Q. I am looking for a lightweight, packable and budget-friendly electric lantern. Suggestions?
— Jasper Inthedark, Los Angeles, California
A. I think this is exactly what you’re looking for: the Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Light ($14.95, scoutstuff.org). The waterproof lantern collapses to 1 inch thick and can be strapped to your pack for solar charging.
With a few breaths, inflate the lantern and enjoy up to 12 hours of light.