While doing some Black Friday shopping on Amazon I stumbled upon this little LED collapsible lantern. I got two of them at 7.99 a piece. This was the sort of quirky little outdoor equipment my dad would love to receive from Santa, and I thought hey, this might come in handy for
While doing some Black Friday shopping on Amazon I stumbled upon this little LED collapsible lantern. I got two of them at 7.99 a piece. This was the sort of quirky little outdoor equipment my dad would love to receive from Santa, and I thought hey, this might come in handy for myself as well. First off, the packaging is great. I'm a graphic designer so I appreciate the simple packaging design, that was easy to open without any tearing of cardboard, or ruining of nicely taped sides. This little bugger takes 3 AA batteries. Back to the packaging for a moment, I think it's done so well, being able to stay shut without any tape or other junk. Why? Guess what folks, if you have an outdoors enthusiast like my dad (or, like my dad, someone who loves making maple syrup in the winter and could use a nifty LED... aka not really an enthusiast of sorts) and you'd like to present this lantern as a gift, well, what's better than a battery operated gift that comes with batteries!? Amiright? Who doesn't want to pop this baby open and watch it shine!? Well, you won't get to see it shine, you'll have to put in that's batteries, BUT your family member or friend will love you for giving them 3 free batteries. In fact they won't even know it was you, since the packing is so awesome, you can discretely pop in the batteries without your pal ever knowing that someone has already opened their gift and played with it in the dark (you know you want to). So speaking of the dark, this little LED packs a decent punch. Is it going to blind you? No. But does it do its job? Yes. It comes with 3 settings: bright, slightly less bright, strobe or I am assuming sos... Unless if you and your friends like hosting night clubs in your little tents on your annual hiking trip. Throw on some Rhianna if that's the case, and really put the SOS feature to use! (Haha, because she has a song titled SOS.... I'm bad at jokes). I'd say the one small downside is getting the lantern to open. Is it hard? Eh, no. Be careful cause it springs open, so it might startle you, if you're a klutz like myself. It opens easily but it took me a moment to figure it out. And at one point I actually managed to close it improperly, and got the power button stuck. I thought it might be defective, but it was just silly ol' me. This device also comes with a little handle for hanging on the battery side, which is awesome. I think this will make a great gift, and come in handy when maple syrup season comes around. I can't wait for my dad to open this on Christmas and see it shine nice and bright!..... With the batteries I stole from him! (whoops). Also in case if anyone is wondering, the flashlight (collapsed) is easy to grip, and the lantern is made of a mesh-like material. Seems like a good material. If either of us have any issues with our devices I will be sure to update my review. I will probably start using mine this week (today's date 11/28/15).