GOAL ZERO Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern / USB Charger
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At about $59, the GOAL ZERO Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern / USB Hub is nifty little light with a couple of tricks up its sleeve:
- Can be hand-cranked for lighting power.
- Choose 180° or 360° illumination
- Outputs up to 250 lumens (with pleasing light quality).
- Rotating red warning lights serve as beacon/warning.
- Can be charged by a solar panel like the Nomad 7.
- Can charge devices from its built-in USB port.
The Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern / USB Hub from GoalZero combines a powerful and versatile LED light with a convenient USB port for charging small electronics.
The lantern has three outputs with a maximum of 250 lumens, and you can choose to light one side for front-facing lighting to navigate a path, or both sides for full 360° illumination of a table, room, tent or campsite.
Red rotating LEDs on the top of the lantern serve as emergency warning lights and are activated with a dedicated switch.
Charge the internal Li-NMC battery from any USB port, including all GoalZero solar panels, with the included USB cable. A folding hand-crank can be deployed for a quick power boost if the battery runs out. A battery-status indicator provides constant feedback on available power.
Integrated into the front panel is a standard USB charging port. Plug small electronics like smartphones, radios, cameras or GPS units to charge using their charging cords. You can also give larger devices, like tablets, a boost of power. A folding handle on the top lets you carry or hang the lantern, while the legs fold down for a stand.
I have plenty of flashlights and headlamps, but this little light is quite nice. I like how the light leven can not only be adjusted with the knob on the front, but can be 180° (one hemisphere) instead of a point source—so table or food or whatever can be illuminated without having to stare at a bulb.