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This review is from: Coleman High Tech LED Mini Lantern (Sports)Wow, I was impressed by this lantern. I am a flashaholic with dozens of flashlights, all LED, from $100 lights to bargain lights like this. This light was a fantastic surprise. My only other small LED lantern is a Black Diamond Orbit which is more expensive and runs on 4xAAA cells instead of 3xAA. 3xAA have roughly twice the energy as 4xAAA. This light is much better. It weighs a tiny bit more and is larger, but build quality is almost as good and functionality is superior. The added height allows better distribution of light. The Coleman is much brighter on high and dimmer at the low setting. At the low setting it can guide your way for over 100 hours. At the bright setting it will bathe a room or campsite in a decent amount of light. The beam is relatively free of artifacts. I cannot detect any of the flickering of pulse width modulation that I have seen in other multi-setting lights. I would have preferred a slightly warmer tint LED, but this one is not overly blue. I was surprised by the build quality at this price. The dial adjustment with 6 settings is great, no cycling through levels that are too bright or dim, and no stupid blink mode. Simple and elegant design. Perfect for power outages or winter backpacking where the days or short and you want the luxury of a lighted area without much weight. I am going to order more. These are a great fit with eneloop rechargeables or the "Amazon Basics" low self discharge rechargeables. GET ONE.
I use it every day, usually in a nightlight role on low. Right now we are in the middle of a move and have been staying in a temporary condo for a month. I'm using it as a nightlight in the bathroom for the kids, on low. I run it at least 12 hours a day and only charged the eneloops after two weeks, though there was no visible sign of dimming. That is 144 hours! I covered the lens with a layer of masking tape as a diffuser to give it a warmer glow. Doesn't look great but does the job.
Shortly after my initial review I opened it up to see how it works. There is a rotating ring with 6 resistors... very simple and works great with no flickering like PWM. I have taken it camping as well and it worked great hanging in the tent. Walking away from our beach campsite at night, the lantern on medium was enough light to see from as far away as we cared to walk.
There is a little bit of a gasket over the batteries but I don't think it's particularly water resistant - you could easily operate it inside a ziploc bag though if you needed to.
I bought some more to keep in reserve.
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Initial post: May 16, 2012 1:13:16 AM PDT
When you say the light is "not overly blue", do you mean that's it's just a little blue or not blue at all? Pure white I can deal with - maybe up to an estimated 5000K or so - but any higher is a deal-breaker. I hate bluish LED light.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 2:21:32 PM PDT
No, it's not blue. It is a bright white. I prefer a softer natural led but they are hard to come by, especially in a light this inexpensive.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 1:27:52 AM PST
The main reason that these LEDs are all stark white (6500K) rather than soft white (2700-3000K) is that the 6500K LEDs put out more light per watt than the soft white LEDs. Since almost everyone is clamoring for more light and longer battery life, the way to give 'em what they want is to use the 6500K LEDs.
Posted on Jun 7, 2013 10:10:59 AM PDT
Cary C. Dunlap says:
Excellent review. Thanks!
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