Goal Zero Crush Light Chroma Lantern ($25)

From light and collapsible designs to tech-heavy options with charging capabilities, we break down our favorite camping lanterns of the
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3.2 oz.

Rechargeable (USB and solar)

Built-in solar panel, eight color modes, and device-charging capabilities at a budget-friendly price.

Middling brightness and takes a long time to charge in the sun.

Similar to the MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 above, Goal Zero’s Crush Light Chroma slots in as a compact and lightweight model at a very affordable cost. For just $25 it Goal Zero combines a feathery construction (around 1 one ounce. lighter than Luci) Luci) equipped with a built-in solar panel that can be used for charging the lamp while during the wilderness. A lot of people will appreciate the inclusion of the USB port to charge electronics like cameras or phones and the eight different color modes as well as the “multicolor fade” function that creates more of a fun atmosphere in the campsite (both features that the Luci does not have). Overall, it’s another excellently-sorted design from the edgy Utah-based brand.

However, despite its advantages of its lightness and weight however, the Goal Zero falls short of the MPOWERD in two important areas. The first is that the Crush Light comes with a meagre 60-lumen maximum output it is the tiniest of our choices (the Luci is 75 lumens) and does not have the brightness required to illuminate the entire area in complete darkness. The battery life is another issue the Goal Zero lasts just 3 hours at high power, whereas the Luci has twice the time (and it’s not the most impressive among other choices in this category). However, if you’re looking for a low-cost lantern and are planning to use the colors and USB ports the Crush Light is a compact and lightweight lantern that is a bargain. At a cost of $5 less, Goal Zero also makes the standard Crush Light, which lacks the USB port that charges devices as well as the colors of the Chroma however is quite similar in terms general performance.

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