To my amazement the solar puff illuminated our campsite just enough to be able to play cards and take us around at night to be able to use the facilities located just beyond our immediate camp site.
My first impression of the Solar Puff is that it is somewhat smaller than expected. However I appreciated it’s size since it is so compact and lightweight which makes it nice for hiking, and a great way to keep your load light.
The charge seems to last quite a long time. They are rated approximately 8-12 hours depending on the mode you are using. The solar cell in these lanterns fully charge with 8 hours of sunlight exposure. It did not did not dim or show any signs of the battery running low while we were using it at night with approximately 6 hours of use. We made sure to leave it in the direct sun for a solid day to make sure it was fully charged before hand.
We tested it in the pool, and sure enough it floats and illuminates the water which created a nice ambient glow. You can tell that the Solar Puff is constructed well. The Solar Puff is IP68 certified which is a fancy way of saying that it certified to withstand dust, dirt and sand. In addition to being water resistant at 1.5 Meters underwater for up to 30 minutes submerged. Keep in mind that I would not recommend submerging these lanterns fully, but they did just fine floating in the pool.
The Most updated Solar Puffs come with a light sensor feature that will automatically turn on the lantern when it becomes dark enough. This is useful when you want to preserve battery or leave it near your tent to be able to navigate more easily when the sun goes down.
The one feature that I wish the Solar puff had, is a battery gauge to see how charged the lantern is. I always like to be prepared and know how long the charge will last, but this lantern will have you guessing so I s better suited as a secondary light source.
I would recommend The Solar Puff to any backpacker who is trying to pack lightweight and wants some insurance against a battery powered flashlight while in the backcountry. It Would also be great for camping or boating as well!