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Message posted by littlepaws05/8/2014 at 9:53pm
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Hi all,

We are new to camping and we will be going on our first camping weekend soon.

I have the brought the following so for
Vango isis 600 - 6person tent

And i am looking for a good lantern

Was looking at the Black Diamond Apollo lantern
Following spec:
80 lumens and runs off 4 AA batteries
60 hrs. of use on low
and 15 hrs. on high.

I see a lot of lanterns take D batteries which are more expensive than AA batteries.

Just wondered what other people use or recommend and if the Black Diamond Apollo is a good choice?

Thank in advance


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Message posted by Bernie4705/8/2014 at 10:33pm
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If it runs for 60 hours from AA batteries it will not be very bright.

D cells may be twice the price but they have about 6 ties the capacity, so work out far cheaper and can give a more acceptable light output.

Have a look at the EVER LED lantern.

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Roughly speaking if you multiply watts by 12 it gives you the lumens. So, a 40 watt bulb will be 480 lumens and a 60 watt bulb will be 720 lumens. You can see that 80 lumens will only be around 7 watts.

Message posted by Francais06/8/2014 at 7:31am
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The only LED lantern worth it's salt imho is the Outwell 400LX also branded by Katmandu.

You can get much brighter battery operated fluorescent lanterns, but the Glow is stark and harsh and they drain batteries faster than LED.

The 400LX takes 6 "D" Cell batteries, so I run it on rechargeable's in fact we have 2 of the said lanterns, and carry 24 of the "D" Cells, you can pick up cheap rechargeable's from Lidl/Aldi or better still the interweb.

The 400LX uses 4 of the Bright Cree LED's giving out 400 lumens, which is about half as bright as a single mantel gas lantern, or equivalent to a 30 Watt light bulb in old money.

Due to a lucky price match at GO we paid 25 each for the 400LX's back in 2012.

Message posted by mrharris06/8/2014 at 10:16am
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Hi

Seen people use the wind up lantern but they do not seem to last long.

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Thank for all your replies.

Ive gone for the
Ultimate Survival Technologies 30 Day Lantern
Three 1.4W Nichia LEDs

Got 4 settings
HIGH, 300 lumens 32 hrs
MEDIUM, 150 lumens 84 hrs
LOW, 29 lumens 720 hrs
SOS FLASHING 360 hrs

And additional settings built in the case for it to glow.
The white, rubberized area will glow in darkness for up to 2 hours (with a full 20 minute charge from sunlight)

Also u can remove the globe for an even brighter light output

Seem like the best option, only take 3 x D batteries too

same price roughly as the Outwell 400LX, yet smaller and take less batteries, more settings/features. Does not have remote tho.

Message posted by PaulaMB06/8/2014 at 1:30pm
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We have had the Black Diamond one for about 8 years and it is still going strong. It is very very bright when on full - almost too bright.

We generally use it for reading and it is great.

We also have two Feuerhand Lanterns which give a lovely light too.

Message posted by 74giggles06/8/2014 at 1:43pm
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I've got this. For a solar lantern its fantastic, gave us enough light in our campervan to be able to read. There's a video on Youtube which I watched before ordering and I was really impressed.

Message posted by mitzionline08/8/2014 at 8:24pm
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We have the Ring Cyba Lite.

Amazon reviews say it all. Batteries seem to last ages and the light is really bright. Not too expensive so we bought an extra one for the tent porch, may get one for the loft too!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Cyba-Lite-Vega-Led-Lantern/dp/B002FW3TF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407525769&sr=8-1&keywords=ring+cyba-lite

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Message posted by Bernie4708/8/2014 at 9:26pm
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Quote: Originally posted by mitzionline on 08/8/2014
We have the Ring Cyba Lite.

Amazon reviews say it all. Batteries seem to last ages and the light is really bright. Not too expensive so we bought an extra one for the tent porch, may get one for the loft too!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Cyba-Lite-Vega-Led-Lantern/dp/B002FW3TF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407525769&sr=8-1&keywords=ring+cyba-lite



That is the same lantern as the EVER LED that I suggested, but the EVER LED is on offer at 17.50 from Amazon at the moment.


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Message posted by navver08/8/2014 at 10:17pm
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Whatever happened to the Tilley and the Hurricane lamps. Sigh!

Message posted by Bernie4708/8/2014 at 10:36pm
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Quote: Originally posted by navver on 08/8/2014
Whatever happened to the Tilley and the Hurricane lamps. Sigh!



Sewn-in groundsheets put paid to paraffin and gas lamps.

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Message posted by tankosl09/8/2014 at 9:51am
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We still love using our hurricane lamp outside, but its battery power inside now I'm afraid........

Alpkit head torches supplement this for reading if necessary......



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Quote: Originally posted by navver on 08/8/2014
Whatever happened to the Tilley and the Hurricane lamps. Sigh!



I have a vapalux. Wouldn't change it for the world!!



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