Portable Lanterns

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 19:25
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Looking at the extensive array of lanterns in the camping shops today I felt that it was impossible to know which was suitable without having seen them in camping conditions. Can people who have experience of them tell me if the LED versions, which have much longer times between recharges, are comfortable to live with in something like a Cub camper. LEDs can be very harsh and hard on the eyes, but perhaps the fluorescent ones are not much better. Any comments appreciated.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:06

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:06
I favour LED type lights that take AA or AAA batteries as they are cheaper than the D types etc and I buy my batteries in the bulk packs of 30 odd from Bunnings etc
I find that it is a cheap and easy way to go without the recharging hassles although if you prefer you could still use rechargables
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:28

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:28
We have both and although the LED (rechargable version) lasts a long time between charges, I agree it is hard on the eyes compared to the fluro.
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 21:01

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 21:01
We have the Arlec one that has two fluros in it and a little LED night light. You can choose to have either one fluro or both on or just the night light. Built in rechargable dry cell battery (replaceable) so no stuffing around with disposable batteries...
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 21:08

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 21:08
As far as battery powered lighting is concerned....LED is the way to go.

LED has come a long way in the last year or two and a lot of the issues of the past, like a slightly off colour and eye irritation have in the better products.

One very real issue with LED is that because it is far more efficient it is so easy to end up with something that is too bright, or a very intense little thing that is not properly diffused.

Ya gota look at every product on its merits and higher price does not necessarily mean more suitable.

There are some very well priced LED items that work very well......similarly there are some very expensive items, that are just not worth the money.

cheers
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 09:28

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 09:28
I have the Coleman rechargeable lantern and find it just great. Great battery life and 2 light settings. I find the low setting very comfortable on the eyes inside the van. Can recharge from battery, cig lighter or 240. About $50 I think, although I got mine when they were on special for $30.
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Follow Up By: Pelikan - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 16:56

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 16:56
Thank you Fred. Could you please tell me which model it is? They seem to make several.
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 09:40

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 09:40
If you happen to have a Ryobi drill and battery at home (One + system) you can get a lantern that runs off the same battery. I bought one to use when camping, I also bought the 12v charger so I can charge it while out camping if needed.

It is LED with two settings, it puts out a nice light which I don't find annoying at all.

http://www.ryobi.com.au/Products/PowerTools/ONEplus/Misc/CAL180G
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Reply By: Pelikan - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 16:57

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 16:57
Thank you all for your very helpful advice
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 09:04

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 09:04
This is the one I have.

Have a look here for details
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Reply By: Pelikan - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 09:15

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 09:15
Thanks very much Fred. A picture's worth a thousand something or other,

Peter H
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 14:10

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 14:10
Pelikan,

Here's another "thousand something or other" :-)

We bought a Coleman lantern back in March, but have only used it once.
It has a 3 position switch, and is supplied with 12v & 240v charging leads.
Has a good light output, warm white in colour, BUT the single LED seems to cause some glare if you are close to the light, say having a meal, with the lamp in the centre of the table. Might be okay when in an elevated position.



We'll probably use it, but only if we need a lamp in a remote position. Was about $80 @ Big W, in Toowoomba.

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Follow Up By: Pelikan - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 16:35

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 16:35
Thanks Bob,

I think warm white sounds good. Cool white LEDs always seem a bit harsh to me.

Peter
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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 10:38

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 10:38
We use LED worklights for camp site lighting like these....

http://www.narva.com.au/products/browse/inspection-lamps

We find the light output is better, they are more robust and most importantly they take up a lot less room when packing.

Around a camp site you can use an extendible awning pole and put the light on top increasing it's illumination.
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