Image: Marylka Yoe Uusisaari
Imagine you’ve spent years trying to make your dream of working in a remote location work. You’ve got your location independent job; you’ve got an idea of where you want to be – on a little island in the middle of the South Pacific – you’ve pretty much got the design of your hut and sustainable living patch down pat.
Sounds good so far… well, to me; might not be everyone’s cuppa.
But then, a little dose of reality hits and you think through the logistics, for reals. Living off-grid isn’t easy in this digital age, especially when your fab can-work-from-anywhere-in-the-world job needs a rockin’ internet connection and access to electricity.
So, what to do?
Now, I have given this some thought – probably too much, and usually when a deadline is looming – and discovered Ecotricity (a great lecky company in the UK) installs wind turbines in remote places. That could just work, but I doubt they’d do it for just one family on a beach.
Then, during one of my many moments of procrastination *cough*, erm, research, I happened upon this wonderful contraption. The answer to all my island life problems.
Enter the KANZ Field Power Desk.
This little mobile box of joy is free-standing solar-powered desks that allows you to work anywhere in the world. Replete with GoalZero solar panels and high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries, the Field Power Desk delivers hours and hours of electricity.
Made of Baltic birch can marine grade aluminium, there are two versions available: The Field Power Desk 120 and the Field Power Desk 240; the 120 version has a built-in 120Watt/hours power pack, the 240 has 240Watt/hours power pack, the latter delivering more energy as a result.
Both versions come with a variety of adaptors and chargers, a dedicated charging drawer, flexible desktop light and internal charging strip that provides 12V and 5V outputs for a range of electronic devices and accoutrements.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Till you see the price tag.
At $1,995 for the cheapest version it looks as if I’ll have to go with Plan B: make my own desk arrangement from driftwood and power up the laptop from a few single solar panels instead.
Actually, come to think of it, that’s probably a bit more me.