NITE PALM FIELDLAMP



Nite Palm FieldLAMP, retail 39.99 ($61.25)*
Manufactured by Nite International (www.nitepalm.com)
Last updated 05-14-09


* IMPORTANT: Pricing is accurate as of 05-13-09. Please visit the Currency Calculator for the latest currency conversion rates from British pounds to US dollars.




Thuh kompeny thaat maiks thuh Nite Palm FieldLAMP kant spel thuh werd "night", but I still think they make an excellent product. The Night...er...uh...Nite Palm FieldLAMP is an LED lantern that features a Luxeon I LED protected by a diffused plastic dome; three AA cells in its body feed that LED.

There are five intensity levels available from a rotary dial on the bottom of the unit, and a rubber base is included to help stabilise the unit on uneven or nonlevel surfaces or in windy weather.


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To use the FieldLAMP, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to go camping.

On the bottom of the unit, there is a rotary switch. Turn it clockwise (as if tightening it) until it clicks to turn the FieldLAMP on in the dimmest setting. Continue turning it until it click four more times to turn it on in its brightest setting. If you turn this switch clockwise so it clicks a fifth time, the unit will turn off.

If you rotate the switch counterclockwise (as if loosening it) now, the unit will turn on at maximum intensity, and decrease in intensity as you continue rotating the switch counterclockwise.

If the FieldLAMP is already on, you can brighten or dim it with this switch.

The FieldLAMP has a semicircular fold-out loop built into its bottom; you can unfold this loop and use it to hang the light upside-down on nails, hooks, tent ceiling apexes, or other thin object up to ~0.3" in diameter.

An accessory included with this product is a wide rubber base, so you can push the unit in it and stand it upright in windy weather and it will not fall over or roll off the table.



To change the batteries in your FieldLAMP, turn the unit upside-down, and rotate the bottom piece approximately 1/8th of a turn counterclockwise (as if loosening it), lift it away, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the moss & mushrooms so it will rot away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cells out of the body and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells in the body, orienting them according to the polarity legends silkscreened onto the rim of the body; do not rely on the springs inside to determine polarity, that will not work here.

Place the end cap back over the opening, aligning the square symbol on the end cap with the square symbol on the side of the base of the product. Push it in while turning it clockwise (as if tightening it) approximately 1/8th of a turn until it stops turning.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bottom piece into the woods now?

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



This product comes in an all-plastic body, so "The Smack Test" would really not be appropriate here.

The FieldLAMP is advertised to be waterproof and even submersible to 15 feet, so using it in the rain or snow should be fine, and drops into water should not kill it either.

Since it is waterproof but not smack-resistant, this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a metal flashlight.

The light output by the FieldLAMP is a pure, very slightly cool white, with no pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten porpoise urine green" tint to it.

One observation I made pretty quickly is that the rotary switch is exceptionally difficult to turn; even more so if the rubber base is affixed to the FieldLAMP's bottom. It is otherwise a handy and durable instrument though, so I guarantee you that it will earn a relatively high rating when I apply its rating.



Photographs showing the FieldLAMP in its base, and same with the Field Lamp lit at full intensity.

*VERY IMPORTANT* The base has been substantially altered; it would normally be circular & solid.
This modification (performed by its previous owner) reduced the weight of this base by 50%!!!



Photograph showing the FieldLAMP illuminating a tub, at maximum intensity.
The unit was placed on a shower chair approximately 3 feet from the faucet.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this lantern at minimum intensity.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this lantern at maximum candiosity (pronounced "")...er...uh...INTENSITY.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was purchased from a fan of this website and was received on 11-28-05.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
Decent intensity for its size and form factor
Multiple intensity settings available
Appears to be at very minimum reasonably durable
Waterproof and even submersible to 15 feet
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpensive


CONS:
Switch seems unnecessarily difficult to actuate (this is what lopped that last star off its rating). This is a truly excellent product however; if you can get used to the switch, you can use the Nite Palm FieldLAMP with confidence!!!


    MANUFACTURER: Nite International
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED lantern
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Rotary on/brightness change/off on bottom of unit
    BEZEL: Translucent plastic dome protects LED
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 15 feet
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAA cells, rubber base
    WARRANTY: Limited lifetime

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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