Camping gear can take up a lot of space when it's crammed into your car. Many of us have been half-way through packing and realized we have to reduce our load by load. Some things are easy to get rid of (especially if you are Tom Haverford and bring along most of the items found in a Skymall catalog
). But other camping items are essential and can't be left behind. Foremost among these are lights. With that in mind, here are solar camping lights that are great for road trips and camping.
First off, why solar? Well, it just works better for road trips and camping than battery-powered lights. Never having to worry about batteries makes the whole experience easier and more manageable.
There are many types of solar products that will improve your trip, whether flashlights, lanterns, desktop lamps, and room lamps that can illuminate your 12-person mammoth tent. Here they are listed below.
This rechargeable flashlight packs 280 lumens of on-demand light. With an integrated solar cell, it has the ability to recharge using solar energy alone, but can also be recharged with the included USB cord. It has a lantern mode, spotlight ability, and a red strobe emergency setting. A magnetic back allows for hands-free use.
Uses: Camping, backpacking, and emergency
- Weight: 0.3 lbs
- Lumens: 280
- Charges USB devices
- Multiple modes: Lantern, Spotlight, and Emergency
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Small Solar Camping Light
The best solar camping light that's lightweight but produces plenty of lumens is the SunKing Pico
. This is a solar-panel powered light with a 360-degree tilt. The Pico is compact and reliable, providing up to 72 hours of light from a full charge.
- 5x brighter than kerosene
- Integrated solar design
- 72 hours of light on low mode
Large Solar Camping Light
Need more light at your campsite? The Sun King Pro
defines the industry's gold standard in affordable solar-powered lanterns with a 360-degree tilt and mobile device charging capability. Sun King Pro features phone charging capacity, and a leading level of brightness, in the industry. The Sun King Pro is an ideal home or travel accessory, that provides up to 45 hours of light per day on a full charge.
Uses: Camping, boating, shed, garages, cottages
- 40x brighter than kerosene
- USB charging port
- 100 hours of light on low mode
Complete Solar Home System
Need to light up an entire desert valley while at Burning Man? While solar lighting might not be able to get you that far, when it comes to off-grid energy, nothing beats the Sun King Home.
The Sun King Homesystem is a complete solar-powered lamp system. It features 3 hanging lamps with individual wall-mountable light switches to light up your RV, campground or backyard shed.
- 100-lumen multi-room lighting
- USB device & DC power
- 3 individual wall-mountable switches