Best Inflatable Solar Light: LuminAID vs Luci vs Solarpuff

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Have you packed your lantern for an outdoor adventure only to realize the batteries are dead? Forget the batteries and go green with these solar powered lanterns. Not only do they take up little space in your bag, but they’re also lightweight compared to the typical lantern.

When Can I Use A Solar Powered Portable Light?

Since these lights pack down small, they’re great for backpacking, camping and hiking trips. They’re lightweight and can clip onto your bag easily and charge on the go.

Solar powered lanterns are also critical during natural disasters when you could lose power.

When the weather is calm, these lights are great around your home by the pool, on the back deck or anywhere else you want to illuminate. You could even keep one in your vehicle in case you break down by the side of the road.

Lastly, all of the lights we reviewed are certified IP67 waterproof which means they can be immersed in as much as 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. While this is is not the highest level of waterproofing available, it certainly would allow you to use it near a pool, lake or even in the shower.

Best Inflatable Solar Lanterns

Our top picks were chosen based on user reviews, weight, size, run time, charge time, waterproof and other added features.

SolarPuff Review

SolarPuff#1

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SolarPuff from Solight, is our #1 pick for best solar lantern. It folds flat down to 0.25″ thick, which is the thinnest in this article. It’s lightweight at only 2.6 oz. (half as much as some of the competition), and it can float.

Best of all, it uses minimal waste packaging, which we’re big fans of here at Earth’s Friends. The only downside is that a single charge will only last up to 12 hours, whereas some of the competition can last longer. However, if that’s not a deal breaker, we think SolarPuff is a great pick.

Solight also offers Helix and TwiLight solar lanterns, which we’ve included in the table below for you to consider.

Pros

Cons

  • Solar powered (recharges in 12 hours)
  • Folds flat to 0.25″ thick
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof (IP67)
  • Floats
  • 1-year warranty
  • Minimal waste packaging for a low environmental impact
  • Single charge only lasts up to 12 hours, shorter than competitors

Price & Tech Specs

 SolarPuff Bright WhiteSolarPuff Warm WhiteSolarPuff MerlinHelix Bright WhiteHelix Warm WhiteHelix MerlinTwiLight Bi-Color
Price$30.00$29.99$36.99$24.99$24.40$31.9510 Pack: $125.00
Light ColorsWhiteWarm WhiteCycles Through 6 ColorsWhiteWarm WhiteCycles Through 6 ColorsCycles Between Red & White
Solar PoweredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Weight2.6 oz2.6 oz2.6 oz2.6 oz2.6 oz2.6 oz1.8 oz
Size Expanded4.3" x 4.3" x 4.3"4.3" x 4.3" x 4.3"4.3" x 4.3" x 4.3"4.2" x 4.2" x 4.2"4.2" x 4.2" x 4.2"4.2" x 4.2" x 4.2"3.5" x 3.5" x 3.5"
Size Flat8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”8.25” x 4.5” x 0.5”0.3" thick
Lumens & Light AreaUp to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 90 / 100 sq. ft.Up to 45 / 50 sq. ft.
Battery Size1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh500mAh
Run TimeUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 12 Hours
Solar Charge Time12 Hours12 Hours12 Hours8 Hours8 Hours8 Hours6 Hours

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LuminAID Review

LuminAID#2

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LuminAID offers 6 different types of inflatable lanterns. You can choose white or multi-color LEDs as well as if you want strictly solar charging capabilities or USB as well. There’s even one that can charge your cell phone.

LuminAID was presented on Shark Tank by co-founders Anna and Andrea. The lanterns were created to bring light to the people of Haiti after an earthquake. As of November 2018, more than 200,000 solar lights have been given to families in need.

