Inspiration can come from anywhere, and the classic spring snake can gag is probably where the idea for this collapsible LED lantern was born. Using a fabric diffuser and a metal spring inside, it transforms from a torch to a hanging glowing lantern in less than a second. And let’s be honest, there’s probably a still great opportunity for a camping prank here.
To maximise battery life the $23 pop-up lantern has two modes: a dim 25 lumen eco mode that runs for 60 hours, and a regular and brighter 100-lumen mode which still gives you a usable 25 hours of illumination. And maybe it’s just me, but when collapsed into flashlight mode the lantern also looks like it could double as a makeshift arc reactor prop.