Reviewed by Florida Campers from South Florida on Friday, August 29, 2014
The 2 older lights have served us well on at least 10 camping trips over 2 years. I don't know how to say how rough we are with them. We are careful with assembly and disassembly, but when the light is actually in use it gets dropped and rattles around in boxes with other gear and so on. We remove the batteries when not in use and they have been very dependable, compact, easy to use, and the dimmer function is great.
We paid full price for 2 a couple years ago and when we saw them at Sierra, we bought 2 more to add to our hurricane supplies.
Reviewed by SP Camper from USA on Monday, August 04, 2014
We really like this lantern for family camping. It is designed and built durably, so we can send the kids ahead of us into the tent with this lantern while we pack things for the night around the campsite. The whole tent is lit up, unlike with a headlamp, and the light can't shine too brightly in anyone's eyes.
Reviewed by CO Hiker from Denver on Thursday, July 17, 2014
This little guy is perfect for backpacking, small and compact. I like that it folds down and that it has a dimmer switch to conserve batteries. Might want something with a little more power if you're looking to illuminate a big area, but this was more than enough to light up the tent.
Reviewed by Badwater Spiderling from Santa Cruz on Sunday, July 13, 2014
I bought this and the Highgear mini lantern at the same time. Though the HIghgear is brighter, it is also heavier because it uses AA size batteries, whereas the BD uses AAA. I like the light weight, look, and feel of this little lantern. It has little rubber feet that will give it good stability if you set it down on a boulder or other uneven surface. It's also much more compact than the Highgear, and compacts even further when you turn it off and "close" it by sliding the globe down over the torso. The light it casts is much mellower than the HIghgear, which is bad if you have weak eyesight and are trying to use it as task lighting, but good if you just want to go to the bathroom in the night without blasting bright light into everyone's tent. Added mellowness feature: if you hold the switch for a couple of seconds it will dim the light. You can choose where in the continuum to stop the dimming, so there are a range of light intensity options. I"m not a backpacker but I imagine the compact size and lightness of this lantern would make it a good choice for backpacking.