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To sum up this light in one word...fantastic! I have…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $13.99 for first one, $15.99 for second one.

Summary

To sum up this light in one word...fantastic!

Pros

  • Fast charge
  • Long lasting light
  • Lightweight
  • Collapsible
  • Bright
  • Charge level indicator

Cons

  • None

I have owned two of these lights for several years, and they are FANTASTIC. They weigh next to nothing. I clip one to the top of my pack lid and it recharges while I'm hiking.

They have a charge level indicator (which my first solar light did not have), and a loop on top to hang it in my tent using the mini-biners that clip it to my pack. On low power it puts out enough light to see to set up my tent, read a book, or any other task that you would perform at close range. On low power it will run all night and still have power in the morning.

The light emits the best light when it is inflated, but it can be used if left flat. 

When not camping, I keep one of these beside my bed for emergency in case the power goes off at night. It will hold a charge indefinitely when not in use.

If I could find one fault, it might be that if you pack this light inside your pack where it can press up against another item in the pack, it could turn on and run all the power down. I've never had that happen, because I always keep my lights on top of my pack lid to charge, plus it's always handy if I should get into camp at dark and need a light right away.

The only failure I've ever had with either of my lights is the air plug for the air filler valve. It's the typical air valve that you would find in a child's inflatable pool toy. There is a plastic retainer that keeps the plug from getting lost if it should come out of the valve. Mine broke off after about three years of use, so I have to make sure it's pushed in tight so it won't get lost. The second light is at least two years old, and the tab is still good. A very minor complaint, but I had to try to think of something negative to say about this light.

I bought mine on Amazon at the price of $16.20, which is about as good as it gets. They are still listed on Amazon for this price as of May 2019.

I'm an ultralight backpacker, with over 40 years backpacking experience, and I hope they never quit making this light. I carry one of these for use inside my tent, plus one lightweight headlamp in case I need a longer, more directional beam of light. Total weight of both lights is less than 12 ounces.

I highly recommend this light.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review of your light, Bob! Thanks for taking the time to share it. If you have some pictures of yours, it could be helpful for others to see them in your review too.


5 months ago

Luci v2.0 solar-powered LED light is a compact, lightweight,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15

Summary

Luci v2.0 solar-powered LED light is a compact, lightweight, super bright, and versatile option that provides lantern-like light. Charges up easily. Nothing fancy...just a great idea.

Pros

  • Solar powered
  • Bright LEDs
  • Inflatable/floats
  • Compact
  • Easy to operate
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • The little PVC (plastic) straps are flimsy

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Here's another review of an MPowered Luci product...that I've been meaning to add.

Item was brought to my attention by a friend that had one and recommended it as we were preparing for a private raft trip down the Grand Canyon this spring. It was a nice lantern-like light that provided general lighting, and was a good complement to my usual light (headlamp).

It didn't take long to charge up once in a while. I used it on numerous evenings for a few hours each time, and it never dimmed or depleted its charge over the three-week long trip. Has high, medium, low, and flashing settings. Little PVC straps on top and bottom allow the lantern to be hung, but somehow during packing/unpacking during the trip, one of them broke, or the meld separated, so hanging was no longer possible.

Inflation occurs by pinching the valve and pulling the unit (like an accordion), and if needed finishing it off with a breath. Deflates quickly by pinching the valve and squeezing air out. Inflated size is about 4" high x 5" diameter; deflated it is about 1" high x 5" diameter. Weighs only a few ounces.

The light is attractive for use in a wide variety of activities (on the water, backpacking, etc), and would be a good item to have around home for power outages. Nighttime camp photos can be dramatic with lights like these!

Experience

So far, I've used it only on the one three-week Grand Canyon trip, wide range of temperatures and weather (and blowing sand).

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your experience with this light, alpine1. I'd love to see some pictures of it in your review (setup, nighttime, etc), if you're willing to add some.


5 months ago

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