Updated on January 14, 2024


Created on April 4, 2016

LuminAID PackLite Nova USB

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The PackLite Nova USB is a compact, lightweight, and solar-rechargeable inflatable lantern.

Developed By
  1. LuminAID
Tested By
  • LuminAID
Content Partners


Product Description

Engineered by LuminAID, the PackLite Nova USB is an indoor and outdoor compact, solar-powered light that twists flat and inflates into a lightweight, portable lantern.

A video introducing the product here.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

LuminAID. The organization is also looking for retailers worldwide.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is mass produced.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

The lamp can be purchased through LuminAID online shop, or Amazon.

Distributions to Date Status

The exact number PackLite Nova USBs distributed is unknown. However, since 2012 more than 50,000 LuminAid solar lanterns have been distributed across more than 50 countries including Haiti and Nepal. Much of this work has been done through the Give Light, Get Light program. Further information about the milestones here.

Lamp type


Number of light points


Total light output (lumens)

Turbo: 75, high: 50, medium: 25, low: 12, flashing: 12

Multiple brightness settings (yes/no)


Light duration on single charge (hr)

Turbo: 3-5 hrs, high: 6-8 hrs, medium: 12-14, low: 18-24, flashing: 36-48

Mobile charging (yes/no)


Power source

Solar Panel

Battery type

Lithium-Polymer Ion

Peak power rating (Wp)


Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)


Battery nominal voltage (V)


User replaceable battery (yes/no)


User replaceable light (yes/no)


Design Specifications

Design specifications include an inflatable body with 4-settings LED light (TURBO, High, Medium, Low, and Flashing) and a Lithium-Polymer Ion battery. The upper face integrates the solar panel, a 5V Micro USB Input charging port, the ON bottom, and 4 LED battery indicators plus a red charging LED that displays when the solar panel is exposed to the sun. The product also has an adjustable strap for easy hanging. It weighs 0.14 kgs and its dimension are 15.24 x 15.24 x 2,.4 cm (W x L x H) when flat and 15,24 x 12,07 x 15,24 cm when inflated.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by LuminAID.

Replacement Components

This product specific replacement components are provided by LuminAID.  


Lithium-Polymer Ion battery has more than 10,000 lifetime hours. This product has a 1-year full warranty and 2-years of storage life.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

After the 2010 Haiti Earthquake design students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta (co-founders of LuminAID) identified the lack of proper light among the products that were being distributed (medical supplies, shelters, etc). Upon this observation they created this lightweight, rechargeable solar lantern that eliminates the need for kerosene and candles, is portable, and can be easily distributed.

Vetted Performance Status

When recharged within 10 hours of sun, the PackLite Nova USB gives over 3-5 hours of highest brightness setting (up to 75 lumens with TURBO), 6-8 hours of high setting, 12-14 hours of medium setting, from 18-24 hours of low setting, and multiple days on flashing setting. The rechargeable battery has more than 10,000 lifetime hours. This product is waterproof and can float up to 1 meter deep.


No potential hazards are listed.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

Joyashree, R., Sebak, J., 1998, Solar lanterns for rural households, Vol 23, 1, pp 67-68.

Louie, H., 2018, Solar Lanterns and Solar Home Systems, Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries

Compliance with regulations

This product is 100% PVC-free, lead-free and RoHs compliant.

Evaluation methods

No third-party technical evaluation is available. However, the PackLite Nova USB is rated 4.5/5 on Amazon (on 324 reviews) and 5/5 on LuminAID‘s page (based on 1358 reviews)

Other Information

Possibility to customize the lamps with logo or design. Minimum order quantity for custom printing starts at 120 units. LuminAID also sells its color-changing Spectra USB lantern. Video about LuminAID Video about the PackLite Nova USB To purchase product visit LuminAID online shop, or Amazon.  

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Iana Aranda says:

    LuminAid does good work! we need to build out this report!

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