Lighthouse Micro Charge Lantern/Flashlight
The best outdoor products perform more than one task—ideally two, even three. Goal Zero’s Lighthouse Micro Charge Lantern is a combination camping lantern, flashlight, and backup battery, so you no longer need to pack one of each. It’s a modest solution for front-country or car camping and, at less than a quarter of a pound, it’s compact enough to toss into a hiking backpack for wilder pursuits. The built-in 2600mAh battery recharges from USB or solar and is capable of powering the light for more than 100 hours (on low). That same battery also doubles as a backup power bank for your mobile gear. At just 150 lumens (for the lantern) or 120 lumens (flashlight), it’s not the brightest on this list. But, given its clever, compact, multipurpose design, we’re willing to overlook that shortcoming, especially when it’s priced at less than $30.