LuminAID, the Chicago-based startup that invented the world’s first solar inflatable light is launching a new line of patented solar lights.
2016 has been a big year for the innovative startup. The year started off with a January follow-up appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank by co-founders Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, who had reeled in offers from all five “Sharks” in 2015. In May, the duo won the TOMS Shoes Pitch for Good Contest and secured an investment from Blake Mycoskie in the process. And in June, the inventors received a wide-ranging patent on LuminAID’s portable solar technology. Now, the company is introducing an all new line of inflatable solar lanterns for use in disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and outdoor recreation.
"This was a big year for LuminAID and for us as entrepreneurs and inventors. We are excited to come out with this new product line that extends on our technology, and can't wait to see it in stores soon!" said LuminAID Co-Founder Andrea Sreshta.
The new lineup consists of the following lanterns:
LuminAID PackLite Nova
The PackLite Nova is the next generation of LuminAID’s award-winning PackLite 12 collapsible solar lantern. It weighs 4 oz, and is approxiamately a 5" cube which compresses down to 0.6" thick. It offers 75 Lumens on it’s highest setting and provides 24 hours of LED light on a single charge. The PackLite Nova charges in 10 hours of sunlight and requires no additional batteries. The PackLite Nova has a 4-level charge indicator and adjustable strap for hanging. Due to its unique expandable design, the PackLite Nova is waterproof and dust-proof (IP67 rated), and floats in water. Given its high performance but compact size, the PackLite Nova makes an ideal light for everyday use, home and garden, campsites, backyards and emergency kits.
LuminAID PackLite Spectra
LuminAID is also releasing an updated version of the family favorite PackLite Spectra color-changing solar lantern with 9 light modes, including 7 solid colors, white, and a multi-color rainbow fade. The new and improved lantern is only 4 oz, and is an approxiamately 5" cube. This ultralight lantern packs flat down to 0.6" thick. The PackLite Spectra is waterproof and dust-proof (IP67 rated), and floats in water. With its high performance battery, the PackLite Spectra lasts for 8-12 hours at full charge. The PackLite Spectra also charges in 10 hours of sunlight and requires no additional batteries. The PackLite Spectra brightens up any poolside party and makes a great accessory for outdoor concerts and festivals.
LuminAID PackLite Max
Waterproof, 4 times the size of the original PackLite 12 and significantly more powerful, the PackLite Max is the next big thing in solar inflatable lights. The PackLite Max is an approxiamately 6" cube that compresses down to 0.6" thick and weighs only 6.8 oz. The PackLite Max is a solar powerhouse at 150 Lumens on its highest setting, and lasts up to 50 hours per charge. The PackLite Max has a 4-level charge indicator and adjustable strap for hanging, as well as a USB charge port. The PackLite Max fully charges in 1.5 hours with the USB and 12 hours in the sun. This high-performance solar lantern is also waterproof and dust-proof (IP67 rated), and floats in water. Given the PackLite Max’s dual solar and USB-charging capabilities, it is an ideal lantern for family and RV campers.
The company will continue to offer it’s PackLite 16 lantern, which is LuminAID’s flagship product for use in disaster relief aid and has been used in more than 70 countries around the world. The new line of PackLite lanterns are bigger and brighter than previous lanterns by LuminAID. In addition to the new line, LuminAID has plans to expand upon programs for custom co-branded and printed lights. The company will offer limited edition selections like the camouflage-printed PackLite Renegade, launched earlier this year. The new products will be available for pre-order this fall, and available to consumers online in time for the holiday season.
Rajany Matthew, a peace corps volunteer in Madagascar, distributes LuminAID lights to silk weavers as part of our Give Light, Get Light campaign.