Darkness is defined technically as the absence of light. Darkness is also fear, vulnerability and danger. Predators hunt in the dark. We humans are at a natural disadvantage in the darkness. However, technology offers us some remarkable tools to help even the odds. Enter the Solar Air Lantern from Survival Center.

This fascinating little device collapses down to a lightweight disk less than an inch thick. To deploy the light for use, simply inflate the body of the device via a standard valve not unlike that on your typical pool toy. Seal the valve, and the lantern is now a cylinder that is flat on the top and a bit rounded on the bottom. There are handy hanging handles on both ends.

The flat top of the device incorporates a pair of solar cells, a push-button switch and a series of LED lights. Once activated, the light streams from the top of the device and reflects off of the parabolic mirror now formed by the curved bottom. Hanging the lantern right side up or upside down changes the natural distribution of the light.

The push-button activation switch offers three modes. The constant-on mode can be configured for bright or dim light, and there is a flashing mode to be used as a signal. When fully charged, the light burns about 12 hours on its low setting. Leave the collapsed light out in the sunshine and it remains fully charged. Survival Center’s inflatable lantern is more than adequate for maintaining a camp or guiding your way in the dark. When set to flash mode and left in a conspicuous spot, the light is visible for a great distance.

The practical applications of this device are limited only by the imagination. Lightweight, compact and ingenious, the inflatable Solar Air Lantern from Survival Center is a practical and inspired addition to any prepper’s loadout.

For more on this unique product, keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of SURVIVOR’S EDGE. For more information and to purchase past issues, visit

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