Solar Camping Lights – The Luci your girlfriend won’t mind coming along

MPOWERD Camping and Hiking Magic Lamps

The MPOWERD Camping and Hiking Magic Lamps have many wonderful varieties in their range. I  have highlighted what I feel are the three best choices here, and cut through the technical jargon for you.

 

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MPowerd Luci Outdoor Solar Lights

What makes these solar lamps better than the others?

MPOWERD Luci have been building inflatable lamps since 2012, so the technology is well proven. There is a high, low, and flash setting, and a strap on the solar panel side of each unit making it easy to hang almost anywhere. 

Waterproof and Buoyant

This speaks for itself. Being out and about in the rain won't worry these babies. Our 3 favorite Luci Lamps are all rated IP67 waterproof. It means they can survive being submerged for up to 3 feet (around 1 meter) for up to half an hour. This really suits any adventure, whitewater rafting, and camping.

As they're buoyant, they won't be sitting at 3 feet for very long though. This makes them ideal for boats or around the pool. You can quickly inflate and then toss them in the pool at a party to create some warm or romantic ambiance. They're also extremely handy for Halloween trick-or-treating with the kids, even if it rains. 

Versatile Battery Bank

You can charge the Luci using the inbuilt solar panel by putting the lamp out into the sun or on a window sill for a few hours. These can also be charged quickly using any USB charging point. They have a two way port that can also be used as a battery bank for phone charging.

Safe

These lamps are extremely safe compared to an open flame light. There is nothing to smell, spill, or damage surfaces. There's also no danger of nasty burns or threat of fire, making for safer camping. Throw away your old smelly kerosene lamp, and keep the Luci Lamp charged for emergencies or power outages at home.

Inflatable

You can blow the Luci lamps up as easily as you would inflate a beach ball. It takes about one breath of air to fill it up and light up an area. When you are finished using it, simply push the air back out.

This makes it especially compact for your backpack, and hiking, etc. Reminds me of the song by the seekers. "Puff the magic lantern lives by the sea". Oh, that was a dragon, wasn't it? Anyway, you puff into them to inflate them. 

Luci Waterproof Inflatable Solar Lantern for Camping and Hiking

Which are our top 3 MPowerd Luci Solar Lanterns? 

Quick Answer:

1. Luci Base Light 

2. Luci Pro: Outdoor 2.0 + Mobile Charging

3. Luci Pro: Lux + Mobile Charging 

1. Luci Base Light - with extra Battery life 

Luci Solar Base Light
Luci Solar Base Light

The Luci Base Light is the only light on the market that is solar powered, collapsible, and lightweight that produces 300 lumens for up to 50 hours on a single charge.

300* lumens of light is enough to create a beautiful yet powerful glow. 

  • 31 warm white LEDs, 360 lumens
  •  Charges in 28 hours via direct sunlight
  • Charges in 5-6 hours via USB
  • Top-up charge a smartphone 30-50% in 2-3 hours
  • Lasts up to 50 hrs on Low mode 
  • 4 Modes: Low, Medium, High, 1 sec flashing - Press & hold power button for 2 seconds to shut off 
  • Height & Diameter (Collapsed): 6 inches by 2.3 inches (15.4 cm x 5.8 cm)
  • Height & Diameter (Inflated): 6 inches by 5.4 inches (15.4 cm x 13.7 cm)
  • Weight: 10.1 ounces (286 grams)
  • 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Overcharge and over discharge protection
  • Over-current and short circuit protection
  • Matt Finish

The Luci Base light takes longer to charge, but it really is the heavy duty lamp in the range. It has double the battery size and on its High setting, will be twice as bright than the other 2 solar lights in this review. 

2. Luci Pro: Outdoor 2.0 + Mobile Charging

MPowerd Luci Outdoor Solar Lights

The Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0 charges from empty to full in just a few hours when plugged in to a power source and lasts 50 hours or more on a single charge. 

