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ZOLA FLEX

ZOLA FLEX is the first “Plug & Play” SMART POWER PACK that enables you to power and charge your essential appliances effortlessly when the grid is not available. ZOLA FLEX does this by storing generated solar power, grid power and even fuel generated power in its high-performance lithium battery known as a FLEX Power Box. The stored energy is replenished by using any of these 3 sources – solar, grid or generator – with the preference being solar power as its free, unless it’s night time and unavailable.

This stored energy is then used to power desired appliances. Power stored in the FLEX Power Box can last all night depending on the amount and power duration of appliances being used.

 

Product Description

ZOLA FLEX is your modern, convenient & cost-effective power solution.

ZOLA FLEX is designed and engineered in California and uses advanced solar panel and Li-ion battery technology to deliver reliable power, anywhere.

ZOLA FLEX is a modern & convenient  power solution for off-grid customers because

  • ZOLA FLEX generates clean solar power at no extra cost with its super silicon solar panels.
  • ZOLA FLEX has long-lasting Lithium batteries with a 5-year warranty that do not require frequent replacements.
  • ZOLA FLEX includes high quality, efficient appliances ensuring the longest runtime.

ZOLA FLEX POWER is a cost-effective investment for weak-grid customers because

  • ZOLA FLEX POWER is clean, producing no noise or fumes – unlike diesel generators.
  • ZOLA FLEX POWER automatically recharges through solar (daytime) or whenever the grid comes back on.
  • ZOLA FLEX POWER can be purchased together with ZOLA appliances that are more energy efficient, ensuring your batteries power for longer runtimes.
  • Monthly payment fees are lower than your current generator running costs and you own the system once you complete payments.
Features

Features

ZOLA FLEX is a “plug & play” solar power and battery device capable of powering appliances as well as providing lighting all night long. ZOLA FLEX does this by storing free solar power in its high-performance Lithium-ion battery, known as a FLEX Power Box. The ZOLA FLEX system uses this energy to power efficient ZOLA Appliances.

Core Components

The core component of any ZOLA FLEX system is the FLEX Power Box, a high-performance Lithium-ion battery that stores energy. There are two sizes of the FLEX Power Box:

  • FLEX Power Box with a capacity of 260Wh Lithium-ion storage + user interface
  • FLEX Power Box with a capacity of 130Wh Lithium-ion storage + user interface

All ZOLA FLEX systems also include solar panels that charge the Power Box with renewable, clean, free solar energy:

  • FLEX Solar Panel – Generates free solar power

Additional ZOLA Accessories & Appliances

  • ZOLA LED Lights – Long lasting LED tube and bulb lights. Additional lights can be added if and when desired.
  • FLEX USB Phone Charger – multi-head phone charging cable
  • ZOLA FAN – ZOLA-designed energy efficient appliance
  • ZOLA BOOMBOX – ZOLA owned energy efficient appliance
  • ZOLA TVs – 19”, 24” or 32” ZOLA energy efficient TVs
  • ZOLA INVERTER – powers AC appliances
  • FLEX Grid Charger – enables FLEX Power Box to be charged by alternative energy sources, including the electric grid or generators
  • FLEX Splitter – chooses solar power when available but allows for grid or generator charging without any changeover

Communication technology

Each ZOLA FLEX system includes GSM connectivity. This feature allows ZOLA to access data collected on power usage as well as the condition of the system. This data allows our ZOLA team to better support our customers by enabling::

  • System performance monitoring
  • Troubleshooting in case of problems
  • Automatic receipt and processing of “unlock” codes
  • Automatic system updates

User Interface

You can interact with your ZOLA FLEX system through the integrated LCD screen and keypad located on the Power Box in the following ways:

  1. To get updates on system status and performance (battery charge, days credit etc).
  2. To enter payment codes using the keypad when the system is offline.

There are 12 LED’s buttons above the LCD screen that will update you on the system status

  • Green (3x left side) show the strength of charging
  • White (6x middle) show the battery charge
  • Red (3x right side) show the amount of power being used

The FLEX Power Box also uses audio to signal certain events e.g. receive credit.

Warranties

The core system including a FLEX Power Box, FLEX Solar Panel and ZOLA Lights come with a 5-year covering manufacturing defects. All other appliances and components carry a 1-year warranty covering manufacturing defects.

