|Item Weight||2.88 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 3 x 0.2 inches|
|Item model number||LUM-PL16|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Assembled Height||0.25 inches|
|Assembled Length||5 inches|
|Assembled Width||3 inches|
|Type of Bulb||LED|
LuminAID PackLite 16 Inflatable Solar Light, Clear, One Count
|Price:||$41.58 & FREE Shipping|
- Updated version of the original LuminAID Solar Light
- Provides up to 16 hours of light on a single charge
- 32+ hour emergency flash setting
- Packs flat for easy storage and charging, weighing 2.9oz
- Waterproof up to 1 meter deep (FL 1 STANDARD IPX-7) and can float
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From the manufacturer
How it Works
Charge outside in direct sun for 7 hours. Optimum charging occurs when the white LED is off and the red charge indicator LED is on.
*Battery comes partially charged. Charge 7 hours for peak performance.
Gently pinch or bite the valve and inflate your light.
Press the red On/Off button to cycle through light settings.
Use in All Conditions
This is an all-weather device. It is waterproof (IPX-7) and can float.
LuminAID's lights are backed by a 1-year full warranty. Visit our official site for more information.
Awards and Recognition
As Seen On
- Shark Tank
- The Today Show
- CNN's Start Small, Think Big
- Fox News
- Outside Magazine
- Men's Journal
- The White House Blog
- CNN HLN
- Discovery News
- The BBC
2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention.
2014 US White House Maker of Merit.
2014 Up and Comer, Chicago Innovation Awards.
LuminAID: Shining a Light on Disasters
LuminAID's patent-pending solar LED inflatable technology was designed by two architecture students, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, shortly after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. When thinking about what they could design to make a difference, Andrea and Anna decided to focus on lighting because it had the potential to greatly improve the comfort, safety and survival of disaster victims. Inspired to design a simple, solar-powered lighting product that could be easily distributed in times of emergency, they developed their first solar inflatable light and founded LuminAID to bring the technology to market.
Andrea and Anna first developed their solar LED inflatable technology in 2010 and have filed domestic and international patent applications to cover a broad range of shapes, applications, and uses. LuminAID has multiple domestic and international utility patent applications on file.
In 2015, LuminAID announced the extension of this technology to a new product line: the Pack Line by LuminAID. The Pack Line features, lightweight, innovative lanterns that pack flat for easy storage and charging on the go. LuminAID's PackLites come in a range of shapes and performance parameters. View the table below to choose the light that's best for you.
Give Light, Get Light
LuminAID partners with organizations all over the world to distribute lights to individuals without access to electricity through their Give Light Program. The company has also worked to put lights on the ground after emergency situations both in the US and abroad. With the support of customers and partner organizations, LuminAID has distributed thousands of lights all around the world to individuals in need of a better source of light. Our mission: make light more sustainable, affordable, and available for everyone. Thank you for your support of LuminAID's lights.
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LuminAID Solar Light, V1
|Max Hours of Light/Charge (on lowest setting)||30 Hours||12 Hours||12 Hours||16 Hours|
|Max Brightness (on highest setting)||65 Lumens||30 Lumens||n/a||35 Lumens|
|Light Modes||Extra Bright / High / Low / 32-Hour Flash||Extra Bright / High / Low / 32-Hour Flash||7 Color Modes / White / Multi-Color Fade||High / Low|
|Folded Size||5" x 3" x 0.25"||4"x 4" x 0.5"||4"x 4" x 0.5"||5" x 3" x 0.25"|
The LuminAID PackLite 16 is the new and improved version of the original LuminAID Solar Light! The new PackLite 16 has double the LEDs (2X the wattage), is made out of a thicker, more durable TPU (PVC-free) material, and has an additional flashing setting for emergencies. The PackLite 16 provides up to 16 hours of LED light and can be easily recharged in the sun, ideal for recreational use outdoors or in the home as an extra light source. It has two extra-bright multi-chip LEDs that provide up to 45 lumens of light and a 32+ hour flashing mode. The PackLite 16 folds up into a compact, portable size that is easy to clip to your backpack to charge on-the-go or store in your emergency kit. The durable and weather-resistant TPU material (100% PVC-free) inflates to diffuse the LED light and create a lantern. The PackLite 16 will easily light up a 125 square feet space. Tuck it away in your first-aid kit or hook it on your backpack for your next adventure.
