3W Luxeon LED Lantern, retail (www.dorcy.com)
Manufactured by Dorcy (www.dorcy.com)
Last updated 07-14-06

The "Super 3 Watt" lantern is a handheld lantern-style flashlight that features a side-emitting Luxeon Star III LED at the bottom of a large, smooth reflector. It feeds from a standard 6 volt lantern battery, or from 4 D cells (included), using an adapter (also included).

It comes in a black and brushed silver finished plastic body, and has an adjustable stand built in so you can put the lantern down and direct (aim) the light anywhere you need it.


To use the lantern, feed it the included batteries or a 6 volt lantern battery first, and then you can go to town - or to the woods if you prefer.

Press the button on the top front of the lantern's body (at the front of the handle) firmly until it clicks and then release it to turn the lantern on.

Do the same thing again to turn the lantern back off.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the lantern is off, however, you can blink the lantern while it is on by partially depressing the tailcap button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the lantern this way.

To change the battery or batteries, unscrew the bezel (head) and remove it, gently place it on the ground, and kick it in the weeds so it can rot away...O WAIT, THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

If you're using four D cells, tip the black adapter out of the lantern's body, and remove & dispose of or recycle the D cells from it.

If using D cells, insert four new D cells into the adapter, orienting them so the flat-end (-) negative faces the spring for them in each chamber faces them.

Insert the adapter back in the flashlight body so the springs on it face outward.

If using a 6 volt lantern battery, place it in the body so the springs on it face outward.

Orient the bezel so the rectangular projection with the two metal contacts is aimed toward the top of the lantern body (toward the switch), lower it over the body, and screw it firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel in the weeds now?

Photograph showing the lantern tilted upward on its stand.

This lantern comes in a plastic body, so "The Smack Test" would really not be appropriate here.

In my opinion, "The Toilet Test" is also inappropriate, as I see no O-rings or other environmental protection. The lantern *DOES* appear to be splash-resistant, but I don't believe for one second that it is waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of coyote pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in lightly to at most moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your lantern to smell like seashells or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or pee-pee) can't be very good for the insides.

The tint of the light emitted is a pure white, with no pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten moose urine green" coloration to it at all.

The beam does appear slightly misaligned, but not excessivly so.

The side-emitting Luxeon Star LED is mounted to a white plastic platform at the bottom of the reflector; no heatsinking is visible beyond the MCPCB (Metal Core Printed Circuit Board) the LED is mounted to. Let's see if I can get a photograph taken of that...BBS...

Here is a photograph of the Luxeon Star III SE LED mounted to that plastic white platform.

(Edit 08-19-05): I tried the lantern with a 6 volt spring terminal lantern battery, and it does work properly with that battery.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 1,111,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this lantern.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Beam photo at ~15'.
That red thing in the upper left is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Beam photo at ~50'.
The fence the beam is shone onto has an albedo of approximately 0.50.

Product was purchased from a website fan and was received late on the morning of 08-12-05.

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

Bright little mofo
Can use either D cells or lantern battery
Adjustable stand allows for versatility in positioning

Not very water-resistant - not good for a CAMPING LANTERN
All-plastic body *MAY* be more fragile than what would be desired

    PRODUCT TYPE: Lantern-style large flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 3W white Luxeon Star side-emitting LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with outer ring; medium-wide corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on top of unit
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 4xD cells or 1xlantern battery
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Unknown; probably splash-resistant at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: 4xD cells, battery adapter
    WARRANTY: 1 year


    Star Rating

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