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Freeplay Indigo Lantern


List Price: $42.00
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Yellow
  • No disposable batteries required
  • Self-sufficient power - AC/DC, wind-up
  • 5mm Ultra bright white LED cluster
  • 70 hours of shine time on full AC charge
  • 60 second wind gives you one hour of shine
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Product Description

The Indigo Lantern is great for camping and lighting up small areas. A 60-second wind gives you 6 minutes of bright light, one hour of regular shine and 3 hours of night light. Or you can recharge from AC or DC power sources.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001F0Q210
  • Item model number: AF-00-FO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,277 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Even after a full charge from an external USB source and additional hand-cranking, the LED just flickered on then quit.
Erik H Mann
Reached out to Freeplay customer service (they are out of the UK, so you have even less influence) and they were no help - return it to where you bought it.
Craig L. Meadors
Even after nearly a half hour of winding (since we didn't have a charger), light would not stay lit for longer than (literally) one second.
Florida Lady

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2009
I purchased one of these on a whim a couple of years ago. It looked interesting, and I figured that when it broke I would be able to scrap it for parts. Well, that original Indigo is still going strong. Since then I've purchased 4 more of these - 2 for my sons, and 2 more as gifts to my father and nephew. All absolutely love this flashlight/nightlight/lantern. No need for batteries - EVER.

It is quite durable - my boys have dropped theirs down the stairs, off the bunk beds, on the concrete outside; they've tripped over them, fallen on them, and spilled water on them and their lanterns still look almost as good as new (and better yet, they still work like new!). I may never get to scrap one of these for parts, since they just don't seem to break down!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Craig L. Meadors on June 30, 2009
Bought this and was pretty excited for our first camping trip. Worked for roughly 4 hours, and then suddenly we saw a flash of light behind the plastic and the LCD's stopped working. The spotlight still worked. Reached out to Freeplay customer service (they are out of the UK, so you have even less influence) and they were no help - return it to where you bought it. Unfortunately we were beyond the 30 days policy (yes - I bought in advance of the trip!), so we are hosed on $50. Don't buy it! When a company selling a more expensive product has such a lousy approach, avoid them like the plague.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik H Mann on August 26, 2011
As another reviewer stated, was very excited with the idea and jumped at the chance to buy one. It worked great on my first camping trip, but by the second use, the LED lamps would not light. Even after a full charge from an external USB source and additional hand-cranking, the LED just flickered on then quit. The thumbwheel control for the LED is obviously defective, as fiddling with it back and forth can sometimes induce the LED portion to work (but inconsistently). Meanwhile, the spotlight works (more-or-less). though ifyou squeeze the lantern the wrong way, the lamp flickers. So, I'd say it's a product that is based on a good idea, but there are either some engineering or manufacturing issues. An email to Freeplay was not returned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChrisP on November 28, 2010
Color Name: Yellow
I bought mine at Target on a whim one day because it was on clearance--a deeeeeep discount, in fact.

Not sure why it's not available through Amazon anymore, because it's an excellent lantern. In a true emergency (natural disaster, power outage, etc.) I'd definitely want something like this with me, as opposed to a light that runs on batteries that need replacing or recharging (I've got plenty of those, btw, and have a pile of Rayovac's hybrid rechargeables--love those too, but that's another review for another time), or even a solar-powered lantern. I've got a Freeplay radio that can run off its solar panels or a hand crank and those solar panels need a good bit of light to work well.

This lantern has a Ni-MH battery in it that you can charge using AC power (at least, my older version--they switched to a USB interface on the unit not too long ago that requires an adapter, apparently) or crank it up if AC is not available.

Important to note, as I've seen a few reviews on other sites griping that "I bought it and put it away and when I needed it, it wouldn't hold a charge": you need to occasionally drain the battery and recharge it to keep it in working condition. This is in the instructions, but many people don't bother to read those anymore and find themselves literally in the dark about how this thing works. I discharge mine every three months or so and then just plug it in and leave it for a day or so (15 hours for a full charge). It's a minor thing to do to keep a valuable tool in working order. I just did it within the past few weeks, in fact.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mcauley on August 16, 2011
Color Name: Yellow Verified Purchase
After many power outages in our area, needed a non-electric lantern. Purchased this item thinking it would last a good deal longer than it does. If run on the brightest setting it discharges ratehr quickly. Set at a lower setting and it lasts as long as the instructions stated. All in all an average lantern, but does what the description states.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Cox on April 11, 2009
Color Name: Green
The Indigo is the best lantern for emergency needs especially when power is out for several days and the crank keeps you lit up indefinately. It is light and compact for use in your 72 hour emergency kit. The LED reading light is bright so it works great for a flashlight also. The best light using the latest light and battery technology. I reccomend it to anyone. Dennis Cox
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon on October 31, 2013
Color Name: Yellow
I used mine for two years and it slowly degraded in light length. I went to the Freeplay website and they don't sell new rechargeable batteries. Not sure why. They don't explain why in their company FAQ. My next electric lantern will be just regular AA rechargeable batteries. I like my equipment to last longer than 2 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on May 9, 2010
Color Name: Green Verified Purchase
Wonderful lantern for camping or power outages. It's VERY lightweight, the crank works fast for charging it up and it's BRIGHT at it's highest setting. Bright enough to read by when the power went out in a storm a few nights ago. I highly recommend it for camping or emergency use.
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