It says in the description that it requires three D size batteries. I think if it could use rechargeable batteries they would have stated that in writing, sorry to hear it did'nt meet your needs. Used mine a few times already, great bright lantern, works great!
First, you are wrong; rechargeable batteries do work with this lantern just fine. Second, the issue of using rechargeable batteries has previously been discussed in a previous question (before this question there was only four questions so I'm not sure how anyone could miss it).