Thanks for all the recommendations.
I had a week of camping to try both the GoalZero crush light and mini lantern. Very happy. As mentioned above it’s super handy to toss the solar crush light on the dash each day to recharge. At $20 it’s definitely a value. The mini lantern has an impressive 400 hour run time on low and the magnetic base is appreciated as well.
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When weight isn’t a concern such as camping I’m finding area lighting is where it’s at. Picture or it didn’t happen! Lol.Most of my gear is hand made as I find most camping outdoor gear pretty average and not well suited to my kind of activities.
One major issue with lights is they attract bugs, only real way to deal with this is have an enclosed fly mesh cage, but that is hard to do right.
One of my lights is a camera tripod mounted to a alloy telescopic pole with a 20watt outdoor led 3000K lamp on it, it has a 8m long flex 2core extension cable that has an ando plug on end feed by 12V, gives off roughly 2000 lumens in a nice flood and the lamp can be raised to about 2.2m high or lowered for under awnings. Also lamp tilted on the fly so it's a highly versitle light that lights the entire cooking and eating area up without blinding you much. Fully rain proof too if needed out there. Takes about 1min to setup. But the leds are only about 70CRI. No one is making hi cri outdoor lamps yet.
Also use a fenix 650lumen 18650 battery lantern for in tent that sits on a really nice camera tripod super lite, but not very nice color at 4000K, gives a clinical atmosphere. Only 18650 warm white led is the blf brand and its shaped badly and only 300ish lumen.
Might have to try that!I got these as a joke to use as campsite lighting instead of doing aux lights on the truck https://amzn.to/2PlFxsX but it turns out we actually like them. they are just outdoor solar lights and there's a motion detector function and i just stick these to the side of the truck once we're set up at camp