32xLED Lantern, retail $23.95 (http://store.advancedmart.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Advancemart (www.advancedmart.com)
Last updated 06-13-07

This is a 32-LED lantern with a little twist: a magnetic compass on its top that actually works!!!

It has a fold-down handle on top, and comes with a nifty folding hook on the top of the handle so you can hang the lantern from nails, tree branches, tent ceilings, or any other handy location.

The 32 LEDs feed from four C cells that you supply yourself.


First, remove the plastic film from the lantern's transparent cylinder, then feed it four C cells that you supply yourself (see directly below); and THEN you can go camping.

To use the lantern, firmly press & release the button on the front of the product's base to turn the LEDs on.

Firmly press & release the button again to turn the LEDs off.

Here is a photograph of the lantern hanging from its built-in hook.

And here's one showing the compass on the lantern's top.
I am not able to find any reference mark, so if you wish to have one, mark it on the top of the lantern with an indelible marking pen. Otherwise, you can use the lantern's handle itself as a reference guide. The hanging hook folds down on only one side, so you can use that as a reliable reference point if desired.
(UPDATE 06-08-07:) I just realised that you don't need a reference mark on a compass. So the absence of one will not be viewed as a negative after all.

To change the batteries in the 32-LED lantern, lantern, unscrew the bottom approximately 1/5th of a turn, lift it off, gently place it on the forest floor, and viciously kick it into the woods so the deer & squirrels get all mad at it and pee on it...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove the four used C cells from the lantern's body, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Install four new C cells into the battery compartment, aligning two of the cells so their flat (-) negative sides face the spring at the bottom of the hole for them; place the other two in their chambers button-first .

When all four cells are in, press the bottom of the lantern in place (so the two springs on it are positioned nearest to the flat sides of two of the C cells), and while still pressing down on it, give it ~1/5th of a turn clockwise (until it stops), and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bottom piece into the woods now?

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

This lantern appears at least reasonably durable, and ordinary flashlight accidents (like knocks, bumps, short-distance falls, etc.) should not do it in. No guarantees here, but I think you'll be alright. Because of its all-plastic construction, "The Smack Test" really isn't appropriate here.

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, even though there is an O-ring that seals the base against the body of the lantern. So please try to keep it away from creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docks, puddles of albino rat 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 and 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 something peed on it, douche the pieces off in fresh water before setting them out to dry.

The light generated by this lantern is a bit unusual: It has four distinct hotspots, with a noticeably dimmer corona between each beam. Please view the bathtub photograph directly below to see what I mean. See the bright hotspot on the front side wall of the bathtub enclosure, visible just above & to the right of the spigot (faucet)?

Photograph of a bathtub lit by this lantern.
Note the hotspot just above & to the right of the spigot.
There are four of these hotspots in the beam.

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

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by J.W. of AdvancedMart, and was received on the afternoon of 06-06-07.

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



    PRODUCT TYPE: LED lantern
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 32
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on base
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by plastic cylinder
    BATTERY: 4xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    SIZE: ~8" tall x ~4" wide
    WEIGHT: ~1lb empty
    WARRANTY: 90 days


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