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This little lantern is exactly what we needed for our camping trips and to have around the house as an emergency light. First and foremost, this lantern is extremely bright. It’s much brighter than I expected for the size of the lantern. One of our favorite features is the 360 and 180 degree light options. The 180 degree light setting just illuminates one side of the lantern, which is perfect when you don’t want the light to be too bright and harsh. The light is dimmable in both settings although it seems to dim more to a lower brightness in the 360 degree mode compared to the 180 degree mode. The manual crank works as described and is a nice feature that gives you the ability to generate some light even when the battery is dead. The usb charging feature is a nice touch in emergency scenarios. The lantern has a red emergency light ring at the top but it isn’t too bright. Overall, this is a great camping and emergency light that is extremely bright and has several nice and useful features.
I know what you’re thinking- pretty expensive for just a lantern. It is WORTH it! I bought our first one 2 years ago for a camping trip. It still works fantastic the same as the day it was purchased. I bought another one when we lost power from an ice storm. I highly recommend. You can charge with the crank or plug into a wall. They are light weight and the light lasts a very long time. Love it!
I think this lamp borders on perfection, except for one detail: the attached USB charging cable. USB cables can be notoriously short-lived, in my experience, especially outdoors. So, what are your options if/when the charging cable fails? I think a standard Micro-USB or USB-C port would have been a better option, since most of us have other cables. Other than that, its brightness, battery life, and emergency crank, made it a pretty good deal to me.
I like this lamp in many ways (adjustable brightness, lighting options, USB charging, hanging). But I can't figure out where to put it. On a table it doesn't brighten anything useful. Higher it blinds me. Some kind of diffusion flexibility would make it much more useful.
Purchased this for it versatility can stand up-right, hang, variable lighting modes and directions and hand crank that for every minute of cranking gives you 10 minutes of light. Called company to make sure on the hand crank and was told for example 6 minutes of cranking you get 60 minutes of lighting. Very, very bight they should consider an outer frosted lens version in the future.
We have a small off grid cabin and were having battery issues. Power would go out at 6 or 8pm daily. Candles are inconvenient and a fire hazard. This lantern proved itself to be so good, I now own five of them!
They charge off USB or hand crank. We've not had much occasion to use the crank, but I tested it and it worked well. It's not flimsy or too light weight and is easy to crank for enough turns to charge the battery. This is a huge improvement over the spring based hand crank LED lanterns of the past that we have used for emergencies.
We normally charge them the next sunny day after use. It can take a few hours to fully recharge on a normal USB charging outlet.
Light quality is excellent. You have two choices, 1/2 or full and a dimmer knob on the front to adjust brightness. Lower bright = longer battery life.
We had only one issue with a defective lantern (out of the five we ordered). It was likely damaged in shipping and rattled, then the light went out after a few seconds. It was promptly replace, no questions asked. Their service is excellent.
In summary, this is an extremely well designed, functional product that is well made. I expect to get years of reliable service from it. It's ideal for emergencies, but I also expect to keep a few of these in places like the shop and solar panel electrical service area for lighting in tight spaces or when the power goes down. We keep one in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. You'll always have light with Goal Zero!
The lantern is perfect!! It's a little smaller than expected but brighter than expected. I took this out on Halloween night to trick or treat and it was perfect. You can choose the brightness with the dial as it goes from dim to Very bright. I'm most excited to use the USB port to charge my devices and I can always crank it to charge. Overall, great product.