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I do quite a bit of camping and I've always longed to have a decent lamp but soon discovered that the brightest lamps eat up batteries very quickly and when you are stuck on a campsite in the middle of nowhere charging up re-chargeable batteries often isn't an option. A couple of years ago a friend acquired a wind up lantern and I liked the idea of a lamp that didn't need batteries to produce a light so I decided to invest in one myself.
I purchased a mini Gelert 12 LED Wind Up Lantern for around £20 after a recommendation from another friend but then discovered that the lamp was also available in a larger size for not much more money and wondered if I should have purchased that one instead. Wind up lamps and other wind up products have been around for many years and many of these are aimed at campers. Many of these products also have a reputation of being cheap, gimmicky and a waste of money.
This lamp comes in a square cardboard box, which I've saved and I leave my lamp packaged in this to protect it. On the outside of the box you will find some basic instructions on how to use the lamp and its specifications, but you'll not find any paper instruction leaflet or booklet inside. In fact all you will find inside the box is the lamp itself and a mains charger.
You might wonder why a wind up lamp would have a mains charger but this is because it is a multi function device. Whilst it's main selling feature seems to be that it can be wound up, it can also take 3 standard AAA type batteries and there is a rechargeable mains battery too. The latter can also be charged up via a car cigarette lighter.
According to the blurb on the outer box the three different options of use will give the approximate amount of light:
3 x AAA Batteries - 6 to 7 hours
Mains charge - 3 to 4 hours
Wind up - one minute of winding gives 15 minutes of light
Appearance wise the lamp is made mainly of plastic and it's black in colour. I think it's quite a nice standard design but there are certainly more fancy lamps around. The plastic does not seem to be particularly strong but as this is a product that I only use a few times a year I don't envisage this to be a problem and my lamp is still like it was when it was new. The thinness of the plastic also ensures that it is very lightweight, which is essential for any item of camping equipment.
I purchased this lamp purely because of it's wind up function. I have a small torch that uses batteries, which I always take camping with me but a lamp is something I like to hang up as soon as there isn't enough daylight left. Since I'm an early riser and off to to bed early when I'm camping my lamp isn't something that is on for hours at a time but prior to purchasing this lamp I did seem to be forever replacing batteries, which aren't the easiest thing to find in the dark with a torch.
This lamp comes with a handy hook so that you can easily hang it from the top of the tent but I suppose the main thing to consider is how it performs as a lamp. Well firstly whilst I have used it with batteries I have only done this on the odd occasion and I've no idea whether the batteries would last for up to 7 hours as claimed. I can however tell you that 60 seconds of winding doesn't give you nothing like 15 minutes of light so either their claims are a bit ambitious or I'm not winding fast enough. It is isn't difficult to wind the lamp up so I usually wind it up for about 5 minutes and find this gives at least 30 minutes use before the lamp starts to dim. According to the packaging the specification of the bulb is a 12 x 5mm ultrabright white LEDS. I'm not too sure what this means but whilst I'd describe the level of light as adequate for a medium sized tent I certainly wouldn't describe it as being ultrabright.
Operating the Gelert 12 LED Wind Up Lantern is very easy and this is done by pushing the on/off button to turn it on or turning the handle, which folds away flat against the body of the lamp, to manual charge up the dynamo. There are actually three different levels of light available, which range from a dim glow to a bright light. Pressing the on/off button once gives the dimmest light setting first, pressing it again makes it brighter. The instructions on the outer box stipulate that you shouldn't repeatedly press the on/off button and that you should allow at least 20 seconds between operations.
Features of the lamp that I find useful include it's small, compact size (I'm now pleased that I didn't buy the larger version), it's light weight, it's useful carrying/hanging hook and the fact that the transparent plastic that surrounds the bulb allows 360 degree illumination. It also claims to be waterproof, but to what extent I cannot comment as mine has never been subjected to anything more than damp condensation.
Negative points for me include the fact that it seems to be made rather cheaply, with thin plastic and that the lamp isn't particularly bright no matter how long you wind it up for. Overall however I am pleased with this purchase and believe that it was value for money because it saves on expensive batteries. I would suggest that it probably isn't however very practical for families in large tents who spend a lot of time inside their time reading at night etc whilst the kids are in bed.