Technical Specs

Power and Energy

  • Battery Voltage

    12.8 V

  • Battery Capacity

    FLEX: 90W

    FLEX Plus: 180 Wh

  • Solar Panel

    Flex: 40W

    Flex Plus: 80W

  • USB ports

    2

  • LED bulb ports

    2

  • LED Light Runtime

    Flex 19”TV
    All night

    Flex Plus 24” TV
    All night

    Flex PLus 32” TV
    All night

  • Max LED bulbs

    12

  • Control and Communication

     

    Communications Cellular GSM or code entry
    Device data recorded
    • Battery Voltage
    • State of charge per battery
    • Solar panel voltage & current
    • Battery charge
    • GSM signal strength
    • Temperature
    Anti-theft features
    • Metre box outputs will not provide power
    • Physical anti-tamper mechanisms
  • Average TV runtime

    Flex 19”TV
    4-6 hours

    Flex Plus 24” TV
    10-12 hours

    Flex Plus 32” TV
    6-8 hours

FAQ

What is ZOLA FLEX?

ZOLA FLEX POWER is a new configuration of ZOLA FLEX designed for users with access to a bad grid connection. It uses the same ZOLA FLEX foundation but includes support for grid charging and AC appliances.

What is ZOLA FLEX POWER?

ZOLA FLEX POWER is a new configuration of ZOLA FLEX designed for users with access to a bad grid connection. It uses the same ZOLA FLEX foundation but includes support for grid charging and AC appliances.

Is ZOLA FLEX the right solution for me?

ZOLA FLEX offers systems that fit the needs of both off-grid and weak-grid customers.

All of our ZOLA FLEX systems offer customers a clean energy alternative, using solar energy to power your home. Our systems come with high-quality, energy-efficient appliances designed to maximize runtime from a given charge.  Our systems enable you to sustain a comfortable lifestyle, powering essential appliances such as phones, fans, TV, and radio as well as lighting throughout your home All systems are also covered by our manufacturer’s warranty, giving you peace of mind should any problems arise.

How does ZOLA FLEX enable me to save money?

ZOLA FLEX generates power from the sun, for free, and offers a cost-effective alternative to expensive existing solutions of diesel generators or kerosene lighting.

For customers with grid access, FLEX POWER systems can store power from the grid when it is available. This allows users to power their energy needs with ZOLA FLEX instead of generators when the lights go out, saving you money on expensive fuel costs.

Once you have paid off your ZOLA FLEX system, the system and all the power it generates becomes your “free power for life.”

Who makes ZOLA FLEX different?

ZOLA FLEX is manufactured by ZOLA Electric – an award-winning American Solar Power company that already serves over 1 million people in Africa.

Trusted by over 1 million People in Africa

The founders of ZOLA Electric moved from Oxford University to Tanzania to understand why solar was not being used to generate power in Africa, despite the poor reach of grid power. They have been solving this problem – unavailability of grid power –  one step at a time, developing power solutions that meet the specific everyday needs in Africa. The company initially expanded into Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Ghana and is now in Nigeria. ZOLA Electric therefore provides power solutions for over 1 million in Africa today.

ZOLA Electric has installed more than 200,000 solar home systems, serves more than 1,000,000 users each day and employs more than 1000 people in Africa. It is truly the No. 1 power solutions company in Africa!

What can I do with ZOLA FLEX?

ZOLA FLEX comes in two sizes. The ZOLA FLEX is a smaller battery system supplied with a 40W panel sized to power up to a maximum of 32 LED lights, charge a ZOLA radio and customer phones, and even a 19” TV. The ZOLA FLEX Plus is a larger battery system supplied with a 80W panel that provides the same utility, but now including up to a 32” TV and a standing fan.

What makes ZOLA FLEX different from other solar home systems?

We believe that our hardware is the best product in the market. Starting with an official installation from a ZOLA Service Agent to ensure quality, a beautiful wall mounted aesthetic the customer can be proud of, and our high-quality appliances – ZOLA customers are guaranteed the best user experience.

What is included in ZOLA’s 5 year service offering?

Our 5-year service offering includes a number of services to ensure peace of mind:

  • Free 24/7 call center for customer care
  • Free system delivery and in-home installation
  • Free access to all ZOLA Service Centers
  • 5-Year Warranty covering all repairs or replacements due to manufacturing defects for the core system (FLEX Power Box, FLEX Solar Panel and ZOLA Lights)
  • 1-Year Warranty covering all repairs or replacements due to manufacturing defects for non-core system components

What is the performance of ZOLA FLEX?

