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Collapsible Tent Lantern Review

Ratings

Brightness5 / 5
Durability5 / 5
Waterproof4 / 5
Packing5 / 5

Features

  • 30 LED lights
  • Reflective lenses
  • Handles designed for easy carry / hanging
  • Powered by 3 x AA battery (not included)

In Short: This economical camping lantern is a great durable and light addition to your camping gear, home emergency supplies, or whatever. It passed our drop and water tests and earned the subtle nod of approval from our editors.


We were skeptical of the more economical lanterns. We’re used to the standard camping lantern that makes a statement on the camp table. So, when we were asked to review the 60 Lumen Collapsible Lantern, we were prepared and hoping for some great stress test failures. We were disappointed.

First, the light lasts. We stopped testing at 3 hours, and there was only minimal dimming. Since this light is perfect for the tent and short night trips to the bathroom, you won’t have to worry about replacing your batteries on the trip.

The entire thing (except for the handles) is made out of a relatively light-weight hard plastic, which can be more prone to cracking when compared to rubberized plastics. The telescopic opening is relatively smooth, but there is a bit of wobble when extended. If there is any failure in this product, we’d expect it to be the locking mechanism that keeps the lantern open; however, our tests have not demonstrated this to be an issue.

When submerged, the unit eventually took on water; however, the light continues to work. You’ll just have to hang it out to dry.

We put the 60 Lumen Collapsible Lantern through a number of tests to mimic the drops and kicks that happen on the trail. Despite repeated high-cliff drop tests on a variety of terrain, the unit continued to perform as expected (including the smooth collapsible motion). The one adjustment that we had to make after several drops was to the batteries: They came loose and needed to be tightened. Ultimately, this is not a persistent or unfixable problem and hardly worth a mention.

We also submerged the lantern in water for 10 minutes, then put it through its standard operations, and the lantern continued to work. The housing is not waterproof; however, since the light continued too work during and after the water test, we were satisfied with the results.

Overall, we were impressed with the performance of this economy camp lantern. While the light radius isn’t as strong as you’d need for a table of people, this is certainly a great addition to tent lighting or trips to the bathroom.