Backpacking

LED Rechargeable Solar Task Light

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Bright, durable solar rechargeable LED camping and task light

This is the dLight S2 rechargeable LED light.

You can find cheap solar lights anywhere. I have some crappy ones in my backyard. They’re dim, the batteries wear out, and they’re fragile.

The S2 is exactly the opposite. It was designed specifically to be as bright as a kerosene lantern for rural off-grid households in developing countries.

The battery technology uses a lithium iron phosphate pack or LifePO, that holds up much longer than other rechargeable batteries and is covered by a 2-year warranty and rated for at least 5 years of use.

And the light is designed so well. It’s tough, great for camping, resists water, dust, bugs. The metal stand also works as a hangar. There’s a barrel jack that lets you charge the battery over USB in a pinch. The power button glows in the dark. For $14, it is a rock solid, versatile light and it came recommended by maker Kent Barnes.

I keep mine hung up in the back yard, but I’m thinking of getting another one just to keep with my camping gear.

-- Donald Bell 11/21/17

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