FOME SPORTS OUTDOORS Ultra Bright Portable LED Camping Lantern
FOME SPORTS OUTDOORS Ultra Bright Portable LED Camping Lantern Multi Purpose Collapsible Emergency Lantern for Hiking, Camping, Emergencies, Outages-Black, 30 Bright Led One Year Warranty
These are decent little lanterns which run off of AA cells and throw off enough light to play cards on a campground table in the evening.
There’s no external switch, to activate the light I simply pull the top portion up and an internal switch is activated. To turn off the light, the top is simply pushed back down.
While the two portion pull apart to activate and expose the LED’s, they still feel solid. In fact it takes a bit of effort to both open and close the lantern. Fit and finish is nice and everything is nicely aligned, not like the cheap dollar store stuff. The handles fold up or down as needed and have enough friction to keep them in place. They are also solid enough to easily support the light dangling from a branch or rope.
The fact that they take AA cells is nice, it keep things light weight and rechargeables give a good run time. I get about 5 hours out of 3 2300mAh Nimh (available here on AMZ) which is sufficient for most camping evenings. While not as bright as other lights the trade of is a decent run time on one set of batteries. It’s also possible to keep extra batteries (or other items) in the top compartment. When the handles are folded down the top lid can be unscrewed and this compartment can easily hold three extra batteries plus other small items.
One thing that is lacking, some kind of a simple LED that could be used to directional lighting for times when walking down a path or headed for the campground facilities.