My husband swears by this lantern and as its made by Gelert he couldn't be happier he is easily pleased!
He bought the Gelert 12 led wind up lantern from Amazon uk last summer for £29.99.
The idea of having a wind up lantern seemed a great idea as the two torches we used to take camping ate batteries and had to stock up and shell out a small fortune for every camp trip we were going on.
Gelert 12 led wind up lantern looks morden and safe. It has a cage metal frame around the bulb as the middle is made from tough glass.
The outside is made from plastic , there is a hanging hook attached to the carry handle, a wind up leaver to the side and a small knob for turning the the brightness of the lamp up or down.
The gelert wind up lantern is very durable , it has been dropped twice and no damage was done.
I found the lamp blinding when its on full so the middle setting does up. The hanging hook seems a good idea if you have a somewhere to hang it from, like the times we have been camping there is nowhere to hang it from, the hook is not big enough to hang it from a tree branch.
Ok so winding the gelert lantern up is a pain and i cant stand the sound of the winding especially when my husband does it so fast very annoying. Winding it up i find is uncomfortable as the plastic lever digs into my hand, after around 5 minutes of winding it up gives 15 minutes of lighting.
Its all a good concept but if you wake during the night bursting for a pee having to wind up the dam lantern becomes a swear word.
The 12 led bulbs are amazingly bright and eco friendly and the lantern in size is 12 inches tall. It does weight a fair bit with all the mechanical bits being in the base .
As i said my husband loves the lantern and i hate it. He takes it camping and i bring my good old torch and a pack of batteries.
I would not recommend the gelert 12 led wind up lantern its more hassle than its worth.
Everyone has had that age old camping experience when it is the middle of the night and you are hunting around for a torch so that you can nip out to the toilet in the pitch black at 3 in the morning. Then finding that the batteries are dead and you're in real trouble. The wind up eliminates this problems, as the energy is created as and when you need it, by yourself. My friend bought one of these wind-up products to Glastonbury when I went this year, and I really liked it, so I insisted we got one of these lanterns for our future camping trips!
The wind up lantern
Now, whilst I enjoyed the torch idea - I must say that a lantern is altogether much more useful. It allows you to hang the lantern from a small height, or indeed place it on the ground, and have light shining all around you, rather than just at where you are looking. This means that it can be more useful to a greater amount of people, whereas the windup torch which is really only useful to you if you are the person directing the torch light.
This has 12 LED's, making it extremely bright after some vigorous winding you will be able to light up your entire site, which is helpful if you are sitting around reading or something similar - perhaps entertaining some guests.
The wind up lantern requires, according to the product designers, 1 minute of winding for about 15 minutes of light. I disagree with this though, as it soon starts to dim, so I find that winding it for a short while to get a good deal of light coming through is a better idea. Even so, it is a bit of a novelty and is fun to wind up, so I don't really see that as much of a chore.
Obviously this might become slightly annoying if you want to entertain with it for long periods, but for an hour or so's reading, or a midnight dash to the toilet (as I mentioned earlier), this product really is a great idea.
We bought this online from a camping website for £19.99, however, I do see that it is available widely on sites such as Amazon for about £23, so shop around and find a bit of a bargain if you can. The light is good quality, so it is worth the investment. Think of the money, and time, you will save not having to rummage around for batteries.
A really neat idea.
I bought this thinking it would be a good lamp to use around camp where you dont want to blind eachother with the high power of head torches. Which this lamp actually does very well, in pitch black the light is enough to let a small group sit and talk without lighting up half the camp site. Inside the tent its fine for general illumination in a 2 or 3 man but fails to light a big family tent and not enough to read from unless you position it carefully.
With 12 LED's this is 3 to 4 times the power of a typical head torch but spread over a larger area so lots of light which isn't very intense, perfect. However 4 head torches would require 12 batteries to power, and you have to add this power by winding. The boz says 1 minute if winding for 15 minutes use, this should read 1 minutes of very quick winding to give 5 minutes at full power then reducing over the next 10 minutes. I dont want to be spending 10% of my evenings winding like crazy, interrupting others with the noise.
