GEAR TEST // NITE IZE RADIANT 300
APIECE OF camping equipment that does double-duty is always going to be one of the first things packed. We own a compact SUV, so cargo space is at a premium, but I always seem to make room for camp essentials such as camp lighting. Having a camp lighting source that also recharges phones, iPads, iPods and other electronic gadgets is, for this tech-tragic, like manna from heaven.
The Nite Ize Radiant 300 (signifying 300lumen light capacity) rechargeable lantern draws on the company’s lengthy experience producing top-notch and innovative outdoor gear to produce a camp-light source that is robust (weather resistant and drop-resistant to 1m), does the primary job it’s designed for, and also ups its usefulness in regards to its ability to recharge said gadgets via two integrated USB ports (one a micro for charging the lantern, the other a standard USB for charging gadgets). Add in its compact size (72x174mm), light weight (252g) and cool features such as the integrated carabiner for hanging at the top of the tent or on a pole, and a carry bag that doubles as a light diffuser, and it is hard to argue with the unit’s appeal.
Except for one point: the Radiant 300’s grunty 2600mAh battery is rechargeable via the USB port but 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 if you’re hiking/ bikepacking/paddling, you’ll need a suitable power tank/charger to do so.
So far, in the first month of testing, the Radiant 300 has worked seamlessly; the full-blown 300- lumen output (on the High setting) lasts a claimed five hours but I have been switching between that setting and Medium (20 hours at 75 lumens) and found it to last a weekend of camping without issue. And yep, we’ve even managed to charge our daughter’s seriously over-worked iPod and it still had enough light ‘left over’. So far, so good; we have the test unit for a few more months so look for a long-term review of the Nite Ize Radiant 300 in a future issue.
The Nite Ize Radiant’s versatility and robust design means great bang for your bucks.