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Varta 4 Watt LED Camping Lantern - Ultra Bright 300 Lumens - £29.99 delivered @ Amazon
Varta 4 Watt LED Camping Lantern - Ultra Bright 300 Lumens - £29.99 delivered @ Amazon

Varta 4 Watt LED Camping Lantern - Ultra Bright 300 Lumens - £29.99 delivered @ Amazon

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Fantastic if not a little heavy (due to the 3xD batteries) lantern. Just gone up to 29.99 as some HUKD must have bought one!
Couldnt find it anywhere else but seems to have a good review:

thetraveleditor.com/art…tml

Not the season for camping I know but this seems to be the most verstile and brightest of battery powered lanterns I have seen (pls correct me if you know of better models)

Ultra bright lantern for outdoor experiences
3 x High Quality Ultra Bright Nichia LEDs and 300 Lumens of light power--unbeatable illumination
Three light mode switch for high, low and strobe lighting
Amazing 150 hours runtime in low mode and 72 hours in high mode
Colour: silver and black
Technical Details

Water resistant with robust design made out of durable ABS & Rubber
Rubberised handle to ease comfort whilst holding
Integrated hook, ideal for hanging on tents
Twist and lift lens cover for wider light radius
Requires 3 x D batteries (not included)
Weighs 421 g (without batteries)
Length 185.5 mm / width 100 mm / depth 87.6 mm

9 Comments

Original Poster

Was most impressed by option to remove the outer casing and hang it upside down for maximum brightness.
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Review:

Think of the dangling lantern flickering in an Antarctic wind as the … Think of the dangling lantern flickering in an Antarctic wind as the gallant Captain Oates leaves the tent saying “I may gone be some time…”Well, this is the state of the art in camping lanterns - and it’s nothing like that flickering weak old stereotype.This has a four-watt LED light to give 300 lumens of light - that’s easily enough to light my office tonight. And Varta claim the three D-type batteries lasts for up to 150 hours. There’s rubbery handle at the top and a folding hanging hook on the bottom. You can select high, low and strobe mode and the chunky unit is weather resistant. It even keeps going if I bang it up and down on my desk. In fact the hefty rubber base is making a dent in my desk so I’ll stop.It adds up to an really useful tool for campers, boaters, hikers, fishermen, and anyone who needs to be out at night.The only thing I can find to criticise is it weighs a fair bit thanks to those three batteries. You’d notice this in your backpack on a long walk.



Pros:
*Good smooth light output, equiv to about a 25w incandescent on high. No harsh shadows/irregular output of the Coleman lanterns.
*Removable globe/lens that converts it to a great flood lamp
*Regulated light output -- brightness consistent throughout battery life
*Pulse-Width Modulation for dimming -- doesn't use energy-wasting resistors for the dimmer like Coleman lanterns do.
*Good runtime ~75 hrs high / 150 hrs low
*Water-resistant (yes, I've tested it)
*Durable
*Switch resistant to accidental activations

Cons:
*Battery compartment design! It's terrible! I thought other reviewers were making a mountain out of a molehill, but they're not. Changing the batteries is best done when it's light out. Changing them in the dark is possible but requires a lot of patience and swearing.
*Blinking find-me light. The find-me LED is buried so deeply in the lantern base that unless you're looking at it head-on, you're not going to be able to see it. Some have complained that this is draining the batteries. I don't see this little LED blinking every 5 seconds causing a major shortage in battery lifespan.

sorry hard time voting on this, however if you look around for the BLACK DIAMOND APOLLO (which can be had for a few quid more (if savvy) then it offers a decent merchandising brand, 3 watts dimmable, lighter, runs on 4 AA's, compacts down for travel etc etc..
lets face it AA's can be got everywhere, even rechargeables, this will also run off an adaptor for it's own recharge pack (available seperately) or a mini solar panel by the likes of brunton (other makes untested)
very durable, water resistant, drop resistant, proper utilitarian design & not heavy!
300 lumens (if measured correctly is incredibly bright), the globe looks like it really fractures the light output making it uneven.
If you are going to keep one of these at hand in a household emergency kit fine, but if you have to move around with it, this'll soon prove a pain to either hold or in general.
As far as brands go, I'd be wary of the Varta initially.
better off buying a few smaller lights for multiple area lighting?

Original Poster

MR GUS;7185089

sorry hard time voting on this, however if you look around for the BLACK … sorry hard time voting on this, however if you look around for the BLACK DIAMOND APOLLO (which can be had for a few quid more (if savvy) then it offers a decent merchandising brand, 3 watts dimmable, lighter, runs on 4 AA's, compacts down for travel etc etc..lets face it AA's can be got everywhere, even rechargeables, this will also run off an adaptor for it's own recharge pack (available seperately) or a mini solar panel by the likes of brunton (other makes untested)very durable, water resistant, drop resistant, proper utilitarian design & not heavy!300 lumens (if measured correctly is incredibly bright), the globe looks like it really fractures the light output making it uneven.If you are going to keep one of these at hand in a household emergency kit fine, but if you have to move around with it, this'll soon prove a pain to either hold or in general.



