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    Default Solar powered lantern

    I picked up a luci solar powered light
    have to say quite impressed with it
    about 7 hours of charging for about 10-12 hrs of low light usage
    i only use it max 1 hour at a time at night
    about $20 in most stores and well worth it
    no more lugging my 4d battery powered lantern
    the versions with frosted plastic do seem to disperse the light better
    but this one even on low its enough to light up a room
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    Default Re: Solar powered lantern

    Are the led's set in the solar panel?
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
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    Yes
    solar panel on top
    leds just below them
    i leave it flat by a window or on car dash to charge

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    Default Re: Solar powered lantern

    We have two of these solar lanterns for the kids, and they are great! We got the Luci EMRG, that are a little smaller and the frosted plastic. They really do throw a lot of light, have a high and low setting, and last really long on a full charge. Plus they deflate and take up a minuscule amount of space when packing. We love them!
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    Default Re: Solar powered lantern

    Quote Originally Posted by terasec View Post
    Yes
    solar panel on top
    leds just below them
    i leave it flat by a window or on car dash to charge
    demo video for those that are curious

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    I am so glad you posted about these as I have been wondering how well they work. I have seen these at Wally World. I have to give one a try!
    Hope to camp in my new Columbia Fall River 8 Instant Tent in 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampinLady View Post
    I am so glad you posted about these as I have been wondering how well they work. I have seen these at Wally World. I have to give one a try!
    i am not one to promote latest fads gimmicks and gadgets,
    but i highly recommend adding such lanterns,
    i am glad to leave my 4d battery powered lantern at home,
    i did see same light at walmart for $15, looked the same as $20 i paid elsewhere,

    when i looked at the walmart one didnt seem as bright as the $20 one i bought, could have just been store lighting
    checking online $15 versions have 12 hr run time and weigh 4 oz,
    $20 versions have 18 hr run time and weigh 4.4 oz,
    also $15 version states 50 lumens $20 version states 65 lumens

    so there is a difference in $15 versions over $20 versions

    walmart specs
    Contained Battery Type
    Lithium Ion
    Model MPD-0500
    Brand Luci Outdoor
    Age Group Adult
    Fabric Content 100% NA
    Light Output 50 lumens
    Light Bulb Type LED Light Bulbs
    Condition New
    Size One Size
    Material PVC
    Manufacturer Part Number 0500
    Power Type Solar
    Contains Batteries Y
    Assembled Product Weight 0.25
    Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.00 x 5.00 x 4.00 Inches


    ems store specs
    Outdoor 2.0 is the newest and most versatile Luci light yet. With more light settings, it's brighter than ever and longer lasting than the previous generation of Luci Outdoor. The new adjustable bottom strap lets you attach Luci anywhere without needing an extra hook. Just as lightweight, waterproof and durable as ever, it collapses down to just 1 inch, giving you plenty of room for all your camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking or do-anything gear. Completely solar powered, Luci Outdoor 2.0 keeps you out of the dark, no matter how far off the grid you go.

    • Designed with a phthalate-free, waterproof enclosure built to last in harsh conditions without yellowing over time
    • Equipped with over-current and short-circuit protection material
    • Its 10, high-efficiency LED bulbs illuminate a 100 sq. ft. area
    • Just charges by the sun – no outlet or replacement battery needed
    • Includes a high-efficiency solar panel for charging
    • Gets a full charge with 7 hours of direct sunlight
    • Offers power for up to 12 hours with “bright” setting
    • Lasts up to 18 hours on low setting
    • Has a top strap and adjustable base strap
    • Has four modes: low, bright, super bright, and 1-second flashing
    • Inflatable, lightweight, yet extremely durable design
    • IP67 waterproof construction (submersible, floats in water)
    • Battery charge indicator lets you know how much power is left
    • Measures 4.25 in. tall by 5 in. wide when inflated; collapses down to 1 in.
    • Weighs just 4.4 oz. (125g)
    • Operates in temperatures 15F to 122F
    • One-year warranty
    • 65 lumens
    • Comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack: >300 cycle life

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    I have one of these that I won in a prize drawing at a conference. Haven't taken it camping yet, but tried it at home and found it to work quite well.

    Interesting note: a friend of mine works with FEMA and said these are now being included in their emergency kits.

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    I think back to not all that long ago when anything with LEDs was expensive and solar panels weren't nearly as efficient as they are now. The combination of advances in LED and solar panel technology has become a great boon for campers. It makes me wonder how much they've taken a chunk out of the market for traditional propane and liquid fuel lanterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    It makes me wonder how much they've taken a chunk out of the market for traditional propane and liquid fuel lanterns.
    I'm sure it has taken a chunk. One used to be able to walk around and see Coleman lanterns lighting up campsites. Now...it's much much much more LED lanterns.

    Except...I really don't care for the light quality given off by some LED's. I find the bluish/white light produced by some to be quite irritating to my old eyes. The light has the same quality of basement hallway lighting in an old institution.

    But....LED technology has improved quite a bit and one can now find LED's dipping down into the lower "warm" whites on the Kelvin scale (typically 2000-4000k). This light will come across as more "yellow" white rather than "blue" white. I have a few lanterns that contain these warmer LED's. If you like yellowish while...select a LED lantern with lower Kelvin ratings....if you like bluish white, then a higher Kelvin rating is what you'll prefer.

    I use LED's in the tent (3 season usage typically) and on my head (headlamp-I suppose using a fuel powered headlamp would be dangerous-lol...altho cavers used them years ago).

    Overall...I still prefer my fuel powered lanterns for several reasons. I have moved more to the micro/mini single mantle lanterns powered by butane/propane mix fuel and away from my Coleman large size propane or fuel powered lanterns. With a Kovea/similar adapter, I can also run these micro/minis off the single green 1lb propane tanks-which are more cost effective over the butane/propane blends). I like these because 3 or 4 mini/micros take up the same space as 1 big Coleman lantern and I can station them around the campsite as needed and run them on a lower/less bright setting since they are placed just where I need task lighting.

    As a side note...in the winter, a fuel powered lantern is much warmer than an LED lantern.

    To each there own...personal preference is a great thing.....happy camping!
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