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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2005
I love this lantern. It is durable, efficient, reliable -- perfect for a power outage as well as camping. A great, practical gift for anyone you care about.

It's easy to carry, compared to other models. It brightens an entire room and provides enough light to read by. You don't have to recharge it every few months as required by the rechargeable versions.

During a power outage when the whole neighborhood went dark, we were all lit up. Everyone thought we still had electricity.

In Emergency Preparedness training we were taught that having light in the darkness can be a life saver. Always carry a small, bright flashlight with you -- you never know. And be sure you have a Ryovac Spotsman 8D Fluorescent Lantern. :-)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2007
I like this lantern: tough, durable, rubbery, bouncy, masculine, outdoorsy. It uses 8 D batteries, is quite large, and is as bright as a 40 watt light bulb.

The compact fluorescent bulb gives a set of batteries a good lifespan. It will light up a room during a power failure, or light up your campsite with lots of powerful light. As such, it is a joy to use.

I also like that the bulb has slight pinkish hue, so you can look right at the bulb with less pain than the Coleman's competing lanterns, although subjectively it sure seems to give less light than an equivalent Coleman lantern.

Postscript.
We have used a few times. Despite its large size, it has proved to be very useful and versatile. I like it much better than the competing Coleman products. We also noticed that when the batteries get run down, the tubes will not turn on; however, they will go on if you turn on just one set of tubes rather than both. So, you get a bit more light before the batteries totally die, but use this condition as a dire warning to put in fresh batteries ASAP.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2008
I have a number of LED lanterns because they are easy on the batteries. But the light doesn't usually fill a good size room (only the Energizer "Flip" Trailmaster with a 200+ hour run time is decent in this respect. But this Rayovac fills the room with bright, 'even' lighting. The MAJOR problem is that, even with 8 D batteries, it only lasts 6 hours on high, and 12 hours on low (although there's only about a 20% difference in 'perceived luminosity' between Hi and Lo. So keep it on low to conserve the batteries. But if you want the best 'trade-off', the Energizer/Eveready LED Flip lantern (IF it's still made...because I can't find it online anymore), is the all-around choice. But if you're just going to hold a 6 hour meeting in a room/tent, then put this Rayovac on a 6-8 feet or higher object (where it won't cast shadows), and you'll have the best, most pleasant illumination. It's just NOT made for a one-week camping trip, or emergency weather situations. You'll use-up the 8D batteries in 1 or 2 nights, and also, it's 'massive'.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
Just bought this at Home Depot for 24.97, it works great with plenty of lighting. Not built cheap like some LED lights which try to illuminate a room but only hurt your eyes. 8 "D" batteries is made for serious business. You can use one lamp most of the time but when needed you can kick it up and blast the area with both lamps, good for 50' area! I am ready for the next time the power goes out . . .
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2008
We have been without power after Hurricane Gustav for 12 days now. This lantern has become my second favorite possession (after our gas generator). It puts out a great amount of light and, with conservative usage, we just had to change batteries for the first time at Day 9.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2006
This lantern exemplifies the statement "Lit up like Christmas." After being in the dark for several weeks after a hurricane destroyed our power, my mother in law allowed us to borrow her Rayovac lantern. THis lantern completely illuminated our living room/dining room area. The 8 batteries weighs it down to increase its sturdiness (albeit making it heavy) but it is still portable and relatively easy to carry from room to room. Our neighbors at one point thought we had a generator running our electricity due to its high illumination. I would recommend anyone (especially those in hurricane sensitive areas) to purchase one immediately.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
Just an F.Y.I....I spend thousands of dollars buying new technology on a yearly basis. I own $500 dollar Surefire Flashlights and I own $5.00 dollar Flashlights. Let me say this, when you are talking about 8, size D batteries for this Lantern at a cost of around $11.00, think about how much power that is, this Lantern did not even light up one of my small office rooms. The lighting was dim on full power. I thought it was the new batteries, I replaced them with a different brand, another $12 in batteries, and still this Lantern could not even get up enough power to fully light my small office room. I honestly do not know what people are doing and how they are doing it giving this Lantern almost 5-Stars. I can tell you this; I do not post negative ratings on Amazon unless the item is really bad. I purchased two of these Lanterns, both are being returned. The specs on the Lantern say 300 Lumens at peak power and 150 at half the power, one tube. Not only does this light not perform up to specs, the light does not even come close to a 300 Lumens Powered Light. I am very disappointed in these lights. About my returns...I do not have time to return items purchased but when the specs read one way online and stamped on the product and you get the item(s) and the specs do not match what the product is advertised at, unfortunately, the time must be taken to re-package the item(s) and return them. The Amazon Community is very lucky. Why you ask? Amazon has a no questions asked return policy and that is what you call a Top 5-Star Online Company! This is one of the many reasons Amazon is so well liked by consumers! Thank you Amazon for creating an "unmatched" return policy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
I bought this during a lightening round and couldn't be more pleased. I use rechargeable batteries in it and they work like a charm. This is a bright light on high and can be adjusted lower to suit your needs. The 8 batteries do add weight, but mine usually stays in one place. I'm already waiting for the next sale so I can really be prepared for any emergency.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Seems to work great! Very durable. I have not used it enough to know how long the flourescent bulbs last. Bought for myself at home and at the office for power failures. I imagine it would work great for campling too, but too heavy for a backpacking trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
The light has 8 D batteries on the bottom, which are heavy, held into place by a lid that has very flimsy plastic. Although the lid is held on by a long screw, the design of the lid makes it hard to put the lid back on, and the lid is not sufficient for the weight. While the upper light portion looks decently built, the battery compartment on bottom looks like it was built in a third word county. I suspect that's where this light has a lot of problems.

Our Rayovac light failed during an emergency straight out of the package. Thankfully, we had backup emergency lights.
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