Energizer® Illumifold™ Fluorescent Lantern, retail $19.20 (www.energizer.com...)
Manufactured by Energizer Battery Company (www.energizer.com)
Last updated 01-10-07

This appears to be the larger cousin to this product. The primary differences (besides size) are:

1: This product uses fluorescent light bulbs, not LEDs.
2: This product uses D cells, not AA cells.
3: Both sides of the housing with the fluoro tubes in it are transparent.


To use the Energizer® Illumifold™, you must first feed it. It does not come with batteries; so you will need to buy these seperately.

Once you've fed the beast, a slide switch on the back lets you select one or both tubes. Push it to the right to light up one tube; push it to the left to light them both. The center position turns the unit off.

The light's head folds outwards to any position within an approximately 225° range of motion, allowing you to direct the light where it is needed. It is also equipped with a built-in handle/hanging hook so you can hang it from the tent ceiling, a nail, a screw, a coathook, or other convenient place.

Unfold the lantern's light holder so you see a large white plate. Use a large standard screwdriver on the two standard head screws. Turn each one ~1/4 of a turn clockwise. This is opposite of how screws in most devices operate, so do not let you throw this off.

Remove the battery door, and throw it into the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used D cells as you see fit.

Install four new D cells, orienting them so their flat sides (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Place the large battery door back over the opening, and screw the two screws 1/4 of a turn counterclockwise until they stop turning.

Aren't you glad you didn't throw that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Advertised runtime is 40 hours with one tube on, and 20 hours with both tubes on.

The Energizer® Illumifold™ appears to have been reasonably well constructed - it simply has too many screws for it to be a cheap piece of {vulgar term for feces}.
It feels solid and substantial in the hand, and doesn't have a cheap or loose feel to it at all, with the sole exception of the slide switch; this rattles about a bit when lightly touched, but this is extremely common to find, even in a few high-end lights.

The lantern's head seems to stay put when you open it. It will also stand on-end with the light head folded out to face down 45° (that is, swung out a full 225° from the closed position).

The lantern should offer some light splash-resistance, and some light rain resistance too. But I don't believe it's totally weatherproof, waterproof, or submersible. So please try to keep it away from creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docks, puddles of horse pee, snowbanks, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, pet water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. If it does become flooded, remove the battery door, remove the batteries themselves, and set the parts in a warm, dry place for a few days just to be certain the lantern is completely dry when you reassemble it. If it fell in seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche the pieces off in fresh water before setting them out to dry. Water (especially salt water) and electricity seldom play well together, so you'll want to be absolutely certain the lantern is completely dry inside before you reassemble & use it again.

One tube lit.

Both tubes lit.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the fluorescent light bubs in this lantern.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Test units (2) were sent by a fan of this website along with a number of other lighting products, and were received on 01-08-07.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Energizer Battery Company
    PRODUCT TYPE: Fluorescent lantern
    LAMP TYPE: 4-watt fluorescent tube
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Wide flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; fluoro tubes protected by plastic cover
    BATTERY: 4xD cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: None that I'm aware of
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


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