LuminAID contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their Solar Inflatable Light. I wasn’t sure – until I watched their video; then I knew I had to try one. [See below for the video.]
It uses solar power for a rechargeable battery to power a white LED bulb. The LuminAID packs flat and then you inflate it like a balloon so the light is dispersed better. Pretty nifty.
But that’s not all! It’s waterproof and it doesn’t have breakable parts. This light can help in many, many situations. In fact, the two ladies that designed the LuminAID did so because of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the company continues to help in disaster situations with their Give Light, Get Light program.
I was excited to get my own personal LuminAID in the mail. It comes totally flat in a 3.5 x6 inch pocket. Since it’s supposed to have a 7 hour charge before first use I let it sit on our outside table. It was a little tricky to blow up until I got the hang of biting the valve while blowing into it. Once the air is in it stays in! There is a closure on the valve, but in order to let the air out I really had to squeeze the valve and push on the rest of the inflated part. I was able to get it all the way flat again.
It has a handle for carrying or hanging, as well as a little loop to hang the light from a hook when it’s not in use. It’s fine to let kids carry it around and use it for light because there is no fear of them dropping and breaking pieces of it; and it doesn’t matter if they spill water on it.
I first pushed the on/off switch when it was not inflated so I could firmly hold both sides of the battery pack. It’s a different feeling to push the switch when it’s inflated because I worried that I was pressing too hard on the inflated part. No worries! It was perfectly fine and is designed to be turned off and on when it is inflated.
Last week I took it with us while we did some short hiking trips. We didn’t go overnight at all, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have the LuminAID along with me. Turns out I left it in the pocked of my bag for a whole week. The thing that surprised me the most was that when I pulled it out the light still worked! I thought for sure that it would need recharged because I know it didn’t get any sunlight inside my bag, but it lit right away.
I’ve seen some buzz other places about the LuminAID and I’m glad. It’s a great Solar-Powered Inflatable Light for emergencies, bug-out bags, and everyday life!
Edited to add some more info from the company. They read my review and let me know the following: The LuminAID will give off up to 16 hours of light on one charge, and it will hold a charge for months. So you don’t need to recharge it very often unless you are constantly using it. It should be fine to leave it in a pocket or emergency kit until it’s needed. We recommend recharging every 6 months.
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