Never Be In the Dark With The Awesome Luci EMRG Light

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Lighting is important for so many things, not the least of which is finding your way in the darkness during a power outage or while stumbling around outdoors on a moon-less night.  It therefore should come as no surprise that emergency lighting is one of the top ten items on every prepper’s must-have list.

The collection of emergency light sources we gather for preparedness purposes is often extensive and includes flashlights, propane lanterns, and USB charged light sticks.  Heck, anyone that has been around this website for any period of time knows that I have portable lighting stashed everywhere, including three flashlights sitting on my nightstand right at this moment.

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The be all and then all, however, is compact solar lighting.  By that I mean a light source that requires nothing other the device itself; a device with an integrated solar panel to power an internal rechargeable battery. And if that device is well priced at $10 and can also serve as an emergency SOS signaling device?  Woot woot!  We have a winner.

The Luci EMRG Solar Light by MPOWERED

Today I am introducing you the the MPOWERED Luci Inflatable Solar Light.  In a nutshell, this 3 in 1 light is a compact lantern, flashlight, and emergency light all in one.  It has 4 settings: bright, super bright, flashing, and a red SOS signal (which is my favorite).

At less than 3 ounces and about 1 inch tall when deflated, it is a gem, especially given the price point.

In my usual style, I am not going to give you a laundry list of features because you can find them on the MPOWERD website.  What I will say is that it is tough, durable and completely waterproof.  For the last month, I have had my own Luci EMRG light hanging off my deck with a piece of makeshift paracord.  It has been through gale force winds (yes, we do get those here from time to time) and just this morning, a major thunderstorm.

After all of that, I brought it inside and not only did it turn right on, as bright at ever, but since inflating it a month ago, it had not lost an iota of its air.

In my own use, I have found the Luci EMRG stays lit and functionally usable for about 7 hours on the bright setting.  After that, it could be used for a few more hours but mostly as a gentle night light. According to MPOWERD, the Luci holds a full charge for about three months followed by a 50% charge for two years.  That said, it can easily be charged to capacity at any time either in the sun or indoors using incandescent light.

The SOS Feature

Before I even read any of the specs and instructions, I played with the on/off button and on the 4th click, I saw the red light flashing.  Shelly the Survival Husband right way said “Hey Gaye, that is flashing SOS.  We need to keep it in our car!”. Sure enough, that is what it was doing and for me personally, is probably its most valuable feature.

Imagine being stranded in your home following a disaster and setting the SOS light in your window.  You can bet that emergency responders or neighbors will know what that means and come to your rescue.

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A Word About Inflating the Luci EMRG Light

Speaking of inflation, the toughest part of using the Luci EMRG is getting it fully inflated.  I finally took to the MPOWERD website and found this in the FAQ:

I am having trouble inflating Luci. What can I do?

Luci has been developed with a special valve to prevent air leaking out through the inflation valve. In order to inflate Luci, this valve must be pinched to let air through. The valve can be pinched with your fingers or your teeth while blowing into the unit. To deflate Luci, pinch the valve again while compressing Luci to let air escape.

True enough, inflating any solar lantern is usually quite easy until  you remove the valve from your mouth and half the air seeps out.  Not so with the Luci EMRG.  It actually stays fully inflated; thus relieving the bit of nice-girl cussing that has occurred with other inflatable solar lights I have tested.

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The Final Word

In closing, there is something that I do want to mention.  MPOWERD holds a patent on the Luci Light technology.  I recently learned that there are copy cats that have infringed upon that patent.  Just know that the MPOWERD inflatable Luci Light and its variations are original and the company is dedicated to expanding the technology while keeping their solar devices affordable.

If you are interested in a sturdy inflatable solar lantern, check out the Luci EMRG by MPOWERD.  It is great for blackouts, emergency lighting, emergency kits, travel, and outdoor lighting, plus it is well priced at $9.99.  The Luci EMRG is awesome because it simply works!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  MPOWERD Luci EMRG Inflatable Solar Lantern

This is the original Luci EMRG Solar lantern. I have put mine through its paces and it is one tough cookie.  It has weathered both a wind storm and rain storm while hanging outdoors for a month.  Lightweight, waterproof and shatterproof, Luci EMRG provides ultra-bright, reliable light to guide your way indoors and out, through blackouts or extreme weather conditions.

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At $9.99 with free Prime shipping, it is a great value.

Note: the EMRG weigh in at 2.5 ounces while the original Luci Light is 4 ounces.  The orginal is also well-priced at $14.99.

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Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I first learned about Blocklites from a reader.  I am impressed with how long they will run on a single, 9V battery.  I now own 8 of these spread out in drawers, emergency kits, the car, everywhere.  This is my number one pick for a small, but effective flashlight.

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Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight.  This little flashlight is extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, it will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.  By the way, it is current #1 on Amazon in the category Key Chain Flashlights.

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Never Be In the Dark With The Awesome Luci EMRG Light — 67 Comments

  1. For me, learning skills has been a huge part of my prepping. My advice would be to not focus too much on getting all of the latest and most expensive gear, but to learn skills. For example, having a new camp stove is great, but if you know how to make a Dakota fire hole uou can cook without spending a lot of money or having to carry around a stove in your Pack.