Luckily the mains charger works well and on full charge you will get around 3 hours of useful light, so ideal for a weekend trip. The winder is a bit fragile and my first unit got returned because it broke off, considering this part is designed to turn elbow grease into power then surely it should be made of a stronger material.
Would have been much better if they removed the wind up mechanism and added more rechargable battery storage in my opinion. For the price of this unit (£12) there are other LED lantern out there without the wind up mechanism that last up to 20 hours per charge.
We do a lot of BBQs etc in the garden, and invariably they may run on late into the evening after it gets dark. Often what we would do is get the candles out to provide a little light, but get a slight wind and they would occasionally blow out. Also, they didn't tend to throw much light. We've tried table lamps, but then you have to trail power leads around, which isn't always good in the dark. So a few months back, we were at a friend's house chatting in the garden in the evening, and he suddenly came out with this little Gelert Wind Up Lantern, which seemed an ideal solution to answer our problem. Looking around on the web, I found one on Amazon for just under £20 delivered.
So what do you get? At first sight, it looks like an old miners light where they used to have a metal fuel store/bowl at the bottom and a burning wick in a glass sleeve in the middle, topped off with a lid and a hook. But this Gelert Lantern has now bought that 'old world' design into the modern age. It still feels robust and well designed with a slightly rubberised finish which should ensure that it can cope with the occasional knock. An added feature, for those using it during camping, is that it is water resistant, meaning that it can handle the occasion splash, but not a torrential downpour. But closer inspection also reveals the little modern day changes that have taken place with the design. Instead of a burning wick for light, you now have 12 little LEDs (which are those tiny little bright white lights). It has a push switch on the front to turn everything on and off, and hidden away around the back is the small wind out handle, and this is one of the key features of owning this lantern.
You have a number of ways to power this lantern. You can initially charge it from the mains, which will give you about 4 hours of light per charge. But if you want to be environmentally friendly, you can use the wind up handle at the back to charge the batteries, where about one minute of winding will give you about 15 minutes of charge. Of note, the duration of any charge will be dependant on how you use the light, because there are 2 settings - full and dim. At full power, you have all 12 LEDs on and they give out quite a lot of crisp white light, enough to easily light a table top to see what you are eating or to read a book, and on a one minute wind up, that setting will last for the 15 minutes duration. On the dim setting, it only lights up 4 of the LEDs, where the lantern then gives out just a dim light, enough to sort of find your way around a room or tent, but not quite bright enough to read or work with. Overall, using the wind up facility means you no longer have to be rooting around trying to find another set of batteries to keep the thing going.
Any negative points? The only point I can give for this lantern would really depend on how you want to use it. In general, I tend to wind it up and then place it in the centre of a table to give an overall light to the area, and for that purpose it is ideal, especially at the full power setting. But if you want to use it as a sort of guide where you carry it by the handle as you walk along in the dark, in my opinion, it becomes a little more problematic. If you use a conventional torch in that way, all the light is focused forward, and your eyes adjust to allow you to see everything ahead. However, with this lantern, the light is emitted all round over 360 degrees, which is great, but means you are sort of 'blinded' by the bright white light shining back at you as you walk along. A minor point, but I found myself putting my hand behind the light to shield it from my eyes in order to allow me to see better at night.
Is it worth buying? Well for me yes. The initial outlay for the lantern may seem a little 'pricy' at first, but then bear in mind that you won't be buying endless rounds of batteries for it afterwards if you intend to use it a lot. So the cost savings are significant over time if you use it a frequently. But what about all the winding up every 15 or so minutes? For me, it's not really an issue. I just remember the costs savings I'm achieving through doing it, and also appreciate that I'm doing my little bit for the planet by using green energy.
In summary, this is a well designed lantern that is ideal for outdoor use as a table lamp or somewhere requiring an overall lighting solution. Environmentally friendly, it gives off a good amount of all round light to brighten your evenings. Even allowing for the directional light issue I mentioned earlier, I still think this deserves a 5 star rating overall.
