Freeplay Energy is the leading manufacturer of windup and solar powered products, specialising in Emergency Preparedness, Aid and Development, and Outdoor Leisure.
Freeplay Energy has been the original and leading global brand of clean, dependable energy products since 1994. Freeplay Energy's patented technology harnesses human, solar and rechargeable energy and converts it into electricity to power unique portable consumer products, replacing conventional disposable batteries that are environmentally toxic and expensive.
The current product range includes radios, flashlights, lanterns, and mobile power devices. Freeplay Energy's Lifeline radio has been distributed throughout the developing world by aid and development organizations such as UNICEF and other United Nations agencies.
It was whilst watching a BBC documentary in April 1994 when Chris Staines first realized the potential of an innovative idea from British inventor, Trevor Baylis. "The Clockwork Radio", as the device was first known, was proposed as a means of halting the spread of Aids in Africa through better education. Traditional radio, although widespread, relied on an electrical supply or the availability of disposable batteries - both of which were in short supply across the continent. Chris immediately realised that the potential for self-sufficient electronics could go much further than radio and Africa. And so the "self-sufficient electronics industry" and the Freeplay Energy Group (the company formed to develop the idea) were born.
The Clockwork Radio
Improved Technology and Design
- Smaller size
- Lighter weight
- More efficient
- Rugged design
- Lower price point
Freeplay Energy was acquired by the Hong Kong based Euro Suisse group July 2010. Euro Suisse is a leading supplier of consumer electronics and has been established for over 50 years. Its products are sold in major markets around the world including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East under a number of well-known brands, which include Binatone and Magicbox.
Freeplay Energy and our customers will benefit greatly from the sound financial backing and added expertise of Euro Suisse, enabling Freeplay Energy to invest and manufacture new and exciting alternative energy products.
Partners and Support
Starting with a grant from the British Government to develop the Clockwork Radio idea, subsequent investors have included Liberty Life, Gordon and Anita Roddick (of The Body Shop International PLC), The General Electric Pension Trust, SACGF managed by Zepher Inc. and Worldspace Inc. Of no less importance has been the continued endorsement of heads of state, royalty, celebrities and community leaders around the world. Our supporters include the Red Cross, CARE, Warchild, The United Nations, the European Union, private individuals, the humanitarian agencies of the United States, Britain, Japan, and many others.
Award winning medical product - Fetal Heart Rate Monitor
The Fetal heart-rate is one of the most important indicators of Fetal distress. Unfortunately, less than 1% of Fetal heart-rate monitors worldwide are available in the developing world. That is why Freeplay developed this simple reliable Fetal Heart Monitor that uses human energy. The Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor received the INDEX:Award 2009 in the Body category.
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