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Black Diamond Orbit Lantern


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Phantom
  • 1 watt LED bulb and frosted globe create bright, non-glaring light
  • Dimmer switch provides adjustable brightness
  • 4 AAA batteries or NRG2 Recharge kit (with battery power indicator) provide power
  • Compact size is 4 in. closed and 5.5 inches open, perfect for backpacking.
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Designed for long-distance trekkers and backpackers, the Black Diamond Orbit lantern stands a mere 4 inches tall when compacted, making it ideal for anyone who wants to shave a few grams off their load. The Orbit is equipped with a DoublePower LED bulb with 45 lumens intensity (max setting) enclosed inside a frosted globe.


The Orbit lantern is small enough to fit inside a pack's front or side pocket.
The resulting light is bright yet non-glaring, making it a good choice for reading or cooking in the dark. The light also includes a dual reflector system that captures and maximizes light output, along with a unique dimming switch that provides adjustable brightness. Best of all, the light is tinier than most other lanterns, with a lightweight housing that can easily fit in one of your pack's front or side pockets. The Orbit--which operates on an NRG2 rechargeable battery kit or four AAA alkaline batteries--extends as tall as 5.5 inches and weighs 0.3 ounces. It also includes a collapsible hanging loop so you can suspend the lantern from a tree branch or tent pole.

About Black Diamond
What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has grown into a global company with offices on three continents. Black Diamond's roots extend to 1957, when an 18-year-old Yvon Chouinard started pounding out hand-forged pitons. To support his climbing habit, Chouinard traveled to Yosemite National Park and sold gear from the trunk of his car. His intelligent designs were quickly recognized by climbers as among the best available. By 1958, when Warren Harding completed the first ascent of the Nose on Yosemite's El Capitan, Chouinard's chrome-poly steel pitons had become an integral part of his rack. Chouinard Equipment, located in Ventura, California, was born shortly thereafter.

Through the years, the company introduced such innovative gear as redesigned carabiners, the world's first rigid crampon, the first curved-pick ice axes, and the XCD binding, a strong, heat-treated aluminum telemark binding that stood out compared to the flimsier bindings of the time. In December 1989, the company became the first employee-owned entity in the climbing industry and rechristened itself as Black Diamond. The company is now based in Salt Lake City, Utah--within minutes of great rock climbing, ice climbing, and backcountry skiing--and includes offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company continues to release award-winning products as Black Diamond, including the world's first plastic telemark ski boot, AvaLung packs that allowed the user to breathe when buried in snow, carbon-fiber ice axes, and the HotWire, the world's first wire-gate carabiner.

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A bright, non-glaring, pocket-sized mini lantern, the ultra-lightweight Orbit is perfect for trekking and backpacking.

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001H31IO6
  • Item model number: 620705
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,209 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Nice little lantern and tiny but puts out a good amount of light.
Brunzie
I use this for the tent when backpacking and provides enough light to read a book.
Backpacker
IMO, both the Apollo and the Orbit are the best camping lights on the market.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By OrangeCrush on September 13, 2009
LED's are simply amazing and they have caused nothing short of a revolution in the lighting sector. Just go to any lighting store on the internet and browse some of the new LED lights and you will quickly understand what I mean by revolution. Some of the lights now available are just downright amazing. Lighting has never been this much fun. While LED lights for camping aren't quite as exciting or revolutionary as some of the stuff being introduced in the home lines, its still worthy of excitement especially for people that are used to old school candle lanterns.

Black Diamond released 2 different versions for thier portable lantern line, the Apollo and the Orbit. While IMO the Apollo is definitely the better of the 2, the Orbit still has its advantages and I still highly recommend it. I actually own 3 of both models as I use them for emergency lighting in my house and not just for camping.

