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Due to the ever increasing news that you hear about the dangers of fire I thought that I would change from my convention gas lantern to an electric one to increase the safety of the family and to ensure that we could use it inside the tent. This is why I walked down to my local camping shop and browsed the huge range that have amazed from to such simple problem.
This lamp is incredible simple with just a simple switch the top to turn it on and with the very simple remote controller that comes included even even children could operate it. Setting up the light simple requires you to unscrew the bottom of the light and side the batteries in ,this means that as well as the 15 pounds that you spend on the battery which I would really suggest a rechargeable battery as I did find that the light was incredible thirsty and as a result I would highly suggest taking a 4 batteries so that one set could be charge while another was in the machine.
When it come to its primary function of actually lighting an area the light performs relitively well considering its 9 watt light bulb that increible soft light resinates incredible similarly to a energy efficient bulb and I did find that the bulb seemed to get brighter and brighter as the bulb heated up which was lovely.
The casing of the light is plastic which serves its purpose perfectly by protect and being easy enough to clean which is always important especially around children. The only negative that we did find with the light was the remote didn't have a great range meaning that Id suggest only standing around 10 metres from the light.But apart from that the light is a great thing to have in the garage and use once a year.And in the case of a power cut.
When we go camping, we don't hook up to any electric point, we do it the old fashioned way. No TV, no laptops, no electric kettles etc, so when the sun goes down in the evening, we obviously need some way of lighting up our tent. My husband was bought this remote controlled lantern several years ago from Argos, and notice that it is currently on offer for just over £11, which I think is fair value for money.
This lantern claims to be a 9 watt light. We tend to use it in the main body of our tent so we can enjoy a little supper before bed, read the paper, do a crossword or sit and chat by lantern light. I find that you need to be reasonably close to give enough light to let you read, but that may not be a bad thing in our case, as I wouldn't want the light to waken our daughter who is in her sleeping bag asleep long before us. I don't tend to take this lantern to bed, but it can be hung up or left in the main body of the tent and you can use the remote control that comes with it to put it on and off, so if you are tucked up in your sleeping bag and you can't be bothered to get out to turn off the light, a simply button will allow you to do so.
The remote control claims to work up to 8 metres away, but I have never tried it this far, and this span is only in unobstructed areas. I have tried it about 2 metres away and it has worked for me, but again, we don't use the remote control that much as it is the main light for the middle seating area of the tent, and so tends to get turned off before we get into our sleeping pod in the tent.
THis lantern required 4 D batteries, but my husband claims in the last 3 or 4 years that he has had this lantern he has only had to change the batteries once, so I wouldn;t say that it is sore on batteries. The remote control also requires batteries which he has never had to replace, probably due use not using the remote much. The control feature on the top of the lantern, allows you to manually turn on and off the lantern or leave it in such a way that it can be used with the remote control, which would probably be harder on battery life.
All in all, although in a big tent this doesn't light it all up, and you need to be fairly close if you are trying to use the light to read. For just sitting around this the light level is fine, and having the remote is a good feature, particularly for those returning to a dark tent at night, rather than having to stumble around to find the lantern in the dark. We are happy with this lantern.
1 U-shaped florescent tube. 9 watts. Made from ABS plastic. Infra-red remote control transmitter up to the distance of 7-8 metres in an unobstructed area. Size H31.5, W14.5, D14.5cm. Weight 860g. Batteries required: 4 x D (not included). Remote control batteries required: 2 x AAA (included).