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We recently replaced our lamp we used for camping. We did previously have a wind up lamp which we found noisy and annoying I wasn't a big fan. So we searched online for a lamp that was going to last, was bright and didn't cost the earth. On first looking we found a Varta lamp but it was a bit pricey considering we only use it a couple of times a year when we go camping or the electricity has gone off. It was whilst reading on a site we heard there was a very similar lamp to the Varta but was cheaper. On looking at it the lamps look near identical. So we bought the cheaper Ring Cyber-lite Vega LED Lantern.
This modern lantern gives you everything you would want in a modern day light. It is a HI-Tech LED lantern which has a main beam, low beam and an emergency flashing mode. It is water resistant making it ideal for camping. The lantern is grey and black. At the bottom is the main component area where the batteries go into and the switch is on. This lantern is battery powered which I know isn't for all campers but works fine for us. It takes three D batteries the great big fat round ones which are very simple to put in. Above is the LED bulb which has a lens round it which can be removed. The lid of the lantern is a black rubbery material giving it a good finish. And above this is a decent sized handle to hold it by comfortable in your hand and it comes with a handy hook which can be attached to the handle to hang it from places. On a night we hung it in the main sitting area of the tent whilst we tidied up. It was great that we could hook it up making it more of a light than a lamp.
On first unpacking the lamp I did feel it looked a little on the small side. It measures 18.5cms by 8cms by 8cms. But once we had it out whilst camping it didn't seem to look small and was a good size to have about the tent, ideal for camping. I did take it with me to the toilet block on a night and found it was a perfect size to carry and wasn't too heavy weighing in at 862g which you don't notice when holding it by the handle. The lantern looks robust and its chunky appearance makes you think it can take a bashing or two.
The innovative convex reflector is said to improve the light output. This lantern certainly doesn't have any problems when it comes to out putting light! It does say it is an ultra bright lantern with up to 300 lumen. This is definitely true bright isn't a strong enough word to describe it. The lens around the bulb does remove to convert the lantern into a forward area light. We did this on one occasion and found it was too bright and actually hurt your eyes. Personally I don't think there will ever be a time we will need to use it like this. But if you do there is also a built in recessed hanging hook on the base of the lantern so you can hook it up with the lens removed and hang the bulb down.
Using the lantern is simple even I manage to use it! There is a black button on the front of the lantern, press it once and you get the high beam, press it again and you get the low beam which is said to be energy saving. If you press and hold the button down for more than three seconds you get the emergency flashing mode. This is something I hope I will never have to use.
As for the battery life I can't comment on my own personal experience as I haven't used it long enough. It does state though on high beam it will do three full days or on low beam six full days and on emergency flashing mode ten days. So it is going to last for a long time. We had ours on for about two hours every night whilst camping but only ever used it on low beam.
The most important thing is how bright the lantern is. This lantern is very bright especially when you have it on the high beam. Having it in our tent it illuminated the place. You can tell the difference when you have it on low beam but it is still very bright. If you're after a soft lighting then this isn't really your option. It doesn't do soft it is quite a bright white light. I have to admit to reading quite a bit whilst we sat outside on a night. I found the lantern wasn't any good when it was sat on the ground it just seemed to blind me. So we either hung it from the front of the tent or had it sat on a table. The light definitely seems better when it is above you.
The Recommended Retail Price of this Ring Cyba-lite Vega is £29.99. I would now be very happy to pay that price for what is an exceptional lantern. Lucky for me I only paid £20 for it from Amazon which I am very pleased about now. This lantern is great and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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