Collapsible Solar Powered Lantern

Brand: Goal Zero
Model: 32012
EAN: 0847974006061
Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $19.95  (126 customer reviews)
Dimension: 2.00 x 8.00 x 7.00 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.02 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Hang it, light it, crush it. A solar-powered lantern designed for convenience. Features three light settings and a flickering candle mode. There are two ways to charge the Crush Light: 1) Recharge the Crush Light from the sun with built-in solar panel. 2) Charge from any USB port via included micro USB cable

Top Reviews

Well designed for camping and emergency lighting
by National Park Photographer (5 out of 5 stars)
May 21, 2018

Goal Zero has always had a reputation for innovative and useful design. The Crush Light Solar Powered Lantern doesn't disappoint. It is all that the advertising promises... small when compacted, bright when needed and long lasting on its low setting. I got one initially and put it through its paces. The advertised times for high, medium, and low output are close to my experiance. I was especially impressed by the output of the low setting. I can hang it about two feet above my head and read easily with only its light output in an otherwise dark room. On low I get 24 hours consistently. It is a little less than the 30 hours as advertised, but that is still impressive when the power goes out and you need light to move around the house or to light common spaces like a kitchen or bathroom. Likewise it can get you through a three day camping trip easily. As expected the higher settings will last less. But I find they are overkill and will not be needed often. As for the design, I found it very convenient. the collapsed state packs easily into a backpack or stands on a windowsill to keep it charged with the built-in solar panel. While we are on the subject of solar let me make a point about solar expectations. If you expect to take this or any solar powered device into the backcountry on a long hike and think that you will use the solar to recharge it after it is empty, you will have a hard experiance. Solar is SLOW to recharge. Only the largest solar panels will provide strong recharge ability and then only if they are in bright sunlight for many hours. As for the Crush Light, Goal Zero stated to me that the expected time to fully recharge a dead light from solar is 20 hours. That's 20 hours in direct, bright sun. For all practical purposes that means 3 days. So forget about charging while waking along a wooded trail or on overcast days. Please understand that the most practical way to recharge the Crush Light is via the USB cable from a wall outlet or portable battery pack. Then once fully charged place it on a windowsill with good sun exposure to keep it topped off. That is the best emergency preparedness way to use the light. If you follow this routine, you will always have a fully charged light when you need it most. Build quality seemed good, especially considering its low cost. The shaded sides are thick enough to expect years of service. The removable handle is strong and well attached. the entire electronic module with solar on the top, battery inside,
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Well designed for camping and emergency lighting
by National Park Photographer,Top Contributor: Hiking (5 out of 5 stars)
May 21, 2018

Goal Zero has always had a reputation for innovative and useful design. The Crush Light Solar Powered Lantern doesn't disappoint. It is all that the advertising promises... small when compacted, bright when needed and long lasting on its low setting. I got one initially and put it through its paces. The advertised times for high, medium, and low output are close to my experiance. I was especially impressed by the output of the low setting. I can hang it about two feet above my head and read easily with only its light output in an otherwise dark room. On low I get 24 hours consistently. It is a little less than the 30 hours as advertised, but that is still impressive when the power goes out and you need light to move around the house or to light common spaces like a kitchen or bathroom. Likewise it can get you through a three day camping trip easily. As expected the higher settings will last less. But I find they are overkill and will not be needed often.

As for the design, I found it very convenient. the collapsed state packs easily into a backpack or stands on a windowsill to keep it charged with the built-in solar panel. While we are on the subject of solar let me make a point about solar expectations. If you expect to take this or any solar powered device into the backcountry on a long hike and think that you will use the solar to recharge it after it is empty, you will have a hard experiance. Solar is SLOW to recharge. Only the largest solar panels will provide strong recharge ability and then only if they are in bright sunlight for many hours. As for the Crush Light, Goal Zero stated to me that the expected time to fully recharge a dead light from solar is 20 hours. That's 20 hours in direct, bright sun. For all practical purposes that means 3 days. So forget about charging while waking along a wooded trail or on overcast days. Please understand that the most practical way to recharge the Crush Light is via the USB cable from a wall outlet or portable battery pack. Then once fully charged place it on a windowsill with good sun exposure to keep it topped off. That is the best emergency preparedness way to use the light. If you follow this routine, you will always have a fully charged light when you need it most.