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There are a few things you need to know about inflatable solar lanterns:
1. Most people haven't seen them before, so when they come across them, they tend to buy into the makers' claims that this is a 'new,' 'innovative' product--usually accompanied by some heartwarming story about how they developed it because they were inspired by some experience with third-world peoples to bring clean, safe, affordable, renewable lighting to the world! Tune it out. In fact, the market is saturated with at least a half dozen companies that make similar claims, and a few of those companies have been churning these out for over a decade. It's hard to sort out who actually should get credit for this 'innovative' idea, but there's a good chance the answer is NONE of the companies that are currently trying to capitalize on that kind of 'feel good' backstory to sell you their product.
2. There is a significant problem with quality control and cheap materials in most of these inflatable solar lanterns. I discovered all this after being disillusioned by the Luci EMRG lantern I bought. At first, I thought it was the best ultralight lantern I had ever found. Except that in all the solar charge cycles I tested it, I never thought to try running it for longer than an hour. For the first hour it gave off great light, and was so lightweight that I was willing to accept the cheap construction. But when I discovered that the battery was poor--never able to last more than 90 minutes, despite the manufacturer's claims, I started researching this issue and found this is a VERY common problem with inflatable solar products from many companies and that most of their marketing stories about innovation are either stale, grossly exaggerated, or flat-out lies. Read my review of the Luci EMRG lantern if you want to know more about that.
3. As solar inflatable lanterns go, this one is MARKEDLY BETTER IN QUALITY--probably because the company's founders appeared on TV's Shark Tank and netted a strong financial backer/partner to assist them with the manufacturing side. In any case, the Packlite 16 actually lives up to the manufacturer's promises. I'll compare it to the Luci EMRG just to illustrate my point. The Luci EMRG lantern is made from a small, cheap solar panel that is framed by a cardboard frame/base, sealed in the same plastic-like clear vinyl that is used to make very cheap pool toys for infants, with a very cheap inflation valve and a poor battery that cannot hold a charge longer than 100 minutes even on its lowest brightness setting. By contrast, the LuminAID Packlite 16 is considerably higher in quality. The LuminAID's inflatable body is made of a much higher quality vinyl which has more of a rubbery feel (less like plastic), very much like high grade medical vinyl. Whereas the Luci EMRG's vinyl is realatively stiff and cheap, crinkly feeling, the LuminAID's vinyl is very pliable and thus, should prove to be exponentially less susceptible to cracking/splitting over the long term. Likewise, the LuminAID uses a single bright LED instead of the Luci EMRG's three smaller LEDs and pairs it with a much better battery. The battery charges faster (7 hours of sunlight vs. the Luci EMRG's 8-9 hours) and lasts MUCH, MUCH LONGER. Whereas the Luci can barely go 50 minutes before it starts to dim noticeably and dies before it reaches the 90 minute mark, the LuminAID can go at least 5 hours and 45 minutes on its brightest setting, which is just as bright as the Luci EMRG. Better yet, it does not dim noticeably at any point in that duration; it remains bright and then, when it has exhausted the charge, shuts off. Lastly, the inflation valve on the Luci EMRG is very cheap. Although it looks the same by eyesight, you can tell by feel that the EMRG's valve is stiffer and smoother than the inflation valve on the LuminAID. As a result, the little valve cap on the Luci EMRG frequently pops out on its own instead of staying in place as it should--a sure sign of cheap plastic., By contrast, the LuminAID's valve seals shut securely and the cap is actually a little stiff to remove, as it should be.
