Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Storm, Outage (Black, Collapsible)
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Brilliant Energy Efficient
Light up the evening sky with Etekcity ' s Portable Outdoor LED Lantern. It features an omni-directional design and 30 energy saving LED bulbs, yielding 360 degree of high-intensity, long-lasting illuminance. The low power consumption allows you to keep the lantern a glow in regular brightness for up to 12 hours. When the battery power of the lantern runs low, the brightness will dim to an energy saving mode to provide longer lasting illumination (up to 4 hours of low power usage)
Military Grade Reliability
The lamp is collapsible and portable, offering you convenience when you need it most. It is designed for easy storage, promising reliability should you need it for emergencies such as a power outage. The lantern also has a lightweight, durable build for any outdoor adventure you may go on, produced from military grade plastic. The trusty foldaway handles allow you to carry the lantern by hand with ease, or suspend it above to brighten up your campsite. Otherwise, it can be placed soundly on any flat surface.
Uses white-light emitting diodes emitting high intensity white light
Omni directional 360 degree light emitting design
30 low-current consuming, yet bright and durable LEDs designed to save battery life and prolong usage Over 12 Hours of continuous operation (Depends on mAh rating of battery used. Brightness will diminish over time)
10 YEARS WARRANTY included by Etekcity
Light Source: 30LED
Product Weight: 9.14 oz
Battery: 3 AA 1.5 V batteries
4.9" X 3.5" (When fully collapsed and handles placed on either sides)
7.3" X 3.5" (Fully stretched and handles placed on either sides)
10" X 3.5" (Fully stretched and handles in upright position)
4 x Super Bright Collapsible LED Camping Lantern
12 x AA 1.5 V DC Battery
1x User Manual
Most helpful customer reviews
1330 of 1365 people found the following review helpful.
No water resistance/proofing whatsoever on these "outdoor" lanterns. Poor quality workmanship.
These are well-reviewed and were a lightning deal, so I picked up a 4-pack.
In theory these are great little lanterns: Reasonably bright, compact, and their on/off action is, let's face it, cool. Plus they come with alkaline batteries, not the zinc-carbon cells you sometimes get in this sort of thing.
However, they seem to fall under the adage "you get what you pay for".
Out of the box all 4 of mine worked great. I was quite pleased with the purchase. But about 30 minutes later -- after not having touched them -- one of the lanterns wouldn't light. I tried other batteries, and no luck.
Since it wasn't working anyhow, I decided to take it apart for the purposes of making a YouTube video. Here's what I found:
- There are 3 circuit boards supporting the LEDs inside the clear section. The traces on the boards are of extremely poor quality. At points there is no continuity on the tracks (presumably due to failed etching) and jumpers were soldered on at the factory as replacement paths.
- The quality of the soldering is incredibly poor. Dry joints, half-full pads, awkward gaps. Just bad.
- The problem with the failed lantern was in the contact switch that gets depressed when the lantern is closed. The actual switch was faulty, and tapping on it got the LEDs to illuminate briefly.
I'll admit that I could have just received a bad copy (though I doubt it due to the quantity and quality of the problems). However, these last two points are generally true, as they're inherent to the design:
- The top part of the lanterns slides up and down smoothly, and with a comfortable amount of friction. However, that's accomplished by having O-rings pinched between two rails on the bottom section and a tab of plastic on the top section. There was already wear on those O-rings on the lantern that I inspected, even though it was pretty much brand new. I can't imagine those O-rings lasting long. (Take a taught rubber band and rub it against the edge of a table.. Same idea.)
- But perhaps worst of all is that these are sold as "outdoor" "camping" lanterns. That's well and good if you're using them in Arizona or New Mexico, because there is NO attempt at waterproofing at all. Any rain is just going right inside the base to corrode the already poor connections within.
Like I said, the one I opened up may have been a fluke of bad QA/QC. However, the fact that these are sold as "outdoor" is in my opinion worthy of a one-star review. "Outdoor" implies at least some level of water resistance; As far as I can see that would be the only factor differentiating an LED lantern between indoor and outdoor use. Hence the product doesn't meet the expectations set by the manufacturer. (Don't get me wrong, if it were waterproof I'd still give it a bad review for the terrible build quality.)
If you want to keep these around at emergency lights for blackouts (which is what I'm doing), then I suppose they're fine. One out of the four of them is bound to work during a power failure. I just wouldn't bet on all 4 in a pinch, based upon what I've seen.
As a postscript, I'm baffled that these have 900+ reviews at the time I'm writing this with absolutely no 2- and 1-star reviews (other than mine, of course). Even highly-regarded, high-quality products from reputable firms have at least a few bad reviews out of 900. I'm not saying there's anything going on here, but that just seems too good to be true from where I'm sitting. (Seriously, pick any product on Amazon that you think is of impeccable quality and has more than 900 reviews. You'll find at least a few bad ones.)
188 of 189 people found the following review helpful.
Save your $$$
Rarely do I post negative reviews, however I'm sure the Amazon community would all agree - we hate overpaying for a cheap product. Knocked it over 1 time and now it will not turn on. Visited a local 99 cent store, and much to my dismay I see the exact same product for $1.99, without the ETEKCITY Logo.
256 of 274 people found the following review helpful.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
By Amazon Customer
Bought these for a combination of emergency preparedness/casual lighting for my patio in Big Bear. Started using them with the supplied batteries and notices some strange things.
Bought in a 4 pack. Turned them on at night and left to run an errand in town. Back after 20 minutes, and a couple of the lights had dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY. Thought it was a fluke. Seemed strange since they were brand new but didn't think too much of it.
Few days later I switched all the batteries out with Energizer Lithium Ion's. Turned them on and they were all VERY BRIGHT. Left them on for about an hour while periodically going out to relax and wait for friends to come over. Last time I go out, guess what? Some have dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY while others were still bright. WTF?
I kept trying them and this kept happening. Inconsistent output, power regulation, and basically? Unreliable. I wouldn't count on these in an emergency.
I paid $20 for 4 of them. Great deal right? Well obviously, too good to be true. 4 of these should not dim by roughly 80% in an hour on Energizer Lithium Ion batteries. Total joke. Buy something more robust and reliable. Returned to Amazon for a full refund.