There is nothing much better than laying in a sleeping bag, listening to the frogs and the crickets outside of your tent while reading a good book by the light of a lantern…almost nastalgic.
eGear (http://www.essentialgear.com/) has a great little LED Lantern called the Grenade that I am very fond of. When I received it I was shocked at how light weight it was even with the 3 AA batteries in it. It came with the 3 batteries, a plasic two sided clip to attach to the top of the lantern and a caribeener to use to hang it with.
eGear Grenade Lantern
After getting everything put in it and on it I tried it out on my bed side table. It puts out an amazing amount of light. The way the reflectors are positioned they cast the light in a very even fashion throughout the area. I held the light above my head to see if there was a dead spot or black spot below the lantern and it turns out that there is but it was only faint. There was still enough light to see objects and to do what needs to be done directly under the lantern.
The lantern has 3 settings, a HI, LO and Flashing. What I love about this lantern so far is that it has an immediate ‘off’ mode. I don’t have to cycle through 3 settings to turn it off. I just press the button and it’s off. The battery compartment is easy to open and close. Just twist the bottom lid off to insert the batteries and twist it back on. The top lid can also be un-screwed to provide a flashlight affect. This makes this little gem two lights in one.
I will be camping and backpacking over the next few weeks and I am looking forward to taking the Grenade with me to use in my night time outdoor activites. Sta tuned for updates…