Although I wouldn't say I am the keenest of campers I find the Gelert 12 LED wind-up lantern comes in handy regularly when I am out in the middle of nowhere. Lanterns in general have their advantages and disadvantages in comparision to a torch, but it would be unfair to compare the two as they have different uses. The only similarity is that they both shed light! lanterns are ideal for when the light is poor and you need to put the tent up, or for cooking in the evening. Often a fire would be lit to keep warm in the evening, but in the Summer this isn't usually necessary, so the Gelert 12 LED wind-up lantern comes in handy for numerous reasons.
The lantern is first and foremost very robust, with its soft to the touch rubberised finish. The complete unit is water resistant, which gives piece of mind when outdoors - especially in Britain! There is also a folding hanging hook which comes in handy, but the handle itself is both comfortable and very sturdy for carrying the lantern around with. The 12 LED's are very bright, requiring just a minute of winding to emit around quarter of an hour of light. Not only does the wind-up function of this lantern give you the convenience of not having to scramble around looking for spare batteries, it also means that running costs are just a bit of manpower! The handle for winding the lantern up is probably the only downside, as I feel it could have done with a more substantial and more comfortable handle. The LED lantern can be switched into two modes, giving either the full 12 LED of power, or a dimmed 4 LED light emmission when you dont need the full on brightness.
I think I paid around £25 for the Gelert lantern, and after a quick search it can be bought for under £20 online which is very reasonable. This, coupled with the fact you won't have to be putting expensive batteries into it all the time will save you money in the long-run. I havn't had any issues with parts of the lantern breaking off, and I am more than happy with the complete construction of the product. The lantern is quite slim in my opinion, but the base is large enough to allow you to sit it on the ground without falling over.
My partner and I go enjoy going camping throughout the summer months and have acquired a few gadgets over the years to make our trips more comfortable. We have one battery powered lantern that is great but as we were planning to go camping with the inlaws (which is just as fun as it sounds) we thought we could do with a little bit more light and wanted a lantern to hang up inside the tent.
In an era where we are supposed to 'think green' we thought we would give a wind up lantern a try and hopefully save a little by not having to buy batteries. We hopefully wouldn't have to contend with getting left in the dark when the batteries run out!
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I bought my lantern from Amazon for £20.80 which is quite a good price as it had a discount of about £5.00 on top.
The lamp feels good quality, it is sturdy but without being too heavy to hold. There is a little handle at the top so you can hold the lantern easily with your hand or you can use the little hook attached and fasten it to the top of the tent, which is what we mainly used it for. The lantern is water resistant; it isn't waterproof so don't leave it out in the rain but it does have some resistance to it. It is made from a thick rubber which assists the product in being robust so it can take being thrown around in the car and should assist if it gets dropped. Located on the side of the base is the compact folding winding handle for you to give it some welly!
1 minute of winding is supposed to give it 15 minutes of power. I can remember when my boyfriend first got the lamp out, he was like a little kid and wanted to be the first one to have a go. After a few minutes he got very bored and I was left to wind it up for longer! I'm quite impressed with how little you need to do it get an hour of light and if there is a few of you taking turns with the winding; it is hardly even a chore! The 15 minute description is fairly accurate though; which is great as I was pretty dubious before use!
If you don't want to only use wind up power you can also charge it up with the mains. A couple of hours on the mains adapter will last about 6 hours. When we use it we like to charge it up before hand and then use the wind up handle to top it up whilst we are away.
The light created comes from 12 little LED bulbs. You can have it on two settings; dim and bright and when all the bulbs are working on the top setting, the light is fine. In the tent it is enough to see what you are doing but it is not bright enough to read by or anything like that it does the job we bought it for.
I like the wind up torch and love the idea of being green. It doesn't take too much effort in winding it up and the option to main charge is a great alternative.
My other battery lantern is really bright compared to the wind up one. I guess it would involve a lot more winding to power a brighter light. However, it does what I wanted it to and seems fairly robust too. I am very impressed in just how little I have to wind it up to give it some power.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I think I would. For £20.00 it is not the cheapest lantern on the market but it is very good quality. The light may not be enough if you only had the one lantern but what light it does throw out is enough to find your way around in the dark and see what you are doing.
