Goal Zero's Lighthouse250 Lantern, solar panel tent charge your gadgets alfresco

Keeping your USB-powered gear powered up while camping in the woods or hiking the Appalachian Trail can prove quite a challenge. Solar chargers and backup batteries can help, sure, but when you're already hauling dozens of pounds of gear, an integrated solution is where it's at. Goal Zero has a pair of new products to help streamline things a bit. First up, the Lighthouse250 Lantern can provide 48 hours of 250-lumen LED output with a full charge, and it can charge up a gadget via a built-in USB port. If you don't have a solar panel handy, you can use the hand crank to juice up the lantern in the field. The company's also teaming up with Eddie Bauer on a solar panel-equipped tent, the 36-square-foot Katabatic 2 -- you'll need to add your own battery pack to store the energy collected from the 18-watt roof-mounted panel. Eddie Bauer has yet to announce pricing for the tent, which should ship next spring, but you can expect the lantern to retail for about 80 bucks in Q4.

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Goal Zero Unveils Lighthouse250 Lantern and Partners with Eddie Bauer to Launch Solar Powered Tent at Outdoor Retailer – Booth BR601

SALT LAKE CITY – July 30, 2013 – Being off the grid doesn't necessarily mean being left in the dark. Goal Zero is lighting up campsites at Outdoor Retailer this week with its new Lighthouse 250 Lantern & USB Power Hub and the solar powered Katabatic 2 tent, a joint venture with Eddie Bauer.

"Technology plays big role in the time we spend outdoors. It allows us to track, photograph, and share our adventures with friends and family," said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero. "The Lighthouse 250 and Katabatic 2 tent provide the power and light to help take advantage of that technology in even the most remote locations."The 250 lumen Lighthouse provides up to 48 hours of bright LED light on a single charge. Adventurers can power the lantern via USB before heading out or with the integrated hand crank once they're in the field. Lighthouse doubles as a recharger that can be used to power mobile devices like MP3 players, smartphones, GPS, e-readers and tablets.

The new lantern can also be charged with one of Goal Zero's solar panels (7-hours), like the 18-watt monocrystaline, weather resistant panel supported by the new Katabatic 2. Eddie Bauer partnered with Goal Zero while designing the roomy 36 square foot tent to integrate solar and provide convenient wiring access so campers can power up their Goal Zero Sherpa 50 or Yeti Solar Generator while protected from the elements.

Learn more about both products at the Goal Zero booth - BR601 in the Salt Palace Convention Center - 100 SW Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

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About Goal Zero

Goal Zero is the industry leader for renewable and reliable solar power. Born out of the desire to empower people everywhere, Goal Zero's products are designed to give you the freedom to go anywhere, regardless of battery life. From cellphones to refrigerators, and everything in between, Goal Zero products keep you connected and powered up in any situation.

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