As I gear up for the hiking and camping season, I came across the ThorFire solar lantern on Amazon and noticed it got high marks from customers.  I was looking for a light that would be lightweight and fit in my backpack.  It was nice to find one that also was able to be used as a powerbank for a smartphone or other USB device. The lantern itself can be recharged by USB or by solar power.

This is one of the brightest lights I’ve ever owned!  It would definitely light up a tent.  Actually, I the tent would practically glow in the dark, depending upon the size!  It also recharged my smartphone fairly quickly.  I tried it when my phone had 74% battery remaining and it charged to 100% in about an hour and 15 minutes, so yeah, not lightning fast but capable of recharging the battery enough within a few minutes if I need to make an emergency phone call.

The ThorFire Camping Lantern has three light settings:  Low, high, and SOS (flashing) for emergencies.  It can be used as a lantern when expanded and as a flashlight when collapsed.  The only thing that concerns me is that the plastic accordion lantern shade is a little thin and I worry about long-term durability but so far, so good.

Also, I wish the handle was a little more substantial for hanging up on a hook but I still expect to get plenty of usage out of it. It seems to hold its charge quite a while when not in use but obviously it’ll need to be recharged occasionally for those unexpected power outages at home and certainly before being taken on a camping or hiking trip.

Overall, I’m impressed and I’ll be keeping one in my backpack for sure.

Full Specs:


  • Solar Powered & USB Rechargeable
  • 1800 mAu battery
  • Light can last up to 8 hours on high lighting mode and 24 hours in low lighting mode (which is still plenty bright b.t.w)
  • Serves as an Emergency Powerbank to recharge cellphone
  • Comes with USB charging cable

I’m not sure how waterproof it is but it does have a rubber door that seals over the USB ports.  I think it could handle rain drops but not being submerged.

>>View the ThorFire Lantern on Amazon

Expanded lantern with handle

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Last Update: February 9, 2018