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rdgbwca
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11/23/2022 03:09PM  
Hi all,

I have two Luci Lights that I have had for several years. I noticed that they have come out with several new products.

Is there a comparison table somewhere? Do some of the new ones act like battery banks that can be used to charge phones/cameras via USB?

Anyone tried their candle?

What about the strip lights?

Thanks,
rdg
 
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ockycamper
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11/24/2022 03:28PM  
I have 3 of the original lights that work great for a campsite in the BWCA. I also have 4 of the "base" models that go up to 300 watts and will charge a cell phone. We used them for power outages at home.
 
rdgbwca
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11/24/2022 03:32PM  
Have you had to use them during a power outage?

I think as the battery size increases they get a little heavier.

I looked more closely and found that I have an outdoor 2.0 and one of the color ones.

I decided to give the candle ones a try and bought a two pack.
 
ockycamper
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11/24/2022 03:36PM  
I have 3 of the original lights. We find that if you charge them up during the day in camp, they will run all night

I have 5 of the Base lights for home. They are heavier and throw off way too much light for camping.
 
OMGitsKa
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11/24/2022 06:55PM  
I have the LuminAID solar light and they kick ass! Solar powered and they are very bright. I do want to get some of the Luci string lights tho
 
LilyPond
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11/25/2022 05:28PM  
I've owned 3 Luci Lights. The first two were defective and the company replaced them. They give off a very nice light and will last much of the night. However, I found them very difficult to recharge---takes a long time, and what if you don't have sun? I decided that battery lanterns are more reliable for a multi-day trip.
 
Hammertime
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11/26/2022 01:42PM  
The string lights are awesome!

 
11/27/2022 02:56PM  
Was an early adopter of Luci lights but have switched to Goal Zero Crush. Same price, longer life, USB rechargeable along with solar, better pack-ability, and available in a colored version. I've used both in power outages!

butthead
 
rdgbwca
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11/27/2022 03:41PM  
LilyPond: " I decided that battery lanterns are more reliable for a multi-day trip."

I tend to base camp and bring head lamps in addition to the luci lights.

I had this idea that I would use them in the tent, possibly to play cards but I have yet to play cards in the tent in the bwca. They usually just light the tent for a few minutes to an hour before going to bed for the night.

I don't think I would bring them for a June trip again because it gets dark so late.

I always take them car camping.
 
rdgbwca
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11/27/2022 03:47PM  
butthead: "Was an early adopter of Luci lights but have switched to Goal Zero Crush.
butthead"


Thanks for mentioning an alternative.

I wish both companies would list the weight and battery capacity of their lanterns.
 
ockycamper
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11/27/2022 04:06PM  
Luci Lights do not have batteries. They are solar or USB rechargable.

The outdoor "lanterns" are solar charged. The base light and pro series are both solar and USB chargeable.

We have used the "outdoor 2.0" style light for years. Leaving it out during the day will give enough of a charge keep it lit for the entire night. We have 3 in my camp I bring. I charge them in camp during the day, and hang them from the group tarp when it gets dark, leaving them on until they run out. That way the guys that want to boil water for coffee, etc can do so. Along with the Helinox chairs, they are on our top 5 list.
 
11/28/2022 09:15AM  
Luci lights do have batteries, just small. Otherwise they would not work in the dark.

butthead
 
11/28/2022 09:21AM  
rdgbwca: "butthead: "Was an early adopter of Luci lights but have switched to Goal Zero Crush.
butthead"



Thanks for mentioning an alternative.


I wish both companies would list the weight and battery capacity of their lanterns."


They do in their specifications.
Luci 2.0 4.4 ounces, Rechargeable 1000 mAh Li-ion battery, Battery life
• Low: 24 hours
• Medium: 12 hours
• High: 6 hours
• Flashing: 12 hours

Crush 3.2 ounces, Pack Capacity: 1.85Wh (3.7V, 500mAh),
RUN TIME

High power: 3 hours
Medium power: 6 hours
Low power: 35 hours
Candle light: 3.5 hours

I do find the Crush last longer than listed, I only have the original Luci lights and they do not last as long.

butthead
 
ockycamper
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11/28/2022 09:24AM  
butthead: "Luci lights do have batteries, just small. Otherwise they would not work in the dark.


butthead"


Yes, but they are not removable and recharge by solar. I won't take any device with me to BWCA that has AA or AAA batteries
 
fraxinus
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11/28/2022 10:06AM  
rdgbwca: "butthead: "Was an early adopter of Luci lights but have switched to Goal Zero Crush.
butthead"



Thanks for mentioning an alternative.


I wish both companies would list the weight and battery capacity of their lanterns."


I was curious about The Goal Zero Crush, looked it up on REI, REI lists weight and battery capacity in mHa. Also lists same info for Luci Lights.

The Crush is on sale today Goal Zero Crush $15.89 down from $19.95. Nice stocking stuffers.
 
11/28/2022 01:50PM  
Cathy thought I was nuts after buying 3 Luci lights. The next power outage changed her mind. Nearing a dozen mixed Luci and Crush lanterns now, as they make good karma with neighbors (as in loaned to) in such circumstances.

butthead
 
EddyTurn
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11/29/2022 06:53AM  
butthead: "Was an early adopter of Luci lights but have switched to Goal Zero Crush. Same price, longer life, USB rechargeable along with solar, better pack-ability, and available in a colored version. I've used both in power outages!butthead"

Crush has too many negative reviews on REI. I won't be comfortable taking it on a trip.
 
11/29/2022 08:51AM  
Online reviews are not know for reliability. I had 6 Luci's when I bought the first Crush, now own 8 Crush's and the failure rates between them are 2 each. Not including the busted Luci that shatter the globe in sub freezing temperatures, still have that one and still works.
I do own both and use them together for lots of camping trips. Failure rate is very comparable, the cost essentially the same, both have similar levels of illumination. My reason for using the Crush light is the material sturdiness, better pacing when collapsed, longer battery life (in direct comparison) and the Crushes ability to be charged via mico USB port. The comparison is with the early Luci Lanterns costing $15 and the Crush at $15. With the Luci costing $25 at the lowest and the Crush between $16 and $20 currently.
Why do I have so many? I live in an apartment complex and they are handy in power outages, and will be loaned to neighbors when needed.

butthead

PS: Just read thru the 36 lowest Crush reviews, 1 major point, near all involve failure to turn on stay on. These folks did not read the directions. The Crush is shipped in demo mode, the on button needs to be held down for 10+ seconds untill the light is on. Can you spell user error? bh
 
Saberboys
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11/29/2022 03:36PM  
Hammertime: "The string lights are awesome!


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These are intriguing. Do you have two sets hung in this photo? How do you feel about the light output as compared to just hanging a couple of standard Luci's?
 
rdgbwca
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11/29/2022 04:13PM  
Saberboys: "Hammertime: "The string lights are awesome!
"

These are intriguing. "


I was interested in the Luci string lights after seeing a youtube review that spoke highly of the haven string lights. These are not in stock though and are not part of solar charging set up.

Seems like they would be cool if you use a hammock or have a tarp set up.
 
Hammertime
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11/29/2022 08:58PM  
Saberboys: "Hammertime: "The string lights are awesome!



"



These are intriguing. Do you have two sets hung in this photo? How do you feel about the light output as compared to just hanging a couple of standard Luci's? "


Yes, that is 2 sets. One would have been plenty but we had 2. If I remember right there are 10 or so lights on an approximately 30 foot string.

Much brighter than a single lantern, we could make it as light as any indoor room in there.
 
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