So you're at a picnic, or maybe you're in a friends backyard, or, even better, maybe you're camping (if you're doing all those things at once then we applaud you). The sun is setting, it's gorgeous out, and then—boom!—you suddenly can't see anything. Candles are great, but they require the matches that you probably forgot, plus while they're romantic they don't allow you to actually see much, and if there's any hint of wind, you're literally in the dark. Enter the cordless lantern! These easy-to-transport lamps have been popping up all over the design market. Some fit in your purse, some play music, and some are even powered by the sun. Time to find your favorite!
Ones That Resemble Actual Lanterns
You know, with a handle and everything! These portable lamps have one purpose and one purpose only—to help you light the way.
Ones You Can Hide in Your Bag
These are sneaky lights. Some are camouflaged as books, and some just fold up like a piece of paper. Stash these lamps in your beach bag, weekender, or picnic basket for the ultimate late-night adventure companion.
Ones That Are Perfect for the Table
You know those times when you find yourself at a very adult summer dinner party? These are for that.
Ones That Work With the Power of the Sun
Not in the mood to plug in to charge? No problem. Just leave these guys out in the daytime to soak up the sun. By nightfall, you'll have powered up hours of light.