Whether used on a camping trip or stashed in the car for night emergencies or power outages, the new Lighthouse 250 Lantern from Goal Zero is one brilliant little invention.
The attached USB cable recharges the built-in battery from any USB power source in about seven hours (wall adapter not included), providing 360 degrees of LED light for a run time of as much as 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 it the old-fashioned way using the included hand crank. (You'll get 10 minutes of light for every minute of cranking.)
Adding the optional Nomad 7 external solar panel allows charging with sun power. (A fully charge takes seven to 14 hours). The lantern can share power too; a built-in USB port (cable not included) can power up small handheld devices in a pinch.
The lantern measures 4 1/2 by 5 by 6.6 inches, and weighs a bit more than a pound.