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Whetstone Solar Powered, Crank Dynamo, Battery Operated Lantern- 4 Ways to Power- 180 Lumen 36-LED with Adjustable Settings for Camping, Emergency by
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- POWER 4 WAYS- The lantern features 4 options to power the light, all built into 1! The hand crank easily maneuvers to store power, while the solar panel effortlessly absorbs natural light. This also includes a battery compartment and an AC adapter port.
- ADJUSTABLE SETTINGS- The LED bulbs last up to 100,000 hours before burning out and can also adjust brightness modes; with high, medium, and low settings. The dynamo crank, solar panel, and other power options adds both convenience and flexibility.
- CHARGE DEVICES- The 180-lumen lantern uses LED bulbs, leading to an improved lumen-per-watt ratio and saves energy. This multi-use lantern also features a USB port to plug in phones, tablets, and other devices to charge, making it ideal in an emergency.
- MULTIUSE- This water-resistant lantern features a carrying handle and hanging hook so you can hang it from a tent, carry it with you, or stand it on a flat surface. It is ideal for camping, hiking, auto repair jobs, or to add to home emergency kits.
- PRODUCT DETAILS- Dimension: 10” (H) x 4” (L) x 5.25” (W). Lantern Standard 36 LED bulbs: 180 Lumens. Batteries Optional: 3 AAA batteries. Solar Charging Time: Approx. 6 hours. Provides up to 20 minutes of light per 1 minute of cranking.
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Illuminate your world, your way with the versatile Dynamo, Solar, Battery Power Lantern from Whetstone. Offering 4 power options including dynamo crank, solar panel, battery, and AC adapter, this compact and lightweight model provides the type of light you need, when you need it. This lamp is the perfect choice for your outdoor needs like camping, hiking, backpacking, and fishing, and is also great as an indoor light for reading and emergencies! SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Whetstone is committed to providing the consumer with the absolute best price and value on our entire line of products, which we ensure by applying a rigorous quality control process. NOTE: This is an exclusive product of Whetstone and ONLY Dynamo, Solar, Battery Power Lantern by Whetstone is GUARANTEED to be genuine. IMPORTANT: Avoid buying counterfeit products and transacting with unauthorized sellers. Look for our logo on the packaging for every one of our products.
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This lantern avoids that problem of expensive, short-lived batteries with a couple of options to keep the lights on until your power comes back on or your camping trip is over.
The lantern itself is attractive with a carrying handle and fold-away hook for hanging in a tent or overhead. The solar cell at the top of the unit is firmly attached and the handle for cranking the dynamo folds away into the base's side. I would advise caution when cranking as a too-energetic person could get carried away and over-do it; only a few quick turns are needed to power up the unit. The crank handle is plastic and could accidentally be broken off if not tucked back into its "docking station" when not in use for charging. The storage battery in the base gives the lantern enough weight so it won't be tipped over easily.
The LED lights are controlled with a push button on-off switch on the top of the base. The lights have three lighting levels, illuminating the center four LEDs on each face of the center post on low, eight on each face on medium, and all 12 on each face when on high. Unlike the older lanterns that used incandescent bulbs, the LED bulbs stay cool, which can be an important feature when used in hot weather or around children who might bump into the lantern. The light emitted by the LEDs is bright white.
The unit I received also had a housing at the bottom of the base for three AAA batteries for another method to power the lantern, though why anyone would opt for this when the solar and crank options are there is a mystery. No mention of using it with AAA batteries is made on the skimpy instruction sheet.
My only complaint about the lantern, in fact, is the lack of clear instructions. There is one page of product information included with the lantern, but it is not very informative. There is a large photograph of the lantern with the major features pointed out, but the smaller photos are unclear with no detail or captions with explanations. The sheet points out the "USB Charging Socket" but does not specify whether it is used to charge the unit, as through a computer or adapter, or if it can be used to charge devices with USB cables. Upon seeing it, a neighbor immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was for charging the lantern via a computer. Based on the product description on Amazon, it is for charging devices after you have powered the lantern with the solar or dynamo option. Another user making the same mistake and plugging it into a computer could do some harm to either the lantern or the USB connector.
Another disconnect between the information on the sheet and on the Amazon product description is the estimated life of the LEDs themselves. The online description claims 100,000 hours yet the instruction sheet claims "more than 10,000 hours." While taking this literally, 100,000 is more than 10,000 it is still a major discrepancy for the estimate.
Highly recommended in spite of the poor instructions. If the manufacturer could do one thing to improve its product, it would be to re-do the instruction sheet with clearer photographs and more precise instructions and product information.
If they would make a correction with handle issue, I would actually buy another one. As it is now, of course I wouldn't. You think you're popping it in place, and it pops right out on its own. Be careful.