Black Diamond Equipment Apollo Lantern
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- 3 watt LED with dual reflectors shine through a telescoping frosted globe for bright, even light
- Powered by 4 AA batteries or Black Diamond NRG Recharge Kit
- Unique dimmer switch and battery-life indicator
- 7.8oz, 80 lumens max output, 60 hours max burn time
- 50 lumen output to illuminate a 20 meter diameter. 60 hour max burn time
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A bright, non-glaring, soup can sized backcountry lantern. Foldable legs and hanging loop provide endless placement opportunities
A bright, non-glaring lantern that's as at home car camping as it is on an alpine basecamp, the Apollo Lantern from Black Diamond puts out 80 lumens of ambient light thanks to its DoublePower LED (3-watt), dual reflector system and frosted globe. The unique, battery-saving dimming switch provides the optimal amount of light for sorting gear or cooking meals, and the collapsible, double-hook hang loop and folding legs let you hang or set it just about anywhere.
With its 80 lumens of power on the high setting, you'll be able to illuminate up to a 10 meter area. You can also adjust it to as low as 10 lumens with the unique dimming switch--simply hold down the on/off button to activate dimmer.
Offering a maximum burn time of 60 hours (on low setting), it's powered by 4 AA batteries or the optional NRG Rechargeable Battery Kit, and a power meter displays charge status or battery level. The fold-down legs increase the lantern height to 9.5 inches, helping you maximize light dispersion.
Color: Ultra White
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I do astrophotography under the desert night sky. For this reason, I don't want bright lights in camp to throw off my night vision or to cause light pollution while shooting. I rarely run these lanterns at full brightness (which is plenty bright). I like that they can be dimmed to a low light level that allows me to provide reasonable illumination in camp while not casting light upwards to affect my nighttime photography. Then, there's occasions where I need stronger light to work on equipment in camp. Turn them up to max and they'll provide all the light I need.
What I truly like about the Apollo lanterns is the solid design and attention to detail. They have a broad range of light level adjustment. Their unique hook hangers make them easy to hang from just about anything, their feet are very stable, their light output is a comfortable and eye pleasing medium to soft white (not the glaring bluish white as in other lanterns), and they provide a well diffused circle of light which is focused at and below the level of the lamp, not wasting lumens up into the sky.
I'm pleased that the Apollo is still made. It is a truly great design - easy on batteries and versatile. I'm happy I still had the option to go with what I know worked well for me under varying scenarios. I recommend the Apollo lantern to anyone who wants a well thought out and well designed LED lantern.
In fact, the worst thing I think I can say about this lantern is even on the lowest setting, it was still brighter than I wanted it to be in my 4 person dome tent. This was quickly remedied by just collapsing the lantern all the way so only a little bit of light escapes, and it was just the right amount of light.
The hooks are great, you can hook this thing up to anything. The tent I used has a plastic ring to connect a lantern at the very top, but the mesh gear loft is in the way of it, so I just connected it to one of the corners of the gear loft... perfect.
As far as battery life goes, all I can say is on a 3 night backpacking trip we had it on a medium setting for about 4 hours per night, and kept the light on the lowest setting the entire night. The battery indicator still said we were above 75% when I got home.... so yeah, the battery life is great! As I said before, even the lowest setting gave out plenty of light. For those curious, I used Eneloop rechargeables, fully charged when I left.
Also, the light is very bright, but not blinding when you looked directly at the light. In my opinion, this is the perfect little lantern for backpacking. I might try the smaller lantern they have for solo trips, but this one would work great too.
One feature I really like is that it's impossible to turn on with the lantern collapsed. The button is not accessable, but you can turn it on and collapse it, if you only need a little bit of light.