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    If you camp out a lot, a lantern is something you might want to bring along. Unlike in the past, compact lanterns no longer mean they lack brightness and light.

    Lantern Size: Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern

    The Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern measures 9 inches in diameter and is 15.25 inches high. This lantern uses a 13 watt fluorescent twin U-tube bulb to produce white light. The device also comes with a thermoplastic / rubber case to make it more durable.

    The lantern can provide light for a tent for up to 28 hours on low setting. At the maximum setting it can light up for 18 hours. The unit uses eight D batteries. The lantern also has a quick release system for installing a new bulb. The exterior is weatherproof.

    Lantern Size: Coleman MicroPacker Compact Battery Lantern

    The Coleman MicroPacker Compact Battery Lantern dimensions are 2.4 x 6 x 9.5 inches. The lantern uses two 0.5mm LED’s (using 3 AA batteries). The reflector can be moved up, enabling the lantern to be used for lighting. The on and off controls can be accessed with a push button.

    The lantern is weather proof. Aside from camping, the lantern can be used in a vehicle or when there’s a power outage. The brightness of the lantern exceeds that of several candles. This can make it a safer and more viable option than candles, which can be dangerous if left unattended to.

    Lantern Size: Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern

    The Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern measures 6.75 by 14 by 8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 7.78 lbs. The lantern can provide light for up to nine hours on one charge. The lantern comes with an 11-watt fluorescent spiral U-tube bulb. The unit also has a reflector built in that points the light up and out.

    The unit comes with the 120-volt AC outlet to charge up the battery. The lantern can also be powered up using a 12-volt DC power port. It also has an emergency on feature to deal with power failure. A nightlight is also included.

    Lantern Size: Coleman Two-Mantle Propane

    The Coleman Two-Mantle Propane lantern weighs 4.7 lbs. It comes with retractable feet. The lantern can last for up to 14 hours. There is also a case which has three sections. The ventilator is in porcelain, making it rust proof. The lantern can be lit up with matches.

    Choosing a Lantern

    Brightness is just one aspect to consider; think also of getting one that is weather proof as you’ll never know when it’s going to rain. The light longevity is of course very essential. Also bear in mind that some models don’t have an ignition; you’ll have to turn them on with matches. You need to remember that when shopping for lanterns.

    The lantern size and weight will be an issue if you camp often or move around. Also keep in mind that the type (i.e., family, compact size etc) will affect its specs.

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