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Meet a high-performance light with a killer fit. If you forget you're wearing it, we've done our job.
Meet a high-performance light with a killer fit. If you forget you're wearing it, we've done our job.
Meet a high-performance light with a killer fit. If you forget you're wearing it, we've done our job.
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BioLite HeadLamp: Wildly Capable, Simply Comfortable

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We've gone from phonographs to wireless earbuds, pilgrim shoes to flyknits, pocketwatches to fitness trackers; so why have headlamps – a wearable we all know – stayed so dang unwearable?

You know what we’re talking about: the doorknob sticking out of your forehead. It’s bulky, it’s uncomfortable, and it constantly reminds you of its presence. So many other categories (sound, footwear, eyewear) have evolved into modern, lighter, smarter designs yet headlamps have remained largely the same – so we set out to change that. 

With 330 lumens and 4 lighting modes, the BioLite HeadLamp provides top-tier performance with a fit unlike any headlamp you’ve experienced thanks to our proprietary 3D SlimFit Construction.

By integrating our electronics into the fabric with a custom molded housing, we pack all your lighting into an ultra-thin facing that is designed to fit as seamlessly as a contact lens: moves with you as a single unit and you soon forget it’s even there. 

By relocating the power source to the back, our fit solves the classic slippage problem. Headlamps are generally worn at a slight angle, with the light in the upper position. If you put all the weight where the light is, it’s going to seek equilibrium which means a slow and constant slip downward (annoying). By keeping the front super light and minimal and moving those grams to the back of your head, BioLite HeadLamp embraces a gravity-friendly design that feels nearly weightless when you put it on.

We did a LOT of fabric testing. A lot. We ended up going with a high-quality moisture-wicking band that keeps your forehead comfortable and dry during activity with easy-adjust clips that take the guess work out of right-sizing your band.

This HeadLamp has got a lot to offer in that ultrathin front: using advanced LED electronics, HeadLamp puts out an impressive 330 lumens along with full brightness control, spot/flood, strobe, and red night vision. 

And, thanks to its rechargeability, you can ditch the alkalines and fill up using powerbanks, solar panels, or any other micro-USB source. 

By looking at the wearables we turn to on a daily basis, we quickly identified that the current state of headlamps was lacking in meaningful innovation when it came to materials, manufacturing, and assembly – something that the sneakers on our feet seemed to be crushing.

So, using footwear as our north star, we created hundreds of prototypes that studied the interaction of fabric with technology and the processes that bring those things together. 

Progression of HeadLamp Prototypes
Progression of HeadLamp Prototypes

Ultimately, we landed on an ultra thin, fully unified head strap that integrated electronics and fabrics into a single molded unit that sits flush on your forehead and moves with you seamlessly. Paired with an efficient, compact lens and high-performance fabric that can withstand a variety of activity, the BioLite HeadLamp introduces the category to wearable tech for the first time.
 

HeadLamp Process Sketches
HeadLamp Process Sketches

Our promises of fit and functionality only mean something if they perform out in the real world – so we sent the HeadLamp out into the wild with some serious adventurers. 

Over the past several months, BioLite Beta Testers have been taking the HeadLamp all over the world – from overland adventures to epic climbs to high-mileage runs – and have documented their experiences for the BioLite community. Stay tuned for stories from the field in upcoming Campaign Updates as well as daily takeover on our Instagram feed. (Oh, and the folks in the intro video? They're beta testers, too – more to come from them).

Here's just a few of the things our testers have had to say so far:

Not climbing a mountain anytime soon? HeadLamp is also a clutch companion much closer to home:

HeadLamp is slated to officially launch in Spring 2019 but we wanted to spread a little holiday cheer with our amazing Kickstarter Community with a SURPRISE limited edition production run that will ship by Holiday 2018. In addition to getting it early and by Christmas, all Kickstarter backers will receive a free Light Diffusing Stuffsack designed exclusively for the BioLite HeadLamp that can transform the unit into a hanging lantern for easy area lighting.

