Best Lantern ever
October 21, 2020
I just got my lantern this week and absolutely love it. I cant believe how bright this little lite is. It lights up my entire patio and is a very clear white lite. I live in the desert and need a lot of lite at night to see rattle snakes and other creepy crawlies and this lite does the trick. It is very sturdy and well built . I will definitely buy more of them.
THE BEST LANTERN!
December 30, 2019
WOW! THIS IS A GREAT LANTERN! I HAVE SOME BIG D CELL LANTERNS AND THIS LANTERN IS A QUARTER OF THE SIZE AND PUTS OUT THE SAME LIGHT! BUT IT PUTS OUT THE LIGHT IN A WAY THAT DOESNT BLIND YOU. VERY WELL THOUGHT OUT LANTERN,,,,,STURDY AND WITH MANY LIGHT LEVELS WITH A LONG LONG RUN TIME. DEFINITELY NEEDED FOR AN EMERGENCY KIT, CAR AND HOME. I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I BOUGHT A 2ND ONE! THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY HOME. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS 100 PERCENT!
The Perfect lantern!
February 24, 2019
I have tried several lanterns over the years and this is now my favorite. Super bright, excellent run time, and rechargeable. I will be buying two more of these to complete my families emergency lighting needs. Expensive but well worth the money.
LAKE STEVENS, WA
January 8, 2019
Lantern lasts a long time on full charge. Very cool gray color thanks Fenix
Home Use or Car Camping
July 12, 2017
This is a large lantern. It is a heavy lantern. However, it was designed as such. It is very bright and serves its purpose. I do find the USB output to be a bit of a gimmick (as with most devices that include this) However, overall, the light performs when it needs to and is very bright. I do wish it had a moonlight setting, though.
ProsVery Bright Good runtimes
ConsNo moonlight / ultra low mode
Really bright, practical camp or contingency space lighting
November 1, 2016
This was another purchase I've been putting off a long time that was pushed along by the close brush with hurricane Matthew this year. I've already got a modest usual assortment of camp lanterns, but they were all frankly out-of-date. They are all much larger (except a little single-candle lantern that is more decorative than practical) and depended either on a flammable liquid that had to be stored and/or carried safely, or used fluorescent bulbs that eat heavy D-cell batteries like an 8-year-old with a sack full of candy on Halloween. This lantern nicely fills another gap in my collection of lighting tools that are as practical in a household power outage as they are convenient in a campground. I hope I never get caught with only one remaining charged 18650, but the ability to run on one, two or all three batteries is also reassuring. I do wish there was an option to attach a shield to block or redirect light downwards or to one side, but that is nit-picking and something I should be able to do myself with a little foil and cardboard - and moreover, could do even with a flammable substance because there is virtually no heat output.
ProsCompact, extremely bright
By Bill J.
Bay Area, CA
CL30R first month
August 4, 2016
I've had my Fenix CL30R for about a month now, and I have to say there's a lot to like about this light! The run times with the included batteries are good, but I purchased 3350's and it's a beast now. I also bought a Jobi flexible tripod to mount it on, works perfectly. You'll have to get the Jobi with the camera mount, as this one supports the weight and isn't tippy with the lantern on it. The lantern is well built, solid and fairly heavy...with or without batteries. The switch is easy enough to use, one button is a no-brainer. Though it may not be the most efficient. I really love the setup of the LED's, vertical alignment with the light radiating from 360 degrees around. The diffuser, or frosted globe if you will, prevents the lantern from becoming too bright...thought at its brightest it's still slightly blinding for a moment. The lantern has a hanging clip that's metal, attached to the top. This might come in handy some day. Plastic is used for the majority of the lantern, with the battery compartment screw-down cover being metal. The light output is really bright on high, plenty to use in place of a regular fuel type lantern. The other four settings are pretty standard, but a slightly decreased low setting would be a nice addition. I think it's currently 10 lumens. I have a CL25R also, and this will provide the low setting I need sometimes. If I haven't mentioned how bright this thing is on high, let me say it again...it's really bright! The highest setting may actually be a little too bright for most applications, so the next to highest setting is also really bright and will likely get the most use by me. It will also save some battery juice. I like having the built in charging function, just plug in the USB cable and let it charge. The charge times are not quick if you use a regular 5 volt outlet, so I always recharge using my Fenix charger. I will be using this extensively later this summer on fishing trips in the Cascades. It will be a great addition knowing I won't have to bring the big, bulky Coleman. The Coleman has been a workhorse though, and I don't have much negative to say about it. It does whistle pretty loudly though, if the wind is right and the lantern is on high. The Fenix will be a much better setup for me, and the size is amazingly compact. I highly recommend the Fenix CL30R, and the Battery Junction is a great place to purchase it.
ProsExcellent run times Great light distibution, 360 degrees Well built and heavy duty Pleasant shade of light Small form factor Attaches to a camera mount for tripod use Built in charging if desired USB output for charging small gadgets
ConsSlow internal charge times The lowest setting is not quite low enough Not cheap
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