Build quality seemed good, especially considering its low cost. The shaded sides are thick enough to expect years of service. The removable handle is strong and well attached. the entire electronic module with solar on the top, battery inside, and LED lights on the bottom is solid and protected from the elements. A short USB cord is supplied with the light that can cleverly act as an alternate handle to hang the light upside down for a more romantic feel. Just thread the small end of the cord down through one of the side loops on the light's frame. Then cross over and thread it up through the opposite loop it should stay in place with a quarter turn and act as a handle to hang the light upside down. It's also a convenient way to store the cord to prevent loss.

The best part of the Crush Light is its cost. At under $20 it gives you a lot of usefulness and emergency piece of mind for very little money. The value to cost ratio of this Goal Zero product is very high indeed. I recommend that you consider this as a perfect stocking stuffer for family. When the power outage hits they will be glad you thought of the Crush Light.
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Very handy
by Nachelle Wilson (4 out of 5 stars)
May 24, 2019

I bought this because I have a lot of Goal Zero and Solio solar stuff. This light I bought specifically for trips to the restroom at festivals at night and as a light for inside the tent. I figure the silicone shade will be easy to disinfect. I'll post a review on how that goes when we get back.

It is small and lays flat. Expanded it is still small and very light. There are three light levels. There are loops on either side of the light you could easily hang it.

Lastly...at first I couldn't get it out of demo mode. The instructions were a little vague "hold button for 10 seconds". That didn't work, but I did figure it out. You have to turn the light on and then hold the button for 10 seconds. It will flash a bunch then turn off. Then you are out of demo mode.
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Received a lemon
by Cindy Hoover (1 out of 5 stars)
September 2, 2018

This item never worked. I bought it as a gift, the window to return was only 30 days, I purchase a month early for a Birthday present, Amazon will not allow me to exchange for one that works.

It just flashes off and on and then turns off, its not the candle mode, its just faulty. It's fully charged, I received a lemon.
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Don't waste your money
by Helen D. (1 out of 5 stars)
January 30, 2019

Made the mistake of not using or testing this right away. The reviews I read about tshe product and company were all very good. It stays on for all of 5 seconds max. The setting doesn't matter. Went to the company website to try and see if there was anything that could be done - nope. They only warranty it for a year if you buy it directly from them. So, this is going in the bin and, I will never purchase from this company again. I would give it a zero if I could.
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Best Solar Light
by John N. (5 out of 5 stars)
November 7, 2018

I have been using Luci Lights for years. Luci's are great lights but I never liked the blowing mechanism. Sort of a pain to do, not a big deal, but a pain. Plus I have a few that have holes and won't stay up.

This light resolves those two problems. Packs flat, great for backpacking and car camping. My grandkids love playing with them. They look for reasons to take the light with them.

I have used them during power outages. My family is always disappointed when the power comes back on. These lights just have a nice ambience about them. They make you happy when they are on.

The light is great around camp, it can be hung up on a rope easily. The handle just pops open. It also has two plastic loops so you can suspend it up side down on a rope in your tent and let the light reflect off the ceiling.

The on/off switch is easy to operate and it has three light settings, high, medium and low. Has a usb charging port so I charge them up before heading out and then let the sun keep them a full charge.

Bounus use: In a pinch you can use it as a bowl or cup for liquid. I do not know if it is water proof on the inside, so the light might get ruined. But if you need to get water it looks like it would hold about 2 cups.

