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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|Item Dimensions||3 x 4 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Model Name||Black Diamond Apollo Lantern|
|Shipping Weight||0.6 pounds|
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
2. Lightweight, largely thanks to the 4 AA battery design vs C or D cell batteries
3. The legs are easy to manipulate and they have some resistance to stay in place
4. The top portion contains a two point system to hang the light
5. There's a seal on the battery compartment for inclement weather
6. The light can be slightly adjusted for intensity but not to any degree that many flashlights utilize.
1. I have untested concerns about the durability of the plastic. I believe it can only take limited abuse before a crack would develop. I, of course, say this within reason. In other words, don't keep it at the bottom of your pack. Stored right, I think it will be fine.
2. The device that holds the batteries is very flimsy so I recommend replacing the batteries with care as the plastic ages and could become more brittle.
3. Relatively limited amount of light produced. This is a downside to using AA batteries. It is a good compromise though. In a tent of (guessing here) up to 8, it would probably provide a good general light source.
4. I'd prefer the button to be outside of the clear housing because this limits its accessibility when it's partially or totally collapsed but still in use.
Overall, I don't think you can go wrong with this purchase. The price-point and offered features make it worth the investment. I just wanted to make customers aware of the few negatives just in case.
Testing the lantern outside in pitch black darkness it throws a good size diameter light pattern, if you elevate the lantern 6-7 feet above ground level. Easily will have enough light for your camping area and I personally dont think I will even run it at full power, probably 1/2 or higher will do so therefore extending battery life even further. The legs on the lantern are nice to have if you dont have a tree or something you can hang it from, the light is definately stable when standing on them. Some people have stated this light wouldnt be appropriate for backpacking, I would kinda disagree with that, it is bigger than the orbit but compared to other lights that I have it is small. To me this lantern is the "do all" light, power outage? It could provide enough light for a living room or kitchen area with no problem. It definately would excell taking it car camping but I wouldnt hesitate to throw it in my backpack either, it really has more than enough power to light the area up without disturbing the rest of the camp. The lowest power setting is 10 lumens, which I find just right inside a small tent for a night light effect.
The overall quality of the light is really good for the price, no problems so far and I like how evenly the light is spread compared to other lanterns I have seen (namely the coleman exponent collapsable lantern). The power switch doesnt seam cheap and has a positive feel to it when holding it in to change the power settings. The hanging clips on top are definately well designed and hold the lamp secure from a tree branch or tent poles, the split design is a bonus. This light will probably replace my gas lantern due to size, i feel led tech has come to probably take over the lantern camping world. OH one thing I kinda noticed was bugs werent swarming the light as much compared to my gas lantern, dont know if this has any merit but atleast that night it did.