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Gear Review: Solar Powered Backpacking Gear

Five of our favorite solar items to make your next trip brighter, safer, and less stinky
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LightCap 200 Lantern
Make your water bottle into a solar lantern

You’re probably already carrying a 1L wide-mouth water bottle, so why not get some extra use out of it as a lantern? Simply replace the existing lid with the LightCap 200, keep it in the open as you hike (those bottle pockets on the side of your pack are great), and you’ve got a lantern for the tent or kitchen. There are four bright LEDs which provide useable light in a four-foot radius for around eight hours from a full charge, which was great for cooking dinner below Pikes Peak in the Crags. The larger Lightcap 300 comes with a BPA-free bottle and adds in a single red LED for preserving night vision or for easy bedtime reading.

The Specs:
Lightcap 200 is $25 and 2.8 oz.
Lightcap 300 is $30 and 9.7 oz. for bottle and cap

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