Overall the biggest difference between the 2 is the overall size and light output. The Orbit is roughly half the size of the Apollo and it only has a 1 watt light as opposed to the 3 watt light in the Apollo. The Orbit is actually perfect for 2 man tents or if your going solo in a 1 man tent. I have even used an orbit in a bivy sack for reading. If your going to be in a 3 person or 4 person tent then you definitely want to move up to the Apollo. Another big difference is that the Orbit doesn't have any legs. It has the same slide up frosted top, it just doesn't have the 3 fold down legs that the Apollo has. Overall this effects the stability of the lantern the most. Its still very stable even without the legs, its just not as stable as the Apollo. If you usually hang your lanterns then this is a non issue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By meyers66 on August 22, 2010
The reviews don't focus on the battery drain issue on full power setting. I can't imagine taking this light for a week backpacking because of the extra weight carried to replace batteries. When you have fresh batteries it works great. Car camping no problem. But weight conscious backpackers will feel misled.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By swaggie on February 24, 2011
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Lamp works great and is light enough for backpackers, nice to hang in a shelter or tent and battery life seemed OK, however in cold weather on the second morning of winter backpacking it started to shut off after only a few minutes of use, lamp was still bright enough so not a battery problem, temps were in the mid 30s, put it in the freezer at home to confirm and sure enough it shut off again, doesn't like the cold weather.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Cross on October 19, 2009
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I purchased this lamp for my fall camping trip to replace one that was 3 times the size & weight. I was amazed at the light output, far superior to my older lamp. It worked perfectly, was easy to hang in my 2 man dome tent and didn't have the glare typical of other lamps. The compact size & weight make it ideal for backpacking. The only minor problem I found is that the on/off button can be hard to find by feel in the dark. Perhaps a raised surface or different texture on the button would solve that problem. Overall, it's a great lamp and highly recommend it for camping/backpacking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April Kellywright on June 14, 2009
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Use 4 lithium AAA batteries and you've got 4.2 Oz total weight. Perfect for the Ultralight backpacker! It's collapsible so takes up very little space,maybe 5 inches tall collapsed. Lights up a 4 man tent beautifully. Hung mine from top loop of tent. Would recommend to a friend and anyone who likes to get their money's worth.

Backpacker magazine April 2009 Editor's choice award Winner. You can't go wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJC on October 15, 2010
Color Name: Phantom
leaves something to be desired. This lightweight, collapsible lantern with built in dimmer is good at what it does, provide enough light to illuminate a decently sized radius around itself. Is it a gas lantern...no, but is it about the same an LED headlamp but providing that same light in a 360 degree fashion...it sure is. We loved this lantern, even after our first one stopped working and we had it replaced under warranty by the cool people at the head quarters in Salt Lake City, UT. However, the battery life is not as good as would be necessary if you were going for a few days camping/hiking. My wife and I just got back from a 3 day camping trip where this little guy provided about 2 hours of light every night for cooking and in the tent time and it burned out on us on the last night. If you add that estimate up, that's about 6 hours on high, where the instructions state 10 hours on high. This was the first time we'd used this lantern, and the batteries were new, since we had the old one replaced by headquarters. I'd give the Orbit less stars, except everything else about the lantern is pretty cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Burke on July 7, 2012
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Some of the reviews I saw on this item prior to purchasing claimed it was a little bigger than a salt shaker. I didn't believe it. Until it came... It is most definitely that small. And it weighs almost nothing - it is nearly feather-lite.

As for output, it is perfect for any backpacking type tent (2-3 man). It's not going to give usable light over an entire campsite, but it works well for the tent and the table. It will give you decent illumination over a 3-5 foot radius, which is plenty for those applications. In perfect darkness when it is the only source of light it gives usable light out to much greater ranges (keeping in mind it is a lantern, not a flashlight); it will light up a small family tent or a normal bedroom at night enough to see what you're doing just fine. The hanging attachments will hang anywhere there is a loop to attach to, and the brightness is easy to adjust.

It runs on 4 AAAs, and there is a rechargeable battery pack for purchase if you want to go that route.

I will be ordering another after my experience with the first.
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