I will be buying more. Great product Goal Zero!
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Awesome light!
by quisten8 (5 out of 5 stars)
September 25, 2018

As I live in an area prone to prolonged power outages, I ordered a bunch of rechargeable and solar lights (including Goal Zero's Lighthouse Mini and Lighthouse Flash), and even though this Goal Zero Crush Light is the least powerful, I think I appreciate it the most for its simplicity, thoughtful features, and portability. Also, it's just so darn cute. It works great so far, though I haven't had it long enough to recharge. It fits on top of my CFL torch light perfectly, so if that had an LED bulb I could probably charge it there; as it is, I think too much heat that comes from the CFL (amplified by the metal of the torch lamp) and that might not be great for the Crush Light. So, I'll just leave it near a window and hope enough light comes through the double panes to do the trick.
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I //LIKE// IT!
by BN Lavender (5 out of 5 stars)
September 28, 2018

We could easily cut-and-paste the Goal Zero ads for this product into this space, because it is exactly the way they describe it. We purchased it to supplement the lighting in our truck camper because we are limited to a single battery and have to be very conservative to avoid having to run the truck engine to recharge that battery. This single light now provides almost our entire lighting at night in the camper, preserving the battery for other tasks. This is not our first Goal Zero product and our earlier experience with the Nomad 7 solar panel and Guide 10 power pack pretty much assured this would be a good product. We were not disappointed! Highly recommend!
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Versatile. Lightweight. Plenty of light.
by MPC (5 out of 5 stars)
June 30, 2019

Lantern provides plenty of light for use in hiking, camping or just sitting around a table outside. 3 different brightness and use times make this lantern great for different situations. There is a fourth light setting called "candle mode". I guess you could use this for a romantic camping session! Can also be hand held and used as a quasi flashlight. Very light weight. Love the ability to collapse the lantern. Takes up very little space no matter what you use it for or what you store it in. Being able to charge with either solar or a usb outlet makes it easy to keep charged. Supposedly able to turn the lantern upside down to use for collecting or drinking a small amount of water but I have not tried that, nor do I think I would need that feature on a normal basis. Handy in an extreme emergency I suppose. I like this lantern and it provides me with another source of light to go along with several other options. I would buy this lantern as a gift for others.
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light weight/compact assistive illumination
by Rezo (4 out of 5 stars)
June 3, 2019

It is not the brightest solar chargeable multi-color lantern, but I believe this is the one of the lightest, lighter then some of the inflatable lanterns. (though those are about 1.5times brighter than this.)

it is more of a recreational light rather than a practical main light source. Set this in one of the color modes available and put on the table to instantly get good mood with.

The flickering mode is not really necessary-- it only works in white light, and the tone just doesn't look like a candle light at all. It would be much realistic if this mode worked with the amber color scheme.

I would suggest one to use it as a secondary or even the third light source for camping.

For example, your main light source will be something to set in the tent, a secondary source can be a good headlight which has a few hundred lumens, then finally this one comes in to play around.

For practical usage, I have some suggestions other than creating moods and taking photos.

It works as an extra rare light for bicycles when set to red.

Also, it is useful in the midnight around camping site as a dimmer light source since most outdoor LEDs are eye-hurting. Use it when you need to go to the toilet or something.
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Terrible Buttons
by Cooder (1 out of 5 stars)
July 30, 2019

I brought this camping last weekend. I was really excited to use it and show off the 'Party Mode' with the strobing colored lights. I had used it briefly before leaving on the trip and had fully read the 6 lines of instructions. I took the light out of demo mode. Upon arriving at the campsite we spent more time actually trying to get this lamp to work than it was probably even on for. It simply does not want to change modes. It is not user friendly. Upon returning home I went through the instructions again, and followed them to the letter. It didn't change the outcome. The light just does what it wants to. This was my first Goal Zero product and I am not impressed. IF you need a lamp may try their white lamp that doesn't have the colors. It would maybe be easier to use.

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