Limited Holiday Quantities: In order to meet a holiday delivery schedule, we took a big risk and have already started production – this means that the total amount available and each color quantity is already locked into place; once they’re claimed, the next run available will be Spring 2019. Back early to secure your favorite color and to get in on the holiday fun!

International Backers: due to logistical constraints, we're unable to offer a holiday delivery but we still want to make this campaign available to our global community if you want to get involved. If you back the GLOBAL reward level, you'll be able to pick your color right after the campaign and your HeadLamp will ship February 2019 and will include the free Light Diffusing Stuffsack as a Kickstarter Backer. Thank you so much for your support and your understanding. 

From a single HeadLamp to your own complete off-grid setup, explore our reward levels below and find the right lighting & power solution for you. 

Get to know the BioLiters behind the HeadLamp. We asked the team "When was the last time you used the HeadLamp?" 

When you support this campaign, you also support safe and reliable lighting for off-grid families across sub-Saharan Africa. Through our unique business model of Parallel Innovation, our team headquartered in Kenya is able to focus on on delivering sustainable solutions for modern energy access. For more info on BioLite’s mission, check out our 2017 Impact Report.

In short – because Kickstarter is where new ideas and designs have room to breathe.

The headlamp category is a crowded space. There’s a lot of incumbents controlling the conversation with a design architecture that hasn’t changed much over the last two decades. These big guys have longstanding relationships with retailers and channels, making it really difficult to break into the space and create meaningful traction. That is – unless you’ve brought your own bullhorn (that’s where you come in).

Over the past four years, we’ve been blown away by how the Kickstarter community can show up and create incredible momentum for a project through sheer enthusiasm and support. Your comments, your questions, your shares, they all amplify the story and prove that the little guys with good ideas can shake up an entire industry if we get the chance to get the word out there.

As we mentioned above, we took a chance this time around and placed a big bet, already putting units into production so this community can have early access for the holidays – we hope you like what you see and take a HeadLamp home for yourself. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge on this project is the promise of holiday delivery - so we made the call to a) start production on a pre-determined quantity and b) focus our holiday shipments on US and Canada where we can minimize risk and have better control over the logistics process.

For our US/Canada backers, this means that holiday colors and specific combinations are limited. We have learned from previous experience that challenges can arise around the holidays (port delays, bottlenecks, etc) which we have built into our existing timelines. Our team is here to answer any questions you have and, knowing how important the holidays are to everyone, we will be in close communication from the start of this campaign right through delivery so you are in the loop on shipment status and delivery schedules. We ask that you help us meet these timelines with swift survey completion at the end of this campaign.

For our International Backers, this means that we'll be fulfilling your units in the Spring along with potential retail partners as it allows us to leverage larger shipments to your country so we can keep your shipping/duty costs as low as possible (all shipping fees associated with your reward level make it DELIVERED DUTIES PAID - so NO additional charges upon delivery). Over the past two months we explored several options to offer a global holiday timeline, but the last thing we wanted to do was set a high-stakes expectation and not meet it. The risk was simply too high. We're grateful for your understanding and we hope you'll join us on this campaign (as a reminder, you still get the free Light Diffusing Stuffsack if you back us on Kickstarter, no matter where you are in the world).

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    Digital Thank You

    Thanks for believing in our design and supporting our campaign! Backers at this level will receive a Digital Thank You delivered on December 21st, 2018 – the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We hope it adds a little brightness to your day.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Early Bird Sees The Sunrise!

    Thanks for being one of the first people to support our campaign! Receive a BioLite HeadLamp in SUNRISE YELLOW plus the Kickstarter HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hanging lantern. [US/Canada Only] [Save $23]

    Includes:
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    EARLY BIRD | INTERNATIONAL

    For our early INTERNATIONAL BACKERS!

    Early Bird Sees The Sunrise!

