What a great flashlight! I have been testing the Verilux solar flashlight for about 4 months now and wow this flashlight exceeded my expectations! The flashlight has a different design because of the large solar panel on the side of the handle and an integrated carabineer on the end. Surprisingly the design is very comfortable to grip. I have larger hands and it was easy for me to use as well as my 7-year-old to hold.
The Verilux solar flashlight is a very simple flashlight that charges from a large solar panel on the side of the handle. There are not use be ports or other methods of charging the Verilux solar flashlight. The Verilux solar flashlight only has a simple on off switch, there are not different modes (strobe, high/low) that you have to cycle through. The body of the flashlight is an abs plastic that is water-resistant and protects the flashlight. My 7-year-old has dropped the flashlight many times and it still looks brand new. There are 6 LEDs that provide a wide beam and a night glow strip around the head of the flashlight that makes locating the Verilux solar flashlight at night.
The Verilux solar flashlight has an output of 50 lumens and is not distorted in the beam even though there are 6 different LEDs. At full charge the flashlight can stay on for four hours at a time. I left the Verilux solar flashlight on for 4 hours and it was still going. The flashlight can be charged by direct sunlight or by leaving it in the window sill and it takes 8 hours to charge fully.
The Verilux solar flashlight is a great flashlight! During my testing of this flashlights I saw many natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and the Mexico Earthquake. In each of these natural disasters the infrastructure has been damaged where large portions of the population lost power and it did not come back on for long periods of time. The Verilux solar flashlight is very useful in these situations because it does not have to be plugged in to recharge. The only downfall that I encountered with the Verilux solar flashlight is that it does not have any type of indicator for the level of charge for the battery. The things that I like about the light is that it is simple to use, has a great design, and it has a great beam and very durable consturction. If you are thinking about a gift for an outdoor enthusiast this year look into the Verilux Solar Flashlight.