Save your headlamps for adventurous night missions: this inflatable lantern is the ticket for after dark tent musings, card games and meeting that work deadline you nearly forgot.
I was camped out in the high desert above Sedona, Arizona, swapping stories after mountain biking with some newfound friends and fellow vandwellers, when I suddenly remembered I had some writing to do. I was giving a talk at an event and needed to finish the first draft of my presentation. I excused myself to my van, turned on my headlamp and got to work, silently lamenting the fact that I hadn't changed my batteries in quite some time.
Five minutes went by and there was a knock on my door. In popped the head of Craig, a 67 year old full time adventurer who had been camping every day for seven years. He had a gift for me: an Mpowerd Luci, the inflatable solar lantern. He supposedly had many, and was happy to pass one on. I blew it up, clicked the switch and instantly my little room transformed into a productive working studio. I hung my tired headlamp back on its hook and cranked out my rough draft in time to rejoin my friends for a nightcap.
Since then, my gifted Luci has become a standard item for not only my daily van camping life, but also for my bikepacking and backpacking trips. It packs down to the size of a large chocolate chip cookie (also on my standard pack list) and is flexible enough to slide into the side of any bag I choose. Clip it to the outside of my pack as I go about my day, or stick it in the windshield of my van, and it keeps my nighttime exploits lit up for a full 12 hours.
For the creatively inspired, Luci comes in many colors, and also in a frosted tone to add mood lighting to those romantic fireside tent dinners when you actually want to see your food on its way to your mouth. For the philanthropic types, Mpowerd works with NGOs to send lights to impoverished areas without electricity and you can help empower people in these areas with your Luci purchase. It retails for 17.95 to 24.95 depending on your preferences, and can be found online or at REI.