    Thanks for being one of the first people to support our campaign! Receive a BioLite HeadLamp in SUNRISE YELLOW plus the Kickstarter HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hanging lantern. **INTERNATIONAL UNITS SHIP FEBRUARY 2019**

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    HeadLamp Holiday Special | MIDNIGHT GREY

    Pick up the BioLite HeadLamp in MIDNIGHT GREY and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    • HeadLamp | Midnight Grey
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    HeadLamp Holiday Special | OCEAN TEAL

    Pick up the BioLite HeadLamp in OCEAN TEAL and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
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    HeadLamp Holiday Special | EMBER RED

    Pick up the BioLite HeadLamp in EMBER RED and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    HeadLamp Holiday Spec. | SUNRISE YELLOW

    Pick up the BioLite HeadLamp in SUNRISE YELLOW and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Sunrise Yellow
    • HeadLamp Light Diffusing Stuffsack
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    HeadLamp Special | INTERNATIONAL BACKERS

    FOR OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. Thank you for supporting us! Get in on this campaign and receive a HeadLamp and FREE light-diffusing stuffsack that transforms your unit into a hangable lantern. For international backers, you'll choose your HeadLamp color at the end of the campaign. **INTERNATIONAL UNITS SHIP FEBRUARY 2019** [Save $13]

    Includes:
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    • BioLite HeadLamp (color selected after campaign)
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    HeadLamp Special | MIDNIGHT GREY WAVE 2

    MIDNIGHT GREY is SOLD OUT for Holiday Delivery! This is Wave 2!

    This second wave will ship during official HeadLamp launch in February 2019 (along with potential retailers), but if you join us here on Kickstarter you'll get exclusive access to our holiday add-on menu and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    HeadLamp Special | EMBER RED WAVE 2

    EMBER RED is SOLD OUT for Holiday Delivery! This is Wave 2!

    This second wave will ship during official HeadLamp launch in February 2019 (along with retailers), but if you join us here on Kickstarter you'll get exclusive access to our holiday add-on menu and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    HeadLamp Special | OCEAN TEAL WAVE 2

    OCEAN TEAL is SOLD OUT for Holiday Delivery! This is Wave 2!

    This second wave will ship during official HeadLamp launch in February 2019 (along with retailers), but if you join us here on Kickstarter you'll get exclusive access to our holiday add-on menu and receive a FREE HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. [US/Canada Only] [Save $13]

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    HeadLamp Holiday 2 PACK | RED/TEAL

    Looking to outfit yourself and a friend? We got you covered! Pick up this two pack (one Ocean Teal, one Ember Red) and you'll receive [2] light-diffusing Stuffsacks that transform your HeadLamps into hangable lanterns. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $29]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
    • HeadLamp | Ember Red
    • [2] HeadLamp Light-Diffusing Stuffsacks
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    HeadLamp Holiday 2 PACK | YELLOW/TEAL

    NEW COLOR COMBO!! Looking to outfit yourself and a friend? We got you covered! Pick up this two pack (1 Ocean Teal and 1 Sunset Yellow ) and you'll receive [2] light-diffusing Stuffsacks that transform your HeadLamps into hangable lanterns. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $29]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
    • HeadLamp | Sunrise Yellow
    • [2] HeadLamp Light-Diffusing Stuffsacks
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    HeadLamp Holiday 2 PACK | DOUBLE YELLOW

    Looking to outfit yourself and a friend? We got you covered! This two-pack comes with TWO SUNRISE YELLOW HeadLamps and you'll receive [2] light-diffusing Stuffsacks that transform your HeadLamps into hangable lanterns. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $29]

    Includes:
    • [2] HeadLamps | Sunrise Yellow
    • [2] HeadLamp Light-Diffusing Stuffsacks
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    The Long Haul Bundle | HOLIDAY

