The Luminoodle - Power Practical

Lumindoodle. Just say it. "Looo-min-oooo-dle." Fun right?

Fun, yes. Practical, even more so. 

Photo courtesy of Power Practical

Photo courtesy of Power Practical

While I already have my interior lighting covered, a great deal of van-life is spent outside. Since trees don't have outlets, outdoor lighting needs to be portable - and rechargeable. 

Look! #VanLife is written in the sky! Actually no, it was written in Photoshop :P ...But the amount of light the Luminoodle puts out is very, very real!

Look! #VanLife is written in the sky! Actually no, it was written in Photoshop :P ...But the amount of light the Luminoodle puts out is very, very real!

The Luminoodle is a 5 foot long flexible, waterproof, USB powered, 180 lumen LED strip. (In other words, it's a glow-noodle.) It comes with 3 universal ties so you can hang it from trees, as well as built-in magnets so you can stick it straight to your van. 

Flashlights and headlamps are limiting. Magnets keep this light up so you can use both hands and actually see what you're doing at night. Image courtesy of Power Practical. 

Flashlights and headlamps are limiting. Magnets keep this light up so you can use both hands and actually see what you're doing at night. Image courtesy of Power Practical. 

The Luminoodle can be plugged into any USB battery pack, but Power Practical makes a good one that compliments the Luminoodle well. The Lithium 4400 has its own light built in that can last 30+ hours of straight light time before needing a recharge. It's super small for the amount of power it packs and fits perfectly in your palm or pocket. The 4 built-in LED lights also act as an indicator for the charge level, so it won't just turn off on you by surprise.

I might have gotten a little carried away...

I might have gotten a little carried away...

The Luminoodle is also awesome for long exposure photography. I had a blast twirling this thing around and seeing what I could come up with. It makes for a really interesting effect - I couldn't get enough of it! This is definitely a safer alternative to steel-wool spinning, or a great way to add a flare to your night shots in areas where fire twirling is frowned upon (most areas).

...Then I took it down a few notches.

...Then I took it down a few notches.

As much as I like the original, Practical Power is making the Luminoodle even better. Their new version is currently on Kickstarter and has already blown away its funding goal. It will have multi-color settings and multiple brightness settings. They've also come out with a separate 20-foot-long version called the Basecamp. It will also be multi-color, but unlike it's predecessor, it will have adapter heads for 12-volt and standard wall outlets (so I can plug it into my Goal Zero Yeti 400 portable generator instead). You can fund the campaign and get one at an earlybird discount HERE: http://Vo1K0zPL.kckb.st