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Go Play Gear: Lighting the way with a high-tech camp lantern

The Lighthouse 250 from Goal Zero
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Growing up, our family camping lantern was a fragile, glass-sided blazer that ran on white gas. Today, I can plug my lantern, the Lighthouse 250 from Goal Zero, into a USB port on a computer for a charge.

There’s a crank on top, too, letting me add power in a couple minutes by spinning the electricity-generating arm. Wire legs snap down for a support stand. The Sputnik-like Lighthouse, $79.99, is unique to say the least.

At a campsite, it puts out its namesake 250 lumens of light. That’s enough illumination to set up a tent or spot an animal high in a tree. Tone down the dial and the lantern’s LED offers a gentle glow to read by at a table.



Ambient light is only part of the package. On the body of the lantern is a USB port ready to give power and recharge gadgets or phones.

I plugged my iPhone in one day to test and the Lighthouse acted like a wall outlet — about 15 minutes on the lantern and my dead phone was 10 percent recharged, ready for use.



A line of blue LED lights on the face of the lantern give a battery level reading. Just be sure to plug the Lighthouse in for a charge before heading into the wilds — the unit requires about seven hours plugged to a USB power source to fully charge its internal battery pack.

But from a charge-up the unit is good for a whole weekend of camping. At its “low” setting the Lighthouse will run for up to 24 hours straight with 360-degrees of LED glow.

It connects to a solar panel if you run out of power in the field. Or the hand-crank on top is a great backup; it produces about 10 minutes of light for every 1 minute spent spinning.

The Lighthouse is not built for ultralight backpacking where you count every ounce — the unit weighs more than a pound and measures about 6 inches tall. But for canoe trips, car camping or wilderness pack-ins where you want a light and need a charger, too, the Goal Zero could be your guy.

For more information about this lantern, visit http://www.goalzero.com/p/180/lighthouse-250-lantern.

Stephen Regenold is the founder of http://www.gearjunkie.com


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