Features

  • 10 warm white LEDs, 150 lumens
  •  Charges in 14 hours via direct sunlight
  • Charges in 2-3 hours via USB
  • Top-up charge a smartphone 30-50% in 2-3 hours
  • Lasts up to 50 hrs on Low mode 
  • 4 Modes: Low, Medium, High, 1 sec flashing - Press & hold power button for 3 seconds to shut off 
  • Height & Diameter: 4.25 inches high by 5 inches wide (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 5.5 ounces (156 grams)
  • 2000 mAh 5V Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • Clear Finish

3. Luci Pro: Lux + Mobile Charging

Use the Luci Solar Light Battery Bank to charge your phone

The Luci Pro Lux with Mobile Charging is almost the same as the Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0 but has a Matte finish, and a lower Lumen output. 

  • 10 warm white LEDs, 135 lumens
  •  Charges in 14 hours via direct sunlight
  • Charges in 2-3 hours via USB
  • Top-up charge a smartphone 30-50% in 2-3 hours
  • Lasts up to 50 hrs on Low Mode 
  • 4 Modes: Low, Medium, High, 1 sec flashing - Press & hold power button for 3 seconds to shut off 
  • Height & Diameter: 4.25 inches high by 5 inches wide (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 5.5 ounces (156 grams)
  • 2000 mAh 5V Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • Matt Finish

How to Charge, Inflate and Deflate Luci Solar Lights

Charging Luci Solar Light on your Backpack

Charging

Firstly, don't charge the Luci while it's inflated - it should flat charged when it's flat. Charging it while its inflated may cause the shape of the light to become distorted on a hot, clear day.

Keeping it flat also makes it easy to keep it charged up ready for emergencies, and also when strapped to the outside of your backpack during the day while its soaking up all that sun. 

Charging will automatically start as soon as you place the solar panels in the sun. The battery indicator button (which it looks like a lightning bolt) will let you know how its going. All four lights will be steady once it's fully charged. It'll charge a lot more quickly on a bright, clear day and will take a little longer on overcast days. It may also take longer depending on the UV index.

Inflating

To inflate the Luci, pinch the valve to open the airway. With the valve pinched open, pull the unit apart. This allows some pre-inflating before you start blowing. Blow into the valve until it's fully inflated. As soon as it's inflated, close valve tab and push the valve into the unit.

Deflating

To deflate your Luci solar light, open the tab and squeeze the valve open. You can then push on the unit to release the air. Gently twist the light as you deflate it as this will help make a flatter and more compact shape. Once all the air is released, close the tab on the valve.

Other Specifications and Warranty

Each of these units come with dual straps. One is adjustable and one is fixed. They also come 1 x USB to USB cord included.

Their operating temperature ranges from 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C). Make sure you don't leave your Luci on the dashboard of your car in Summer, as temperatures inside locked cars can exceed the high end of these temperature tolerances on very hot days.

If there is a manufacturers defect on your product, all MPOWERD Luci products are covered by a 12 months warranty. 

Video - Luci Pro Series with Mobile Charging

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Shipping & Special Promotions

Shipping is free for all orders over $50 for the lower 48 states of the US. If the solar light you select isn't over $50, why not buy two, and pick up one of the smaller lamps in the range, at the same time. You really can't go wrong.

MPowerd have a great range, and generally have some freebies to throw in as well during Special Promotional sales.

Charging Luci Solar Light Climbing

Our Conclusion

The MPowerd Luci solar light range maximize brightness while minimizing space. They weigh almost nothing, are totally waterproof, float, and are basically indestructible unless you plan to drive over them. We think you can't go wrong with any of the solar lights in this range. 




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1 thought on “Solar Camping Lights – The Luci your girlfriend won’t mind coming along”

  1. Gabriela Rodriguez

    We live in Florida where electric power can be lost due to Hurricanes on a regular basis. In fact sometimes daily in the Keys areas where we are, and the sun can be so bright and hot for so long.

    What a great backup for not only for power but lights as well. The phone charging is interesting too, especially when we have our odd massive blackouts. Some areas and many Islands were without power for days after the last Hurricane. Sure, you can sit in your car with it running to charge your phone, but these just make so much more sense. I am grabbing a few to try out. Free green power. Who could ask for anything more?

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