV light that gets through the clouds, it could take up to 20 hours (2-3 day’s time).

    It's that simple – everything you need to use (and reuse) a Luci light, you've got already. In fact, they're so hassle free, you don't need to worry about things like leaving it out too long or the light turning on by itself while charging! It’s a closed circuit system with a built-in surge protector.

    There’s not a cloud in the sky, and it’s been 7 hours, but the light still isn’t fully charged. What’s going on?

    There could be a couple of things going on. A sunny day doesn’t automatically guarantee a high UV index. Your light charges via ultraviolet light, so make sure to check the forecast. It’s also key to make sure you put the Luci in direct sunlight.

    How do I know I’m getting direct sunlight?

    Something gets direct sunlight when the rays literally hit the object. You get direct sunlight when you sit outside, without a hat, and there’s nothing between you and the sun. Your cat gets direct sunlight when she sits on the windowsill on that one bright patch. Check the indicator to be sure your light is fully charged.

    How do I read the charging indicator properly?

    Press the lightning bolt button opposite the power button. When all three dots in the middle of the two buttons are lit, your light is ready to go!

    When fully charged, how many hours of light does it give?

    A Luci can last up to 18 hours, but it really depends on the model and the brightness setting you're using. For more info, go the page of the Luci you bought and choose the tab marked “specs.” Visit the shop page.

    How long does the product last?

    If you fully charge and then use up the entire battery every day, you'll get about 1-2 years of use out of just one Luci. For the more occasional user, a Luci light can last up to 7 years!

    If I'm not using Luci all the time, how often should I recharge it?

    After you’ve used your light, and you don’t expect to be using it on a regular basis, there’s no harm in charging it all the way and then storing it away. A Luci light will retain 95% of its charge for each month it's in storage. In other words, if you were to stow it away on January 1, you'd still have more than half the charge come October!

    How bright is Luci

    Luci Outdoor 2.0, Original, Lux & Color will light up an area of 150 square feet (14 square meters).

    Our smaller lights, Luci EMRG, Candle and Spooky will do the same for 100 square feet (9 square meters).
     

    How long do the LED bulbs last?

    Good news! You'll never need to worry about replacing the bulbs – the LEDs will last for the entire lifespan of the light.

    Can it be used outside? What about in the water?

    Yep – we even recommend it! Because of their unique inflatable design, Luci lights are shatterproof, IP67 waterproof (it can go a full meter underwater) and they float! No need to worry about chlorine or salt, either. Pools, lakes, oceans, all are fair game.

    Can Luci lights work in all temperatures and climates?

    Luci lights still work at temps as cold as 15°F (-10°C) and as hot as 122°F (50°C). That being said, on hot summer days, definitely avoid leaving your Luci light on your car dashboard or concrete, as heat in contained spaces can make surfaces reach all the way to 160°F, aka “ouch this seat hurts my skin” degrees.

    During the warmer months, we’d recommend charging your Luci deflated, because heat expands things in weird ways. We want to keep your Luci looking as fresh as the day you bought it.

    Is there any risk of electric shock or burns from a Luci light?

    Nope. Everything's sealed safely within. Unlike candles or traditional bulbs, Luci doesn't give off heat.

    I can't seem to inflate the Luci. What am I missing?

    First, check the handy icons on the inside packaging. Still having trouble? It's like a beach ball, so make sure you're pinching the two-way leak proof valve with your fingers or teeth while blowing into it. To deflate, pinch the valve again while compressing the Luci – this lets the air escape.

    I'm having trouble charging or using my light. What should I do?

    First, make sure you're charging your light so that the solar panel faces direct sunlight. Depending on the strength of the sun and cloud conditions, a full charge can take anywhere from 7-20 hours! 

    We recommend charging your unit outside in the sunniest place you can find. This will give your Luci the most exposure to the sun and make it charge the fastest!

    If you choose to charge your light in the windowsill, remember that the sun moves throughout the day, so you’ll have to move Luci to keep the panel in direct sunlight. If you're still having trouble, check the user manual, and as always, you can contact Customer Support.

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