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Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

Rechargeable LED lantern with USB power port

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A bright idea for camping or emergencies

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

The rugged Lighthouse 250 features fold-down legs, a carrying handle, and an integrated USB cable for charging.

Whether you're off the grid camping or hiking, or at home waiting out a power outage, Goal Zero's Lighthouse 250 will make a night-and-day difference. It combines a surprisingly bright LED lantern with a USB port for charging small devices like a smartphone, camera, or GPS unit. The Lighthouse 250's power source is a built-in rechargeable battery.

Clever controls put you in charge

The Lighthouse 250's controls let you choose between more light or longer-lasting light. There are dual LED lights, so you can just illuminate one side to light your way on a trail, or go with 2-sided light for full 360° coverage for a tent or campsite. Set at the very brightest mode, the Lighthouse will provide 2-1/2 hours of light, while at the dimmest setting you'll get about 48 hours.

Ways to charge the Lighthouse

To charge up the Lighthouse, use the integrated self-storing USB cable to connect to any powered USB source, like a laptop or any AC charger with a USB port. Or you can connect one of Goal Zero's solar panels, like the Nomad 7. In an emergency, there's even a pop-up hand crank you can use to charge the Lighthouse's battery, to provide light, or power to charge another device.

Weighing in at 1.1 pounds, the Lighthouse may be too heavy for some backpackers, but it's a terrific choice for tent camping, or a cabin or boat. In fact, it's a great portable emergency lighting option to keep on hand in your home and car. Like every Goal Zero product we've tried, the Lighthouse 250 is well thought out, well made, and easy to use.

Product Highlights:

  • low power-draw dual-sided LED lantern (2 x 3W, 250 lumens)
  • USB port for recharging devices, plus integrated USB cable for charging the Lighthouse
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery, capacity 16Wh (3.7V, 4400mAh)
  • can be charged from any powered USB port, or by using the built-in dynamo hand crank, or by connecting one of Goal Zero's Nomad solar panels
  • adjustable brightness, plus selectable single- or dual-side illumination
  • run times:
    • one side lit: 48 hours (low), 12 hours (high), 5 hours (turbo)
    • both sides lit: 24 hours (low), 6 hours (high), 2.5 hours (turbo)
    • pop-up hand crank: 1 minute of cranking = 10 minutes of light
  • red emergency lights
  • fold-away legs for easy packing and storage
  • weather-resistant design — optimal operating temp. 32-104° F
  • 4-1/2" diameter x 6-5/8"H
  • weight: 1.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • LightHouse250 Lantern with 9" Charging cord attached
  • User guide

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Overview: The LightHouse250 LED lantern has a built-in rechargeable battery and can be charged using any USB power supply, including GoalZero solar panels. The attached 9" charging cord is terminated with a type-A USB plug; the cord wraps around the lantern and snaps in place when not in use. The battery can also be charged using the crank handle on top of the lantern. The lantern power switch is a rotary knob, with the off position at 12:00. Turning the knob counterclockwise illuminates one of the lantern LEDs for directional lighting (180°). Turning the knob clockwise illuminates both of the lantern LEDs for 360° lighting. The rotary knob acts as a variable dimmer in both directions, with the maximum output setting labeled Turbo. The USB output port, 1.5-amp maximum, is useful for charging small, handheld devices (smart phone, etc.). There is also an Emergency Alert Mode with six flashing red LEDs around the top of the lantern. There are folding legs, so the lantern stands about three inches taller (than when folded away) and a hanger, to mount the lantern from above. Four blue LEDs indicate the current battery charge level.


  • Internal Battery: Li-NMC (Lithium-Nickel Manganese Cobalt) rechargeable; 3.7 volts/4400 mAh (16 Wh)
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Optimal Operating Temperature Range: 32°-104° F
  • Shelf Life: 3-6 months (between recharges)
  • Approximate Lighting Time: on a full charge
    • Half-light: one LED lit
      • Low Power (dimmest setting): 48 hours
      • High Power: 12 hours
      • Turbo Power (brightest setting): 5 hours
    • Full-light: both LEDs lit
      • Low Power (dimmest setting): 24 hours
      • High Power: 6 hours
      • Turbo Power (brightest setting): 2-1/2 hours
  • Light Output: up to 250 lumens
  • USB Output: 5 volts; up to 1.5-amp (7.5 watts); regulated
  • Approximate Charging Time:
    • Nomad 7 Solar Panel: 7-14 hours
    • USB Power Supply (1-amp): 7 hours
    • Hand Crank: 1 minute cranking at 120 RPM generates 10 minutes of light

Dimensions (approximate):

  • Folded:
    • Width: 4-7/8"
    • Height: 6-3/8"
    • Depth: 4-3/8"
  • On Integrated Stand:
    • Width: 5-3/4"
    • Height: 9-1/2"
    • Depth: 4-3/8"
  • With Integrated Hanger:
    • Width: 4-7/8"
    • Height: 7-1/4"
    • Depth: 4-3/8"

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Want to have a light source for camping or power outage. [ Craig  Dec 12, 2015 ]

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