LED lantern in a bottle

Lightcap-redTip of the hat to Scuttlebutt for today’s kind News Brief about Panbo. It’s been crazy here, it’s Friday, and I’m going to keep it quite light. So meet LightCap, a 32 oz water jug with a solar panel, Ni-Cad battery pack, and both red and white LEDs built into its top. It sounds like a foolish thing but I’m liking the prototype Sollight sent over. You can’t quite read by it but there’s a wonderful shimmer created by the light passing through the water, which also gives it some stay-put heft. LightCap could definitely add a little more magic to a balmy summer evening spent relaxing in the cockpit.

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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    I’ve been using my LightCap on my boat for several months and LOVE it! I get 10 hours of white light off a full day charge in the sun, and over 20 hours of red light. And I find it’s plenty bright enough to read by (white LED). I also like the size of the bottle: the mouth is large enough to easily clean and dry it. I have one in my ditch bag with my GPS inside the bottle to keep it dry – and it floats. This thing rocks! You can get them on the website for $25 (www.sollight.com).

  2. Yme Bosma says:

    I like this well, ordering it right now…;-) Great mention by Scuttlebutt btw!

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