Light years ahead: cool new travel lights and gadgets

Posted on 2 February 2015

We’ve scoured the gear scene and found these bright ideas and cool new travel gadgets for your next adventure.

1. Lumeno tail light – A wheelie bright idea

R350, Fox and Sons

Whether you’re exploring a new town at dawn or the kids are doing donuts in the campsite, the Lumeno tail light is a nifty safety light for travelling cyclists. The red LED light gives you added visibility with a new feature that creates a beam of light on either side of the bicycle, giving the illusion you’re taking up more space so you’ll get a bigger berth by traffic. The unit works off a rechargeable battery and shines for about six hours.

Buy it: R350 from


2. The Jetbeam HC20 headlamp

R650, Jetbeam

South African company Jetbeam, makers of high-quality flashlights, have recently released a military-grade headlamp, the Jetbeam HC20, with a beam distance of a whopping 140 metres. It’s designed for hardcore outdoor travellers and puts out 800 lumens (more than twice as much as most other top-of-the-range commercial headlamps), is submersible to two metres and is protected by a metal aluminium alloy body.

But what is a lumen? A lumen is a unit measurement of the total amount of visible light generated by your device, thus indicating how bright it is. Most lights are categorised by lumen count and the higher the number the brighter the device. A wax candle generates 13 lumens and a household bulb generates 1 200 lumens, if that gives you any indication.

Buy it: R650 from (You’ll also need to buy the special battery charger separately).


3. Celestron Nexstar telescope

R28 999, GL Agencies

Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8
A new smart telescope from Celestron, the Nester Evolution 8, uses a Wi-Fi connection to pinpoint constellations in the night sky. Compatible with both Android and iOS, the telescope is controlled via a wireless smartphone or tablet. A built-in battery allows users to pore over the galaxy for up to 10 hours, viewing either the entire night sky in real time or selecting constellations from a list.

Buy it: R28 999 from


4. LED Lenser NEO headlamp

R320, Awesome Tools

LED Lenser Neo
The LED Lenser NEO is an incredibly lightweight (54g) headlamp generating an impressive 90 lumens for its puny size. Despite its compact size the wide light distribution range gives you 10 metres of of illumination, 40 hours of battery life on its lowest setting and the neon range is both funky and on trend. Expect to find them on stylish trail runners and on your very own noggin thanks to the affordable price.

Buy it: R320 from


5. Solar Buddy, LED solar lantern

R150, Naturally Solar

Last year we tested eight solar lanterns to find the best environmentally friendly alternative to battery-powered light. The Solar Buddy came out top as the best-value buy, giving us 17 hours and 36 minutes of light and illuminating a range of 79 centimetres.

Buy it: R150 from


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