Pros

Cons

  • Solar powered (recharges in 10-16 hours)
  • Single charge lasts up to 24 hours (depending on the style you buy)
  • Folds flat to less than 1″ thick
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof (IP67)
  • Floats
  • 1-year warranty
  • Some stop recharging via the sun

Price & Tech Specs

 PackLite Nova USBPackLite Spectra USBPackLite Firefly USBPackLite NovaPackLite SpectraPackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger
Price$24.95$24.95$24.95$24.95$24.95$69.99
Light ColorWhite LEDsMulti-Color LEDsWarm White LEDsWhite LEDsMulti-Color LEDsWhite LEDs
Solar PoweredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
USB PoweredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Weight5 oz5 oz5 oz5 oz5 oz9.4 oz
Size Expanded4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75"4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75"4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75"4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75"4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75"6" x 6" x 6"
Size Flat4.75" x 4.75" x 1"4.75" x 4.75" x 1"4.75" x 4.75" x 1"4.75" x 4.75" x 1"4.75" x 4.75" x 1"6" x 6" x 1"
Lumens & Light Area75 Lumens / 125 sq. ft.N/A for Color LEDs75 Lumens / 125 sq. ft.75 Lumens / 125 sq. ft.N/A for Color LEDs300 Lumens / 300 sq. ft.
Battery Size1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh1000mAh4000mAh
Charges PhoneCheckmark
Special Light ModeFlashingMulti-Color FadeCandle FlickerFlashingMulti-Color FadeSOS Flashing
Run TimeUp to 24 HoursUp to 12 HoursUp to 24 HoursUp to 24 HoursUp to 24 HoursUp to 100+ Hours
Solar Charge Time10 Hours or 1-2 Hours (via USB)10 Hours or 1-2 Hours (via USB)10 Hours or 1-2 Hours (via USB)10-14 Hours10-14 Hours16 Hours

Luci Light Review

Luci Light#3

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The Luci Lights have some great features. They can recharge in as little as 7 hours and some styles can last up to 50 hours on one charge.

However, there are some complaints about the lower quality of materials used and the lanterns not working after a couple of uses. Overall, they still have many positive user reviews, which is why it’s our #3 pick.

Pros

Cons

  • Solar powered (recharges in 7-14 hours)
  • Single charge lasts up to 50 hours (depending on the style you buy)
  • Folds flat to less than 1.5″ thick
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof (IP67)
  • 1-year warranty
 

  • Complaints of lower quality materials
  • User complaints of only being able to use it once or twice then it stops working

Price & Tech Specs

 Pro Series Outdoor 2.0Pro Series LuxOutdoor 2.0Luci ColorLuci CandleLuci Original
Price$34.95$34.95Check on AmazonCheck on Amazon$14.95$19.95
Solar PoweredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
USB PoweredCheckmarkCheckmark
Weight5.5 oz5.5 oz4.4 oz4.4 oz2.5 oz4.4 oz
Size Expanded5" x 4.25"5" x 4.25"5" x 4.25"5" x 4.25"4" x 4"5" x 4.25"
Size Flat5" x 1.5"5" x 1.5"5" x 1"5" x 1"4" x 1.25"5" x 1"
Lumens15015075N/A for Color LEDsN/A for Color LEDs75
Battery Size2000mAh2000mAh1000mAh1000mAh350mAh1000mAh
Charges PhoneCheckmarkCheckmark
ColorWhite LED, Clear FinishWarm White, Frosted FinishWhite LED, Clear Finish8 Colors, Plus Color-Cycling ModeWarm Flicker LED, Frosted FinishWhite LED
Run TimeUp to 50 hoursUp to 50 hoursUp to 24 hoursUp to 6 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 24 hours
Solar Charge Time14 Hours or 2 Hours (via USB)14 Hours or 2 Hours (via USB)7 Hours7 Hours8 Hours7 Hours

Choose Solar

You can take solar into other areas of your life too. We have an entire page dedicated to all things solar. You can find reviews of solar panels for your house, RV, boat and camper as well as solar phone chargers, yard lights and more.

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