Recently I received a solar powered lantern from Solarprepper.com . It is called the Super Bright LED Lantern LS360 and is obviously made in Asia and probably in China. The lantern sells on their website for $39.
The lantern has 36 LED bulbs and has several settings allowing you a choice of three levels of illumination. With all 36 bulbs lit, it is quite bright. When I first received it I though since it is not US made, it is probably not very good. So for that reason I have played with it for over a month to try to see if I could break it. I must admit it has performed well.
I started out by making sure it was fully charged and then turned on all 36 led’s and let it run down. It gave really good light for about 6 hours and then started to dim. After 24 hours, it was still giving a very low light so I decided to recharge it. A few hours in the sun and the lithium batteries were recharged and the light was once again quite bright.
You can set it to use as few as four led bulbs; in this configuration, it will stay lit for long periods of time. With just the four bulbs it provides sufficient light for you to walk around and even to read if you hold the lantern close. The second setting uses 8 led bulbs and provides pretty good light. The light from the third setting of 36 bulbs is quite bright.
The solar powered lantern does have a hand crank as a backup source of power. As with most of these, you do a lot of cranking to get much light, but it does work.
It also has an adapter so that you can charge it from a cigarette light or a USB port. The lithium battery stores 1500 MAH of power.
After using and misusing it for a month, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised this solar powered lantern held up and worked well. For the price this is a good backup lantern.