    [Save $47] Burning the midnight oil? Keep your light running as long as you are. The Long Haul Bundle keeps the rechargeable HeadLamp fully powered with the Charge 20, a 5200 mAh powerbank, and the SolarPanel 5+, our 5-watt solar panel with bonus onboard storage. As a Kickstarter Backer, you'll also receive a free HeadLamp Stuffsack that transforms your light into a hangable lantern. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Sunrise Yellow
    • HeadLamp Light Diffusing Stuffsack
    • BioLite Charge 20 Powerbank
    • BioLite SolarPanel 5+
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    HeadLamp Holiday 4 PACK

    Want a color for all occasions? Looking for holiday gifts for friends and family? Look no further than the HeadLamp 4 pack. You'll get a HeadLamp in each color (4 total) plus [4] Stuffsacks that transform your lights into hangable lanterns. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $63]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Sunrise Yellow
    • HeadLamp | Midnight Grey
    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
    • HeadLamp | Ember Red
    • [4] HeadLamp Stuffsacks
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    MIDNIGHT GREY 4-PACK | WAVE 2

    [Save $63] More Grey On The Way!
    This 4-pack is ALL Midnight Grey HeadLamps. Please note this is WAVE 2 production and will ship during HeadLamp Official 2019 launch which will coincide with retail - if you join us here on Kickstarter, you'll receive [4] FREE light-diffusing Stuffsacks that transform your HeadLamps into hangable lanterns. [US/Canada Only]

    Includes:
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    • [4] HeadLamp Stuffsacks
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    HeadLamp Holiday COLORFUL 4-Pack

    Greys are sold out, but the community still wants 4-packs to stock up on gift-giving! We hear you, so here you go: You'll get 1 Teal, 1 Red, and 2 Yellow HeadLamps plus [4] Stuffsacks that transform your lights into hangable lanterns. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $63]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
    • HeadLamp | Ember Red
    • [2] HeadLamps | Sunrise Yellow
    • [4] HeadLamp Stuffsacks
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    HeadLamp 4-PACK | WAVE 2

    Our 4 pack is SOLD OUT for Holiday Delivery! This is Wave 2!

    This second wave will ship during official HeadLamp launch in February 2019 (along with retailers), but if you join us here on Kickstarter you'll get exclusive access to our holiday add-on menu and receive [4] FREE HeadLamp Stuffsacks that transform your light into a hangable lantern. For those who are willing to wait, this is a great gift for the whole family!

    Delivered by FEBRUARY 2019. [US/Canada Only] [Save $63]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp | Sunrise Yellow
    • HeadLamp | Midnight Grey
    • HeadLamp | Ocean Teal
    • HeadLamp | Ember Red
    • [4] HeadLamp Stuffsacks
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    BioLite Complete Light Kit

    A complete ecosystem of BioLite's line of USB-rechargable lighting. Get lit, and get it by Holiday 2018. [US/Canada Only] [Save $52]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp Light Diffusing Stuffsack
    • HeadLamp | Midnight Grey
    • BaseLantern XL
    • PowerLight
    • PowerLight Mini
    • SiteLight XL
    • SiteLight Regular
    • SiteLight Mini
    • BioLite Drybag
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    The BioLite Campsite

    Power an epic night outside with some of our favorite BioLite gear, some of which made their debut in previous Kickstarter campaigns! Stay warm with a roaring smokeless FirePit and keep your hangout well-lit with our complete line of USB-rechargeable lighting including the bluetooth-enabled BaseLantern XL. Delivered by HOLIDAY 2018 [US/Canada Only] [Save $98]

    Includes:
    • HeadLamp Light Diffusing Stuffsack
    • BioLite FirePit
    • BioLite Drybag
    • SiteLight Mini
    • SiteLight Regular
    • SiteLight XL
    • PowerLight Mini
    • PowerLight
    • BaseLantern XL
    • HeadLamp | Ember Red
    • BioLite FirePit Solar Carry Case
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Funding period

- (32 days)