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Experience big light, shareable energy, and smarter control with the world’s first connected flatpack lantern.
Experience big light, shareable energy, and smarter control with the world’s first connected flatpack lantern.
Experience big light, shareable energy, and smarter control with the world’s first connected flatpack lantern.
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BioLite BaseLantern – Smartgrid Goes Off-Grid

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Meet The BioLite BaseLantern

The BioLite BaseLantern is the world’s first flatpack lantern that combines breakthrough edge-lighting with Bluetooth connectivity to bring you a portable lighting solution that doubles as your own miniature smartgrid. No bigger than the sandwich you pack in your lunch, the BaseLantern can light large group settings, charge phones and other devices, and offer powerful real-time analytics so you get the most from your off-grid energy.

 

1. Illuminate large areas with a lantern that fits in the palm of your hand; extend light around your site with the integration of BioLite string lighting.     

2. The rechargeable internal battery doubles as a portable powerbank to charge phones, tablets, and other devices. 

3. Unlock the functionality of a mini smart grid from your phone with features like Proximity Activation, Full Color Control, and Real Time Energy Analytics.

BaseLantern is ready for any off-grid situation:

 

Edge Lighting: Big light in a small package

When you went camping twenty years ago, chances are you brought along a big bulky sleeping bag with you – but then compression sacks came along and took the air out, shrinking your bag into a fraction of its original size.


That’s exactly what we’re doing with the BaseLantern – we’re taking the air out. Using the same principles found in fiber-optic cables, we've skinned our lantern's rechargeable batteries in a thin, durable, bright sheet of light.

By using edge-lighting rather than traditional diffusing lenses, we're able to remove wasted space and deliver a lantern that's four times smaller than the competition. 


Here's a quick video where Mike and Anton explain how it works:

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The result is a super compact lantern that can throw 500 lumens of light in a footprint no bigger than, well, a sandwich:

Shareable Energy: The Power to Do More

The BaseLantern features a 7800 mAh rechargeable li-on battery that provides a burn time of up to 54 hours or power out to your other electronic gear via 2 USB charging ports. 

The BaseLantern also features two custom ports to power BioLite SiteLights for extended lighting. 

SiteLights provide 10 ft of reach and 150 lumens per light
SiteLights provide 10 ft of reach and 150 lumens per light

And with two USB ports, no waiting in line to charge up your phone if you’re with friends.

 

Charging Cycles By Device
Charging Cycles By Device

You can recharge your BaseLantern off-grid anytime from power generating gear like the BioLite SolarPanel5+ or BioLite BaseCamp Stove (you can pick those up in our reward levels).

Unlocking the Smartgrid: Light & Power Controlled from Your Pocket

BaseLantern Bluetooth LE Mobile App
BaseLantern Bluetooth LE Mobile App

Your phone is one of the best remote controls out there, so we built a custom Low Energy Bluetooth app that connects with your BaseLantern and transforms it into your own miniature smartgrid:

The app’s dark background is easy on the eyes in low-light conditions and is designed to be super intuitive – so if a friend picks up your phone, there’s no learning curve, they can use it right away. 

 

Brightness & Warmth Control
Brightness & Warmth Control

 

Adding Lantern Effects
Adding Lantern Effects

The BaseLantern app also provides real-time analytics and feedback on the battery life so you can calibrate energy usage to sustain the length of your trip – no guessing on how much juice is left.

Energy Analytics
Energy Analytics

Proximity Activation automatically turns the BaseLantern on or off based on your relative location. Your own personal beacon, it's perfect for finding your way home in the dark.

Activating Proximity Mode
Activating Proximity Mode

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Energy On A Mission 

 

When you back the BaseLantern, you’re backing a better world.

At BioLite we’re on a mission to bring safe, affordable energy access to families living in energy poverty. To date, we have distributed over 15,000 HomeStoves across India, Kenya and Uganda, providing clean cooking and charging. Through our unique business model (we call it Parallel Innovation), we incubate core technologies that get turned into products for both our outdoor recreational audience and our households in emerging markets. Revenue from our outdoor gear – like the BaseLantern – gets re-invested into the long-term development of our solutions to the big challenges we face where the grid doesn’t exist.

