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Indian startup aims to sell portable washing machines at Rs 1,500

Venus mini portable washing machine can be mounted on any plastic bucket to wash all types of laundry.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2014 8:39:16 pm
Vimbas Navrachna Venus mini portable washing machine Venus mini portable washing machine can be mounted on any plastic bucket to wash all types of laundry.

A Mumbai-based startup is looking forward to manufacture a washing machine for people who cannot afford to buy a regular washing machine or do not have enough space in their house. This pocket-friendly machine is obviously not like any other regular machine washing. It appears like a big electronic hand blender which can be mounted on any plastic bucket to wash all types of laundry.

“The simplicity of design will enable us to make this machine at a very low price – if mass manufactured. Making this device available in the market for an affordable price for the poor families in the third world will help millions of women who presently are forced to wash clothes by hand,” said Piyush Agarwalla, founder of Vimbas Navrachna, the group which is manufacturing Venus mini portable washing machine.

The project went live on crowd funding website Indiegogo on October 13. The Vimbas Navrachna team has to generate US$ 50,000 by December 12 to start the mass production of Venus. “Our aim is sell the Venus machine for Rs 1,500 or less if possible. Every contribution will help bring us closer to realizing our dream of mass manufacturing this device and selling at an affordable price,” said Agarwalla.

With a plastic bucket of 25 litres capacity (minimum 20 litres bucket), users can wash up to 2.5 kilograms of load per five minutes wash cycle. The Venus can be useful for people living alone like students, bachelors, working men & women, according to the project’s Indiegogo page.

The team even has plans to manufacture a direct current (DC) version of the Venus if they exceed the funding goal. The DC version can be operated with the help of batteries making it ideal for campers.

Specs

Voltage: 110/230 V

Power: 350 Watts

Weight: 2.1 Kgs (Basic Unit)

Capacity:2.5 Kgs

Dimensions: (LxWxH) 100x150x420 mm

Wash Cycle: 3 to 5 mins (approx)

Contents: Basic Unit, Bucket Clamps

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