"Sustainable and cost-effective ecologically designed lantern activated by salt water."
There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and most of these islands do not have access to electricity. We want to eliminate the sustaining cost in areas that rely on kerosene lanterns as their main source of lighting. Replace consumable every 6 months! Using SALt lamp 8 hours a day, with proper maintenance, will give you an anode lifespan of 6 months. Use this as an alternative light source will prolong the life of your anode for more than a year.
Mix a tablespoon of salt in a glass of water, use the lantern for 8 hours!
There are no materials and components inside the lantern that may cause fire accidents. One less thing to worry about for families that rely on kerosene lanterns as their main source of lighting. This lantern is based on metal-air technology using a non-toxic, saline solution as the electrolytes making the entire process safe and harmless.
Light your way with a lamp activated by saltwater!
According to a study conducted by the United Nations, the Philippines ranked 3rd as the most disaster prone country in the whole world. And in disaster situations such as super typhoons, earthquakes -- a steady supply of food, drinking water and sustainable light source is very essential. This lighting option also does not emit harmful gasses and leaves minimal carbon footprint making it very environmentally friendly.
Charge your smartphones using this lantern, just plug in your USB cable!
Easy to Use
The salinity of ocean water can operate your lantern. Use the ocean-water to power up your lamp and it will give you 8 hours of running-time. Salinity is expressed by the amount of salt found in 1,000 grams of water. The average ocean salinity is 35 parts per thousand. Store ocean-water in bottles and use them to power up you lantern anytime, anywhere.
If you are living along the coastline, no need to make your saline solution, instead use the ocean water!
Salt and Water
The lamp is designed so users can drain and replenish the salt water.
Air and Metal
Ambient air passes through the system and reacts with the metal and salt water.
The combination of these three elements then produces electricity to power up LED lights.
Electrolytes + Electrodes = Electricity
Help us reach our goals!
The Hanunuo Mangyan Tribe
Barangay Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro
SALt together with the volunteers (Isay Atienza, Jason Purino, and Alexis Lumbera) and delegates of the Hanunuo Mangyan tribe — Ka Tonio Uybad (Mangyan contact), Ka Aniw Lubag (President of the Pinagkausahan Hanunuo sa Daga Ginurang – PHADAG) and the members in their humble, furniture-less office located at Brgy. San Roque, Sitio Banti, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.
Mission: Reach 100 Lamps (SPONSORED)
Barangay Gabi Families
Barangay Gabi, Carles, Iloilo
SALt team together with Del Bahena and Mae Dimaculangan went to a remote island in Carles, Iloilo. They met the kagawad of the barangay, Ka Dionilo Atienza. His constituents is composed of 590 households who still live in the dark.
Mission: Reach 590 Lamps (SPONSORED)
The Buscalan Tribe
Buscalan, Tingalayan, Kalinga
The main inspiration of the conceptualization of SALt lamp. These people live on top of mountains most of which do not have access to electricity and use kerosene lamps which causes fire accidents and poses health risks – eye problems and lung diseases.
Mission: Reach 80 Lamps (SPONSORED)
Sitio Pilid Families
Sitio Pilid, Calayan Island, Cagayan
SALt team together with Del Bahena, Mae Dimaculangan, Annalyn Evangelista and Alexis Lumbera went to visit the island of Calayan to donate school supplies to Magsidel Elementary School. There they learned the challenges of students in Sitio Pilid when the side of the island is not electrified and children travel for 4 hours just to get to and from school.
Mission: Reach 100 Lamps (DONATE)
The Dumagats of Laiban
Sitio Pilid, Calayan Island, Cagayan
Visited the Dumagats of Barangay Laiban, Tanay, Rizal together with volunteers Mae Dimaculangan and Alexis Lumbera. A very picturesque valley with 700 household. Discussed with an LGU worker, Mrs. Berma May Villanueva the possibility of having Laiban as one of SALt beneficiaries.
Mission: Reach 700 Lamps (DONATE)
Barangay Pamintahan, Lipa, Batangas
SALt team together with Mae Dimaculangan, Annalyn Evangelista, Alexis Lumbera, Yuichi Hirose, and media persons from Japan visited the barangay of Pamintahan to check on the situation of a community living without electricity in the middle of the city of Lipa.
Mission: Reach 50 Lamps (SPONSORED)
Sitios of Masbate
The Island of Masbate
Co-Founder, Aisa Mijeno, visited the island of Masbate to participate in a student convention. There, she met the members of the local government unit where she was told that some sitios in the island lack access to electricity. Composed of several sitios -- Karabasa, Mani, Purok 7 (Circulo), Manggahan, Slaughterhouse, Lumayang, Purok 1 (Felex Maunes), Purok 2 (Felex Maunes), Purok 5 (Pili), Mabunga, Daang Lungsod 2; over a thousand residents are still not connected to the power grid.
Mission: Reach 1,046 Lamps (DONATE)
Learn about the people behind SALt...
Co-Founder & CEO
Aisa Mijeno is a faculty member of Engineering and Innovation Labs Director at De La Salle University — Lipa. Being a member of Greenpeace PH, she has traveled many places promoting environmental campaigns. She also loves hiking which brought her to the majestic mountains of northern Philippines where it all began. The product concept was formed after living with a tribe for days relying only on kerosene lamps to do evening chores.
Her interests vary from astronomy to classical music to embedded systems and electrochemistry.
Co-Founder & CFO
Raphael Antonio Mijeno is a graduate of Business Management and has worked for an Australian and British firm. He has background in accounting, finance and sales. He is also part of Forbes Asia's 30 under 30 pioneer list for his involvement with SALt. Naturally born artistic, he has a knack for arts and design. And most of the time he draws and paints when he's away from his computer. His passion to learn new stuff and take on new and exciting challenges is insatiable.
His interests vary from visual arts to cult movies to social engineering and startups.
Where can I buy the lamp?
We do not have a physical store. We will try, however, to accommodate each of your orders to the best we can online. We are a very young startup trying to scale our business to cope up with the demand. Meanwhile, you can send in your full name and email address to receive updates.
When will I receive my order?
We are currently in mass production stage. We plan to get the lamp out in the market within this year. However, our priority is to build lamps for our target communities and for the communities of the NGOs and foundations who will partner with us.
How much does it cost?
We are currently studying our price range. Although we are very keen to target an affordable price that can also support and sustain the flow of our production. We will announce the retail price as soon as we are done with the analysis. But rest assured we will make it affordable for many.
What do I need to become a distributor?
Since we are in the early stage of production, we will launch the product and focus on the Philippines first, sending out thousands of units for field testing, improving and developing the design further before venturing outside.