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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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Product Description

Mini Solar Lantern is a great personal sized solar/dynamo lantern that will hang inside a tent, on a string line or sit on the picnic table in the evening. No fuel or batteries are required. Powered by Solar Energy, Dynamo Hand Crank, 120V Wall charger or 12V Car Charger. Features high & Low light levels, cell phone charging, compact size and weight for easy storage and travel. Compact ambient lighting solution for camping, hunting, patio, home and emergency prepardness.

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 3.4 x 6.7 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002JT1DOM
  • Item model number: 7470
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,161 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The lantern is small, but the light quite bright -- brighter than I expected. As another review noted, it does seem to get slightly dimmer as the battery goes down. But it's very easy to recharge by winding. Or charge during the day with the solar charging. It's a great little lantern, but...

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.
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I had intended to quantify various aspects of this unit like, brightness over time for winding and solar charging. In the end, this was difficult to do because as the unit loses power, it puts out less light and then uses less power. I have left the light on for a couple days, upside down, with nothing to recharge it and the unit continues to put out some amount of light. So you can't say you'll get X lumens over Y time for Z number of cranks. In a way, this could be thought of as a good feature of the light.

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.
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This is one of those one in a hundred products that is as good as they say it is. The solar panel will work from something as small as a night light. It's bright, it's tough and durable, and has a red indicator light to show you if it's taking a charge.
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?).
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Length: 1:55 Mins
Summary of the video.

Pros:
- hand crank
- solar charging
- disperses light
- has a handle to hang it somewhere
- has an indicator light to show charging

Cons:
- 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.

Conclusion:
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.
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I bought two of these for the kids around easter time for their baskets. They are small but are an awsome alternative to a flashlight. We camp a lot at the fields where we are lure coursing and a lot of times don't have any electric hookups. The kids constantly were misplacing their flash lights or the batteries were needing replaced. This little lantern has a rechargable battery in it and can be charged either by winding it up or with the sunlight. It has held up to the abuse that kids frequently put things through also.
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I think this is a perfect lantern for a home emergency kit and would also work well for backpacking. Having a light that does not require batteries or flame and that can be charged with just a minute of winding means you never have to worry about being without light because you are out of batteries or matches. The lantern seems to be of decent construction, though it is just plastic so it probably would not endure a lot of rough handling. There is a high and low setting for the light so you can stretch the charge out for awhile longer if you decide you don't need the full brightness.

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.
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