Go for travel ,Go for camp, take solar lamps for sure !!
BioLite’s first product was a neat little wood-burning camp stove that harvested energy from its fire to a) burn more efficiently and b) supply some off-grid power for recharging you gadgets. Its main shortcoming was that it wasn’t a great power source, providing only a tiny trickle of power that charged your stuff too slowly to be much use. When we reviewed it, we suggested that a traditional gas- or alcohol-burning camp stove, plus a portable power source like a Mophie Juice Pack, made more sense. Such an arrangement would be superior both for cooking and charging, while also being in total more portable camping light.
Well, here’s that portable battery, combined with a lantern, an area light and a torch.
At the heart of the NanoGrid is a 4400mAh lithium-ion battery with a USB output. Around that is wrapped a Light LED lantern that projects its light up from the bottom, using translucent panels to catch and reflect that light outwards. It appears as if the entire body of the device is radiating light, but really, it’s mostly battery pack.
On the bottom are two LEDs housed in individual reflectors that serve as a 250 Lumen torch.
The main body of the Nanogrid can stand freely or hang from the swivelling metal hook attached to it. That hook (pictured) is designed to attach easily to the closed fabric loops in the roof of tents.
Then, there’s two “SiteLights” included, which string out from the unit on 3m cords (for a total reach of 6m), and each project 150 Lumens.
The main NanoGrid “Powerlight” body weighs 210 grams while the SiteLights are 52 grams a piece.
All the light outputs are variable from little but a low glow all the way up to their max outputs. The Powerlight can provide light from both or a single side.
Helpfully, BioLite lists light run times after the battery pack has provided one full charge for an iPhone 5 or equivalent smartphone. That real world “range” results in 36 hours of run time for the lantern on low or 4.25 hours on high; the PowerLight and two SightLights can run for up to 14.5 hours on low or 2.5 on high; and the whole shebang plus an additional two Sightlights can run for up to 12 hours on low, again after a full phone charge. In short, there’s more than enough battery to get you through a full weekend spent outdoors.
What’s Good? If you have Solar Lamp