238

Sky Lanterns

By: on March 19, 2014
$11 - $87.32
Check It Out

Welcome to The Beach. Our waters and sky lanterns are glorious, but mind our sharks and drug lords. These delicate paper fliers, most notably featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, are Asian in origin but travel all over the world to take part in festivals, public celebrations, and private events in need of some illumination in numbers.

Sky lanterns' fire-retardant paper walls expand to a base diameter of 12" and a height of about 2'. Similar to a hot air balloon, users light a flame at the center of their base, and then turn them over to the air. Inflated, buoyant, and glowing, most float to a height of over 3,000 feet during a flight time of 10 to 12 minutes.

As evidenced by the above video, the effect of a crowd releasing sky lanterns en masse is pretty striking. Even for someone like me, who typically feels moved only by things with boobies. In fact, now I would very much like to be invited to a sky lantern launch party to see in person these delicate vessels take off and ascend toward heaven or, more preferably, Endor.

The sky lanterns listed here are sold in packages of 10 to 100, and come in a choice of all white or multi-colored (yellow, green, white, pink, blue, purple, red, and orange). Though intended to be safe and easy to use, several safety precautions are recommended. These include ensuring the prevailing winds are not stronger than 5 mph, avoiding lantern release near trees and dry crops, and not within 5 miles of an airport, and not handing your kids a pack of sky lanterns and a box of matches with the instructions to "Go play."

Buy Now

FireWater Water Bottle & Lantern

$16.55 - $21.02 from Amazon »

The FireWater Multi-Bottle from Seattle Sports combines a water bottle, a lantern, and a waterproof storage container into one collapsible and rechargeable piece of gear. Handy....

Buy Now

Bunch O Balloons - 100 Water Balloons in 1 Minute

$10 from Amazon »

Nevermind where can I get some Bunch O Balloons, the better question is where can I get two kids as calm, as pleasant, and as capable of doing heavy manual labor as the pair in the video? Did you see that little blonde...

Buy Now

American Paper Optics Solar Eclipse Glasses

$11.99 from Amazon »

American Paper Optics and their eclipse viewing glasses have a PSA: look straight at the sun during the total solar eclipse coming America's way on August 21, 2017, and you'll know exactly what people mean when they say...

Check it out

Buzz Helicopter

Japanese design and engineering firm Phiaro has shown up to various motor and trade shows with some pretty sick rides, but the Buzz Helicopter concept (or maybe prototype? Information is sparse) has got to be the most...

Buy Now

Glass Skull Tiki Torch

$29.99 from Amazon »

No need to wait for Halloween to line your path with Skull Tiki Torches. I think the creepy lanterns of death would make great additions to Labor Day weekend parties too. They certainly capture my feelings about the end...

Buy Now

Rechargeable Patio Umbrella Light

$48.99 from Amazon »

This rechargeable patio umbrella light is for everyone who wants to have it both ways: an umbrella that blocks out the blaze of the sun in the daytime, and then recreates it at night. The donut light contains 28 LEDs...

Buy Now

EcoGear FX Tactical LED Flashlight Kit

$42.99 from Amazon »

Check out the beam of EcoGear FX's TK120 flashlight. I think they call those CREE XML high-powered LEDs "tactical" because shining the torch in the dark helps you achieve an ultimate goal of not head butting a tree or...

Check it out

ONE80 Halo Headlamp

$44 from ONE80 »

Strips of full-frontal and full-side-al LED lighting for your head. Whether you're a hiker, a cyclist, or a devout follower of the EDM festival scene, you may be interested in the ONE80 Halo Headlamp's ability to illuminate...

Buy Now

Skyballs - Helium Filled Superballs

Sold Out from Amazon »

What I want to know is, if my friend Gary uses brute muscular force to bounce one helium-and-compressed-air-filled Skyball to its peak height of 75 feet, and my other friend Mitch drops a second Skyball from a balcony...

Buy Now

Luminoodle Use-Everywhere Light Rope & Lantern

$16.99 from Amazon »

Luminoodle is a light rope. And a lantern. And maybe something you'll soon see the hula hooping hippies and rave girls incorporate into their acts at shows. This 5' strand of USB-powered LEDs shines 10 to 20 times brighter...

Buy Now

Skypanel Light Diffusers

$35.95 from Amazon »

Skypanels are intended to make places such as waiting rooms and hospitals and dentists' chairs and baby nurseries less awful than they inherently are by covering harsh fluorescent lights and diffusing their searing output...

Buy Now

Russian Roulette for Amateurs

$13.89 from Amazon »

Since most of us would rather be wet than dead, this water balloon variation on Russian Roulette is likely to generate a bit more participation and enthusiasm as a try-your-luck party game than its bullet-based counterpart....