Never again will you have to make a pilgrimage to the nearest pub to charge your phone while you're roughing it in the great outdoors.

Ahh, the trusty camping lantern. That flickering, fickle old gas-powered piece of junk that never fails to conk out right at the moment your friend says, “Dude, did you hear that rustling in the bushes?”

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since those days – so far, in fact, that your camping lantern is now powerful enough to power other stuff as well as its own light source. Yep, that’s right. No more hairy moments in the dark – meet the BioLite BaseLantern.

Running on a 7800 mAh rechargeable li-on battery, the BioLite BaseLantern can throw out 500 lumens of light via its compact edge lighting for up to 54 long hours of burn-time. When you eventually run out of power? Just connect the BaseLantern to some of BioLite’s power generating gear like the BioLite SolarPanel5+ or  BaseCamp Stove to fuel up without needing a plug socket. There are even two custom ports for connecting up and powering more BioLite SiteLights for the perfectly lit camp.

As well as shining on like a miniature sun for hours on end, BioLite BaseLantern also doubles as a miniature smart grid, with two USB ports for juicing up your other camping gadgets, and a companion app for all sorts of convenient remote control features. You can turn BaseLantern on and off remotely, dim it, turn on proximity activation, and get real-time energy analytics to help you use it more efficiently.

The cherry on top is BaseLantern’s compact size. When in flatpack travelling form, it’s no bigger than a sandwich. It has stainless steel folding legs that you can flip out for propping it up on your camping table.

The BioLite BaseLantern is currently racking up funding over on Kickstarter, where early bird pre-order prices start at $79 (£55). The campaign has smashed its funding goal, so the release date of October 2016 should hold up.

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