I must admit to being a torch geek, I was seduced by free wind up power, (being Scots). Even with twelve LED blazing, the TOR134 light is not that good, probably see enough to pee. . I don't give a jot about the environment or camping and bought this lantern for power cuts at home, I will use it on mains charge. If you haven't got an arthritic thumb, you will have by the time you wind this thing. I also have two excellent Gelert fluorescent double tube lanterns which mains charge for four hours ( every 3 months charge/discharge) and genuinely give six hours of bright light to live by. LED is a gimmick as is wind up, buy mains rechargeable unless you really have a tent.
If you are a fan of camping, chances are you will have some form of lighting in your tent. There are many different forms of lighting you can buy these day from battery powered to ones that actually plug into the mains. But there are now also wind up lights such as this one, the Gelert 12 LED wind up latern. As you would assume, this lamp does not use batteries or mains power, it simply relies on your winding it up.
I got one of these a few years ago thinking it seemed like a good idea. I had previously seen a wind up torch and thought it was a good idea, so the idea of a lantern also seemed clever. To be honest I didn't really no what to expect when I bought it. The first thing to do I suppose is to describe how it looks, it's black and quite bulky. The lantern has a little hook on top which means it is easy to hang from anywhere, for instance to roof of a tent. It's also quite light which comes in handy if you have to carry this around with you.
I think the thing that this lantern or any other lantern should be judged on is how well it lights a room. The little LED's are quite bright and there are different settings. When you have the lantern of full power it gives of a decent amount of light and also spreads the light pretty well. If you don't require much light you can drop it to a lower setting and then this means the power will last longer. So light wise I would say it's pretty good.
The place where this falls down is the amount you have to wind it. The fact is for a few minutes of winding you only get about ten minutes of light, then the power starts to fade rapidly. To be honest I think this is pretty useless, if you are using this in a tent or to light a room you don't want to be getting up every ten minutes and winding. It's not to bad if you need to make a quick dash to the toilet block or just need light for a few minutes, but for any other purpose the light is useless. For this reason I was disappointed with this lantern, it's a clever idea but simply not practical.
Price wise you can pick one of these up online for around £18 which to me seems quite expensive for what you are actually getting. Although this Gelert lamp is a nice idea it really does fall down in a practical sense. This is the kind of thing you will probably only buy for novelty value. If you are looking to light a room or a tent for a longer period of time then I suggest buying a more traditional form of lighting.
I want to start by saying I have never been camping in my entire life and don't plan on doing so anytime in the near future. We have this lantern as my partner goes on many fishing trips that involve him either going in the early morning or camping over night. Asking him on behalf of this review he promises me that he swares by this lantern and that it provides a wide ray of light whilst fishing.
Any way I have my own uses for this lantern and I discovered it around this time last year on Halloween. You could call it ironic or you could call me stupid for not topping the electric up, either way it was spooky. We had a house full as we were all planning on 'trick or treating,' and yes the electric went out, there was then a huge palaver as my partner has the electric key in his car and he was out at work. At this point I didn't even know we had this lantern and we all sat around a pumpkin freezing cold trying to get as much light in the room as possible which really want much.
It was then I got through to my partner at work who vowed to be back with some electric but told me that for the mean time he had a lantern in his fishing equipment in the shed. By this point it was pitch black although it was only 7 o'clock. Every one gathered to walk to the shed as I was not going to be going on my own! The kids all loved it they thought it was an adventure like something off Scooby doo. Unfortunately for me and my not so innocent mind I couldn't help but compare our so called adventure to something more like the film Halloween or Jason rather than Scooby doo. (The power of horror films! They only ever seem to bother you at a time they could become the scariest!)
A terrifying walk and a large search later we were back in the house (making sure the door was locked) we all huddled in the living room once more. Never having used the lantern before I found it somewhat difficult to work. At first I thought it was broke as the button wasn't working and I never noticed the pull down winder that fits so securely and compact to the lantern. Once I did eventually figure it out I wound it up for around two minutes before pressing the button again. The light that came of it was amazing! The lantern is such a small thing you would not expect it to have as much power. After being in the dark for such a long time It was the same feeling as when you are woken in the morning by somebody opening the curtains, I just wanted to hide and shield my eyes from the light.
