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Reading by Emergency Strobe!
on June 12, 2013
The exterior of this Coleman 3AA MicroPacker Lantern looks well thought out,
and nicely designed. The reviews almost universally claim it’s a terrific lantern,
but sadly I was extremely disappointed by the almost complete lack of useful
light it produces.
I really can’t imagine how they were able to measure the 80 Lumens of light
given off by this lantern, since in one spot it’s very bright but only in a small
area, and in other areas it’s too dim to be of any use at all. Perhaps they
just averaged all of their readings, but the human eye doesn’t have that luxury.
The interior design just doesn’t work to produce even lighting,
and the sliding reflector doesn’t improve the lighting situation at all.
The only portion of the lantern that functions is the Emergency strobe mode.
It’s extremely bright as it flashes on and off, and it would be useful if you were
stuck on a dark road and wanted to alert other drivers of your situation.
I rarely return things unless they’re damaged since the return postage is on
me, but in this case I’ll take the loss and send it back.