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Better light than MOST LED's, but battery hog
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'.