Reliable lighting in emerging markets can transform a life: it’s a child able to read her homework; it’s an entrepreneur keeping her shop open after dark; it’s a family empowered to leave dirty, expensive kerosene behind and bring bright, safe light into their home.

When you support the BaseLantern today, you’re supporting the research, development, and distribution of BioLite lighting to those who need it most.

The Team Behind BaseLantern

 

 

Process Sketches
Process Sketches

 

Early Research
Early Research

 

A lantern with no wasted space (left). Creating the legs mechanism (right)
A lantern with no wasted space (left). Creating the legs mechanism (right)

 

Designing the lens texture - 40,000 cones across the lens surface
Designing the lens texture - 40,000 cones across the lens surface

 

Prototypes
Prototypes

Why we’re asking for your help

This ain’t our first rodeo… but it is our first Bluetooth connected product and we’re looking to our community to make it the best it can be. We can learn a lot from you.

Funding from this campaign will help us invest in the costs associated with developing our Bluetooth hardware and building both an iOS and Android mobile app – and we’re hoping we might be able to hit some stretch goals along the way that unlock even more cool features.

And equally important to funding is feedback: we want the connected functionality of the BaseLantern to be useful to you in real life and in real situations and that means getting honest insights on the system and opportunities to improve the application. Your questions, your concerns, we take them all back to the design and engineering team which helps us inform the last stage of production and development before things are fully baked.

Production Schedule

  
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Risks and challenges

We have learned a lot over the last four years here at BioLite and we’re proud to have a development process and supply chain that works together in a solid rhythm. We’re also proud to have successfully fulfilled our 2014 Kickstarter Campaign - we are not vaporware and we take our schedules seriously.

That being said, anytime you’re manufacturing a product, there is always risk involved. Factory delays, quantity changes, port delays (those are never fun) can always come up expectedly and mess with timelines. We’ll let you know if these come up and we really appreciate your patience if they do.

And as we mentioned above, we’re also developing our first-ever mobile app, which comes with a new set of challenges we’re excited to tackle, but may require a slight learning curve: as with any mobile app, there may be some bugs at the beginning, updates to be shared, and beta testers to be celebrated – thanks for figuring it out with us.

And lastly, the amazing global community here at Kickstarter highlights one last challenge that we’d like to address: international fulfillment. As a small company, we have worked incredibly hard to find reasonable shipping rates so we could make this campaign available to everyone all over the world. But the simple fact is that some areas are just more expensive to ship to than others. And when you ship a sold good, duties and taxes get involved, too. We have prepared for this and have tried to be as transparent as possible by including clear shipping fees based on your location when you select your reward level – these fees INCLUDE taxes and duties, so no surprise costs when it shows up at your doorstep. We are not making any money off of these shipping costs, and are in fact subsidizing a portion of the actual fees. We wish we had our own special delivery drone that could get around this, but until then, this is our strongest solution and still the best deal our international supporters can get on the BaseLantern. Thank you for understanding.

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    Thank You!

    Thanks for believing in our project! You'll be receiving a BioLite FlexLight, our 100 lumen USB gooseneck light that taps on or off at the touch of a finger - awesome at the campsite and perfect at the office.

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    BASELANTERN EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    You're one of the first! Grab the BioLite BaseLantern (save $20)

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    BASELANTERN XL EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    You've got the power! Pick up the BaseLanternXL and boost your internal battery to 12,000mAh for longer light and more device charging. (Save $30)

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    BaseLantern Bonus Pack!

    BaseLantern PLUS a free pair of BioLite SiteLites for a complete outdoor lighting system. Turn on/off and dim easily all from your mobile app. (Save $30)

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    BaseLanternXL Bonus Pack!

