What Is JuiceBox?
Catlin Gabel’s InvenTeam designed JuiceBox 1.0, which provides green, efficient, and sustainable electricity for off-grid “tiny house” villages of people transitioning out of homelessness.
Each “tiny house” is equipped with a 100W solar panel that delivers power to the JuiceBox 1.0, mounted inside.
The power of the sun is harnessed to charge an 18 AH 12V Sealed Lead-Acid battery in JuiceBox 1.0 models. Batteries are recycled from FIRST Robotics teams.
This power can then be used to power devices that plug into a wall outlet (120V AC, 300W max) or 12V DC automotive accessory socket.
The battery also powers a bright LED light bar mounted on the front of the JuiceBox, perfect for illuminating rooms at night, and extending the day of the user.
The student-run nonprofit organization Shine has created two upgraded versions of JuiceBox — JuiceBox 2.0 and 3.0 — and built more than 85 JuiceBoxes, installing them in five “tiny house” villages across the Portland metro area.
We have partnered with the Pods for Peeps project, which builds small, portable, one-room houses to provide homeless people with a safe shelter, the Rebuilding Center, and the Village Coalition.