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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Design 1900 to Now, Room 74

This object consists of 6 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

X-TIGI S18

Mobile Telephones
2015
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

More power in my pocket

In 2015, this phone became a bestseller in Accra, Ghana. It has a long battery life and functions as a power bank for smartphones and other devices, crucial in a city and digital innovation hub where blackouts are frequent and longlasting. The phone comes with an LED lamp attachment and three sim card slots to enable the user to access three phone numbers at the same time.

The object sits in the 'Housing and Living' section of the Design 1900-Now gallery opened in June 2021.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 6 parts.

  • Mobile Telephones
  • Mobile Telephones
  • Mobile Telephones
  • Mobile Telephones
  • Mobile Telephones
  • Mobile Telephones
Brief Description
X-TIGI S18 Power Bank Phone, black phone with removable, rechargeable battery, mains power charger and USB charger. Sold with LED light with USB connection.
Physical Description
Mobile telephone, X-TIGI S18 Power Bank Phone, black phone with removable, rechargeable battery, mains power charger and USB charger. Sold with LED light with USB connection. The phone features 3 SIM card slots and a hook possible for lighting.

Dimensions
  • Width: 10.4cm (Note: Box)
  • Length: 17.7cm (Note: Box)
  • Depth: 5.7cm (Note: box)
  • Length: 40.2cm (Note: LED Light)
  • Width: 4.6cm (Note: Head of LED light)
Gallery Label
From The Future Starts Here Power Bank Phone X-TIGI (manufacturer) 2015 A BACK-UP PHONE While this phone may look clunky, its battery life and connectivity are superior to today’s sleek smartphones. Developed in Ghana where power shortages are common, the battery lasts for up to a week, and can be used to charge other smartphones and small electronic devices. The phone also has three separate SIM card slots, enabling users to easily switch between different networks in areas of poor coverage. Commercially available product. Plastic enclosure, electronic components V&A: NCOL.1056:1-2015(May 2018)
Object history
The X Tigi S18 first came to the V&A through Rapid Response Collecting in 2016, and was then displayed during The Future Starts Here from 12 May 2018 to 4 November 2018.
Summary
More power in my pocket



In 2015, this phone became a bestseller in Accra, Ghana. It has a long battery life and functions as a power bank for smartphones and other devices, crucial in a city and digital innovation hub where blackouts are frequent and longlasting. The phone comes with an LED lamp attachment and three sim card slots to enable the user to access three phone numbers at the same time.



The object sits in the 'Housing and Living' section of the Design 1900-Now gallery opened in June 2021.
Collection
Accession Number
CD.19:1-6-2015

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record createdJune 25, 2015
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