Solar-Powered Emergency Lanterns and Cell Phone Chargers

Solar-Powered Emergency Lanterns and Cell Phone Chargers

Solar-Powered Emergency Lanterns

In How To Have Lighting | Hurricane Or Not we’ve explored a whole host of ways and means to stay out of darkness, come hell or high water. Conspicuously absent from that list was Solar-Powered Emergency Lighting. To make amend for that oversight, we’ve scoured planet Web (move over Pluto!) to unearth 3 reasonably priced Solar-Powered Lanterns with integrated cell phone charging capabilities, as a bonus:

The lanterns can be used indoor, outdoor (camping), or wherever electricity is hard to come by, especially during power outages.

Cell Phone Charging USB Port

Each unit comes with a powerful built-in USB Port (2.1A) to charge, cell phones (smart and/or standard), tablets, e-readers, cameras, MP3 players, etc.

Choosing The Right Lantern

Choosing the right lantern can be challenging. To simplify the process, we compare and contrast all 3 Solar-Powered Lanterns. Pick the one(s) that best suits your need and budget.

Features & Specifications

Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532

Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2

Solar Panel Power

4 Watts

4 Watts

1 Watt

Solar Cell Type

Multi-Crystalline

Multi-Crystalline

Mono-Crystalline

Weight

4.5 lbs

4.9 lbs

2.5 lbs

Dimensions (in.) W x L x H

5.7 x 5.7 x 11.6

5.1 x 5.1 x 10.1

4.5 x 6.0 x 11.0

Lantern

36 LEDs

108 LEDs

32 LEDs

Spotlight

3 LEDs

Lumens

120

30 - 160

120

Adjustable Lantern

No

No

Yes

Features & Specifications

Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532

Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2

Adjustable Solar Panel

Yes

Yes

Yes

LED Wattage

3W

3W

USB Power Port Output

5V 2.1A

5V 2.1A

2.1A

Battery Voltage

6V

6V

6V

Battery Amp/Hour

4Ah

4Ah

3.2Ah

Battery Type

Lead Acid

Lead Acid

Lead Acid

Automatic Over-Discharge Protection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power Switch

Dimmer

On/Off

On/Off

Features & Specifications

Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532

Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2

Charging Adapter

AC Charger

AC Charger

DC Charger

Charging Jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Status Indicator Light

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charging Method

Solar, AC/DC Charger*

Solar, AC/DC Charger*

Solar, AC/DC Charger*

Charging Time

10 Hrs AC, 12 Hrs Solar*

10 Hrs AC, 12 Hrs Solar*

4 Hrs DC, 20 Hrs Solar*

Run Times

8 Hours

7 - 10 Hours

Spotlight: 60 Hours Lantern: 6 Hours

Suggested Retail Price

$74.95

$79.95

$49.95

Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

* DC Charger is not supplied (Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532).

* DC Charger is not supplied (Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533).

* AC Charger is not supplied (Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2).

Similarities and Dissimilarities

The similarities are highlighted in red vs red and blue vs blue in the same row; the dissimilarities in blue vs red, and blue vs red vs green in the same row.

Pictures: Courtesy Wagan Tech

Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532

Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2

Solar Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532 - Solarnia.com 300 x 293

Solar Powered Classic Lantern 8533 - Solarnia.com 300 x 284

Solar Powered Outdoor Lantern & Tablet 2290-2 - Solarnia.com 300 x 298

Data Analysis

In light of the data (features, specifications, and prices) generated by the comparison, we are obviously dealing with a good (Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2) vs better (Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532) vs best (Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533) case scenario. Regardless of the model you buy, you’ll be in for a treat and certainly get your money’s worth.

Instruction Manuals

The Solar-Powered Lanterns come each with a trilingual User’s Manual, which we suggest that you read before operating the units.

The Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532s User’s Manual is in English, French, and Spanish .

The Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533‘s User’s Manual is in English, French, and Spanish .

The Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2‘s User’s Manual is in English, French, and Spanish .

Note: it is imperative to read the respective user’s manuals before operating any lantern to familiarize yourself with operating instructions and safety warnings associated with each unit. For instances, it is ill-advised to DC-charge (through cigarette lighter socket) the Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2 for periods of more than 4 hours. Placing the units in wet and humid locations is unadvised as well.

If you care to charge the Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2 at home (AC current), read “How To Convert any AC Outlet Into A 12V DC Socket”and watch the video . To that end, may we suggest the purchase of the following either AC to 12 DC Socket Adapter to use in connection with the supplied DC power cord.?

The Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532 and the Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533 can be recharged in your vehicle as well, through the cigarette lighter socket with a DC power cord (not supplied). The DC Power Cord Adapter is sold separately, which we suggest that you buy.

Suggested Retail Price

The individual suggested retail price for this threesome ranges from $49.95 to $79.95. Although reasonable, we think we can get you a better deal. So, disregard the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, click on either Buy Now! button to find out the amazingly low price. You’ll be surprised.

Warranty

While most competing lantern brands with similar features and specifications offer only a 30-day warranty, Wagan Tech stands behind its products for a (1) full year, a generous warranty time span which, in our view, speaks to the quality of the products. Buy either solar-powered lantern with confidence, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t be fooled by cheap imitation. Remember: you always get what you pay for.

Replacement Parts

Although no replacements parts are sold separately for the trio, you can still buy a DC Charging Adapter for the Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532 or the Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533, and an AC Charging Adapter for the Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2 that meet the charging requirements of each unit.

Pros

Bright LED Lights, Solar Panels, USB Charging Ports, Charging Adapters (AC for 8532 and 8533, DC for 2230-2), and Beautiful Design.

Cons

No replacement parts. Actually, if you are technically disinclined, the cons are pluses; you won’t be tempted to replace any of those parts: battery, solar panel, and LED light cluster. However, if you are a tinkerer, you’ll be bored to death at the notion that there is nothing to replace. Enjoy!

Solar-Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532

Solar-Powered Classic Lantern 8533

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern 2230-2

Solar Powered Torpedo Lantern 8532 - Solarnia.com 300 x 293

Solar Powered Classic Lantern 8533 - Solarnia.com 300 x 284

Solar Powered Outdoor Lantern & Tablet 2290-2 - Solarnia.com 300 x 298

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