When it comes to camping lights, we’ve had more brands and different types than I care to remember. Some we still use, and others are sitting in the shelf in the garage, gathering dust. Our latest purchase though, has been brilliant, and we love them – Luci Lights. I actually grabbed three at the same time from Snowys, and we keep them all in the Hybrid Camper, and use them outside as required.
Please note we purchased these three lights with our own money, and this is an unbiased review.
What are Luci Lights?
Luci lights are small, portable, inflatable and solar rechargeable lights. They weigh next to nothing, can be deflated to the size of an average hand and have a range of features that make them very useful for lots of different applications.
Why are they so good?
They are light and tiny
The Luci Lights are 12.7cm by 10.8cm when inflated, and 2.5cm tall when deflated. They weigh practically nothing too, to the point that they would easily blow away if you left them out in windy conditions.
Because of their weight and the fact that they are inflatable, you can leave them pretty much anywhere without fear of them damaging anything when they bounce around.
They are surprisingly durable
When I first picked the lights up, I thought we’d purchased a poor quality product, but the more I use them, the more I realise this couldn’t be further from the truth. The inflatable section is far stronger than you might think, they are happily dropped and bounced around, and we might have even floated a few down some rapids with no issues.
No more cables
I’m tired of cables. We have so many different chargers, and it gets old real fast. The Luci Lights charge from the sun, and can be easily left on your dashboard, or outdoor kitchen, or wherever else gets some sun throughout the day.
They have different brightness settings
The Luci Lights have two buttons. One is to check the charge left, and the other is to turn it on. With the latter button though, you can cycle through 3 different power modes, and then a flashing one. Camping lights have come a huge way, but I find they are often so bright that its unpleasant. There’s nothing nicer than kicking back around the warm, low light that comes from a Luci Light.
They run for ages
We often forget to put ours out to charge, and they last for a long time. On low, you’ll get 24 hours run time. On medium it drops to 12 hours, and on high 6 hours. This means you can comfortably do a few nights without worrying about charging them up.
What colours can you get?
You can get the Luci colour option, which cycles through a range of colours (or sits on one set colour), or you can get the Outdoor 2.0 which is a bright white light, or the nice warm yellowy light that comes from a Luci Lux.
Where can you get them from?
Of course, like most of our camping gear, Snowys is the place to go. You won’t beat their customer service or their pricing and we picked up three in one go from them several months ago.
Alternatively, you can buy them direct from lucilights.com.au
Are they worth it?
When I first unpacked these lights, I wondered if they were really worth the money. At 30 odd dollars each, they are pretty basic looking, but after using them for a year, we really rate them. If you are looking for a light weight, super portable and solar powered LED light, you can’t go wrong with a Luci Light! We’d probably rate them the best camping lantern in Australia, and we’ve used a few!
Of course, they might not suit your needs at all, and that’s just fine. We need some dull, warm lights for putting the kids to sleep, and they work perfectly.