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The HydraLight promises to be your answer to portable, rechargeable and environmentally-friendly light: And the best feature about the product is the fact that it uses nothing but water to recharge, whether we’re talking about clean and filtered water, or the kind of water that comes out of a stream on a camping trip that’s a little more into the woods.

I saw the HydraLight advertised on a recommended YouTube video, and being a regular camper that goes out into the wilderness for a camping session at least once every two or three months, I had to order one to see whether it really does the job as well as the ads claim.

Here’s what I thought of the HydraLight-series of lights and why I’m still taking mine along in my camping rig every week.

How to Use the HydraLight

The HydraLight is pretty easy to use: All that you have to do is remove the rechargeable power cell that’s inside the flashlight or latern model you have, dunk this in water for about a minute, pop it right back into your flashlight and there you go: Light.

Now, you’re not supposed to dunk the entire flashlight in water, only the power cell, but at least the instructions were pretty clear on this (and if you’ve made this mistake yourself, it just goes to show that you didn’t check the instructions in the box).

The great thing about the HydraLight is that you can use any type of water to charge the power cell, which means any type of water that you have access to while you’re camping: It can be water out of a stream, or it can be water out of a bottle – it works the same either way.

I tested it at home before taking it out camping, and it worked just fine. The good thing is that it worked fine when I tested it at 3AM in the morning during the actual camping trip, too – and that’s where it really matters.

It’s Great for Camping

The HydraLight is the perfect tool for camping, and if you’re a regular camper it’s something that you should always keep in your camping rig: Even if you have another set of lights that you use for your regular needs, this is still a great backup – and it’s one of those “never know when you’ll need it” things that I now always like to have packed.

It’s even a great thing to keep in your car: If you were to need to change a flat tire in the middle of the night, some light really helps. The same is true for your workshop if you have to work at night or in bad lighting.

It’s an all round useful tool, and it’s not just great for camping, but has a hell of a lot of use for everything else. It can also make for a great reading light – especially because it’s bright enough without being so bright that it kills your eyes.

It’s Environmentally Friendly Light

Environmentally-friendly is something that really matters, especially if you’re an environmentally-conscious person or family who thinks about the environment first. It also helps a lot if you’re going to a reserve where being more conscious of the environment should be a given. And let’s face it, a light that you recharge with nothing but water makes for something incredibly cool to flash around to other campers – and everyone will want to know where you got one.

There’s a Range of Different Products

They have a different range of products that range from your regular-sized flashlight to your more heavy-duty ones – and most of the flashlights are able to “extend” to a lantern that you can hang up or put down for use. I’ve got a few of the range in the products in my camping kit by now, but you can start with whatever meets your needs best – if you just need something small, then start with that and work your way up.

Product Pros

Here are the features that I happened to like best about the HydraLight when I used it for the first time.

  • It provides hours of light.
  • The HydraLight can produce as much as 24 hours of super-bright lighting – after this, it starts to decline a little bit, but it doesn’t completely go off. It’s perfect for emergency or camping use, and when your 24 hours are up, you can just recharge the light again if you happen to have a bottle of water around.
  • It can literally be used anywhere. The HydraLight can be used anywhere – and with water that’s in any kind of condition. It relies on a chemical reaction, and it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about filtered water or the kind of water that you encounter on a camping trip that you really wouldn’t normally drink. You can still get bright, clear light from either of these.
  • One cell can be re-used several times. The multi-use ability of the cells is one of the best features of the HydraLight. If your light runs out or dims, you can just recharge the cell again – and there’s almost no limit on how many times you can do this. Do it as many times as you need to. Unless you’re using it daily, your HydraLight will likely last you for years.

Product Cons

Here’s what I thought could have been better about the HydraLight.

  • Dims with time and use. Longer-term use (more than 48 hours) to one cell will see the light get a little dimmer than you need it; all this means is that you’ll have to recharge it as soon as you can or keep a backup light, and it’s not really that much of a hassle unless all you ordered was one light.
  • Never drop it. It’s never someone’s intention to drop something, but it’s a flashlight, and it happens – it can get some serious damage if you drop it, and I would have liked to see a hard-rubber shell around the HydraLight that gave it a little more protection if you were to drop it.
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