Whether you’re in the great outdoors when the sun goes down or at home when the power goes out (thanks, Hurricane Sandy), proper portable lighting can make the difference between life and death — or at least help you figure out where your next meal (or bath) is coming from. Sometimes a flashlight (narrow beam) or a propane lantern (bulky) just aren’t very practical. That’s where the Kelty LumaTwist Lantern ($60) comes in handy.
The Twist sits sturdily on the ground (or any surface) while you unfold and adjust its 2 Direct Pivot panels with 26 LED bulbs, throwing 140 lumens out on high (for 42 hours) and 80 lumens on low (a full 105 hours). The lantern’s panels swivel 360 degrees, so getting long-lasting light where you need it — hands-free — is a cinch. It’s weather resistant, and the anodized aluminum handle and trim add a more than Cub Scout touch. Moreover, you’ll surely impress your bored kids with a twin shadow puppet show.
Buy Now: $60