4. The LuminAID Packlite 16 has nice extra touches that suggest a concern for quality/convenience. For example, it has a small snap flap that helps hold the lantern in a small folded package when it is deflated. In that configuration, it is very slim and packable, and it hangs easily on a pack for recharging. The solar panel is not only noticeably larger and better in quality than the Luci EMRG's panel (and the panels on other, similar knock-off products), but it is paired with a very tiny LED that shows when the lantern is charging (red) or charged (green). The charging LEDS are extremely tiny, so I feel confident they're not "wasting" precious energy. Also, attesting to the quality of these components, the red LED has at least two brightness levels: a scant pinprick of red light whenever it detects the slightest hint of a charge from the panel, and a noticeably brighter (but still tiny) glow of red when (presumably) the panel is generating its maximum charge current. Also, the panel is sensitive enough that it does register a charge in partial shade. More surprising still, after completely exhausting the battery, I held a small (but bright) FLASHLIGHT to the panel for about 1 minute. To my surprise, it registered a charging current and I was then able to run the lantern on its lowest brightness for approximately 7 minutes! That tells me this is a very efficient (i.e., good quality) solar panel.
A few other notes about this particular lantern, the LuminAID Packlite 16:
-- The brightest setting on this lantern is 45 lumens, NOT 65 lumens as it incorrectly states in one of the sections above. At 45 lumens, it is adequate to light up a typical 3- or 4-person tent bright enough to play cards, read, etc. and it lasts at least 5 hours and 45 minutes before exhausting the charge. On the medium and low settings it runs longer. The low setting is very dim, but still adequately bright for one or two people to read by (you would need to position the book/map within 6 - 10 inches of the light to be able to read by it.) The makers claim it can run for up to 16 hours on this low setting, and in my own tests, I confirmed that it definitely runs over 14 hours (I had to leave at that point and couldn't stick around to confirm when exactly it finally died). That means it is an EXCELLENT "nightlight" for children who may be a little intimidated about sleeping in a pitch dark tent. You can let it run all night on low, giving off a reassuring glow in the tent, and then charge it up the next day in the sun--something you could never do with an ultralight non-solar light, since it would mean having to carry a lot of spare batteries.
-- This lantern is waterproof. The solar/battery unit is completely sealed in clear vinyl, and the inflatable light diffuser is also sealed (hence inflatable). As long as the inflation valve is closed securely, no water should get in, even if you submerge it. Also, it will certainly float while inflated. Leaving it outside in the rain should present no problem whatsoever.
-- This light has four modes: high, medium, low, and blinking. All are accessed by pressing the red power button to cycle through them, in that order. Since the power button is sealed under plastic with the solar panel and battery, there is no way to "feel" the button in the dark; thus, I recommend that you place a piece of duct tape or electrician's tape over the button so that you can find it by touch in the dark when needed.
-- This light is brightest through the long side opposite of the side where the power button and solar panel/battery is attached; however, the hang loops are at one end. Thus, if you hang the lantern by those loops, it shines brightest sideways. Ideally, the designers should add a second hang loop right next to the power button, which would enable you to hang it so that the large, brightest side faces down for better tent illumination. As a quick fix, you can just make a small loop using packing tape. If you're smart about how you make the loop to maximize the adhesion, it will hold the light just fine. (Just make sure you don't cover any of the solar panel or you'll block some of its efficiency for recharging!)
The bottom line is that if you're looking for a lightweight, reliable, inflatable solar lantern to use as a camp/tent light, this LuminAID is a great choice. It's quality is the best of all the inflatable solar lanterns I've come across, and thus, it is worth paying about twice as much to get one. At around $24, the price seems reasonable, and "similar" products that sell for $10 - $15 (like the Luci EMRG) are laughably cheap in construction and WILL fail you, so I suggest you don't waste your money on those others like I did.
I highly recommend this lantern for anyone wanting to cut the weight and bulk of hardshell lanterns (and spare batteries) from their pack weight!
Great design for a good product, but I am not convinced it is significantly better than the Luci, if and only for the battery charging issue. Time will tell.
Just as with the Luci, I am using this as a light for the sailboat while anchored or for camping.