Our systems enable customers to enjoy lighting all night long, however, customers should be sure to monitor energy usage of other devices to ensure this capability. To help customers manage energy usage and security, bulbs have an automatic dim mode in the event of low battery capacity.  The run time of individual ZOLA appliance varies, however, our TVs are designed and sized to provide an entire evening’s entertainment.

How do I buy a ZOLA FLEX system?

In our operating countries – Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Rwanda — customers are either met in the field and managed remotely or can go to a Customer Centre to process a sale. Installation occurs after customers have either purchased the full system (“buy now”) or paying a small upfront deposit as part of a financing program, in which they will pay off the remainder of the system in small increments over time. Please contact your local Zola operations for more information on how to purchase a system in your home country.

What happens if a customer misses a payment?

If a customer falls behind on their payment plan, ZOLA is there to help. Our Customer Care teams engage and work to help the customer back onto plan. However, if payment defaults persist, the device will be remotely disengaged. The customer will need to top up again to re-activate the device.

Can I use my own devices and appliances with ZOLA FLEX?

Customers use ZOLA FLEX to charge their mobile phones daily, and the TV is designed to support existing decoder boxes. The ZOLA FLEX POWER product range allows customers to power their own low-power devices like laptops, TVs, fans, tablets, wifi routers with the ZOLA INVERTER.

While ZOLA FLEX systems have the functionality to support other appliances, please note that our systems perform best when used alongside highly efficient ZOLA appliances. We cannot guarantee the energy efficiency or runtime of appliances that do not come directly from ZOLA.

Can I charge ZOLA from the electric grid?

Most customers find the included solar panel to be a better and free source of power than other alternatives, including their local grid. For those who do need to charge from the electric grid, a grid wall charger is available in our Customer Centers. The ZOLA FLEX POWER series includes a ZOLA Grid Charger for this purpose. Existing ZOLA FLEX customers can still use this appliance and it is available in Customer Centres.

How do I pay for my ZOLA system?

ZOLA customers pay for a ZOLA FLEX system over time with fair financing and the rent to own model known as “Pay As You Go”. Monthly payments can be made conveniently through mobile money or directly through a ZOLA Agent.

How do I refer a friend or family member to ZOLA?

Get in touch with ZOLA’s call center to learn more about our referral programs.

What is the future for ZOLA Flex?

ZOLA will continue to innovate. We continue to invest in developing our power technology and global appliance innovation and, over time, we expect to add more exciting offerings to the ZOLA FLEX product range.

ZOLA FLEX FAN

This ZOLA FLEX offering provides adequate solution for daily comfort when the grid is not available – with night-long lighting, phone charging and fan usage. This configuration can only charge ZOLA owned appliances. 

RUNTIME
4-5 hours for the basic configuration. This reduces with additional appliances, such as a 24” ZOLA TV as more power is consumed.

Key components included are:

KEY FLEX COMPONENT
– 1x FLEX Power Box with a capacity of 120Wh lithium ion storage + user interface.

OTHER FLEX COMPONENTS
– 1x FLEX Solar Panel – 40W.
– 1x FLEX Splitter that automatically enables multiple charging sources.
– 1x FLEX Grid Charger –90W AC charger.
– 1x FLEX USB Charger enabling it to charge phones, tablets, etc.

ZOLA APPLIANCES
– 3x 300 Lumens ZOLA LED tube light with a switch.
– 2x 100 Lumens ZOLA LED bulbs with switches.
– 1x ZOLA Fan.

OPTIONAL ZOLA APPLIANCES
– ZOLA 24” TV.
– Additional lights.

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ZOLA FLEX BOOM 

This is a ZOLA FLEX offering that caters for media consumption when the grid is unavailable – providing all-night lighting plus capability to power phones and a boombox. This configuration can only charge ZOLA owned appliances. 

RUNTIME
4-5 hours for the basic configuration. This reduces with additional appliances, such as a ZOLA 24” TV as more power is consumed. 

Key components included are: 

KEY FLEX COMPONENT
– 1x FLEX Power Box with a capacity of 120Wh lithium ion storage + user interface. 

ZOLA APPLIANCES
– 3x 300 Lumens ZOLA LED tube light with a switch.
– 2x 100 Lumens ZOLA LED bulbs with switches.
– 1x ZOLA Boombox. 

OPTIONAL ZOLA APPLIANCES
– ZOLA 24” TV.
– Additional lights. 

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