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RE­GARD­LESS of how big a rig you own, cargo space is a pre­mium. So, camp­ing equip­ment that can per­form dou­ble du­ties should be packed first, and there should al­ways be room for camp es­sen­tials such as camp light­ing.

Hav­ing a camp-light­ing source that also recharges phones, ipads, ipods and other elec­tronic gad­gets is heaven.

The Nite Ize Ra­di­ant 300 (sig­ni­fy­ing 300-lu­men light ca­pac­ity) Recharge­able Lan­tern draws on the com­pany’s lengthy ex­pe­ri­ence pro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive out­door gear to pro­duce a camp-light source that is ro­bust (weather-re­sis­tant, and dropre­sis­tant to one me­tre), does the pri­mary job it’s de­signed for, and can recharge said gad­gets via two in­te­grated USB ports (a mi­cro port for charg­ing the lan­tern; and a stan­dard port for charg­ing gad­gets).

Add in its com­pact size (72x174mm), light weight (252g) and cool features such as a carry bag that dou­bles as a light dif­fuser, and the in­te­grated cara­biner for hang­ing at the top of the tent, a pole, or the back of your 4x4, and it’s hard to ar­gue with the unit’s ap­peal.

The Ra­di­ant 300’s grunty 2600mah bat­tery is recharge­able via the USB port, but it’s worth not­ing it won’t take stan­dard bat­ter­ies if/when it does run out of juice, which means you’ll need to recharge it via your ve­hi­cle or portable power source. Dur­ing the past cou­ple of months of test­ing, the Ra­di­ant 300 has worked seam­lessly; the 300-lu­men out­put (on the High set­ting) is bright and lasts a claimed five hours. I have been switch­ing be­tween the High and Medium (20 hours at 75 lu­mens) set­tings and found it to last a week­end of camp­ing with­out is­sue – I ac­ci­dently left it out in a rain­storm for around 20 min­utes, so I can also re­port its level of ‘weath­er­proof­ness’ isn’t too bad.

The light out­put at 75 lu­mens is more than ad­e­quate for around-camp du­ties. And, yep, we’ve even man­aged to charge our daugh­ter’s se­ri­ously over-worked ipod and it still had enough light ‘left over’ for an­other night be­fore need­ing a recharge.

The Nite Ize Ra­di­ant 300 is an ap­peal­ing ad­di­tion to your camp gear-box. Whether it is your pri­mary or sec­ondary light source, it’s well worth a look.

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