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Now the sun is always shining.
HELIO is the world's best outdoor solar light.

Let your adventures help others.

HELIO is an ultra-efficient solar lantern, flashlight, and power bank that keeps you going through all your adventures. It can charge your smartphone, and it can brightly illuminate your entire nocturnal trek. In Infinite Mode, HELIO needs just one hour of solar charge per day in order to stay lit indefinitely. HELIO is an ideal companion on all your outings.

HELIO is quite simply the best solar-powered flashlight, lantern, and powerbank in the world.

What is HELIO?

HELIO is an ultra-efficient source of light and power. 100% Solar, 100% Heart. HELIO is great for camping, hiking, emergencies, gazebos, use as a night light, stargazing... or wherever your adventures may take you.

HELIO is based on a simple idea: to design a solar light and power source we could use for adventures and emergencies, and that others in need would use daily. Great for camping and other off-grid activities, HELIO lights up your camp site, your garage...anywhere where there's no power.

HELIO logo

What makes HELIO better than other solar lights?

Makers4Good set out to design an off-grid personal power station that performs for the most demanding uses—plus something stellar for people in parts of the world without reliable access to power. In both cases, a rich set of features with high-capacity personal power storage helps people be productive and thrive. With HELIO, you are not foiled by the dark and you can stay digitally connected.

HELIO is packed with features, including a flashlight, a lantern, and a large powerbank.

A diagram showing HELIO's features & design.

Three Amazingly Useful Lighting Modes

Personal lighting features start with a utility flashlight, whose 15° light beam is driven through a multi-staged lens assembly. This design gives ample light in the focus area and provides mild off-center illumination enabling peripheral vision. You'll see what you intend to see, and you'll know what's hanging around in the dark.

Flashlight specifications

HELIO's white lantern mode makes doing close tasks at night comfortable. The 28 4000° Kelvin white LEDs are diffused through multi-staged diffusors. The light is pleasing to the eye and minimizes shadows.

Lantern specifications

Because sometimes night work requires you to see things close while preserving your night vision, we provided you with a red lantern function. The red lantern has 26 LEDs, diffused and colored red to maximize vision and minimize shadows. Whether on your boat, with your telescope, or just checking maps while hiking after dark, HELIO solar light lets you see what you need to see up close—and also see deep into the night.

Red lantern info

Red light specifications

All three HELIO lighting modes include today's most efficient LEDs and LED driver circuits to ensure the highest power light with the least battery consumption. Each of the three HELIO lighting modes have three power settings. The highest power settings provide lighting flexibility for demanding tasks. The middle settings provide ample light for normal tasks. Thanks to the ample storage in the HELIO batteries, the low Infinity Power setting for each lighting mode allows the lights to stay on continuously for a month using a full battery, or forever with some solar input to the solar cell.

HELIO can run indefinitely on the low-power settings with just one hour of sun per day.

When you need a flashing light, HELIO's flashlight and white lantern combine to provide a bright, mixed warning light—mixing both the focused beam and the diffuse light for maximum visibility in a variety of circumstances.

The HELIO form factor makes sure all the personal lights and power features are accessible. When used as a flashlight, the colored rubber coatings help you keep a firm grip, and the rectangular shape settles easily in your hand. For extra security, HELIO includes a high strength aramid lanyard. The rectangular shape nestles comfortably on your car's dash, so you always have a fully charged light immediately available when you need it.

The Amazing Built-In Stand

HELIO's stand is a marvel of engineering. When used on a tabletop, it holds the lantern to illuminate your reading or work directly—or, if you prefer, to provide indirect room lighting. It allows for hands-free flashlight use, and can also be used to maximize sun exposure for the solar panel. If that were not enough, the hole in the stand lets you mount your HELIO on top of a soda bottle.

To maximize the ways you can use your HELIO a clamping disk and mounting screw are included. This lets you mount your HELIO to walls, posts and doors. Need a light on a shed or path and there's no power? HELIO screw-on mounting clamp comes to your rescue.

A State-of-the-Art Solar Powerbank

The HELIO solar charging system provides a full 1 watt of charging capacity. We use today's best solar charge controllers, so you can capture the maximum amount of energy throughout the day. These charge controllers protect your HELIO's batteries from overcharge conditions They also manage HELIO charging from the USB port, and provide a level of thermal management not found in most personal portable powerbanks.

HELIO can be charged with an (included) USB cable in a pinch.

When it's time to charge your phone, the 10.5 Watt USB charging port will power up your iPhone, Android phone, tablet or other device quickly and efficiently. In no time you'll be reconnected to the digital world. Whether you need to make an emergency call or for streaming video, the 5200 mAh Li-Ion battery makes sure you have enough power to stay connected.

In the Box

  • HELIO outdoor solar light & personal power station
    • Three utility lights (flashlight, lantern, red lantern)
    • Flashing safety light function
    • 1 Watt solar panel
    • 5200 mAh battery
    • 10.5 Watts (output) USB charge port
    • 10 Watts (input) USB charge port
    • Easy grip, non-slip comfort padding
    • IPX4 water resistance
    • Built in multi-function stand
  • Aramid lanyard
  • Mounting clamp and screw
  • User Manual

Beyond the Box

Makers4Good believes that everyone should have access to safe light and power, so 100% of profits from HELIO will be used to provide light and power to those with limited access to electricity.

To learn more, visit the HELIO Philanthropy page.

