Earlier this year I came across an amazing company that was creating unique lights that met outdoor adventure needs and helping people achieve basic human needs in areas affected by natural disasters and conflict. The company, LuminAID, makes inflatable, solar powered lights that are lightweight, waterproof and incredibly bright. Their Give Light Program partners with NGOs and non-profits all over the world to distribute LuminAID lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source. Through this program, when a Give Light, Get Light Package ($34.95 USD) is purchased, an additional light is sent to a focused humanitarian effort (currently it is the European refugee crisis and in the past they have helped with the earthquake response in Haiti and Nepal).
If you follow my blog regularly, then you know that I am a strong proponent of endorsing products and brands I have a genuine experience with and respect for. Wanting to support LuminAID and their humanitarian mission, as well as wanting to try out one of these unique looking lights for myself, I proudly bought their Give Light, Get Light Package. Over the summer my PackLite 12 cube accompanied me on all my backcountry adventures; from alpine huts, backpacking through Alaska to canoeing through the badlands of Alberta. I can honestly say I am 150% impressed with this light and it didn’t take much to convince my adventure buddies to order one too.
Here is why I rave about my LuminAID PackLite 12
- The PackLite is very simple to use; displays charging or charged status and different light settings with the push of a button.
- It deflates and compacts to about the size of a deck of cards
- It has a convenient strap to hang it off your backpack to charge while you’re hiking about
- It floats, is waterproof and can be used in all wether conditions
- When hung by its strap in your tent it fully illuminates the whole tent to a brightness beyond belief (PackLite 12 is capable of 45 lumens but LuminAID’s brightest light is capable of 65 lumens)
- It looks cool and everyone in camp eyes you with light envy
- A single charge can last up to 12 hours, and it can hold a charge for over a year (so if you’re storm-stayed in a winter storm and the power goes out, you can depend on digging out your LuminAID from all your camping gear)
While a headlamp also offers hands free light, it only lights the path to which you are looking, the LuminAID achieves a total room filling light and the comfort that comes with that. I can see how these, the power of light, would be so uplifting and valuable to someone living in a crisis. If anything, I really encourage you to learn more about LuminAID and what they are doing on a humanitarian front (to date they have distributed over 12,000 lights in over 50 countries). I fully support their lights too and can’t wait to bust mine out again!