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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compact Camping or Emergency Lantern, January 4, 2009
This review is from: Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern, Green (Tools & Home Improvement)
Just received this product so I will defer commenting on battery life until later. Overall I have been very pleased and surprised with this product. First off, this lantern is fairly compact...I was under the impression that this would be larger from the pictures but once I opened it up, I was pleasingly surprised. The unit is very compact and feels very sturdy. There is rubber on the base and around the lower portion of the lantern, the switch is very easy to operate and has 3-modes (High, Low, and Strobe). The entire top/globe can be unscrewed and hung upside down (clip in the base) to use as a room or tent light in "bare bulb" mode. Overall I have been very impressed with the output of this lantern as well. This is a very bright lantern for it's compact size; outshining normal 4D fluorescent U-tubed lanterns and a coleman pack-away LED lantern. The diffuser is also very pleasing with no rings, lines, or shadows to speak of. In bare bulb mode, the light is almost too bright for your eyes but works well if it's hung high overhead (so you're not looking directly at the unit). Low mode is also very useful and brighter than your typical "nightlight" levels in other LED lanterns "low" modes. Overall I am very impressed with this product and plan to purchase more of these units for use while night fishing, camping, and to use during power failures.

Update (10/31/09): Just an update, I recently used this light in a power outage and it performed great. Bright and the batteries are still going strong. I also purchased 2 additional units and with just 3-D batteries each, who can complain! This is a great compact lantern.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2011 8:28:34 PM PST
doogie says:
I'm curious about the brightness. Charts I've seen say that a standard 40-watt incandescent bulb puts out about 450 lumens of light. This is only 300, which sounds pretty dim. Does that seem accurate based on your experience? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 1:39:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 1:42:54 PM PST
J.C. says:
That's how it goes with LED lanterns, it's good for $20 but if you start comparing to incandescent bulbs running off mains AC, any of them will look weak if only you pick a high enough wattage incan bulb. However, typical incandescent bulbs have a lower color temperature, to my eyes 400 lumens from a ~ 6000K LED illuminates much better than 400 lumens from a ~ 2700K incandescent bulb.

You can get ~40W halogen lanterns but their runtime is very short. VERY short in comparison and they need a higher current battery, 3 x alkalines, even D cells, can't cut it if asked to output 40W so the light will be dimmer.

Best used in an enclosed area or with a backdrop so light is reflected back into the area while lighting a large area would be more cost effective with a gas lantern or if you don't want to fool with gas, use more than one lantern.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 3:51:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2011 3:53:06 PM PST
SkinDiver says:
As J. Cummins noted, it's difficult to equate or compare LED's to AC bulbs and quantify 300 "lumens" compared to a typical incandescent lamp but this lantern is very bright for it's small size and minimal use of batteries. Our typical use has been to use 1 or 2 of these lanterns in our large living room and one in the adjacent dining room with no desire to add additional lanterns for more light.


Posted on Feb 23, 2012 7:51:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2012 8:21:04 AM PST
The concerns that some reviewers express about "parasitic drain" by the flashing green LED light are just unnecessary! I have one of these lamps and power drawn by the flashing LED is completely negligible. Don't bother to disable the LED. That defeats one of the attractive features of the lamp. The LED is quite dim (although very visible in darkness) so it draws a tiny pulse of current for a small fraction of a second every 5 seconds. The effect of this on battery life is so small that I ignore it. LEDs by their nature are extremely efficient. They draw little current for the amount of light they produce - especially when operating dimly in short and relatively infrequent pulses like this one. I know - I have designed many systems utilizing LEDs. Stop worrying about the power drain of the flashing LED. It serves a very useful purpose.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 12:31:29 PM PDT
I just got the Coleman lantern alternative. I almost bought this one. They cost the same. But when the Coleman came in the mail just an hour ago I was surprised to find that it was not an LED lantern but rather a Compact Fluorescent lantern. It also takes not just three D Cells like this Ray-o-Vac but eight. I wanted a lantern bright enough to read by. The Coleman's CFL is 13 watts which supposedly is equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent. That should make it brighter than this lamp which some others have estimated at equivalence to a 40 watt incandescent. I wonder if this is all true.

I considered getting Lithium rechargeables but that would cost around $150. That's a lot for a $25 lamp.

I generally hate CFLs and love LEDs. If I had noticed I would probably bought the Ray-O-Vac.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 4:42:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2012 4:43:06 AM PDT
The Rayovac radiates light in an omni-directional fashion. If you just want it for reading a book, there may be better alternatives that have a more directional beam. But I do consider it bright enough to read a book, as long as the lamp is close by. I have had mine for 7 months and it is still on its first set of batteries, despite being used several times during power outages! These new superbright LEDs are going to kill CFL technology as they become more affordable. CFL also contains toxic mercury, while LEDs are environmentally benign and friendly.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 2:24:04 PM PDT
Dusty says:
I find with my oil lamps and led lanterns, putting a mirror or shiny, polished piece of metal or foil will act as a reflector and make the light seem much brighter. The round mirrors on the hangers of my oil lamps (glued to the brass round reflectors) seem to almost double the light, on an led lantern, shiny side foil or polished metal around the back third or half makes the light seem 25% to 40% brighter, depending on the lantern. Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 8:53:32 PM PDT
Helen Pratt says:
I am surprised that no one thought of the mirror thing.. I have decorative mirrors all over the house in a power outage they come in handy for setting lanterns and candles out or around to reflect the light making it appear the lights are on..

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 10:08:15 AM PST
Justbooking says:
The 3 D cell batteries last 150 hours when the lamp is on low - and it's still bright enough to only need one in a room. It is also a pleasant light - not harsh at all. I have one for every family member and have given them as gifts, it simply is the best lantern - Coleman ones break easily, use too many batteries and their light is too harsh. I've used them with Irene and Sandy, still on the first set of batteries despite many days of outages.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 6:54:54 AM PST
M. Brophy says:
When storing away any item that uses batteries, it is a good idea to remove the batteries. Even without a blinking light the batteries will be drained and may eventually leak over time.
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