An Adventure-Ready Personal Energy Hub

BioLite burst onto the outdoor gear scene in 2012 with the BioLite CampStove. Since then they’ve released other great gear like the BioLite BaseCamp Stove, and my new favorite flashlight, the BioLite PowerLight Mini. Their most recent effort is the BioLite BaseLantern, currently rocking its way through a Kickstarter campaign.

BioLite BaseLantern lighting the night

Image via Biolite.

One Device, Three Soultions

The BaseLantern has a unique compact, flat-pack design and is engineered to serve three energy needs: 1) Provide big light without any bulb, 2) act as a sharable power source, and 3) 0ffer smarter control allowing the energy last longer.

BioLite BaseLantern Serves Three Needs

The BioLite BaseLantern serves three needs. Image via BioLite.

To meet these needs, the BaseLantern is more than just a lantern — its internal chargeable battery acts a a personal energy hub for all your backcountry adventures. It comes in two different models, the regular BaseLantern with a 7,800 mAh battery and the BaseLantern XL, with a whopping 12,000 mAh battery.

BioLite BaseLantern and BaseLantern XL

Image via BioLite.

Expandable Lighting System

Like its smaller sibling, the PowerLight Mini, the BaseLantern uses edge lighting to maximize brightness while minimizing space and pumps out 500 lumens, which is about as much light as a 40 watt incandescent bulb, for up to 50 hours. If you need more than 500 lumens, the BaseLantern integrates nicely with BioLite’s small 100-lumen SiteLights.

BioLite BaseLantern and SiteLights

BioLite BaseLantern with SiteLights. Image via BioLite.

Light … and Power!

In addition to providing light, the BaseLantern can also be used to charge USB-powered electronic devices like phones, tables, and cameras. The BaseLantern’s battery is good as many as four smartphone charges, and the BaseLantern XL, with its larger battery, should provide even more charging power.

BioLite BaseLantern Charging

BioLite BaseLantern charging a smartphone. Image via BioLite.

Control in the Palm of Your Hand

The BaseLantern can be controlled via a low-power Bluetooth-connected app that offers real-time feedback on how much power is being consumed and lets you turn the lantern (and any connected SiteLights) on, off, and dim its output. The app also gives full color spectrum control over the light put out by the lantern, allowing for some fun in-camp lighting options.

Bluetooth-powered BioLite BaseLantern

The BioLite BaseLantern can be controlled with a Bluetooth-connected app. Image via BioLite.

And if that wasn’t all, the BaseLantern even has a proximity setting so it will turn on automatically when you return to camp after a late evening hike or an urgent pre-dawn trip to the outhouse.

The BaseLantern Kickstarter campaign is already fully funded (currently exceeding its goal by $500,000), but it’s not too late for you to get in on some of the many different backer levels and awards — including other great BioLite items.

 

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Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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