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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, with caveats: please see battery compartment tips., August 17, 2011
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This review is from: Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern, Green (Tools & Home Improvement)
I have found that, for the money, this little lantern is a very good product. It is sturdy and well-built, and the 300-lumen LED's put out a surprising amount of light. I bought it for emergency power outage purposes, and upon testing, I've found that, on high, it puts out enough light even for reading. The small flashing locator light is rather odd, I think. If you can't remember where your emergency supplies are, then it might be a good idea, but in that case, the light requires leaving the batteries in, which may not be a good idea. I've had batteries leak over time, so what I do in the event of an outage, is to keep a couple of penlights around, with which to provide enough light for the initial response. Then, I can take care of such things as installing the batteries of a larger source, such as this. To be fair, having this locator light on may result in enough of an output to prevent leakage, yet be small enough to barely deplete the batteries. I may experiment with this. I do wish Rayovac had addressed this, along with the battery compartment issue, in their less-than-adequate instructions.

The last point brings me to the issue of the battery compartment. I, too, found that it took a bit of practice, until I found an easy method that works well for me. Yes, obviously the arrows need to line up, but to easily attach the base after that, hold the base and the lid at right angles, with arrows touching, and then shut together as if they were the two halves of a pocket watch. Then, after that, twist the base to close, as if it was the lid of a jar. With this method, it's easily done. So, aside from the battery and instruction issues, this is a fine product, which more than makes up for those problem areas.
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