Osram Sylvania Battery Operated Mini Lantern
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- Bright, battery-powered lantern is lit with LEDs to eliminate the danger of burning
- Hold the lantern by its handle or stand it on its stabilizing feet
- Two brightness levels: full brightness & dimmed to 25%
- Dimensions: 5 5/8" H x 2" diameter
- Brightness Levels: 2: 100% and 25%
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I'm not sure what the life span of batteries is on high but the high setting is very bright. You might not want to do beadwork but situate a couple of them correctly (above and behind people) and folks could play cards.
Every strength is also a weakness and having a bright output is no exception. This lantern is so bright that when lit, it's uncomfortable to look at directly. That's a common "problem". It's not really a problem per se... one needs to understand how to use these little guys and then they're wonderful. It's perfect for hanging high and setting back away from direct view in order to get bathed by its bright light.
I highly recommend this lantern!
It uses 4 AA batteries, but gives almost as much light as a full-size 4-D Coleman camping lantern with a krypton bulb. The size is surprising small: about the size of a regular 2-D flashlight minus the head.
It also has 2 small, but nice features. The top has a small loop handle made of wire that can be used to hang or attach it to things; if you have small fingers, it will fit 2 fingers through. It also has small feet that you can slide out for greater stability.
My only concern is the battery life: the package does not list it, but the manufacturer's website claims 80 hours. I am rather skeptical, so carry spares just in case. Mine has new batteries, so I cannot tell.
I purchased one last year, a little skeptical, but have now gone back to purchase 3 more for emergency/camping use.
One reviewer said there was a sliding shield - there isn't. Maybe they were just reviewing the wrong lantern. The light is diffused enough you shouldn't need it anyway. I also own a Coleman X (Pack-Away) lantern (the box shape, not triangle). In comparison, I would take this Sylvania lantern any day for 3 reasons. 1.) It's cheaper by at least $10+ 2.) The battery life on this Sylvania cannot be beat (Coleman it's 12 hrs on low) 3.) The glare on the Coleman is outrageous for an LED. They wanted to make it bright but forgot usefulness. Also, since the Coleman has corners (the Sylvania doesn't - it's cylindrical) it has shadows everywhere.
One thing to note about this Sylvania, while it is good for working by and seeing things around you, if want to do any long term reading I would recommend a headlamp instead. You can still read by this lantern (it is bright enough) but the light won't be directed on your reading page and might be cumbersome if you want to lie down in bed and read.
One tip for protecting this lantern's clear shield so it doesn't get scratched up in transport or a gear bag (it's plastic, so it won't break): Put it in a clean, thick, soft sock, twist the end and then double it back over itself. It will stay in place and your lantern will be ready to go with you at any time.
You can't go wrong with this lantern. Cheers!
Same lantern as the more expensive Brunton Glorb LED XB Lantern.
These work great out of the package, but some small mods can be done to make them better.
To diffuse the light more, you can use some spray frost or Glad Press 'N Seal on the outside of the globe. I went even cheaper and used a small piece of wax paper on the INSIDE of the globe. If cut to the right size, it works great, it is cheap and it make the light much more even.
I also Modified about half of my lanterns with new LED's. I went with a much brighter SSC P4 U-bin Emitter on some of them, And a Warm White version on a couple others.
If you want to use rechargeable batteries, it is a good idea to trim off about 2 mm worth of plastic from the top of the screw-in legs/battery holder. The batteries are a tight fit and the plastic can chew up the batteries.
Build quality is good. 1 out of 15 lanterns had a messed up leg. I gave that one away. Another lantern broke when I tried to take it apart to modify. Nothing a good epoxy could not fix.
There is a small parasitic drain on the batteries when not in use. About 150 microamps or so. It's a good idea to recharge batteries about once a year.
Overall a good lantern for the money
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This does just what it is supposed to do. Provide an emergency light source in case of a power outage.
I have it sitting on a bookcase ready to go if needed. Read more
There's nothing bad i can say about this mini-lantern. I don't love it, i don't hate it either. I only use it inside of my tent since it's not bright enough for anything else.Published on September 16, 2012 by BKseven1eight
THIS MINI LANTERN DOES THE JOB NICE BRIGHT LIGHT AND THE BATTERY'S LAST VERY LONG WHAT ELSE IS THERE BUT GOOD PERFORMANCE BEST IN AREAS AROUND 5 TO SIX FEET I LIKE ITPublished on January 13, 2012 by David Semidey
Although my sister got her power back (from Irene), she hung the lantern from the top of the stairs where she really needed light and loves it. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Star Girl
The quality the materials is really good. I was expecting to be a little bit more brighter, but it's OK.Published on September 10, 2011 by Kiril
This is a small lantern. It fits in your hand is really adequate for personal use and not to replace a larger lantern. Small, sturdy and stable with the clever swivel out stand. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by R. Aching
has high and low settings, casts plenty of light for large tents and to supplement other lanterns around the camp site. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by jim