Shooting Gear

LuminAID: Solar, Inflatable, Floating, Waterproof Light

LuminAID review

The most interesting portable light on the market?  Perhaps.

I’ve reviewed a lot of flashlights over the years, but the LuminAID is new to me.  Essentially, it is an inflatable lantern that charges during the day using a small solar panel.  When not in use, the lantern folds into a small package that keeps the panel exposed for charging.  The battery takes a full charge with seven hours of full daylight exposure.

LuminAID packedThe LuminAID will run for up to 16 hours on a low setting, and up to 10 hours on a high setting.  The device floats on water, and is also waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes.

I can see how the LuminAID would be excellent for hikers and others who spend time outdoors.  The entire unit weighs less than three ounces., and can be strapped to the exterior of your pack.  It could be used to help light a hunting camp, or to provide emergency lighting if you were stranded somewhere.  I’ve ordered two of them for the get-home bags in our family vehicles.  For mundane emergencies like changing a flat tire, I think these could be exceptionally useful.

LuminAID gets excellent reviews on Amazon.  Have you tried the LuminAID?  What is your experience with it?


LuminAID use

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.