Let’s face the facts. Prepper’s are lighting whores and solar geeks. Add a flashlight or lantern to our preps and we are over the moon excited. Get our hands on something powered exclusively by the sun we are thrilled. Who said preppers are difficult to please?
Today, for all of you lighting and solar fans, I have the perfect solution to your portable lighting needs: Nokero Solar Lights. Part lantern, part light bulb, the Nokero N233 Solar Light is lightweight and small but puts out an extremely bright beam.. I am going to share with you my thoughts on the Nokero N233, but beyond that, I have five up for grabs in a giveaway plus one super Nokero W100 Solar Work Light valued at $179. That means a total of six winners.
More about the giveaway in a moment but first, let me tell you about the Nokero N233 Solar Light-Lantern.
Casting a Bright Light with the Nokero N233 Solar Light
My first impression upon opening the package was the size of the Nokero N233. It is only 4.5 inches tall. The second thing I noticed was it weighed almost nothing. For the curious, it weighed in at 3 ounces. So far, so good.
The N233 is made up of two parts: the light itself and a base. One side of the light is the bulb, and the other is the solar panel plus an on-off switch. The is a hook at the top of the light so you can hang the Nokero or, alternately, you can screw it into its base and set it on top of a table or other object.
The Nokero N233 worked right out of the box. According to the specifications, the LiFePO4 battery will hold a charge over 12 months and last up to five years. Theoretically, you could charge the light then set it aside until you needed it. I don’t know why you would do that, though. I prefer to use my solar lights day to day because they save me the hassle of batteries.
There are two brightness settings. High beam is 25 lumens and low beam is 10. I found that both settings were bright enough for reading. Although the stated run time is 6 hours on high 15 hours on low, my units ran about 10% longer than that. During my testing, I left my two units outside on the deck overnight, not knowing it was going to rain. I should not have been surprised since this is Washington State, after all. Anyway, after a night of steady rainfall, my N233 solar lights still worked like a champ, thus living up to their claim of being completely weatherproof.
8 Practical Uses of the N233
I thought it would be fun to come up with some practical uses of the N233 solar light. Here are eight, although I am sure we could double or triple this list.
1. Clip to a coat or parka to lighten the path or trail while moving around in the dark.
2. During a power outage, set along the stairway so no one trips, falls, and hurts themselves.
3. Signal others in your group by setting up codes (for on-off five times means the coast is clear).
4. Use as a reading lamp.
5. Hang above your outdoor cooking source when it is pitch black outdoors.
6. Attach to your dog’s leash during nocturnal trips outdoors to do doggy business.
7. On low beam, use as a nightlight to keep zombies and monsters out of the kids room.
8. Provide light inside the honey bucket aka outhouse.
The Nokero W100 Work Light
I had a choice of receiving a review unit of the Nokero W100 Work Light or offering one to our readers as a giveaway. Of course I chose the giveaway!
This photo gives you a good idea of how the Nokero W100 will light up a large area at night.
Although I did not test it myself, here is one of the reviews from Amazon:
I purchased the W100 to provide basecamp light on a recent multi-day camping trip.
While the light is on the heavy side and a little bulky it provides an incredible amount of light. We used it for five nights for about 4 hours a night and what’s truly amazing is we forgot to charge it during the day and it still lasted all of that time. Also, as we were trying to tie the light up in a tree it fell about 10’ directly onto rocks – other than a small scratch, the light was completely unharmed.
I’m so pleased with the W100 that I plan to keep one at my cabin for emergencies. Also, I like that Nokero is helping people in the third world. I highly recommend this product for anyone needing serious off-grid lighting.
Here are the basic specifications:
Brightness (lumens): 300 (high), 150 (medium), 50 (low)
Run time (hours): 10 (high), 20 (medium), 40 (low)
Charge time: 6-8 hours
Exposure: Completely weatherproof and fully submersible
Nokero – The Company
Nokero is based in Denver, Colorado which is where their products are designed and tested. Wonder where the name Nokero came from? In support of it use of renewable solar energy, it came from “no kerosene”.
By now you know that I favor companies that give back to our less fortunate global citizens. This is not being a soft touch; it is being human. For every purchase, Nokero, the company, provides a light to a person in a developing country.
Nokero is giving away one of their W100 Solar Work Lamps and five of their N233 Solar Lights. There will be six winners.
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours. The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”. After that, each option you select represents an additional entry. There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to those with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
I first learned about Nokero from a reader who had purchased some of their solar lamps at a show. It was either a preparedness show or camping exposition; I really can’t remember. What I do remember is that she said she had no financial interest in the company and was simply a satisfied customer. It does not get much better than that.
Since that time, the company itself has grown and now has quite a few products in their lineup. All are sold directly from their website and a few, including the N233, are sold on Amazon.
As far as I am concerned, the combination of solar energy and emergency lighting is a win win. Please do enter the giveaway. I would love to have you win a Nokero Solar Lamp for free.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Nokero N233 Solar Light: I first heard about these solar lights from a reader a few years back. Now that I have tested them, I am impressed by the amount of light they give off as well their sturdy construction. I especially like how they hold a charge for 12 months, meaning your can store them fully charged and can count on them to work during an unexpected emergency.
RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers. Value priced at about $50. For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse: Although this is a book of fiction, it is also serves as a survival manual of sorts. The depiction of society three years following a collapse is so very real that I could almost put myself in the same room as the members of the survival group that has banded together to protect each other as they live in a communal retreat. The section on a bartering market was hugely insightful and gave me some idea of how it might work in a real, SHTF situation. Considering when this was written, Patriots is eerily timely.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should. This is my #1 pick when it comes to survival fiction.
iRonsnow Dynamo Emergency Solar Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, LED Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger & Power Bank: This $20 unit has it all in one portable package. It can be also be powered using 3 AAA batteries. This is a great value.
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
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