Here’s the top 5 reasons why it’s perfect for backpackers:

Lighter than an apple

Weighing in at 5 oz, the PackLite Nova solar lantern won’t weigh down your pack. Many camp lanterns on the market weigh in between 7 oz and a few pounds. But with the PackLite Nova, efficient solar panels replace heavy batteries, lightening your load — literally.

Backpack-friendly design

The lantern packs flat to under 1” thick–easy to slip in your bag, or clip on the outside. But a creative design means it expands to diffuse light in a 4 x 4” cube. The “easy-to-handle, flat-pack cube” is ideal for easy packing, according to Backpacker Magazine. The lantern stands alone on a table or can be hung from an adjustable strap for ambient lighting.

You hike, the lantern charges

A last-minute clip to your pack before you hit the trail translates into hours of light when you pitch camp. With a higher efficiency solar panel than previous models, daylight hours are put to quick use–about 10 hours will fully charge the PackLite Nova.

One 8-person teepee = one lantern

So is it bright enough? Backpacker Magazine notes “…one 5-ounce lantern put out enough soft white light for dinner and domino games in our group’s eight-person teepee.” The newest model shines up to 75 lumens instead of the previous 65.

Rain-proof, river-proof

Like all LuminAID solar lanterns, the PackLite Nova is entirely waterproof, which means no problems for even rainy hikes in South American jungles (or a night accidentally left on the porch in the rain). LuminAID solar lights were designed to withstand disaster zones, so they’re definitely trail-worthy.