I didn’t expect to like the Luci Base Light from MPOWERD as much as I do. After all, how much joy can a lantern bring to the world? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit.
I was initially intrigued by the Luci Base Light after reading good reviews online from reputable sources. At its core, the Luci Base Light is an inflatable LED lantern. That’s right, the body, or globe, of the lantern, is actually inflated by mouth. This feature provides multiple benefits. First, the light has the ability to pack-up incredibly small when deflated. You’re left with a package that’s about one inch tall and six inches in diameter. Second, the inflatable plastic globe results in an impressive light in an ultra-lightweight package. MPOWERD advertises the Luci Base Light at 10.1 ounces. My scale puts the unit at 10 ounces exactly. Finally, the inflatable globe results in excellent dispersion of the 360 lumens produced by the 31 warm, white LEDs.
MPOWERD Luci Base Light
Extending the day into night. With 360 lumens, mobile charging, and lasting up to 50 hours on a single charge, Luci Base Light is a must-have for any adventure.
Price: $44.95 (Discount Codes Frequently Available)
• Mobile charging + power bank
• 360 lumens
• Warm white LEDs
• Adjustable base strap
• Lasts 50 hours on a single charge
• Recharge via solar panel or quick charge via USB
The Perfect Amount of Light for All Camp Actvities
This lantern puts out some light! It has four different light settings: low, medium, high, and flashing. I’ve found that the medium setting is the setting is perfect for most occasions. It provides enough light to fill a tent comfortably and is ideal for getting dressed in the morning, cooking after a long day in the field, or reading in your sleeping bag. The low setting is perfect for quickly finding large items in the dark or finding the tent zipper. It’s also pleasant for a touch of light when detailed tasks aren’t necessary. The high setting requires sunglasses! Just kidding, but the high setting is more than sufficient to light up a campsite. In fact, I tested it during an after-dark game of cards at camp, and it worked wonderfully. The light can simply be placed on the ground or a table, or you can use the adjustable strap to hang it from a branch or a tent pole.
Long Lasting Battery Will Also Charge Your Phone!
Fortunately, the Luci Base Light does not take batteries, which also reduces weight. Its built-in 4000 mAh Li-ion battery can be charged in two ways: via a USB (5-6 hours) or via the solar panel built-in to the top of the unit (28 hours). I’ve found these charge times to be pretty accurate. But, a single charge lasts a long time. MPOWERD says up to 50 hours. I tested the lantern on the medium setting and got about 12 hours of continuous light. In addition to powering the lantern’s LEDs, the Li-ion battery can also be utilized as a power bank to charge electronics, such as your cellphone or GPS. Anytime a piece of gear serves double-duty, I’m all about it.
Luci Base Light Negatives
There are two features of the Luce Base Light that I’m not entirely impressed with. First, the long charge time via the solar panel is disappointing – 28 hours is a long time. During my testing, I kept the lantern in full, direct sunlight as much as possible, and that charge time is still pretty accurate. However, it is a helpful supplement to the USB charge. I suspect that if strapped to the outside of a pack, or placed outside of a tent, during the day, the unit will pick up enough charge to nearly replace the battery power consumed the previous night. The other feature of the lantern that leaves something to be desired is its temperature operating range. MPOWERD lists the operating range as 32ºF – 113ºF. In the backcountry, hunters and hikers are sure to experience temperatures outside of these ranges. So, keep that in mind if you do a lot of desert or cold-weather camping.
MPOWERD Luci Base Light Review Summary
Overall, the packable and lightweight design of the Luce Base Light makes it an excellent option for hunters and backpackers. It’s a powerful, hands-free light that is easily packed and hardly noticed. The lantern fits the bill for nearly all hunting and camping needs. The range of output settings is perfect for tasks ranging from finding your pillow to providing enough hands-free light to field dress your harvest. The Luci Base Light by MPOWERD will have a permanent place in, or on, my pack for any overnight trips. Its usage will inevitably extend to more domestic projects and gatherings.
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Growing up in the heart of Central Pennsylvania provided Torin Miller with every incentive necessary to pursue a life engorged in the natural world. With a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, and the current pursuit of an M.S. in the same field and a J.D. in Environmental Law, he has a deep appreciation for wildlife, wild places and the wild-at-heart people that love these things as much as he. Archery hunting for mountain whitetails is his absolute passion, but he also enjoys hunting turkeys and waterfowl. Surrounded by some of the best trout waters in the world, Torin enjoys fly-fishing his local streams and enjoys kayaking these streams throughout the summer, too.