Sure, a campfire can bring plenty of light at camp, but you can’t exactly set up a fire inside the tent or right on your makeshift outdoor worktop when you’re cooking in the evening. You need a proper lamp that’s small enough to carry while powerful enough to keep your night-times well lit. The Lighthouse Mini should be fit to do the task.
Made by Goal Zero, it’s a more compact version of their popular camping lantern, coming in a size that measures 2.9 x 4.2 inches (diameter x height) and weighs a mere 8 ounces. That makes it small enough to fit in the palm of your hand when the legs are folded up, making it extremely convenient to bring along, whether you’re camping in the local woodlands, a lakeside camp, or a sandy beach.
The Lighthouse Mini comes with a 210-lumen LED light, with adjustable brightness and direction, so you can customize it to your needs. When switched on to full power, it can keep running for up to four straight hours, although you can keep it at the lowest setting to make a single full charge of the 3,000mAh battery last a whopping 500 hours. Since a lamp that can only run in full power for four hours won’t be much use in the wild, it can be fully charged using Goal Zero’s own solar panel (Nomad 7) in as little as four hours (less sun will mean longer charging times, of course).
It can also function as a power bank for charging your gadgets, so you can replenish your phone and GPS batteries watch when you need to use them. Features include easily swappable batteries, a hanging loop on top, a tripod thread in the bottom (so you can screw it onto a tripod), and a carabiner loop.
Available now, the Lighthouse Mini is priced at $59.99.