- Mar 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm #3522757
Ian RaeBPL Member
@iancraeLocale: North Cascades
I’m planning for an upcoming 11 day river trip with my two kids (I know, not backpacking, but I trust everyone’s opinion here!) Looking for suggestions for an LED lantern. Ideally, this would be something small-ish with a warm white light (I’ve tried a couple lanterns, and really prefer the warm white light from my snow peak gas lanterns, but would like to switch to LED if I can find something appropriate.
I will be bringing a few Nitecore 18650 batteries, so ideally I would find a lantern that takes these batteries as well. It appears that not all 18650 batteries are the same (i.e., Goal Zero uses a proprietary connector that isn’t compatible with the more “standard” Nitecore Batteries.
Any suggestions?Mar 6, 2018 at 10:09 pm #3522759
Bob ShuffBPL Member
Snow peak has some great warm light lanterns, but I the one I have is 3x AAA – the color/tint is much more pleasing than the cool white LEDs used more often..
I would love something that would use 18650.
Consider solar lanterns like Luci as well. Not sure if these are all cool or if there are some warmer LED versions.Mar 6, 2018 at 10:13 pm #3522760
Check your PMs.Mar 6, 2018 at 10:24 pm #3522767
Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
I too find many LED lanterns harsh. I wrapped one of them in semi-transparent Scotch tape and it helped a lot. One can come up with similar alternatives.
I considered gently sandblasting the clear plastic, but no longer have access to a sandblaster. Probably could chemically etch the plastic to fog it up, not sure what to use.Mar 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm #3522769
Jon FongBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
A lot of lanterns don’t spec this but LED lights can be found with color temperature ratings. 5000 K is a pretty bright white light (and somewhat harsh) and 2700 K tends to be a warm like an incandescent bulb. I would avoid the 5000 K LEDs. My 2 cents.Mar 6, 2018 at 11:00 pm #3522776
Michael SirofchuckBPL Member
@mr_squishyLocale: Great Wet North
Luci Lights – we take them on river trips and they are superb. Lightweight, solar charged, we take a bunch for late fall hunting when we have long nights in the tent.Mar 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm #3522784
Bob ShuffBPL Member
I wish they would post the LED color. Maybe on candlepowerforums?
Luci has a candle lantern that flickers. https://mpowerd.com/collections/shop/products/luci-candle-f2017
BTW, the Goal Zero lighthouse mini has a replaceable 18650 batteryMar 6, 2018 at 11:23 pm #3522785
Fenix CL25R lantern. Takes an 18650 battery, is pretty indestructable, has a red light and a blinking light mode, plus 3 solid light levels, runs a long time.Mar 7, 2018 at 12:17 am #3522793
Eric OsburnBPL Member
@osb40000Mar 7, 2018 at 12:21 am #3522795
John S.BPL Member
Here is the wirecutters choice, UST 30-day duro.Mar 8, 2018 at 3:38 am #3523037
windsor akBPL Member
Nitecore LR10 if you are bringing a battery pack that can be used to recharge it.Mar 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm #3523130
Ben H.BPL Member
@bzhayesLocale: So. California
…. Probably could chemically etch the plastic to fog it up, not sure what to use.
Acetone (nail polish remover) dissolves lots of types of plastic. If you wipe it on and clean it off it usually ends up pretty fogged.Mar 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm #3523139
d kBPL Member
There are many versions of the solar Luci lantern – the one we got as a gift seems to be on the warmer end of the spectrum, and has 3 levels. The plastic is also clouded, so it’s not glaring like some of their models.Mar 9, 2018 at 2:40 am #3523288
Sharon J.BPL Member
@squarkLocale: SF Bay area
A photography instructor recommended using a partially-inflated plastic grocery bag as a cheap flash diffuser. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work for a lantern.Mar 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm #3523371
Link .BPL Member
This is along the same line to what Sharon is talking about CRUSHABLE LANTERN SHADE L or this World’s Lightest Camping Lantern (and cheapest too) .
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