    • I think these lights would be terrific in each car! batteries don’t last long in our heat in a car, nor do they last long in cold…these solar lights should not be bothered by either!

  2. I love learning and preparing to adapt to changing conditions. Being Ready, Staying Prepared, and Self-sufficient is important. In today’s troubled times we never know what will come next!!! Thanks for this lovely product

  3. Buy extra cans of food, fill some containers with water, do a little every time you shop and in no time you will have a good supply.

  4. Learn a skill that can be used in a long term survival situation. You may not be able to raise livestock or grow a garden, but can you knit or crochet? Then you can make trade or barter items! What would someone give for a knit cap in the winter? There are many such skills that can be learned and enjoyed now that can support you and your loved ones in a survival situation!

  5. Sounds like a great product. I’m just getting started and feel like there’s a lot to learn and practice. Couldn’t choose just one thing.

  6. Don’t get discouraged. If you find yourself getting cranky about prepping, it’s time to step away and relax. Remember If one gets tired it’s too easy to say ahem it and shut down completely. GO read a book that doesn’t have anything to do with survival or preps, take in a movie you wouldn’t normally go see (if it’s boring, close your eyes and get some rest but try not to snore too loud, ok? LOL) Take a couple of weeks, a month off, whatever. Don’t beat yourself up about not “keeping on, keeping on”. As that little gnome says, “stop and smell the roses” I learned the hard way that I have to take a break now and again or I get too hyped about “getting prepared” and drive myself bonkers(and DAHUBS as well ;)). Remember no matter HOW hard we try, we will not be able to be TOTALLY prepared for EVERYTHING that may happen, all we can do is to do the best we can and hope it never comes to a total SHTF situation
    I AM going to have to get some of those lights, especially for the Son and DIL that travel for their jobs. I’ve taught the boys how to honk out an SOS but that light would be awesome for them (and me) Thanks Gaye

  7. Thanks for the chance to win this solar light. It looks like a gem!

    My prepper tip: after years of gardening, I’ve now started selecting very short season crops in hopes of having 3 full growing seasons during our Midwest year, plus winter harvests. I love http://rareseeds.com, because it supports heirloom seed savers, but even more so because you get extensive reviews from people who have grown each crop in various climates. With cold frames and row covers, along with some knowledge from the excellent book, Four Season Harvest, I hope to turn our already productive garden into a far more productive enterprise. The other great thing about multi-season gardening is that if you have crops three seasons of the year, then you don’t need to worry so much about food storage.

    We’ve also got plenty of dandelions, which are a prolific crop with every single part edible and/or medicinal in some way.

  8. Shop the sales each week at grocery store and add a little each week to your preps, that way you are spreading out your costs over time and saving money on sale items.
    One other tip I’m excited about is access to antibiotics without prescriptions by ordering fish and bird antibiotics.

  9. If you’re prepping with other family members or friends who live close, share the cost and spread the supplies out between all the locations. Also see if other members of the group have room for you to keep a small tote with a change of clothes as well as paper and electronic copies of all your important documents at their location and you do the same for them. The thought being if one area is hit harder by a disaster or if someone has a personal disaster (say a house fire) and all is lost, you will have these items available to you somewhere else.

  10. I always appreciate your suggestions for affordable, useful products. And, sometimes a few 4-letter words are all that work….. We nice girls know that! 🙂 Thanks so much for another chance at a good gift….but especially for your hard work to teach, share and train. Love it.

  11. I’d like to hear more about storing/stashing preps “discreetly” in limited space. I live in an apt that gets an annual inspection.

  12. Water water water! Spend the money and get yourself a few large water barrels and keep them filled! In rotation, you can use the water for the garden, kids pool, flushing the toilet etc.

  13. As a newbie, I’m interested in learning all I can from the long timers, and tips and tricks to make prepping more smooth, especially on a limited budget. I’ve truly appreciated the info I’ve found so far, and am learning to filter the plethora.

  14. I add a few extra food items each week to build my prep supply. I can’t afford all these high budget items and live in an apartment so am hindered for space also.

  15. I agree with those who stated that learning a skill is the most important tip. Even if just learning how to tie a new knot and its applications each month is all you can do, you are much better off than those that cannot tie a knot when then need to. Of course, gardening and water storage are also important. But with skills that you keep with you always it is just that much easier when you need them.

  16. Living an area of Florida where the power occasionally goes out during thunderstorms (not to mention hurricanes), I too am an avid collector of emergency lighting. I have been considering purchasing some of these LUCI lights, but it would be great to win instead!

  17. This is such a simple but very cool gadget!
    I have a water treating question from the last segment – how can you check your filtered water for bacteria etc? I’d like to experiment now rather than when STHF.

  18. Never get in a hurry. Do the job as if you have a 100 years to do it, but finish it tomorrow. My grandfather always told me that for woodworking.

