The following is a release from BioLite
BioLite, an innovator in off-grid energy, is expanding its line of outdoor energy products for Spring 2016 with the PowerLight Mini, SolarPanel 5 and CookStove. Each is innovative and essential on its own, and together they create a complete ecosystem of energy that provides a full cooking, charging and lighting toolkit for life outside.
Leading the charge is the ultra-slim PowerLight Mini, a credit card-sized rechargeable lantern and power bank that can follow its users wherever they go, from camping to bike commuting.
“We saw a huge gear overlap in the tools we use for portable light and backup power,” said BioLite CEO Jonathan Cedar. “We wanted to consolidate that into a single device in a really compact and versatile form.”
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BioLite packs a lantern, headlamp, bike light and charger into one palm-sized product thanks to its unique edge-lighting technology. Featuring a proprietary texture, the light panel wraps tightly around the internal battery and LEDs and bounces light evenly without requiring a bulbous space.
The resulting 135-lumen light provides a compelling alternative to glare-prone headlamps and bulkier lanterns. It features four lighting modes: a white dimmable lantern, red night vision, strobe lighting, and a point-light for maximum visibility.
Thanks to the versatile clip stand, it can be clipped flat to a shirt or hang from a tent for hands-free personal illumination with the soft, edge-lit white light. The red night mode is perfect for moving in the dark without disturbing a tent mate. With the strobe mode and included bike mount, the PowerLight mini crosses over seamlessly to the weekday commute, keeping riders visible.
The PowerLight Mini also acts as a power source, with a rechargeable 1350 mAh battery that provides a boost to electronic gear.
PowerLight Mini Features:
- Four lighting modes: white lantern, red night vision, strobe, and point light for maximum visibility
- 135 lumens
- Slim Li-Ion battery that provides up to 52 hours of light, or a 50% power boost to most smartphones
- Battery: 1350 mAh, USB rechargeable
- Inputs/outputs: Micro USB in, USB out
- Bike mount included
- Weight: 2.82 oz.
- Dimensions: 3.35″ high x 2.10″ wide x .59″ wide
- Colors: Red, Teal, Yellow, Grey
- MSRP: $44.95
- Available: February 16, 2016
BioLite is also introducing the SolarPanel 5 and 5+, the brand’s first offering in the solar category. The high-efficiency monocrystalline panels deliver 5 watts of electricity and the SolarPanel 5+ features an onboard battery storage for use after the sun has gone down.
BioLite’s innovation comes with its design, which helps users get the most from the sun. The Optimized Sun System features an integrated sundial cuts out the guesswork with a 360-degree kickstand that stabilizes the panel on any angle. This simple, intuitive combination enables users to set up their slim, packable panels easily for maximum efficiency.
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“We developed the SolarPanel 5 after seeing how many current panel designs don’t set you up for success,” said Cedar. “Propping a panel up on rocks just doesn’t cut it. When you’re not directly aligned to the sun, you can miss out on up to 30 percent of the watts your panel could be producing. The SolarPanel 5 series shows you exactly where to be, and gives you integrated features to keep it in the right spot.”
SolarPanel 5/5+ Features:
- 5 watt, high-efficiency monocrystalline panels. Can power phones, tablets and cameras, etc., as well as BioLite gear
- Integrated sundial helps capture direct rays
- 360 Kickstand that provides easy positioning on uneven terrain, or the ability to hang from a tree or backpack
- Maximum Power Point Tracking, BioLite’s proprietary software that enables the panels to draw as much power as possible without overloading the system. The result is faster charge times and no crashes.
- 5+ Model Only: On-board energy storing via a 2200mAh USB rechargeable battery (enough for a full smartphone charge)
- 5 Model Only: Auto-reconnect feature automatically reengages the device after cloudy skies pass
- Dimensions: 10.12” x 8.19” x 0.94” (fits easily in laptop sleeves)
- Weight: 5 Model is 12 oz., 5+ Model is 13.2 oz.
- MSRP: SolarPanel 5 ($59.95), SolarPanel 5+ ($79.95)
- Available: February 16, 2016
Rounding out BioLite’s cooking line is the CookStove, a streamlined version of the company’s flagship CampStove at a price point that creates an approachable entry to gas-like cooking from wood. It’s designed for a camper who wants to leave gas canisters behind and enjoy the benefits of a smokeless portable campfire.
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Featuring a rechargeable battery that powers an internal fan, one charge on the CookStove provides up to 30 hours of clean wood burning, making it a perfect choice for up to a week-long trip where a warm meal and a welcoming fire are an important part of the outdoor experience. It can be recharged easily on the trail via USB with the SolarPanel 5.
- One charge provides up to 30 hours of clean wood cooking – the equivalent of 20 100g gas canisters
- Four fan speeds to control the flame size, from rapid boil to campfire feel
- Weight: 1.6lbs (725g)
- MSRP $99.95
- Available: February 16, 2016
BioLite’s spring line comes with the additional benefit of creating global impact, thanks to the company’s work in developing countries, where it is committed to bringing safe, affordable cooking, charging, and lighting to off-grid households.
“Every time customers go off-grid with our products in the outdoors, they support energy access for families around the world,” says Cedar. “Sales from the outdoor community help us develop breakthrough new technologies and the channels that get them to those who need it most.”
BioLite is a dynamic social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets consumer energy products for off grid communities around the world. The company creates breakthrough cooking, charging, and lighting solutions for both outdoor enthusiasts as well as rural families living in energy poverty. It has been the recipient of numerous recognitions including Popular Science’s Best of What’s New, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards, BusinessWeek’s Most Promising Social Enterprise, and a nomination for REI’s Vendor of the Year. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the company was founded in 2009 by Jonathan Cedar and Alec Drummond. It is a proud member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Discover more about BioLite at BioLiteEnergy.com.
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