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Black Diamond Equipment Apollo Lantern

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Dark Chocolate
  • pleather
  • Imported
  • 3 watt LED with dual reflectors shine through a telescoping frosted globe for bright, even light
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries or Black Diamond NRG Recharge Kit
  • Unique dimmer switch and battery-life indicator
  • 7.8oz, 80 lumens max output, 60 hours max burn time
  • 50 lumen output to illuminate a 20 meter diameter. 60 hour max burn time
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Product Description

Product Description

A bright, non-glaring, soup can sized backcountry lantern. Foldable legs and hanging loop provide endless placement opportunities


A bright, non-glaring lantern that's as at home car camping as it is on an alpine basecamp, the Apollo Lantern from Black Diamond puts out 80 lumens of ambient light thanks to its DoublePower LED (3-watt), dual reflector system and frosted globe. The unique, battery-saving dimming switch provides the optimal amount of light for sorting gear or cooking meals, and the collapsible, double-hook hang loop and folding legs let you hang or set it just about anywhere.

With its 80 lumens of power on the high setting, you'll be able to illuminate up to a 10 meter area. You can also adjust it to as low as 10 lumens with the unique dimming switch--simply hold down the on/off button to activate dimmer.

Offering a maximum burn time of 60 hours (on low setting), it's powered by 4 AA batteries or the optional NRG Rechargeable Battery Kit, and a power meter displays charge status or battery level. The fold-down legs increase the lantern height to 9.5 inches, helping you maximize light dispersion.


  • Battery life: Up to 15 hours on high setting, up to 60 hours on low
  • Maximum light output: 80 lumens
  • Minimum light output: 10 lumens
  • Weight: 7.8 ounces (without batteries)

Product Details

Color: Dark Chocolate
  • Item Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004AJK48K
  • Item model number: BD620702DKCHALL1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,696 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

I also like the small 'hooks' on the top that allow me to hang it in my tent.
William Schmidt
It is very compact and lightweight for the amount of light it gives off, and it folds up even smaller.
Nancy A. Thome
Maybe, at times, you want enough light to play games at the picnic table or in the tent.
C.V. May

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dmb3428 on September 3, 2011
Color Name: Dark Chocolate Verified Purchase
Ive been looking for a led lantern and done some research so I decided to give the apollo a try. Right off the bat I like the size compared to a coleman gas lantern I have, the apollo is roughly the size of a can of pop closed up. Since I have some flashlights that use AA batteries I also want the lantern to use the same so I dont have to carry different sizes while camping, I did some testing to see how long batteries would last at full power and with energizer lithiums I got 12hrs run time out them at 85f degree temp. DONT BOTHER with alkalines unless you want to carry LOTS of them with you, I also bought the orbit lantern and tried alkalines in that one, it drained them in about an hour!

Testing the lantern outside in pitch black darkness it throws a good size diameter light pattern, if you elevate the lantern 6-7 feet above ground level. Easily will have enough light for your camping area and I personally dont think I will even run it at full power, probably 1/2 or higher will do so therefore extending battery life even further. The legs on the lantern are nice to have if you dont have a tree or something you can hang it from, the light is definately stable when standing on them. Some people have stated this light wouldnt be appropriate for backpacking, I would kinda disagree with that, it is bigger than the orbit but compared to other lights that I have it is small. To me this lantern is the "do all" light, power outage? It could provide enough light for a living room or kitchen area with no problem. It definately would excell taking it car camping but I wouldnt hesitate to throw it in my backpack either, it really has more than enough power to light the area up without disturbing the rest of the camp.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PKA on April 20, 2011
Color Name: Ultra White Verified Purchase
This is a great lantern for both the amount of light it produces and its portability. There is a reason every camping/backpacking magazine and website recommends Black Diamond. Black Diamond makes a smaller lantern (The Orbit) which is good for maybe a 2 person tent, but in my 4 person tent (Big Agnes- Big House) the Orbit didn't produce enough light to comfortably play cards or read a book. The increase in light output in the Apollo is very noticeable and works perfect for a 4+ person tent as well as around the camp sight. Where the orbit is more a personal light, the Apollo, with its light output and ability to stand, make it more versatile. When closed The Apollo is slightly taller and slightly thinner than a standard soup can. It is incredibly light and hangs from the top of a tent with ease. Though a little pricey I would purchase again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sapere Aude on November 6, 2011
I decided to spend the extra money to get this Black Diamond lantern instead of a cheaper alternative and I'm very glad I did. This lantern is very well designed and high quality.

Great Features:

Split ring on top: Ever had a lantern with a ring on top to hang it and a loop in your tent, with no way to connect them? Not with this! The ring on top is a split ring, which means one side forms a hook one way, the other side the other way so that when they are both up, it is a ring, but you can hook it onto a loop in your tent without further connections. Furthermore, the two parts fold down flat with the top of the lantern when not in use.

Dimmer: You can push the power button once to just turn the lantern on, or push and hold and the lantern will dim and brighten to your desired level.

Collapses: The picture shows the lantern full extended. The top part slides down until the gray ring covers the power button. The legs then fold up around the lantern. The lantern can be used in this position, the mirrors in the middle are designed to reflect light even when the top is collapsed.

Weatherproof: I don't know what kind of guarantees the manufacturer makes on this, but the lantern is clearly well designed for being exposed to weather. The gray ring at the base of the lantern shade is made of rubber, helping keep any water out. The power button is rubber as well.

Power Efficient: We've taken this lantern on several camping trips and used it for several power failures, we have yet to replace the battery.

Easy on the eyes: LEDs can be painful on the eyes if you look at them directly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By david on May 23, 2012
This lantern has been really great to have on camping and backpacking trips. It's a little heavy for backpacking, but it's also great to have while trying to cook dinner after dark, so the extra weight is worth it.

This lantern cannot be turned on when it is in the folded-up position, which is awesome. Sometimes other flashlights or lanterns can get turned on while in your pack, but not this one, because when the clear plastic globe slides down it actually covers the power button.

The metal ring at the top is actually two half-rings that make it really easy to hang from a loop at the top of your tent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl Marks on June 21, 2013
Color Name: Dark Chocolate Verified Purchase
Black Diamond is known for their quality products, and this one is no exception.

In fact, the worst thing I think I can say about this lantern is even on the lowest setting, it was still brighter than I wanted it to be in my 4 person dome tent. This was quickly remedied by just collapsing the lantern all the way so only a little bit of light escapes, and it was just the right amount of light.

The hooks are great, you can hook this thing up to anything. The tent I used has a plastic ring to connect a lantern at the very top, but the mesh gear loft is in the way of it, so I just connected it to one of the corners of the gear loft... perfect.

As far as battery life goes, all I can say is on a 3 night backpacking trip we had it on a medium setting for about 4 hours per night, and kept the light on the lowest setting the entire night. The battery indicator still said we were above 75% when I got home.... so yeah, the battery life is great! As I said before, even the lowest setting gave out plenty of light. For those curious, I used Eneloop rechargeables, fully charged when I left.

Also, the light is very bright, but not blinding when you looked directly at the light. In my opinion, this is the perfect little lantern for backpacking. I might try the smaller lantern they have for solo trips, but this one would work great too.

One feature I really like is that it's impossible to turn on with the lantern collapsed. The button is not accessable, but you can turn it on and collapse it, if you only need a little bit of light.

Highly recommended.
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