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Athena Brands Soladyne 7-Inch Mini Solar Lantern
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- No batteries required, works off of solar energy; dynamo hand crank
- 2 light settings: HIGH and LOW; cell phone capability
- 5-6 hours of solar charging will provide up to 60 minutes of light
- Weights 10 ounces and stands 7 inches tall; carabineer to hang in a tent or from a string
- Compact ambient lighting solution for camping, hunting, patio, home and emergency preparedness
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|Item Dimensions||6.7 x 3.36 x 3.36 inches|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The product description mentions charging it with a "120V Wall charger or 12V Car Charger". It does not say that those options are only available if you purchase those adapters separately. They do not come with the lantern. Likewise, emergency cell phone charging is only possible with a separately purchased adapter.
The lantern is great. I think it's still worth the price, but be sure you understand what is in the box and what is not.
So with a minute of cranking, I definitely get an hours worth of fairly bright light usage. With a day of solar charging, the light is initially bright when first turned on but again, the degradation of light is slight over time so it is hard to discern when it has gone from bright to not.
The best thing about this unit is that it is relatively light and rugged as compared to a glass globed butane lantern and its accompanying fuel. You can carry this for weeks and not worry about running out of fuel or without having to carry the weight of fuel. You also have less concern about breaking globes and mantels. It is also safer. My friends and I have put a few holes in rain shelters from hanging lanterns that got too hot or flared when lighting. It's not indestructible. It is fairly plain plastic, but still more rugged than glass. So unless something happens in the future, I see myself converting from a fuel lantern to this for backpacking use.
On the cons side, I wish the unit would collapse in some way. The globe is, after all, mostly empty space. I also do not think that the globe/reflector is the most effective way of distributing the light. Most of the light seems to point down rather than out.Read more ›
I'm not the least bit bothered by the optional wall charger. Between the hand crank which works effortlessly and the great solar panel I can't see any reason to plug it in....it's an emergency light not a table lamp! You can probably buy a plug in phone charger at any ebay seller.
If I could redesign it I'd make the ON/OFF button larger and easier to find. I"m ordering these as Christmas presents for friends and family . (BTW the 24.00 unit offered by LLBean looks AWFULLY familiar..sam Chinese producer?).
|Length: 1:55 Mins|
- hand crank
- solar charging
- disperses light
- has a handle to hang it somewhere
- has an indicator light to show charging
- a low mAH rechargeable inside
- no cell phone adapter included
- low light output
- not sure if it's waterproof. Leaning towards not since I opened it and saw the battery on the base.
Buy it if you need a low light for camping or a night light, but don't use it for reading or an in home emergency. It's more convenient to just buy 48-80 batteries in bulk when it's cheap than to crank it every time you need energy. What they should have done is allow end users to replace it with 2 or 3 AA rechargeable batteries, that way the hand crank will recharge it and it's more output than the tiny one.
The charging handle is easy to turn and I don't think most people would have any problem winding this for a few minutes. I did find if I put much horizontal pressure on the handle(in toward the lantern)it would hit the globe. This is because the handle is plastic and so is not absolutely rigid. This isn't a big deal as long as you just pay attention as you wind, but I would guess over time it might scratch up the globe if you are not careful.
It should be noted that in order to charge this using AC power or if you want to use this to charge a cell phone you will have to buy additional accessories. I tested the AC power charging using a universal adapter I already had and it worked fine. I have not tested the cell phone charging feature, but I have read in several places that while most phones will charge with this, many iPhone users cannot get it to work. So if you have an iPhone and the cell charge feature is a make or break feature for you then you might want to reconsider.
**UPDATE 6/16/2012** - After putting this thing away in my home emergency kit for a few months I took it out and it turned on right away so it apparently will hold a charge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Power just went out again.. I pulled out the crank which still had power when turned on, cranked it a bit and set it up.. A very well made product. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MichaelD
Not the brightest I've purchased, but it's nice to have both solar and crank ad an option. Makes it convenient in any situation.Published 10 months ago by aleks y.
Great light. this exceeded my expectations in how bright it is. I keep it stored away for an emergency so I have not tested the hand crank or solar recharge, but I can tell you... Read morePublished 12 months ago by jcp
it was a gift. Works great for camping because you wind it an no batteries needed. But it reflects weirdly and I have to hold it upside down and low to see well. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This item is smaller than expected, even though I new the dimensions. However, it turns out that this is an amazing product! It is very bright when you are in complete darkness. Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by John L.
Got this product to take on a mission trip and am excited to leave it as a gift for the family I stay with. Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Tracy