    BaseLanternXL PLUS a free pair of BioLite SiteLites for a complete outdoor lighting system with even longer run times. Turn on/off and dim easily all from your mobile app. (Save $30)

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    BaseLanternXL Bonus Pack! NOVEMBER BATCH

    Missed out on the first wave? We'll get you in on the next shipment!

    BaseLanternXL PLUS a free pair of BioLite SiteLites for a complete outdoor lighting system with even longer run times. Turn on/off and dim easily all from your mobile app. (Save $30)

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    BaseLantern Solar Pack

    Receive a BaseLantern, pair of BioLite SiteLights, AND the BioLite SolarPanel 5 so you can keep your system charged wherever you are with 5 watts from the sun. Talk about a power couple. (Save $40)

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    BaseLanternXL Solar Pack - UNLOCKED!

    New Reward Level! Receive a BaseLanternXL, pair of BioLite SiteLights, AND the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ so you can keep your system charged wherever you are. Get more power with the BaseLanternXL and on-board storage with the SolarPanel5+ in case you want to save your sun for later. (Save $55)

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    BaseLanternXL Solar Pack - NOVEMBER BATCH

    Missed out on the first wave? We'll get you in on the next shipment! Receive a BaseLanternXL, pair of BioLite SiteLights, AND the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ so you can keep your system charged wherever you are. Get more power with the BaseLanternXL and on-board storage with the SolarPanel5+ in case you want to save your sun for later. (Save $55)

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    Build Your Own NanoGrid

    Experience the entire lighting system from BioLite: BaseLantern, [2] pairs of SiteLights, a PowerLight, and the PowerLight Mini. You'll be well stocked for camping, power outages, and everyday carry. (Save $80)

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    BUILD A NANOGRID XL EDITION - UNLOCKED!

    New Reward Level!

    Experience the entire lighting system from BioLite with an upgrade to the BaseLanternXL plus [2] pairs of SiteLights, a PowerLight, and the PowerLight Mini. You'll be well stocked for camping, power outages, and everyday carry. (Save $85)

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    BaseLanternXL DOUBLE BUNDLE - UNLOCKED!

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    [2] BaseLanternXLs and [2] Pairs of SiteLights.

    Double-down on your off-grid power and light. (Save $75)

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    HUB-AND-SPOKE - UNLOCKED!

    New Reward Level!

    A killer lighting package featuring a centralized hub of light complemented by individual lights that can travel freely. This limited-supply reward includes 1 BaseLanternXL, 2 Pairs of SiteLights, and FOUR award-winning PowerLight Minis (one of each color). Perfect for groups, clip those Minis onto your shirt and enjoy hands-free light that helps you see and be seen wherever you go. (Save $75)

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    BioLite Festival Kit

    Hook yourself up with everything you need to rock camping and festival season. Receive a BioLite BaseLantern, pair of BioLite SiteLights, BioLite SolarPanel 5+, and the BioLite CampStove Bundle (CampStove, KettlePot, and Portable Grill). You'll be well-lit, well-fed, and well-charged, and you'll probably have the most popular tent around. (Save $100)

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    Festival Kit XL EDITION - UNLOCKED!

    New Reward Level!

    Make your festival camping even more powerful: Receive a BioLite BaseLanternXL, 2 PAIRS of BioLite SiteLights, BioLite SolarPanel 5+, and the BioLite CampStove Bundle (CampStove, KettlePot, and Portable Grill).

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    All About That Base

    Kickstarter campaigns collide in this crazy awesome bundle! Receive the BaseLantern, [2] pairs of SiteLights, and the BioLite BaseCamp Stove with its Carrying Case and latest accessory, the PizzaDome. (Save $75)

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    The Whole Damn Shop

    Well now you went ahead and did it. Here we go! Receive the BioLite BaseLanternXL, [2] pairs of SiteLights, a PowerLight, [2] PowerLight Minis, a KettleCharge, a SolarPanel 5+, a BaseCamp with Carry Pack and PizzaDome, a CampStove, a KettlePot, a Portable Grill, a FlexLight, a Sticksnapper, and a handwritten THANK YOU from the team. Whew. (Save $275)

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