What does it mean to travel in the right way? It means while travelling, you must carry all essential accessories to make the trip a bit easier, safer and enjoyable. Light and power are two major requirements that we mostly get short of. Travelers keep looking for things that can double as light source and a battery bank, and if you remember Brooklyn-based Company BioLite Energy offered outdoor enthusiasts a chance to get such gadget by creating BioLite BaseLantern last year. It is a flatpack Bluetooth lantern that doubles as a handy power bank to charge your gear on the go.
You can control the smart lantern by connecting to the companion mobile app over Bluetooth or manually through the onboard button. With the mobile app, you have full control over the lantern and you can even analyze the energy use in real-time. The app lets you set the brightness, color and warmth of the lantern. It can also be connected to BioLite portable solar panels, energy-generating stoves and light strings to enjoy more functionality.
There is also an option to configure it with the proximity sensor, so that it can turn on/off when someone comes within the range. The BaseLantern has an IPX4 rating which means it can withstand splashing of water. It comes with a foldable stand that can be packed away in a sack easily.
The portable lighting project was successfully funded at Kickstarter in 2016, but if you missed the opportunity that time, the company is again taking orders for the BioLite BaseLantern XL. So if you are interested in buying this multifunctional lantern, you can get one for US$130 at its official website. Whether you’re out on a camping trip or hanging out in the backyard, it will be perfect lighting accessory with shareable power and smart control.