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Luci Solar Lanterns Now Under $10

MPOWERD has expanded its line of Luci Solar Lanterns, designed to bring affordable and clean solar lighting to remote places and people (see earlier post).

These are a simple and sensible concept -- Start with a flat disc with solar panels on one side with a battery to store power, and LED lights on the other. Then add an inflatable PVC enclosure that expands into a free-standing cylinder that can serve as a task light, flashlight, or diffused lantern.

The result is an all-in-one and maintenance-free light that is easy to pack (when deflated), and lightweight and waterproof for travel (it also floats). Plus the Luci lanterns are fun, with options for different colored lights and blinking. The flashing mode even acts as a 1 second timer.

These are controlled by a simple on/off push button in the center of the top. Just press repeatedly to cycle between the light modes.

The latest development is the new Luci EMRG model, with the price driven down under $10 to be even more affordable and accessible -- It's a multi-intensity flashlight with a blinking red emergency flasher mode. Its 4 LED lights provide up to 25 lumens to light a 100 sq. ft. (10 x 10) area. It's compact at 2.6 ounces, and now available for $9.99.

The other versions are:

  • The Luci Original for $14.99 weighs 4 ounces and collapses to one inch thin. It provides up to 50 lumens to light a 150 sq. ft. area.
  • The Luci Outdoor for $14.99 repackages the Luci Original plus a clear top for outdoor use.
  • The Luci Lux for $19.99 adds a frosted finish for a warm glow.

  • And the colorful Luci Aura for $24.99 offers seven colors plus white, with a color cycling mode.
The Luci lanterns charge in about 8 hours in direct sunlight, but also can be charged in indirect and even indoor lighting (albeit in more time). It should hold a charge for about three months, and be usable for at least several years even with heavy use.

Find the Luci Solar Lanterns on Amazon.com

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This entry posted on February 13, 2015.

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