The Beacon is a GREAT, very small, simple lantern! It uses the same batteries as Goal Zero Products (A dual polarity 18650 battery) and it charges in a snap!! Battery can be changed and extras can be purchased!! The USB cable is built in which makes it very simple to charge anywhere! No need or no worries about forgetting your cable or even bringing it with you. Quality is outstanding and this sucker is VERY BRIGHT!!! I would recommend this to anyone needing a simple light outdoors!!
1.) Remember, this doesn’t take NORMAL 18650 batteries.. It takes the Goal Zero version that is dual polarity! Search Goal Zero 18650 to find them
Short Review (Summary): This isn’t a “Weekend” tent, this is a vacation tent or week+ Lodge! While the tent does take about an hour to setup, it’s very easy.. I love the pole design compared to the extra large frames made for tents from brands like diamond brand. If setup correctly, the tent will not leak a drop! If setup correctly, the tent will not let bugs in (like another review says). The tent is designed to open up sides and let breeze through if need be but is also designed to be 100% waterproof! The floor is very durable and amazing! Tent is tall enough for bunk beds and with bunk beds can easily sleep 6 people! Maybe more while still having room for gear!
1.) Easy Setup – Takes about an hour but is easy!
2.) Easy Storage – I know the pole design consist of a lot of parts BUT owning tents from brands like Diamond Brand, their frames and poles are huge and hard to store.. Barebones has fixed this with their unique design.. I feel it’s a fair trade off!
3.) Magnetic Doors are Amazing
4.) Very Waterproof – I used this tent for two weeks straight and it made it through 4 down poors and didn’t leak a drop.. one of the storms had a lot of wind and the tent stood strong! Again, I had it setup correctly, had it velcroed where needed and I had no issues!
5.) I love the Window Design!
6.) Knowing this is from the founder of Goal Zero, I know when and if I ever need customer service, it will be top notch!
7.) Plenty of vents and ventilation!
8.) Tons of accessories made for this
9.) The top of the tent holds my Goal Zero Nomad 100 great and my Yeti 400 Lithium provides power inside the tent easily! The Barebones fan works great with the Yeti and keeps the tent cool!
10.) Price is fine.. compare with Diamond Brands and you will spend $2000+ by the time you buy your frame!
1.) This is not a weekend tent! This is a vacation tent to take to the beach for a week.. to take hunting.. to use for weeks at a time
2.) Barebones offers bunk beds that work great with these tents
3.) Power your tent with the Goal Zero line.. Nomad 100 and Yeti 400 Lithium work great
4.) Setup at home to test and practice before you use
5.) If you camp for your beach trip and other vacations, this pays for itself in about 2 vacations!
Overall: Wonderful tent! Price is fine for a good tent and frame. Easy set-up and wonderful for vacations!