I have found a light that's safe, rechargeable, water-resistant and doesn't use batteries. It's also remarkably designed.
Solar lights have been around for a while, but I always think of those solar garden lights on spikes for sidewalks. Solight-design (tm) has created an amazing product called SOLARPUFF (tm). It fits in the palm of your hand and is virtually weightless.
My immediate thought was "How great for a boat!" because it folds flat and, when open, has a velcro handle you can attach anywhere - the mast, in the cabin, or a lifeline - or on top of your SUP! The light settings are low, high and flash. The basic product produces a white LED light, but there are others that have colors. An 8 hour charge in the sun will give you 8 - 12 hours of light. Better than your phone.
Here's how it works:
Its astonishing simple design won it a place in the Museum of Modern Art. But it took years to arrive at its beautiful, safe and transportable origami style box. And it was Alice Chun, the creator, who realized after the Haiti earthquake that the world needed an alternative to unsafe kerosene.
What separates SOLARPUFF from other companies is their commitment to provide this light to communities with no access to electricity like Haiti, Nepal, Syria, Ghana and more. Alice and her company have graciously offered to readers of this blog a 10% discount with the code StarboardTack10 at www.solight-design.com . There are discounts for multiple light purchases as well. And you can donate to one of the countries on their site to send Solarpuffs.
I can't imagine NOT having a few on your boat, in your emergency kit or even in your car. A quality product in design and materials, it's a small green way to feel connected to the rest of the world.