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Picked up one of the Coleman LED Quad Lanterns this weekend. This thing is rather large in size. It takes 8 "D" batteries and will supposedly run for up to 75 hours.
It puts out a good amount of light and the quad break-away lights will each run for up to 1.5 hours on an internal rechargeable battery. The battery is constantly being topped off or recharged from the main 8 "D" batteries. The lights are very light in weight and durable give the LED lights.
The main lantern is either all on or all off. There is no way to just light one or two, or even three panels. Some may say just pull off a break away. I say that is a waste when you could have just one light drawing directly against those 8 "D" batteries instead of the rechargeable which has a limited number of recharges and looses power through the recharging circuit.
There is no nightlight feature. Stumbling around the tent, cabin, room, or camp site looking for the lantern is just plain dumb when most of the big battery powered camp lights include a nightlight feature.
The handle for the lantern is recessed below the break-away lights so your hand naturally grabs one of them. When picking the lantern up this way, the break-away lights are likely to...break away and drop your new lantern to the ground. This was a bad design choice I feel.
I would recommend holding off on this unit until the next version is released with variable lighting options, a nightlight and redesigned handle.
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2013 9:46:47 PM PDT
Kathy Erbe says:
South Carolina, USA
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2013 12:40:14 AM PDT
Jeff Wignall says:
I agree, a good review. Nice to see some ideas for improvements included--though probably better if they were sent directly to Coleman. But I can feel hurricane season sneaking up (we got slammed by Sandy up here in Connecticut, and that's pretty rare), so I'm stocking up on lights now.
Posted on Dec 5, 2013 11:07:31 AM PST
Thanks for the heads-up about the all-or-nothing design & the lack of a night light. These limitations make this a no-go for me. Thanks for saving me the trouble of having to return what otherwise appears to be an awesome innovation.
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 12:25:16 PM PST
Andrew Logar says:
I cannot believe that this unit does not have a rechargeable battery for home use when the the A.C. power goes out and paerhaps for solar re-charge for long power outages. What stupid design engineering. Who is going to bother having EIGHT "D" cells sitting un-sued in the lantern - surely forgotten by many a user - to find the lantern battery pack dead and/or corroded when home power goes out and you need light. Bad design.
Posted on Apr 4, 2014 12:13:27 PM PDT
you can turn off individual lights on the base - remove them, . only want 2 lights on ? remove the other 2 .
Posted on May 27, 2014 5:56:49 PM PDT
Edwin Brackett says:
The recessed loop on the top is to hang the lantern. I wouldn't carry the lantern by it. It's not as substantial as the handles on the individual lanterns. There's no problem hauling the lantern around by one of individual lanterns. They lock on securely. I've used mine dozens of times (The D batteries are about due to replace) and never had one of the small lanterns pop off. Of course, if you don't put the small lantern on right it will fall off and won't charge or turn on with the others. They lock on with a loud click. You'll know when it's on right.
You misunderstand the people who say take one off. Leave the number of lamps you want on attached to the base. Remove the others and turn them off. I often take two lamps off when I use the lantern as a work light because they're just lighting the bushes instead of the work area. I usually use the detached ones for extra light right where I'm working.
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