The idea behind this lantern is simple, solar powered light wherever you need it. It charges even in low light and lasts for an impressively long time. My 2 year old was so in love with its ease of use that he ran off to experiment with the light in different areas of the house. The fact that it came back in perfect condition is a testament to its durability. After having it for a day I honestly want to buy 10 more. I can think of a ton of ways to use it: lit terrariums, lighting events, camping, etc. I definitely plan on giving them as gifts to outdoor enthusiasts in my life as well. Solar power is the future, and this lantern is a fabulous example of why.