Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub and Lantern
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- Adjust brightness levels to save on power; maximum run time - 48 hours on low
- Power up from Goal Zero solar panels (solar panel not included), plug into any USB, or turn the crank for light anywhere
- Boost a tablet or recharge a smartphone to stay connected
- Legs fold up for easy portability
- Great for emergencies, adventures or nightstand lighting
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Lighthouse 250 Lantern
Light up any situation with 250 lumens of bright LED light, or use the dimmable, DuaLite Directional Lighting feature to extend runtime. Recharge from USB, solar or the included hand crank. The Lighthouse 250 includes a built-in USB port to power small handheld devices to keep you connected to the ones who matter most. The Lighthouse 250 Lantern and USB Power Hub is the only lantern you will need.
Run Time: 2.5 - 28 Hours
Recharge by: USB, Solar, Hand Crank
Power Output: USB
Ideal for: Phones, GPS, smaller USB devices
Three Ways to Charge
The Lighthouse 250 can be charged by connecting a compatible solar panel - Nomad 7 Solar Panel. (sold separately).
The Lighthouse 250 Lantern can also be charged by being plugged into a USB power source in about 7 hours.
The built-in crank gives you 10 minutes of light for 1 minute of cranking.
Device Run Times :
Headlamp 2-5 Charges
Smartphone 2 Charges
POV Camera 3 Charges
Tablet 50 Percent Boost
The built-in crank gives you 10 minutes of light for 1 minute of cranking.
The Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 is a bright, USB rechargeable LED lantern. You decide how long the Lighthouse 250 lasts, on one charge, with its dimmable light for tent or trail. Red light to alert. Charge your USB device conveniently with a built in USB output port.
Top Customer Reviews
The Goal Zero lantern contains two CREE 3-Watt LEDs, with an advertised light output of 250 lumens at full power. I already own the Energizer Weather Ready Folding Area Lantern, but this Goal Zero lantern is far superior in many aspects:
- Over twice the maximum light output (250 vs. 96 lumens)
- Well-regulated brightness (instead of getting dimmer as battery voltage drops)
- Gives either all-around or semi-directional (180-degree) illumination
- The LED brightness can be adjusted to extend battery life
- Powered by internal Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
The internal battery pack can be recharged from any USB power adapter, through the attached USB cable. The battery is rated 4400mAh in capacity. The charging current I measured starts at around 0.85A (according to my PortaPow USB Power Monitor), and drops when the battery is close to full. So I expect the charge time to be 6-7 hours. I can also recharge it using the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel. The charge time is about the same - as long as there is direct sunlight.
One good feature worth mentioning: the unit supports pass-through charging. That means while the internal battery is being charged from a solar panel, it can still power the USB port to recharge your cell phone. This offers a good energy buffer in case the sunlight gets blocked by clouds momentarily.
What if the sun doesn't shine and you are running out of battery power? There is still the last resort of dynamo cranking. According to my test, one minute of vigorous cranking (roughly 120 turns on the handle) can light up the lantern for 3 minutes at maximum brightness. The runtime is doubled if only half of the lantern is lit, or even longer if brightness is set lower.
The user manual says cranking at 120 turns per minute generates a charging power of 2.2W. That's equivalent to roughly 500mA of charging current. So theoretically, I have to crank it for about 8 hours to get a full charge.
[Power Hub mode]
The Goal Zero lantern also doubles as a USB charger for your other devices. It generates a regulated 5V output at up to 1.5A (7.5W). So it is good for charging most smart phones and small tablets, but not for iPad which requires more 2A.
I tested the capacity of the battery, by connecting a 5-ohm power resistor as load. The USB port generated 4.9V at 0.97A (4.75W) for 166 minutes before shutting off. This corresponds to a total output energy of 13Wh. Assuming the power conversion process is only 80% efficient, I can then estimate the internal battery to have a capacity of 4400mAh (3.7V * 4.4Ah * 0.8 = 13Wh), exactly as advertised.
To put this capacity number in perspective: my Samsung Galaxy S3 has a battery pack rated 2100mAh. So a 4400mAh battery should be able to recharge my phone 1.5 times, assuming 25-30% conversion losses.
[Battery Status Indicator]
I noticed during my test that the battery status indicator is highly non-linear. The indicator consists of 4 blue LEDs. So naturally people will expect each LED to represent 25% of energy left. The actual representation I found is:
- 4-LED = 98-100%
- 3-LED = 86-97%
- 2-LED = 23-85%
- 1-LED = 1-22%
With the exception of the battery status indicator, this Goal Zero lantern/battery charger performs exactly as I expected. The only complaint I have left is its high regular price. At the "Deal of the Day" price I paid (37.5% off from regular price), I consider it a 5-star product.
