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.
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.Win a Luci EMRG Inflatable Solar light in the latest giveaway at Backdoor Survival. Two winners!Click To Tweet
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!
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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.
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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