I recently shared some tips to be prepared for the winter storms headed our way this year in my winter emergency preparedness piece. I discussed child-friendly ways to light and heat our home, in the event of a power outage, as well as other items to have on hand [in the event of an extended power outage]. Candles are not a safe option for our toddler, and flashlights only provide limited lighting, so I wanted a lantern that did not have lighted mantles or wicks. I found the perfect safe lighting option in the HybridLight solar lantern. The Ultimate Green Store was kind enough to send me a HybridLight to test, for inclusion in my winter emergency preparedness plan, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!
HybridLight’s Solar Lantern provides three ways to keep the light glowing: charged with solar power, backup battery power, and a USB charge and adapter and for easy charging. What really makes this lantern extraordinary is the fact that you can recharge with any light, perfect for those grey winter days. Our recent rainy weather proved to be perfect for testing this feature, and after running the charge down, I placed the HybridLight in the kitchen window to capture the ambient light coming through: success! The HybridLight was able to fully charge on a sunless day, making this a perfect backup for any type of emergency (no need to scramble for batteries). If only I had this lantern during Hurricane Sandy….