Reviews & Press Coverage

I love this light. Very Sturdy, and so versatile. I'm glad I bought 2, have one in my car and one at the house. Great for Power Outages, although have used mine for "Extra Light" ... I think my old flashlight feels abandoned.

Amazon Customer Review

I purchased this product through the Kickstarter program. Once it arrived and my husband (a general contractor) figured out everything it is capable of doing he brought it to his job site and said it is the most invaluable tool he has right now. Compact but bright enough to use while crawling under a house, and can be used it to charge his phone too! My only issue is that I didn't purchase more!

— Kickstarter Backer Review (on Amazon)

It is everything that is advertised as. My only regret is that I didn’t get more! I’ll have to do something about that.

Amazon Customer Review

HELIO Solar Light & Powerbank is such a wonderful product and it helps support a great cause! I backed this project on Kickstarter and ended up giving it to my dad for Christmas. He has diminished vision capacity and often needs to have a flashlight handy. He loves the multi-brightness functions, and the durable hinge which allows him to spotlight projects that he works on, but the best part is NO MORE DEAD BATTERIES. This light is always ready to go. Now everyone in my family wants one!

— Kickstarter Backer Review (on Amazon)

In the Press

Technical Specifications

  • Battery:
    • Capacity / chemistry: 5200 mAh Li-ion
    • Charge cycles: 350
    • Life expectancy (assuming average usage): 3.5 - 5 years
  • Solar panel: 1 Watt
  • 2 USB Ports:
    • USB in: MicroUSB, up to 2A. Full charge in 6 hours.
    • USB out: USB-A, up to 2A. Charges typical smartphone in 1-2 hours.
  • Flashlight: 1 LED
  • Lantern (red): 26 red LEDs
  • Lantern (white): 28 white LEDs
  • Stand rotation: 270 Degrees
  • Lanyard bar: included
  • Size: 216mm X 61mm X 32mm
  • Weight: 370 grams
  • 2 Buttons for operation:
    • Button A: cycles flashlight through high, med, low, off
    • Button B: cycles Lantern (White) through high, med, low, off
    • Buttons A&B together: cycles lantern (red) through high, med, low, off
    • Hold Buttons A&B for more than 5 seconds: engages emergency flash mode
    • Any other button click pattern: switches off all lights

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you have so many light options?

HELIO has multiple light choices for a variety of off-the-grid uses. The flashlight is powerful. The lantern is works well as a task light, covering uses from cooking to reading to assembly. HELIO's red lantern is for anybody who wants to work at night and preserve night vision: astronomers take note. The flashing light feature can, of course, ensure safety. All these lighting modes are backed by HELIO's large battery, so they last for a long time—up to a month on a single charge.

Why does HELIO has such a large battery?

HELIO has a large battery so that normal users will have a power buffer between themselves and darkness. With HELIO and its large battery capacity, you are never in the dark.

How much does HELIO weigh? What are its dimensions?

HELIO weighs 370 grams, and its dimensions are 216mm x 61mm x 32mm.

Can I charge HELIO with a cable, or is the solar panel the only way to charge it?

It is possible to charge HELIO with a USB cable in addition to the fact that you can charge with the solar panel. When charging over USB, a complete charge can be achieved in about 6 hours.

How long will it take to charge HELIO with the solar panel?

The solar panel will take 5-7 days to fully charge the unit under ideal conditions. If conditions are less than ideal--if there are clouds, or shorter days due to Winter, or if the unit is not in direct sunlight for any reason--a full charge may take quite a bit longer. These limitations are inherent to solar panels, even very efficient ones like the one on HELIO.

How many times can I charge my phone (or other device) with a fully charged HELIO?

HELIO has 3,170 mAh of USB-out charging capacity. This is enough to charge an iPhone 8 about 1.75 times, a Samsung Galaxy S8 once, a GoPro Hero 4 2.5 times, a 6th generation iPod Touch 3 times, and an iPad Mini 4 to about 60% of its fully charged capacity.

Does HELIO work in the rain?

HELIO is designed to be water resistant, and is rated at IP65 for water resistance. This rating is an industry standard for surviving water intrusion testing under 15 minutes of rain, at 12 liters per minute projected against the device.

Does HELIO have a warranty?

Makers4Good will warranty against manufacturing defects for one year.

If you give away all the profits how do you stay in business?

Makers4Good has great investors and supporters who care about helping those in need more than personal profits. Makers4Good doesn't need to keep any profits in order to stay in business and to keep providing great products and helping people.

What does Makers4Good do with its profits?

For every HELIO purchased, 100% of profits go to provide our lighting products to nonprofit organizations. The specific type of solar lights given to nonprofit partners will vary depending on their individual needs. In some cases, we will give our HELIO solar lights to our nonprofit partners for use in their programs. In other cases, the most effective support will be to provide one of the lower-cost solar lanterns that we sell, and therefore to help a larger number of people. Makers4Good will work with our nonprofit partners to identify and to provide the most useful form of support for each partner's specific needs.

How does this compare with a One-For-One program?

It is the same general idea; you get a great light, and when more people buy our products Makers4Good can provide more products to those in need.

Our investors and supporters want to use 100% of our profits to support charities with our solar products. Our approach also allows us to match the products we give to what a nonprofit needs most. We work with each nonprofit partner to give them the most useful product we can provide.

Why are you giving 100% of your profits to charity?

Our goal was to give as much support as possible, and 100% seems to meet that goal.