  19. I would like to learn more about food and water storage. Also, I live in an old house that isn’t insulated very well, so I really don’t have cool, dark places to store for long-term survival, and would like to know what my options for that are

  20. Do a little at a time so that it is not too overwhelming. Also, don’t forget the water in your hot water heater, if you have one, after the electricity goes out. I was quite unhappy when the plumbing company replaced our 50 gallon tank with an 80 gallon one without mentioning the switch, but now I can see the advantage of having all that extra water which is constantly replacing itself as it is used…and on tap. 🙂

  21. In the infantry, the darkness was our friend, a time when we could be unseen, a time when others had no expectation that we might be about. Now, in old age, I need the light – thanks if I win, and thanks if I do not for I always enjoy your pointers and ideas . . .

  22. I can see where I can rehome at least 3 of these. one for the car and one for each tent. The tents get used enough these lights will be kept charged. For my comfort the one in the car, though we have others for that. Thanks for letting us know about this one. I’ll be spending the winter months learning how to make cordage and knot-tying…anyone know someone who teaches it for lefties???? 😉

  23. My tip is to make sure that you know how to use your equipment before you really need to do so. Practice and a confident mindset help in a stressful situation.

  24. Whoops, I hit send by accident. I mark my smaller water jugs so that I know to change them out every 6 months. Fifteen years ago no one said anything about changing out your water, but now my trusted source says that you should every 6 months. Also, I try to go through my canned goods and use them up so I can keep them rotated even though I don’t normally eat canned goods. I figure that I don’t want to have to deal with canned food that is 5 years old when I am already stressed and looking for something that will be half way decent.

  25. I’ve just started collecting lighting, but everything I have so far takes batteries so I’m very interested in learning about all other lighting.

  26. I’d love to win one of these cool lights. They look prrfect to hang in a tent at night & look like they’d give off plent of light to read by, tendto repairing gear & clothing, or to chase the boogie man away for the kids.

  27. My advice is that things always change/unexpected events happen so be ready to adapt your plans when something happens. My Summer plans went out the window when I had emergency surgery. Now I’m recovered and can do everything I did before surgery, but I won’t accomplish everything on my 2015 to do list. I adjusted the list and some items will get done next year. At the same time during recovery I caught up on the mending and learned how to crochet so it wasn’t a complete loss.

  28. I’m just getting started with prepping. I think at this point I am most interested in preparing food for long term storage.

  29. Would love to have one of these to add to my collection. I go by the addage “two is one, one is none” so I have a lot of different kinds of lights.

  30. I love hearing about these low-cost lighting solutions. As a techie, I’ve been on the lookout for my friends who are involved with NGOs for low-cost solutions that can be used in 3rd-World countries. I think this is right up that alley. Thanks!

  31. I always like an essential list of items to have on hand/stockpile. There is always someone who has some great ideas and things I haven’t thought of in the long term.

  32. Find an area of prepping that interests you more than the others. learn this ‘area’ inside and out, get all the supplies and then some extras,,,,,become and expert, no matter what people always look to the experts in time of need. After that find some sub categories and learn a little about those too, with some supplies to back it up, try to learn enough to walk the walk and talk the talk, that way you will be in a better position to barter and work with others. every week try to get 3 new things for strorage.

  33. My most fun prep are my chickens. We have a small henhouse with a few hens and a rooster. The chickens are so much fun to watch and the eggs are a bonus. My husband and I have been taking baby steps and starting to accumulate some food, water and seed preps. But, WOW!, with gardening, canning, essential oils, herbs, water storage, lighting… there is really a lot to learn.

  34. Just want to say thank you again for your site. I had fallen and broke my arm badly 3 places. I used you Birch blend and was able to get off script drugs and OTC both. Now my wife fell and broke her ankle. When I applied it to her ankle she loves how it works for her too. This light looks like it would be really handy.

  35. Very cool looking light. Trying to prep on a limited budget. I always try to get a couple of extra items for my preps, when I shop. Getting there slowly but surely.

  36. I have an original Luci, and love it! I wasn’t actually aware that they had any new models until I read your review. What a great opportunity!

  37. My tip to others would be to not become discouraged because you don’t feel “completely prepared” or to not get started because preparedness seems like such a monumental task. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

  38. What a great site. Just found it a few hours ago and have been devouring articles and resources. Scares the heck out of me how unprepared I am at the moment, but at least I have a way forward now.

  39. To all the new people, if you’re just beginning, first consider if you had to evacuate (bug out) today and only given ‘x’ amount of time—what could you grab and what would you want to take with you. Make that list, then sit down and really think about what would be needed. Then grab a gym bag or something and put in it what you believe is reasonable. THEN come back to Gayes’ articles and begin to build from there.
    Just like a little ‘sick at the stomach’ feeling is good before going on stage, so is a little fear can help motivate us. Just be cautious because to much can overwhelm. Unless you have lots of $$$ to get started, slow and steady, be informed and have a plan. 🙂 There are general needs and along with those come our individual ones. 🙂
    Ooo sorry, I just wrote out what I said to someone last night when we were talking about this topic. And that’s the other thing, if you can, find others who see the need for this and if you can find a group already in your locale, start one. 😉

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