Al Ruscelli's Emergency LED Lantern Page
This page focuses on a few LED lanterns that can be used in emergency situations, camping, general nighttime convenience, etc.
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Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern (3xD Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $20.*
Sylvania Mini LED Lantern (4xAA Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $13.*
Energizer Weather Ready LED Room Light (4xD Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $20.*
*Price varied greatly on each of these lanterns (as much as $20), depending on where advertised and purchased. Prices shown above reflect the best deals I found.
This page features small LED lanterns that we have acquired primarily for emergency use. Living on the Texas Gulf Coast, every year we are faced with the possibility of hurricanes and associated power outages that can last for days or even weeks. Aside from those extreme situations, there are occasional short-term power outages (as everywhere) that can last for just a few minutes or a few hours. During those times, it is convenient (and wise) to have an emergency lantern or two readily available, and LED lanterns can be a good choice.
Good emergency LED lanterns will have much longer run times than average flashlights and will supply ample light to find your way around and assist with going about tasks when/where electricity is not available to power your regular lights (whether these situations last for a few minutes, a few hours, or even days/weeks).
These types of lanterns are also great for camping or other uses that the innovative user might find for them.
This series of LED lanterns includes the Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern, Sylvania Mini LED Lantern, and the Energizer Weather Ready 245 Hour LED Room Light. Two of each lantern in their original packaging are shown in the first photos, with one set having been purchased for each of two households.
The Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern runs on three D-cell batteries and has High-Low-Off settings and a stated run time of 150 hours, assuming use in low mode. (Cost: approx. $20 US).
The top of the Rayovac lantern twists and lifts off so that when hung upside down the light is much like a standard room light.
The Sylvania Mini LED Lantern runs on four AA batteries and has High-Low-Off settings. It is the smallest of these three lanterns with the shortest run time, but is very convenient to use, especially for short-term needs. This is a very stylish little light with a good feel in hand. Easy to deal with, not at all bulky, but with a price for it's small size of relatively low output and short run time compared to the other two lanterns shown here. If you're in a situation where you need it, though, it's plenty bright to get you by. Based on other user feedback, there is an estimated run time of about 30 hours for this lantern when set on low. (Cost: approx. $13 US).
The Energizer Weather Ready 245 Hour LED Room Light runs on four D-cell batteries and has High-Low-Off-Nightlight settings. This is a very versatile lantern that can be oriented in a number of ways, as you can see by the photos, and it has a manufacturer stated runtime of 245 hours. It even has a mirror-like reflector behind the lamps to reflect more light forward when in the "down" position . When in its "down" position, this lantern can be used to throw light more in one general direction (a solid half-circle of light). This lantern might be mistaken at first glance for a fluorescent lantern because of the whitish tubes inside the body, but those merely serve as diffusers for the LEDs. (Cost: approx. $20 US).
When in the upright position, the Energizer lamp throws a more full room light.
The Energizer lantern's nightlight may seem rather dim while ambient room light is high, but it would be enough to see by with night-adjusted eyes.
Indoor Night Shots
All shots done with a Canon 1D Mark II and 14mm f/2.8L lens (lens set at f/2.8 with 1/4 second camera shutter speed at ISO 400).
Shots done with lanterns in far corner and center of room (roughly 12x15 foot formal living room with dark walls and white ceiling).
All shots done with lanterns on highest setting.
One shot in each location for the Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern (3xD cells) and Sylvania Mini LED Lantern (4xAA cells). Two shots in each location for the Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern because of available directional variations (4xD cells).
Lanterns in Far Corner of Room
Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern
Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (with lamp head in "up" position)
Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (with lamp head in "down" position)
Sylvania Mini LED Lantern
Lanterns in Center of Room
Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern
Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (lamp head in "up" position facing to sides of room)
Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (lamp head in "up" position facing to ends of room)
Sylvania Mini LED Lantern
Pros, Cons, and Remarks Based on a Brief Comparative Evaluation
Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern (3xD Batteries)
Pros: Seems to be the brightest of the bunch. Good light thrown 360 degrees. Second longest runtime of the three, stated by manufacturer in the 150 hour range (not tested by me). Is water resistant. Has hook built in to bottom of light for hanging so it can be easily hung upside down in a tent or otherwise above eye level. Has a tiny, blinking "find me" light (EZ-Find Light) that blinks every five seconds when lantern is off so that it can be easily found in the dark.
Cons: Base of lantern is awkward to attach after inserting batteries. There's probably some easy trick to it (or maybe a fix), but the free spinning disk in the base that has the battery contact points and alignment slots that spins a little too freely, making alignment and attachment somewhat of a challenge. It is way too easy for the alignment slots to spin out of position while attempting to attach the base.
Remarks: This would be a solid choice for a small camping lantern, tent lantern, household lantern, emergency lantern, etc. Light seems perhaps a bit harsh compared to the Energizer when you glance toward the lantern (perhaps the diffuser size and material make the light source seem a bit more intense, or maybe it's just plain brighter by enough margin to notice the difference).
Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (4xD Batteries)
Pros: Has longest stated runtime of the three as stated by manufacturer in the 245 hour range (not tested by me). Very versatile in positioning options and can cover either 180 or 360 degrees depending on head position. Has a built-in nightlight. Is relatively easy on the eyes. Batteries are easy to install.
Cons: Light not as bright or evenly dispersed as the Rayovac. It is a little to the bulky side and somewhat awkward in its fully swung-up position.
Remarks: Even if not as bright as the Rayovac, the Energizer would be a very good choice for an emergency lantern, especially with its long runtime. Uses eight LEDs for main light and one amber LED for nightlight. Perceived difference in light intensity between high and low settings is minimal, almost to the extent that I wonder why there are two settings. The low should probably be much lower.
Sylvania Mini LED Lantern (4xAA Batteries)
Pros: Is small, convenient, and solidly built. Has retractable feet for storage and stability. There is a good deal of difference between the high and low settings, which I count as a real plus (stated as 100 percent and 25 percent settings).
Cons: Probably not really bright enough for consideration as a serious emergency room light, but would be a heck of a lot better than having nothing. It will get you by, but won't do much more than that because of limited light range and brightness. Would not be much of a task light unless the lantern was very close to the user. Shortest overall runtime of the three (not verified, but somewhere between 8 and 30 hours, perhaps?). Screw-in bottom battery cover will cut into the bottom edges of plastic coating on the batteries unless modified (threads must be cut or filed down a bit). If using disposable batteries, this is not a problem. For multi-use rechargeable batteries, it will scar the plastic coating upon each insertion and tightening of the base. Instructions for a fix can be found on the CandlePower Forums in this thread: Sylvania/Osram Mini 4AA Lantern Upgrade
Remarks: This would make a nice convenience lantern for certain types of home use (for instance, as a bedside light) and a decent (if not overly bright) tent light. Despite some of the cons, this is a neat little lantern with a good deal of "cool/fun" factor (just ask my 6-year-old daughter, who has claimed it as hers). .I like it, too, despite its weaknesses. And how much can you ask of a $13 lantern?
A Couple of Added Shots of the Rayovac at 100 Percent and 50 Percent
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