After the initial shock and near blindness, the lantern proved to be very handy. It lit the room up really well but was not as powerful as having the light switched on. The room still had a spooky glow about it and if someone walked in they would assume we were telling horror stories. However scared enough, we certainly wasn't doing that. The kids enjoyed pulling funny faces over the lantern and making movements in the shadows but that's as scary as we were getting. Thankfully we got the electric on short after and were able to take the kids out to sugar themselves up with sweets and chocolate!
The lantern itself is very small and compact and as far as I'm aware it only comes in black. I don't know how much we paid for it but it can be bought for around £20 now. It's very light and is made out of rubber and plastic so if you are taking it camping its ideal to pack in your rucksack. Once winded for a few minutes it does last for a long time and doesn't fade giving you less light. I can say ours has been used a lot and is still going strong. My favourite part about this lantern is that it doesn't require batteries. In our house we always have batteries shortages so is just perfect for those emergency moments. Also due to it not needing batteries it is also environmentally friendly, shamely to admit that's not of huge importance to me but for those who are bothered about those kinds of things this is a good lantern to have.
I have been using this lantern now for almost a year and I have to say I have found so many uses for it. It no longer resides in the shed but has moved into the home forcing my partner to buy a new one for fishing. It's great for trips to the loft (not that I do that personally, but I do pass it up the ladder along with the bags, always my contributory part when visiting the loft!)
The lantern also has a little hook on the top which is designed to hang in your tent or something like that. With my own uses, I hang the lantern in the garden if we are having a late BBQ in the summer months. If it's not being used for this I have it hanging up in the cupboard, in easy reach, just in case of those emergencies. As well as a hook it also has a handle which is useful when carrying (obviously!) and you also don't block any light which you would do if you were holding onto the lantern itself.
I have found so many uses for this lantern, but it's needless to go on as you probably get the gist! I would definitely recommend this lantern; it is cheap, practical and great in emergencies. Its designed use is for camping but I think it's more practical to have at home. It provides more light than a torch and there is no risk of the batteries running out.
This came in very handy for us yesterday during a power cut that I thought I would do a review! I bought this wind up lantern about two years ago for 35 euro. I originally bought it for when we were going on a camping holiday but I have found it to be great around the house too.
The lantern itself is made out of hard gray plastic and feels very sturdy. It is a wind up lamp so there is a lever that you twist around and this causes it to light up. It does take a lot of work though as one minute of winding equals fifteen minutes of light so if you want to use this for a few hours it will take energy! Good news is that if you dont want to bother winding it up it can also run on batteries or be charged through the mains.
The light that emits from the lamp is very bright as it contains LED lights which shine around the whole lamp so you get a 360 degree coverage. When the charge is running low the LED lights do tend to flicker which can be a bit annoying.
We have used this on camping trips, power cuts and it is also excellent when searching for things in the attic. Recently I have been using it when letting me puppy outside at night to go to the toilet and its great as I can see the majority of the garden.
It is a great light and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I wouldnt say this is a once off item just for camping as I have gotten a lot of use from this lamp in other ways too! Its also environmentally friendly and would be ideal for all the eco conscious out there.
I have been planning to go camping for a while now and the camper van is all packed up and I am just waiting for the weather to decide whether or not it's going to be nice and whilst tidying up under the stairs yeesterday I came across something I had forgotten to pack, it was our Gelert 12 LED Wind Up Lantern.
As you can imagine it's a real pain in the backside going on a camping trip without a torch or even worse going with a torch and finding that the batteries have gone flat just when you need them, like when you have to get up for the bathroom in the middle of the night, or are looking for something in your bag when it's gone dark.
With this lantern all such problems are resolved as it is a wind up one and you can just turn the handle and it gives you a nice bright light to do whatever you need to do with it.
Gelert is a well known brand that has been around for years providing camping equipment and clothing to walkers, hikers, mountain climbers, skiers and other extreme sports fanatics.
A Gelert 12 LED Wind Up Lantern will set you back at around £25.00.
