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Review of Goal Zero Portable Chargers - Lighthouse 600 Lantern - GZ56VR

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Goal Zero Portable Chargers - Lighthouse 600 Lantern - GZ56VR Review

Ellen: Hey everybody. I'm Ellen here at and we're going to take a quick look at the Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 lantern. This is going to be a really nice multi-purpose lantern for any kind of use that you might have, whether that's camping, hiking, or just emergency to have with you in the car. The thing that I like about this is that it can be charged in several different ways. You can charge it from a wall output outlet with the included and attached cable, or you can use the built-in hand crank to charge up the battery. So pretty easy to do.

About one minute of cranking on that handle will give you about 10 minutes of power on for the lights on low. So just something to keep in mind there. One minute of cranking gives you 10 minutes of light on low.So you crank that up. You can see the battery level by those little blue indicator lights at the bottom. So pretty nice, well-made.

It also has this emergency light at the top so you can use this if you need any kind of signaling for other people to know that you're in distress. Let's take a closer look, talk about some of those features more in detail to make sure that this is a good fit for your particular application. In addition to being able to stand as it is, it also has little legs to fold out and set it upright so that it's a little bit taller there. It just kind of depends on how you want to use it. And it does also have a handle to hang it from a hook or something like that, or just hold and carry with you.

So a couple of different ways that you can use it there.And I have the emergency light on, as you can see. Turn the lights out in the studio so you can get a better idea of how bright that is, and also has the battery lights on there as well. You can see those little blue lights there. So zoom back in, so you can see that a little bit better. And then we turn on the lantern itself.

You can either turn on one side of the lantern, so you can read without maybe disturbing somebody else in your tent or at the campsite, and still have a little bit of light there or you can turn on both sides so that you have a brighter light. Easy to dial that in. You just have the little dial on the front there, so you can adjust that light where you want it to be.Now the higher you turn that light, of course, the more battery that you're going to be using. So really want to only use as much as you need. That low setting is going to be about there for as far as how much light you'll get on one minute of cranking of that handle at the top. Again, we do have our cable built into the base. So if you want to charge this from a wall adapter or maybe your solar panel, you can do that with this. I really liked that this is attached so you don't have to worry about it falling out or having to find the right cable to plug into this. It's always going to be there. And then it snaps into its little home whenever you don't need it. So pretty nicely designed.On the front, there's also a USB port. So if you want to charge smaller accessories like your phone or a smart camera or something like that, you can do that here from the battery inside. So it kind of gives you the best of both worlds there that you can charge this easily, but it also can charge your other accessories. All in all, I think this is a pretty nice little gadget. It looks pretty cool. It works really well. The fact that you can crank up the hand crank here to charge the battery is also nice. So if you're really at an emergency, you'll always have a way to get some light. Just might take a little bit of elbow grease to get it done. So those are all the specifics for the output of light. You can find those specs here at on the product page. I'll give you a couple of quick measurements just for reference. It stands about six and a half inches tall without the little legs. And then it's about four and a half inches wide. And it looks like about the same for the depth there.With the legs, it's a little bit taller, of course. So if we measure that, it looks like it stands about 10 inches tall, and then with our handle up at the top, about 10 and a half inches. So just some measurements to get a quick idea of how big this guy is. But that's pretty much it for a quick look at the Goal Zero Lighthouse lantern, and I hope this has been helpful in deciding if this is the right accessory for you. We do have a lot of other accessories for your camping and hiking needs here at So check them out. Thanks for watching.

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