When you’re out in the wilderness – camping or otherwise – it behooves you to have some lighting. You don’t want to be stranded in the pitch black of night, with no option to see the surrounding area.
This could mean bringing an extra pair of batteries or two for your flashlight, or extra fuel for your toolbelt. Most of these options require you to carry – and remember – extra gear, however.
With the waterproof LuminAid PackLite Lantern, there’s no fuel or additional supplies to worry about. It charges entirely with solar power during the day and takes only seven hours to collect all the power it needs. With that energy, it can last for up to 24 hours, and if you need it to go longer, there’s a special 32-hour emergency flash mode.
It’s designed like a paper lantern so that you can collapse it into a flat form. This makes it super easy to carry and charge. The charging part is important because you’ll want to provide it access to the sun during the day to collect energy. If you’re hiking, that means carrying it on your person – or in your bag – in a way that the solar panel is exposed.
When you want to use it, you simply blow air through the valve to expand the lantern, similar to a pool float. It will remain inflated and can stand up on its own.
There are several designs available; you can choose from one that looks like a baggie or another that’s a cube.
The entire solar-powered lantern is waterproof up to 1 meter (IPX7 water resistance rating), and it can float. If you fall in a river or lake, it will still work. When it’s pouring out, it will still work. If you’re going white-water rafting and it falls out of the boat, it will float.
What more could you ask for from a solar-powered lantern?