The new Lighthouse 250 Lantern from Goal Zero operates under the principle that more is more. Whether used on a camping trip or stashed in the car for night emergencies or power outages, this is one brilliant little invention. The attached USB cable re-charges the built-in battery via any USB power source in about 7 hours (wall adaptor not included), providing 360 degrees of LED light, for a runtime of 2.5 hours to 24 hours, depending on the brightness setting.
A dimmable directional mode — for lighting up a trail or the road ahead — can double the run time. No power outlets around? Charge the really old-fashioned way, using the included hand crank (you’ll get 10 minutes of light for every minute of cranking). Add the optional Nomad 7 external Solar Panel and charge via sun power (fully charging takes 7 to 14 hours — may you be so blessed). The lantern is amenable to sharing power, too; a built-in USB port (cable not included) can power up small handheld devices in a pinch. The lantern measures a portable 4.5-inches, by 5 inches by 6.6 inches, and weighs just a tad over a pound.
Lighthouse 250 Lantern is $79.99; optional Nomad 7 Solar Panel, $79.99; at www.goalzero.com.