Thanks for the info. I am looking for a lantern for family tent camping use (travelling by car) which is why I found the Varta, so for my use the weight would not be a problem (almost an asset tbh)

The Diamond Apollo looks very well made, however it only has 50 lumen output ( candlepowerforums.com/vb/…292) so wouldn't offer the light output needed in my case.

The Varta has a surprisingly bright spec for a 300lumen (considering it is a 3.6->4,5v light) and i agree that its probably without the globe (didnt know what to call it).

Now with a child, I need someting safer than my fantastic but far from user friendly 60w butane lamp.

Any other recommendations gratefully received.

BTW: The american version of this has great reviews:
amazon.com/Ray…IS/

there is also a "fix" for the blinking led too:
amazon.com/rev…pnt

Hi Jazid, as the 50 lumens is on a nicely frosted globe, the light dispersal is good & even throughout.
I've used this to cook by inside & out & to be honest inside it lights well enough for me to do some basic cooking with no other light source in a kitchen thats nearly 18 ft long when hung appropriately.
sometimes I simply hook it to a wall via on of the foldable legs ,very robust, or simply line attatch it / carabiner it to anything nearby, never had a problem.
I use this lantern alongside my led petzls & have no need for anything else in the lighting stakes!
I also use the apollo for general night time lighting in the bedroom as it's not so harsh as a bedside lamp, plus the completely dimmable aspect for appropriate lighting levels works well for multiple nights away.
horses for courses, but my money is on the apollo first & foremost.
I bought mine in canada when it was hard to get over here & have been quite harsh with it ever since, never let me down, light enough for my 5yr old to use & carry if needed, keeps pack weight down nicely, if in doubt of output get it try it at home then maybe get another for individual tent areas.
300 lumens would just blind me, ever tried staring into a myo xp led? ..have you used "good" led's before? if not then i'd use the 2 brands mentioned as a starting point.
NB BLACK diamond have just released a big D cell model also, which is deemed a base camp light, i'd much prefer to trust Black diamonds tech & QC'ing to varta..them of the leaky batteries! ..if weight is not an issue then perhaps the bigger (if able to suitable mount it) may be a benefit, I'd prefer multiple lighting of smaller outputs then as people move around theres less chance of blocking the output of the one & only lightsource.
prices are higher of course, but I imagine years of good use from them, though i'd admittedly balk at the price of the titan.

Original Poster

I'm into endurance 24hr mtb racing so do know all about good leds, you asked!

I see your point but can't help thinking I'm in agreement with the 48 5 star ratings out of 57 on the amazon us site. Lower light sources are abundant and yes the dimable nature is useful, but I love the configuration of the tent mounted light (25w).
Also using 1.2w rechargeables instead would help dim the light if required.

I shall take another look at your suggest light though.

No worries jazid, but for the record look how many dumbasses bought the kenwood patissier range of machine(S) across the multiple colours & model no's ..& the amount of feedback across the board, ..12 speeds ,,.NO 6 actually, people were mis-sold & haven't noticed.
some areas of the same ads have changed now stating that it's not 12 speed & certainly on the kenwood site, we know as they pooped their pants when challenged & we got a free £400 machine as well as the patissier..
(for example)
the reviewers are not necessarily appraising the purchase based on rigorous testing over a lengthy period, in their field of knowledge. (well a few may be)

The other thing of course is the claim of 4 watts (based on 1.5v batteries) / 1.2v if you use rechargeables, let's not get into voltage drop off..

I haven't seen an led at this price that puts out a measured 300 lumens.
to get an idea the german site led1.de/sho…263
which makes me wonder about the stated output when you look at the prices of the higher output leds in relation to the price point of the product, but one always hopes to be pleasantly surprised.

Original Poster

MR GUS;7197155

I haven't seen an led at this price that puts out a measured 300 … I haven't seen an led at this price that puts out a measured 300 lumens.which makes me wonder about the stated output when you look at the prices of the higher output leds in relation to the price point of the product, but one always hopes to be pleasantly surprised.



The info states it uses three Nichia LED's which would be more inline with the price point when looking at the cost of the source emitters.

Just requested it for Xmas, so will report back if anyone is interested (if so leave a prompt below!)

Original Poster

As pormised, I have this unit and I think it is fantastic!
Very bright, easy to install batteries. It is much smaller than I expected too.
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