Carmanah launches high output, low cost solar-LED marine lantern

July 29, 2009
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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (July 29, 2009) Carmanah Technologies (TSX: CMH) today introduced the company’s most versatile, cost-effective solar-powered marine lantern to date: the M650 solar-LED marine lantern. Featuring a simple on-board programmable interface, convenient USB connection, replaceable battery pack and intelligent deployment capability, the M650 lantern provides up to four nautical miles of visibility making it ideal for lighting ports, harbours and marinas; marking obstructions and nautical hazards; or illuminating aids to navigation in all types of environments.

Designed for reliable operation in even the most challenging environments, the compact, self-contained M650 lantern features a robust housing designed to endure impacts, vibrations, submersions and temperature extremes in demanding marine environments. Installation is quick and convenient with a secure three-bolt mounting mechanism, and an onboard user interface with numeric display makes set-up easy – whether choosing a flash code, setting intensity levels, checking battery health, or even verifying the lantern’s geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude). A built-in intelligent deployment feature enables the M650 to automatically adjust its optical intensity to suit the solar characteristics of its exact geographic location – an industry first.

Incorporating an efficient optical design and a peak intensity of 44 candela (as defined by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities `IALA`), the M650 marine lantern includes more than 256 flash patterns, and can be ordered in all IALA (December 2008) marine aid to navigation light colours – green, red, blue, yellow and white – as indicated on each unit by a coloured band on the housing. With no bulbs to wear-out, the LED-equipped M650 can operate maintenance-free for up to five years on a single rechargeable (and recyclable) battery pack – then simply replace the old pack with a fresh one to extend the life of the unit for many more years to come.

As an environmentally responsible alternative, the solar-LED M650 marine lantern is assembled with safe, recyclable materials in strict accordance with the European Union’s guidelines for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronic equipment (RoHS). Long-term durability, reliability and performance are assured by a three-year product warranty.

Versatile, durable and cost-effective, the Carmanah M650 solar-LED marine lantern is available now from Carmanah Technologies. For more information, visit To see the M650 in action, check out Carmanah’s “extreme testing” video on YouTube at

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world’s harshest environments, Carmanah solar LED lights and solar power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMH”. For more information, visit

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