Camping lanterns have certainly evolved in the last few years, with new models that boast impressive integrated technology as well as charging options. The packLite Max 2in1 Power Lantern is a shining illustration of the constant development in the market. It comes with an integrated solar panel that powers the battery after exposure in sunlight (you can recharge it quicker by using USB) USB) and one port to power electronic devices should you be unable to recharge during your trek. We love the design that folds down that inflates with just only a few breaths, and collapses to less than 1 inch when packed. This is a huge benefit for freeing up space in your garage or trunk.
Our main complaints about this LuminAID PackLite Max lie with the strap that closes by using two buttons, and isn’t the best choice strap for securely attaching to the outside of a backpack. We also found it to heavy to be hung from the loops on webbing in the loops of our REI Grand Hut 6 tent (since it was replaced by Skyward) Skyward)–we found ourselves snapping it into the zipper pulls that are on the vents on the roof instead. It’s unlikely to be a problem for the majority of however it’s a significant negative if you want hanging your light within your tent or over your camp. In terms of brightness the LuminAID isn’t great, with only 150 lumens of output, but we’ve found that it’s sufficient to light the six-person camping tent or tables in complete darkness. If you’re not averse to the minor reductions in strap security or brightness The LuminAID is a great and extremely compact option for adventures off grid where you’re limited in space and power access.