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4.0 out of 5 starsGreat to Have on Hand For Power Failures
Reviewed in the United States on 16 April 2020
We are not much for camping but in our rural area, we often have power outages which leave us in the dark. We prefer not to use candles for the sake of safety plus we find the flickering light to be annoying for reading, etc. Flashlights are great for getting from one room to another but I like having a bright, stable light for reading because if I can't do anything else due to lack of electricity, I can always read if I have enough light. These lanterns are the perfect solution. The LED bulbs are very bright and will light up a large area. I can certainly read by this light! The lantern has 4 different light modes and can be used at full strength, dimmed, or even flash for emergencies. The lanterns have a convenient carry handle, a hook for hanging, and the base is weighted and stable for sitting on a table. I will love having these available during our next inevitable power failure and plan to keep in an easily accessible location.
Be aware that these lanterns do not have batteries included. Each one requires 3 D cells. The screw-on battery cover takes a little effort and holding your mouth just right to get back on properly so be sure to use long lasting batteries.
The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because the battery compartment is difficult to open and close. The instructions have no diagrams which identify the location of the battery screw-type door at the base of lantern, nor does it explain that it is screw-type. You have to discover that yourself. Even if you manage to find it, twisting it off is difficult and twisting it on, is even MORE difficult.
Other than that, I like that it is very bright. At max, which is 1000 lumens, it generates a daylight hue on the Kelvin scale. At the next level down, it generates a warmer shade of white, aka "soft white".
It seems sturdy, with rubber surfaces that would absorb bumps and falls. The rubber also makes it easy to grip. The handle is coated in non-slip, textured rubber - another nice touch.
I have a lot of camp lights in our house and even on our boat because of how convenient and useful they are. They are a bright light in the time of please-why-is-the-electricty-out-when-there-wasn't-a-storm? We live in a rural area that can be a little sophisticated in tourist agendas and craft beers but is not upgraded in terms of infrastructure. We used to have power go out once a week? Now, internet. But aways good to protect for power.
We STILL have these kerosene lamps that Mr Trouble likes to bring out: loads of D batteries are better than gaseous flames that can burn down the house? The kerosene loses for being stinky, and bland.
I decided I liked these because they have a potential small drain on the batteries so become dependent on quality of batteries. I was concerned they would drain too quickly.
4.0 out of 5 starsPretty bright on fresh D batteries
Reviewed in the United States on 20 March 2020
Positives are - bright light with 4 modes (bright, not so bright, blueish bright and blinking), water resistant casing, several mounting/hanging options and compact size.
Negatives are - you'll need 3 fresh D batteries (alkaline recommended) although Lithium would probably work better but more $$$ and rechargeable batteries are NOT recommended :( I pretty much only use rechargeable batteries now so I'm not sure I'll get any use out of these lanterns. Storing for an emergency is only as good as the batteries which have an average 2 year shelf life.
These are smaller than I expected, not much bigger than a mason jar. They are extremely bright with warm and cool light. And I think that it's awesome that it has a VERY bright flashing mode for emergencies, making this a perfect lantern to keep in the car at all times. I removed one star because they are not rechargeable and also, the lids are not easy to thread back on. I think that is kinda ridiculous because I have owned so many of these types of lamps during my lifetime and none of the others ever had that issue.
DO NOT look at the lantern when you first turn it on or you'll be seeing spots for a very long time. This thing is *really* bright. The lantern seems to be made well enough. It has dozens of white LEDs inside and four warm/amber LEDs for a softer light. If you hold the power button down, you can adjust the brightness of the lantern but it won't remember the previous brightness setting once you turn it off. Great backup light for power outages.
These are bright, white lights that through off more light than the size hints at. I can see these being very useful camping or during a power outage. My one issue is the oddball size of the batteries needed. I had to go to three different places to find them and they are more expensive than AA batteries.
It was initially a little bit difficult to see where the battery compartment was located. Turns our you rotate the bottom rubberized portion. It requires D batteries which are sold separately. The lantern itself is quite bright. You toggle between the different modes by pressing the button on the front. I like that it features both a handle.for carrying any a hook on the bottom if you want to hang the light in a tent, etc.