If you have a way to charge it, it's fantastic. Unfortunately, in a gear test as we planned an outing for a coming weekend to field test this and other Goal Zero products (Yeti 400, Light-a-Life, Escape 30 panels, etc.), I was running this lamp for a bit. It worked fine, and as it's charge was running low, tried to check the hand crank to charge it.
One full turn - the whole top (crank handle and part it folds down over) BROKE OFF. At first, I thought it had just "popped off". But I could see glue around the middle that had failed. It appears that there is nothing more than the glue holding the plastic together. While there appears to be a small steel rod going down into the lantern, it does not extend up into the crank handle, and so there is no permanent connection.
However, it's now been beyond my 30-day window for a return through Amazon, and Goal Zero's policy is only if purchased directly through them.
So for $75, what started as a great idea was minimized by fairly cheap design in the crank handle. The main point to this is if you don't have USB/Solar, there is no other way to charge this. If you do have solar, but need this at night, it will drain the battery fairly quickly and become useless until it can be charged the next day. The Goal Zero website says a Nomad 7 will take 7 hours to recharge it. Since most of us count on approximately 5 hours of full sun at best, it means it will not recharge fully in a single day.
As for performance, as with most of the products of this type, they suggest you keep it plugged in at all times, or recharge at least every 2-3 months. This one, having not been plugged in for about 2 weeks, started at 3 LED's. For this gear check, mine was on full for about 30 mins on Turbo/both sides before down to "2", (website says 2.5 hours) then on 1-side HIGH for about another 45 mins. When I plugged it in to the Yeti 400, it was charging with the #2 LED flashing. I don't expect that it would have lasted 2.5 hours on Turbo/both sides running, but hard to tell for sure. Will have to retest that specifically.
UPDATE: I did the retest - and currently, with 1 LED showing, the Lighthouse has been running 2:50, starting from a full charge, pulling off the USB charger and turning on both sides/Turbo. In this capacity, it has met its specs. Now, on with the original review :-)...
I have not had a chance to field test all my Goal Zero products. I've done some testing of solar charging the Yeti 400, I've used the unplugged Yeti to run 3 Light-a-Life lights overnight (about 12 hours total), over the course of 2 nights while also charging phones, tablets and some other Li-Ion battery packs that will be used in the field at night when charging is needed. In fairness, I can use these to charge the Lighthouse 250, but the crank is an emergency measure that is no longer an option.
So for the REALLY GOOD, the single most important emergency use aspect of the Lighthouse 250 was a REAL Fail.
Since I'm beyond my 30-day return, I may try to repair it. But I also risk getting glue down in the works which may ruin the whole thing. So maybe not... Oh well.
On several fronts, including this one, Goal Zero has been ahead of the curve on customer service. I've seen other reviews that have criticized them, but I just can't find a fault.
I asked several outlined, bulleted questions before and after buying with details I didn't find online. They answered each with matching detail in a similar format, so it was complete and easy to follow (for me!).
This review was answered by GZ, put me in touch with their customer support, and in just a few days had a replacement for the broken lantern (including the time it took me to see GZ's comment and a business day or two before I could call). The turn around was immediate. The new lantern was put to use this past weekend along with a Yeti 400, Light-a-Life (6 used) and Escape 30 panels (2).
We have a rustic camping area that has electric available, and has some christmas light strung around the camp site. Substituting 6 GZ lights running from the Yeti 400 did equally well drawing WAY fewer watts.
The Lighthouse 250 also served its function as table lamp, a walk around in the dark lamp, and as a hanging lamp for another area from time to time. It's run-time was better than 2 1/2 hours over a 4-hour period, most of that time on "turbo".
The crank was used as a test to boost it a bit as it hit 1-led, and was solid as a rock.
GZ has convinced me that their products do what they advertise, they back them up, and will teach and inform when and where they can.
UPDATE - VERY LATE!!! Sorry...
I've since been very happy with this item. I don't know if I'd use it for backpacking, but depending on situation, it might be doable. However, I plan to keep to camping - truck/car and similar, where I'm not extremely remote and carrying in on my back.
But sadly it didn't make it through 1 night of camping. I was using it inside our tent when a freak rain storm passed through in the night and the lantern was sitting on the wet ground. Now I wouldnt have thought this was enough water to cause any damage to the lantern, it is afterall intended for camping, but now the light will not function properly. It stays on constantly and even when I turn it off it will come back on on its own shortly. I would think a lantern made for camping would at least have some kind of weatherproofing for the housing, this does not and was a terrible waste of 60 dollars.
If you're looking for something to keep inside, in the garage, in the basement, and use it for power outages or something along those lines then this would be an okay product to buy, although you could probably find something cheaper for such infrequent use. If you intend to buy for camping or outdoor use I would caution you to look elsewhere immediately.
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Other than that, the light output is amazing on this and lasted about 3 nights before needing a recharge.