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Reviewed by OG from Colorado on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
This is a well thought out light. It works as a lantern. It works as a flashlight. It is small and light. When purchasing these lights pay attention to which evolutionary version of the Orbit you are buying. I seem to be aware of at least 3 versions by now. One version doesn't have the downward flashlight. Another version has the 2 light orientations (lantern and flashlight) with fewer lumens on the lantern. The 3rd version has the lantern and flashlight with more lumens possible on the lantern.
Reviewed by Kendall from Southern California on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
I really like this lantern. Nice design, well made, works good. I use the variable output feature, turn down the light output, and it lasts quite a while. One point off because the way the battery pack fits into the unit could be better, but that's not a big deal. I think it will last for years. I use rechargeable batteries so the cost to operate is minimal.
Reviewed by Jon K from Minnesota on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
This is a tiny little area light that puts out plenty of lumens for its size. It will fit in a coat pocket and is very lightweight, but seems sturdy enough to handle some abuse. It's mostly plastic, with a metal top hanging loop.
To adjust the brightness level you just hold down the power button and it gradually dims for a 2 or 3 seconds until it reaches the dimmest setting. It flashes briefly to let you know it's at the bottom, and then gradually brightens until it reaches the brightest setting, when it flashes again to let you know it's at the top.
The fact that the power button is covered when it's closed ensures that it won't accidentally get turned on while not needed. You CAN leave the light on with the cover closed, which makes the light quite a bit dimmer -- useful when you want the least light late at night.
The top hanging loop is actually two half-loops that are only attached to the lantern on one side and overlap in the middle. This means that you can open it to hang it from your tent or somewhere else; very clever and useful feature!
Reviewed by Mr. C from Green Moutains of Vermont on Tuesday, April 07, 2015
A nice little light from BD. I like the LED on the bottom, but don't think of it as a wide beam diffused flashlight. Think of it instead as a nice overhead light for your cooking prep or eating table. If you hang it and just have the upper LED on there will be a dark shadow area below. Click the bottom LED light and you solve the problem. Click the switch 3 times and both LEDs come on! Dropped 1 star because I'm leery about the durability of the outer globe and how it 'snaps' into the base when opened. If the unit gets crushed the globe may crack and then the snap in feature will fail.
Reviewed by RB from Dead Sea on Monday, April 06, 2015
Used the poles on my first hike. Packed really nice, small and easy to assemble when needed. I stumbled with the grip-straps until I realized they are orientated to L and R, which made them very ergonomic. Gave good support. So far so good.