I have the original model, which seems quite nice. The spot cover does seem a bit flimsy, I expect to lose mine soon. Also raising and lowering the lumisphere is quite a manly task, and I don't have sand in mine. It takes a single AA; I tried with a rechargeable NiMH, but that battery drained in very short order. The Alkaline I put in a year ago has held up quite well.

I'd sure love a Starlite 2 though...