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amd64
11-24-2011, 7:50 AM
Looking to get a few rechargeable LED lanterns for camp and emergency lighting.
*edit - also interested in non-rechargeable LED lanterns.

TIA for sharing info/experiences.

Reconsnake
11-24-2011, 8:21 AM
I dont know your price range, but I love these for emergency/power failure http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=191

From the link:

2 levels of lighting:
High 55,000 candela peak beam intensity; 540 lumens
Low 32,000 candela peak beam intensity; 330 lumens
Runtime:
High 7 hours to the 10% output level
Low 15 hours to the 10% output level

Best of all, when the power goes out, they come on. Then you walk over, take it out of the charging base, and use it.

kemasa
11-24-2011, 10:03 AM
You might consider just getting a lantern that uses normal batteries, then get rechargeable batteries (NiMH, AA, C or D). That way you can always use normal batteries. It also makes it easier to have more rechargeable batteries for that and other items. It also means that if the battery fails, it is easy and fairly cheap to replace the batteries and the lantern is still usable.

cranemech
11-24-2011, 11:48 AM
I am considering one of these, my Costco carries them.

Coleman LED quad lantern

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000001150-LED-Quad-Lantern/product-reviews/B001TS71NG/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

amd64
11-24-2011, 2:10 PM
You might consider just getting a lantern that uses normal batteries, then get rechargeable batteries (NiMH, AA, C or D). That way you can always use normal batteries. It also makes it easier to have more rechargeable batteries for that and other items. It also means that if the battery fails, it is easy and fairly cheap to replace the batteries and the lantern is still usable.

After doing some research and reading reviews, this looks like a good approach. The non-rechargeable lanterns appear to have better specs and reviews, plus offer flexibility to use off-the-shelf batteries.

Thanks all for feedback.

akjunkie
11-24-2011, 6:17 PM
300 Lumens on 3 D batteries.

Rayovac LED Lantern

http://www.batteryjunction.com/se3dln.html

amd64
11-24-2011, 7:14 PM
300 Lumens on 3 D batteries.

Rayovac LED Lantern

http://www.batteryjunction.com/se3dln.html

Thanks for the link, that one was on my short list, time to order...

problemchild
11-24-2011, 9:05 PM
Skip the lantern and go with a headlamp or tail-standing flashlight. I use my lights to tail-stand and light the room late at night when my wife is sleeping.

Sparc or zebra make a heck of a headlamp.

90 day runtime and rechargeable batteries

http://upload.removed.us/images/16834664614853116246.jpg

http://www.zebralight.com/assets/images/h31h31wmain.jpg

http://www.zebralight.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/SC600SC60sizecomparison.jpg&maxx=300&maxy=0

joea
11-29-2011, 8:57 PM
500th post :rolleyes:
We have a couple of these. Compact, 3 cr123 batts, cree led, high low & blinking, tabletop or hang on tent loop w/mini-biner (we use for tent light). Damn! problemchild those lights look sweeet! I'm going have to check those out.
http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=4347-710&categoryid=24757&brand=#.TtWvhLhQaZc
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11HE9
11-29-2011, 9:25 PM
I am considering one of these, my Costco carries them.

Coleman LED quad lantern

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000001150-LED-Quad-Lantern/product-reviews/B001TS71NG/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

The Folsom Costco?

I saw them there... the one out on display was broken :(. Good idea, but needs to be made of more durable material in my opinion.

TheChief
11-30-2011, 8:53 AM
I use the Energizer Weather Ready Folding Area Lantern for power outages and camping. It runs off of 4 D batteries and puts out enough light (80 lumens) to do just about anything at a picnic table and lights up most of a dining room or kitchen. The D cells give it a good long run life as well (245hr). I have not changed the batteries since I bought the thing and must have at least 50 hours on it and it is still going strong.
http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Weather-Ready-Folding-Lantern/dp/B001D937SY/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322599110&sr=1-2-catcorr (http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Weather-Ready-Folding-Lantern/dp/B001D937SY/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322599110&sr=1-2-catcorr)

Recently, Energizer released a new version of this lantern with a pretty decent solar panel. It charges a battery that replaces one of the four D cell slots. You can add 3 D cells and run the lantern off of either power source. Reports are a day of charging from the solar panel will provide for about 5 hours of 40 lumen light. Not shabby for a $30 light. I purchased one of these from Amazon this week and it arrived broken (shipping issue) so I cannot give you a personal review on it but there are plenty online.
http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Solar-9-LED-Lantern/dp/B003JIP8VG/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322671265&sr=1-1-catcorr (http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Solar-9-LED-Lantern/dp/B003JIP8VG/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322671265&sr=1-1-catcorr)

I also prefer headlamps when over handhelds as it keeps the light where you need it and frees up your hands. I have a couple of these headlamps that have a long runtime and good light.
http://www.amazon.com/Mammut-X-Zoom-Headlamp-Black-OS/dp/B003936C5W/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322671582&sr=1-2-catcorr (http://www.amazon.com/Mammut-X-Zoom-Headlamp-Black-OS/dp/B003936C5W/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1322671582&sr=1-2-catcorr)

However, I am hearing great things about this headlamp too though I do not own one:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027GXC96 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027GXC96)

So to recap:
Energizer Weather Ready Folding Area Lantern
Energizer Solar 9 LED Lantern
Mammut Lucido X-Zoom Headlamp
Petzl E99 PG Tikka XP 2 Headlamp

XDseb
11-30-2011, 9:14 AM
I got one of these and really like it.

http://www.rei.com/product/807909/black-diamond-apollo-lantern

Regular price is expensive, it was on sale earlier in the week for $36.

Very good small lantern with lots of features. Does eat up battery power pretty fast though. I might invest in some rechargeable batteries.

nosuchagency
11-30-2011, 9:34 AM
300 Lumens on 3 D batteries.

Rayovac LED Lantern

http://www.batteryjunction.com/se3dln.html

this is a wonderful lantern. i've had one for a couple years and use it practically every evening while reading in bed.

Cheep
11-30-2011, 12:46 PM
Have one of the Quad Lanterns from Costco, works well.

TheChief
12-05-2011, 11:56 AM
Picked up one the Coleman LED Quad Lantern this weekend. This thing is rather large in size. It takes 8 "D" batteries and will supposedly run for up to 75 hours.

It puts out a good amount of light and the quad break-away lights will each run for up to 1.5 hours on an internal rechargeable battery. The battery is constantly being topped off or recharged from the main 8 "D: batteries. The lights are very light in weight and durable give the LED lights.

CONS
The main lantern is either all on or all off. There is no way to just light one or two, or even three panels. Some may say just pull off a break away. I say that is a waste when you could have just one light drawing directly against those 8 "D" batteries instead of the rechargeable which has a limited number of recharges and looses power through the recharging circuit.

There is no nightlight feature. Stumbling around the tent, cabin, room, or camp site looking for the lantern is just plain dumb when most of the big battery powered camp lights include a nightlight feature.

The handle for the Lantern is recessed below the break-away lights so your hand naturally grabs one of them. When picking the lantern up this way the break-away lights are likely to...break away and drop your new lantern to the ground. This was a bad design choice I feel.

I would recommend holding off on this unit until the next version is released with variable lighting options, a nightlight and redesigned handle

akjunkie
12-05-2011, 7:22 PM
this is a wonderful lantern. i've had one for a couple years and use it practically every evening while reading in bed.

What's the actual run time on these? All I see is 150hrs Max. Doesnt say on Hi or Low.

Edit:

72-hours on high and 150-hours on low

If this is correct, 300 Lumens for 72hrs on 3 -D batteries is pretty awesome.