eGear LED Lantern, retail $10.00 (
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 01-25-06

This is a very tiny LED lantern that can fit on your keychain using the spring-loaded clasp it comes equipped with, or hang from your backpack with the included carabiner attachment. This carabiner ***MUST NOT*** be used for climbing; it is not designed for that purpose!!!

It has a Nichia 5mm white LED, aimed up at a conical reflector, comes in an all-plastic body, uses two CR2032 lithium coin cells to power that LED with, and has two lighting modes plus off.


Batteries are already installed in this product, so it is ready to go as soon as you remove it from the package.

To turn it on in continuous mode, grasp the base of the lantern with one hand, and use your other hand to grasp the top of the lantern and give it a counterclockwise twist of approximately 1/5th of a turn.

Do the same thing as above, except turn it clockwise, to turn the lantern back off.

If you first turn the lantern on and then back off, then turn it back on within ~4 seconds, the LED will blink with a rate of approximately 1.5Hz (three blinks every two seconds).

To change the batteries, turn the lantern upside-down.
Using an object like a coin (a penny worked fine in my testing), put it in the slot and twist it approximately 1/4 of a turn counterclockwise until it stops.

Remove this circular lid, and set it aside.

Remove the two used CR2032 cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Install two new CR2032 cells in the body, orienting them so their button-sides (-) negatives go in first.

Place the circular lid back over the opening, and use the coin or whatever you used to remove the lid earlier to turn the lid clockwise until it stops turning.

Unable to measure current consumption due to how the product was constructed.

Due to the lantern's all-plastic construction, "The Smack Test" would be inappropriate here, because I'm fairly certain it would become broken if I performed that test.

It should *easily* withstand drops to carpeted floors and soft ground with impunity.
But because "The Smack Test" will not be performed, this web page will be more bare than usual for one of my flashlight evaluations.

This product should have SOME degree of water-resistance. There is an O-ring on the battery lid. A small amount of leakage from the interface between the transparent globe and the battery compartment was detected when the product was suctioned; however this leak should not cause the lantern to flood if it is used in moderately foul weather. It's not a large leak, but it is a leak nonetheless.

This lantern is equipped with a shiny, conical reflector upon which the LED is aimed; this helps all those photons be free and not become wasted in the top of the product as happens with another leading brand of keychain lantern.

Photograph of the lantern, lighted, on a bed.

Photograph of a bathtub illuminated by this lantern.
Lantern was placed on a shower chair ~3 feet from the front of the tub.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing lantern's blinking.
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Test unit was sent by A.S. of essentialgear, and was received on 01-24-06.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown, possibly Nuwai
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain LED lantern
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist case on/blink/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Transparent plastic cylinder protects LED
    BATTERY: 2xCR2032 cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries, spring-loaded clip on swivel, carabiner
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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