I paid £22.99 at a camping shop in town but you can get it online if you search for it.
The lantern is durable and has a good sized carrying handle which it can be hung on a branch or in the van easily enough whilst you need it.
It comes with a good easy to read instruction manual and is easy to operate.
Gelert have given you the option to use the wind up function or to put in batteries as it takes three AAA which in my opinion you dont really need to use them as you can wind it up, but to be honest I have used this function in the middle of the night when looking for the grandsons teddy as he was crying and need the teaddy fast, so I didn't have the time to wind up the lantern and just flicked the switch on with the battery power, so you never know when you need it in an emergency.
1 minutes winding will give you 15 minutes light which is good and I have had it lit for about 2 hours on all the time without having to wind it up again.
Which is good enough to read a little before bedtime and enjoy your supper and night time drink of cocoa before bed.
All in all I like this lantern, it has been on a few journeys with us and has lasted us over a year. it's durable and handy to pack when your camping. I'm glad it was raining yesterday so that I cleaned out the cupboard under the stairs or I would have forgotten to pack it and then I would have needed it whilst camping.
If your looking for a good night light when camping then this one does the job well, I'd recommend it to you as its a good affordable price and is durable.
We were given one of these wind up lanterns by my grandfather when we were suffering from powercuts and blackouts and the power was taking a good hour or two to come back on. Unfortunately I am not sure where he purchased it from but I know for a fact he certainly wouldn't have paid £21.99 for it!
The lantern is actually a camping lantern used for lighting up tents when in the Great Outdoors. It is a simply and effective lantern. To use it, it is simply a case of pulling out the little handle and and turning it for a full minute to wind it up. Once the latern is wound up it will provide you with 15 minutes of lighting which for a wind up I personally think is pretty good.
It has a rubber handle so you can move about with the lantern if you need to or you can hang it up on a little hook if you are staying in once place. It has a rubber finsh which makes it seem fairly sturdy and durable. It stands up on the floor quite well too. It doesn't topple over or anything.
The casing is water proof although I have never got it wet so cannot comment on how well this features works. I personally wouldn't want to get it wet just in case but I am assuming that as it is a camping lantern, a few droplets of water will not cause it to cease working.
When we had a blackout in our flat, this lantern did light up the room pretty well though it did give off an eerie sceance feeling! It is not massivly bright but bright enough to see around you and cast a glow across the room.
We have only used this a handful of times, probably 5 or 6 in all. It was definately very handy and helped us out even though winding it up every 15 minutes for up to two hours became a little bit annoying. It is a great little lamp for emergenices and I would imagine if you used it in a tent on a camping trip it would make the tent alot brighter than our living room as there wouldn't be as much space to light.
I definately recommend it but I would have a good look around first before shelling out nearly £22 for it as I don't think it is worth that much money.
When autumn arrives, and the days of summer are over with, its time to head outdoors for yet another family camping trip. So shopping for equipment - lighting happens to be quite important as we quickly learnt on our first ever camping holiday where we spent ours in the dark sweating blood and tears just to build a fire. Of course we made sure to take our own source of lighting since, in the form of the lantern.
They are available in many varieties and can be powered by battery, gas, old fashioned camping lanterns contain actual candles, solar powered and wind-up.
We usually go for the battery powered lanterns, as any mention of the candle or gas lanterns to my mum, results in hysterics and her going on being burned alive inside our tents - nice. As ours clapped out recently after owning it for about 3 years, we had a look around our local garden centre that sold camping equipment. A shop assistant recommended the Gelert range, but personally I'd never heard of it. Looking at the Gelert products we noticed they had wind-up lanterns.
They were only slightly more expensive than the rest of the range and we particularly liked the look of the gelert 12 LED wind-up lantern which cost £18. The item was beautifully built, with a black and soft touch rubber finish. The lantern has a special water resistant casing which is ideal for typical camping weather conditions. Located on the side of the base is a compact folding winding handle and on top is a very durable folding handle with a foldout hanging hook - ideal for hanging from attachment points within your tent as a nightlight.
