Black Diamond Voyager Lantern-Flashlight

One of the latest products to hail from Black Diamond, the Voyager Lantern packs a lantern and torch into one. Unlike the Eureka! Magic 185, Black Diamond uses two separate bulbs for lantern and flashlight functions. An 80-lumen LED bulb combines with a frosted globe for lantern functions, while a 50-lumen bulb at the lantern's base gives you quick access to a torch. The lantern and flashlight function separately but can also be used together....
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Multi-Functional Lighting For Camping and Backpacking

The Swiss Army Knife and Leatherman have earned iconic status in and out of the outdoors because they're useful for all kinds of tasks. The typical flashlight or headlamp will never reach the same level of adulation because all it does is flash a beam in one direction or another. These multi-functional lights, on the other hand, give you multiple lighting options, allowing you more flexibility at your campsite. One or two of them may...
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Snow Peak Introduces Mini Hozuki Lantern

I've long been a fan of Snow Peak's artfully designed outdoor gear. But I'm not a fan of steep prices that make them more of a designer glamping brand than a camping brand. The new miniHozuki lantern cuts the price of the original Hozuki down to a more manageable level (though still on the high side for what it is). In fact, Snow Peak knocked $40 off, bringing it down to $50. Obviously, the miniHozuki...
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Crank-Powered, Collapsible Lantern From eGear

  I was always a fan of the Black Diamond Orbit, a lightweight, compactable lantern. The Pop-Up Lantern from eGear is similar and, though it isn't quite as small or light (6.1 x 4.5 inches packed, 17.5 oz.), it offers something the BD doesn't: crank charging. In addition to USB and power-outlet charging, the Pop-Up gives you five to eight minutes of light with every minute of winding. You'll never get left in the dark....
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Snow Peak SnowMiner Lantern/Headlamp

  When it comes to light, sometimes you need a beam and sometimes you need an aura. More and more lately, we've been seeing flashlights and headlamps that double as lanterns. The latest is the SnowMiner from Snow Peak, a company that offers a pretty nice standalone lantern in the Hozuki.  Unlike other headlamp/lanterns, which require a separate piece for lantern conversion, the SnowMiner has all components built right in. The soft, squishy silicone head...
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Multi-Gift Idea: Mammut TR1 Headlamp 2 In 1

  Last month, I wrote up a post about the Joby Gorillatorch Switchback, a convertible headlamp/lantern. Recently, I found another cool headlamp/lantern combo from a more established name in outdoor sports: the Mammut TR1. Weighing well less than the Joby at 2.5 ounces, the four-LED, two-setting TR1 spits out up to 50 lumens. A simple ambient light attachment turns the headlamp into a lantern. Pretty nice piece of multifunctionery for your next backpacking or climbing...
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Gorillatorch: The Hybrid Headlamp Flashlight

I've spent a lot of time with the Eureka Magic 185, and I've grown to like it even though it's not a great flashlight. Since testing this one out, I've seen a couple of similar lantern/flashlights that seem like they may offer better engineering. I'm hoping to get my hands on a model or two to test those out. What I haven't seen until recently is a headlamp/lantern hybrid. Joby, a name I recognize solely...
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Chinese-Style Tent Light Adds Ambient Ambiance

  While I've heard of Snow Peak before, I wasn't that familiar with their line until I spent a little time at their booth at Outdoor Retailer. Turns out, they offer a pretty stylish line of Orient-inspired gear like bamboo tables and backcountry chopsticks. One product that immediately caught my attention was this Hozuki Lantern.The Hozuki functions both as a hanging tent lantern and as a candle-style table light. For the latter, it even includes...
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SolLight Lightcap: Water Bottle Lantern

  Here's a sweet little piece of multi-functionery that I happened upon at Outdoor Retailer: the lantern-bottle. Cutting gear out of your sack is always a bonus, so combining a light and water bottle seems like a great idea. After all, they're both just big, clear cylinders, so why not? The SolLight Lightcap is available in two configurations. The Lightcap 200 is just the cap, which is designed to fit standard, 2-inch water bottles. For...
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Solar-Powered LED Lanterns

Power these little babies up during the day and bring them into the tent or camper at night! Sold as a pair for $37, the 7" tall copper lanterns are completely safe to use indoors as they have no fuel or flame. They even come with matching metal hooks, that you stake in the ground, so you can hang them outside too.  
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