Best Camping Lantern - Solar Rechargeable LED Light by Browon | Premium Grade Sturdy Materials | Portable, Bright, Collapsible, Lightweight | Perfect for Hiking Camping Backpacking Hunting Emergency
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- SOLAR PANEL RECHARGEABLE LANTERN
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND COLLAPSABLE for Backpacking, Camping, Patio, and Emergency Go Bags
- USB POWER OUTPUT for Emergency Charging of Devices
- BACKUP BATTERY COMPARTMENT for Additional Backup Power
- HIGH GRADE MATERIAL for heavy duty weather resistant construction
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Browon is a company of passionate outdoor enthusiasts. We seek out to conquer the unknown in nature and in ourselves. We created the Browon Solar Rechargable Lantern so you can light up your outdoor adventures. Tested by our Browon Ambassadors from Mountaineering, Camping, Glamping, and even on their Patios and Backyards.
Our Ambassadors needed an Ultra Bright lantern that would recharge as they explored during the day. We used the power of the Sun to Charge our Lantern, We coupled the Solar Panel with Efficient yet Powerful LEDs to give you the brightest 360 degree lumination we could. We also included a backup Battery compartment (3AA Batteries) and an Emergency USB Charger for when you absolutely must charge something. All of this has been encased in a Water Resistant Collapsable Outershell to provide maximum protection and portability.
Browon Solar Rechargeable Lantern Features:
- Integrated Rechargeable Solar Panel
- Water Resistant Protective Outer Shell
- Collapsible and Lightweight for Portability
- Folding Handle System for Hanging and Transport
- 360 Degree Illumination
- Controlled Brightness Level with Telescoping Positions
- Emergency Backup Battery Compartment with Emergency USB Charger
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Great value for the money.
HERE'S EVERTHING IN A NUTSHELL...
It's a super simple to use lantern that doesn't come with any instructions. Three AA alkaline replaceable (or rechargeable) batteries are required to be installed into the base which work in tandem with the hard-wired 600 mAh solar-charging Ni-MH battery pack which is located under the solar panel. All these batteries are claimed necessary for an extended run time past the advertised 5 hours at full charge. The AAs can be rechargeable too if desired, but, as far as I can tell, cannot be charged in or by the lantern itself. (FYI... rechargeable AA's do not run as long as alkalines, but are greener). There is no car charger, but if your car has an inverter with a standard 2 prong wall outlet, it should charge the lantern using its supplied a/c cord (see pic). The lantern's USB will NOT charge the lantern as it is an output for accessories only.
To turn the lantern on, simply pull up on the top to the desired height. The height controls how much light comes out. There is no on or off button, no high/low modes, no blinking SOS, no status indicator (other than the little red LED to show it's charging status), and no "Battery Low" indicator or any display for that matter.
There are two ports on this lantern; an a/c charging port (in only) that works with the supplied a/c cord and a USB accessory port (out only). There is a solar charging panel on the top that begins charging the internal Ni-MH AAA battery pack the instant you put the lantern in sunlight. Like charging the lantern via a/c, solar charging will activate the small red charging status LED too (I don't believe the red LED ever turns green when fully charged, which WILL cause you to over charge this lanten at some point). It does come with an unbelievably short and cheap a/c charging cord (see pic) for charging from the wall. It does NOT come with a USB cord or car charger of any kind. The lantern is capable of powering certain small devices via the USB port, but charging the lantern with its USB port will not work. It is strictly an accessory port.
The lantern does not get warm or hot when on or when charging (unless you seriously overcharge it- if so, stop charging immediately). When charging it via solar, definitely do not leave it in a hot car unless you want to melt it for a good laugh (avoid greenhouse affect). There is no listed lumens output for this lantern, but I would guess it's under 180 lumens which is fine for general camping and going to the little girls room late at night. It lights your way and the immediate surrounding area with a reasonably bright warm glow. The more you pull the top up, the more light you let out. There is no indication that it's waterproof- no rubber seals anywhere, but the box says it is water resistant. The lantern has an estimated 5 hour runtime from the internal rechargeable batteries. Its total runtime is affected by outdoor temperature and is extended by the three AA backup bateries you install. There is no way to know which batteries are specifically powering the lantern. Simply turn the solar panel counter-clockwise a little to gain access to the internal rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (a shrink-wrapped pack of three AAA 600mAh batteries hard wired into the lantern) which are under strapped in under solar panel.
The lantern's USB charge port will charge my older flip phones, bluetooth earbud and even powers a USB fan, (see pic), however, the lantern's light will not come on when powering anything through the USB port. The lantern has is no storage on board to hold the cables you'll want to keep with it. Along with the regular wall charging cord, I also twist tie a short USB to USB mini cord that also has a USB mini to USB micro hard plastic adaptor attached to it so I have virtually all USB plugs covered with the least amount of cords. The lantern is entirely made of plastic except for the two metal hangers. It weighs around a quarter of a pound. Height closed is 4-7/8", height open is 7-1/4", diameter is 3-1/2", handle length is 2-3/4".
CAUTIONS AND OTHER THINGS TO KNOW... The way this lantern is designed, it is best to MAKE SURE the AA bottom battery cover is screwed down fairly tight. This is not only to hold in and protect the AA batteries from moisture and dirt, it's because the internal side of the AA battery holder houses a spring-loaded on/off pressure switch that engages when you lift the top up or push it down (you can hear a faint click when lifting the top up and down). The battery holder is held in with 4 small phillips-head screws. The problem is what they screw into... 4 unbelievably flimsy plastic screw mounts. The design seems to get away with this because the strong battery cover screws down tight which helps strengthen the bottom and keeps the pressure switch from forcing the battery holder to rip out.
TIP: If for some reason the pop-up action on your lantern gets jammed, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT FORCE IT! You'll need to remove the three AA batteries from the base and CAREFULLY unscrew the battery holder's phillips-head screws (taking note of the holder's exact orientation- mark it with tape, a marker or a scribe as it has to go back in the same orientation). Slowly remove the battery holder and look for any wires that appear to be getting in the way of the up/down movement of the pressure switch arm. Carefully move suspect wires out of the way and put the battery holder back in exactly the same orientation it was removed. DO NOT CUT OR BREAK THE WIRE CONNECTIONS unless you are preparred to resolder them. Often, just the act of removing and replacing the battery holder is enough to fix any jam.
SUMMARY... IMHO, this lantern is super simple to use, but due to it's simplistic nature, the unit is prone to eating it's own internal battery. I totally believe that it's great to not worry about how something works, especially a fun camp lantern, but if it's designed poorly and built cheap with no functioning safeguards, you can bet there is a reason it doesn't cost a lot. In this case, due to a lack of internal electronic protections, the lantern is prone to becomming overcharged. Even so, the lantern will probably still last a year or 2 before the battery pack needs to be replaced. Being aware of charge times could lengthen its overall reliability, but you bought it because it was simple to use. There in lies the rub!
THIS HAS BEEN A 100% GLUTEN-FREE REVIEW UNTAINTED BY MANUFACTURERS OR SELLERS. I hope it has helped.
These are tiny but the light out put is great. I am also happy to report that my relatives love them.