Gutenberg didn’t invent the printing press so that you could struggle to read a book in your tent. Which is why the PackLite Max USB shines up to 150 lumens over a 200 sqft lighting area: enough to light an 8-person teepee and then some. Its clever design starts at less than 1” thick and uses just air to expand into a full 6” cube for diffusing light. Hang the lantern from an adjustable handle to bathe the area in light. Plus, this solar lantern can last up to 50 hours on a single charge.
We’re beyond the industrial revolution. We don’t need wax or whale blubber or heavy AA batteries for lanterns anymore. Solar is the energy of the future, and with a bit of sunshine is entirely self-sufficient. The PackLite Max USB recharges in 12 to 14 hours of sunlight, cutting out any need for batteries or blubber. But you can also get a quick recharge from a car charger or wall outlet with the handy USB port (and fully charge the lantern in 1-2 hours).
As we advance, technology is getting more compact, and more efficient. There’s no need for bulky camp lanterns in the modern world we live in. The solution is what Outside Mag calls “easily the most portable option”: the PackLite Max USB weighs less than 7 ounces and packs flat to under an inch thick. Clip it to your bag as you hike to use the sunlight to recharge as you hike. Efficiency at its best.
We’ve come a long way from fire-based light sources. In fact, here’s a light you can even dunk in water. The PackLite Max USB is so revolutionary that it is more than just waterproof: the lantern can float on water. Designed for use in emergency relief situations, the PackLite Max USB is highly durable.
In this edition of Notes From the Field, we check out the Rainforest Trust, an international conservation organization dedicated to creating protected lands around the world.