It was comforting to have when we arrived quite late at our camp site. We quickly set up camp, assembling tents, blow-up mattresses (see my review [;) etc. and it wasn't long before I needed a wee. Thankfully I had the wind-up lantern which allowed me to locate the toilets in time fairly easily. It's quite simple to use, it has two functions: 4LED and 12LED, it can be powered through mains, even regular AAA batteries and you can charge it through winding.
I wound the lantern for a good 2 minutes straight, which when left on lasted around 30 minutes - impressive. It provides 360 degree illumination, but includes a detachable light that can be attached to the top of the lantern for more concentrated 90 degree lighting.
The wind-up lantern proved quite useful throughout the whole camping trip, whether it helped us navigate to the toilet, search for something in the dark, act as a nightlight or more importantly the odd of late-night game of cards. Not only is the item useful for camping but crucial to have in times of emergencies or black-outs - though thankfully we hadn't had any.
So overall, I honestly cannot fault the product in anyway, try it for yourself - it won't let you down!
I will be reviewing the Gelert 12 LED Wind up lantern.
I have very recently purchased this online from Very, as I had been looking for an LED light for upcoming summer camping. I am an existing customer with Very and got sent a money off voucher to use on a minimum spend so I thought this would be a good opportunity to see what was available and put this towards the price.
I had looked around various outdoor/camping shops such as Millets and found that the majority of wind up LED laterns were quite expensive around £30 plus, so was pleasently surprised to find this latern advertised for £14.99. A reasonable price for a good size light.
On the outside of the box which it is packaged in it has the comapany name- Gelert, instructions for use, battery type (optional, does not need this to work), bulb type and burn time for both wind up use and mains charged. Furthermore it also states the features of this light as follows:
Compact, lightweight camping lantern.
Durable folding carry handle with fold out hook.
Compact folding winding handle.
Energy saving ultra bright LEDs.
360 degree illumination.
Soft touch rubber coating.
Included in the box are 2 items, the lantern and a mains charger. That's it. I was surprised to see that their was no instruction leaflet etc, but to my relief there is some instructions on the outside of the box.
In appearence, as you can see in the picture above, the lantern is quite attractive in appearence, especially considering the price. The handle, which can be folded down and the base of the lantern is coated black. With the base being a soft black rubber. However, I feel that this may scratch easily and show marks. Mine even turned up scuffed on the black rubber, a sign that this product could ware easily in this area of appearence.
Due to the lantern design of this product it has, as stated, 360 degree's of illumination as the LED bulbs are encased in the centre of a plastic surround, and can be viewed from all directions. To protect the plastic, there is a metal grill surrounding it. This shoud protect the bulb from smashing or breaking if dropped or knocked. Compact and lightweight.
The "wind up" mechanism/arm is located on the back of the lantern, and is easily pulled out so winding can be easily done to recharge the bulbs. Once the winding has been done, the arm can be put back, to avoid any breakages.
This is the unique selling point of this product, and why wind up lanterns are becoming increasingly popular. Other than the internal battery that is charged via the dynamo (winding handle) no other batteries are needed! We all know how expensive batteries can be so this is great option. Their is the option of using batteries if you wish, in effect you use that energy instead of winding up for a couple of minutes. I would rather wind up for 3 minutes for an hours light personally.
Furthermore, on the handle of the lantern (which is foldable) there is a small black plastic hook which you can pull out. As such, you can hang it from this hook instead of the handle.
The instructions for use are as follows:
"Battery must be charged for approximately 8 hours before use. To maintain the life of the battery charge every three to four months.
To charge battery at home: Plug the provided AC/DC adaptor into the jack on the front of the lantern and plug into a power socket. Battery can also be given a charge boost using the internal dynamo: open out winding handle and turn in a clockwise direction. 1 minute of winding will generate approximately 15 minutes of light".
The LEDs have a bright shine and last a reasonable amount of time for little work. Will save you lots of money in batteries. Hard wearing yet light weight to carry. Great for camping!
Thanks for reading x
Environmentally Friendly Camping Lantern perfect for illuminating your tent or surrounding area during those late summer evenings camping. Also incorporating a detachable headlight, this is the perfect lighting accessory for the camper who thinks of protecting their environment