I first saw these lights at West Marine, but they have since popped up all over. The Luci inflatable Solar Lantern is just what the name says it is. A small, solar charged, light that inflates. Made of clear vinyl, it is tough, lightweight, and compact when deflated. You can hang it from your backpack, place it on the dashboard, or leave it anywhere it will get sunlight.
Fully charged, it can last up to 12 hours depending on the setting. At it's brightest can illuminate up to 15 square feet. The Luci inflatable Solar Lantern originates in New Zealand and it shows in it's quality and simple sophistication. We keep a couple on hand and charged up for use around the house just in case the mains go. Nobody likes to sit around in the dark.