BioLite is expanding its line of off-grid gadgets with the recently-unveiled NanoGrid, a combined lighting and power storage system that helps keep your camp illuminated and charges your USB-powered devices, too.
The NanoGrid system comprises two units, the PowerLight, and the SiteLight, with the former the more interesting of the two. It weighs in at 210 g (0.5 pounds), measures 5.6 x 13.3 x 3 cm (2.22 x 5.27 x 1.15 in), and functions as a torch, lantern, and a power-pack. In Torch Mode, it outputs 250 lumens of focused light for up to 8 hours, while Lantern Mode throws out 200 lumens of 360-degree warm light for up to 7 hours.
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The PowerLight's integrated 4,400 mAh Li-ion battery is charged via USB, making it compatible with the firm's own KettleCharge, for example. Once charged, it can then function as both a light and a power-pack, charging any USB-powered device, such as a smartphone.
As for the SiteLight, up to four of these can be daisy-chained for a possible 12 m (40 ft) reach. Each SightLight outputs 150 lumens and will run for up to 4 hours at full brightness when plugged into the PowerLight. The SiteLights weigh 55 g (0.12 lb) and measure 6.4 x 2.7 x 6.5 cm (2.55 x 1.06 x 2.55 in) per light.
The NanoGrid will set you back US$99.95 for the complete system, which includes one PowerLight and two SiteLights. The PowerLight retails for $79.95, and the SiteLights cost $30 per unit (each unit sports two lights). Shipping is slated for late February.
The video below demonstrates the NanoGrid.
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