The Taotronics LED Camping lantern is a study, small form factor camping light that can be used for more than just camping. Upon receiving my item, it came in a very nice, easy to open package and was greeted with a free, 6 month extended warranty, an instruction booklet with
The Taotronics LED Camping lantern is a study, small form factor camping light that can be used for more than just camping. Upon receiving my item, it came in a very nice, easy to open package and was greeted with a free, 6 month extended warranty, an instruction booklet with lots of information of the product, and the camping light itself. It comes with a USB to DC cable for charging, extra DC plug holes for plugging the charging port (so dirt, debris, and moisture don’t get inside), and the light itself. The biggest gripe out of the box is the USB to DC charging cable. I know this might possibly be a bit of a letdown for some, since they will have to carry around an extra cable to charge the lamp. I’m sure this was designed to be this was for easier ‘plugging of the hole’ for the aforementioned rubber plugs it comes with. This does also help with its IP68 rating though. And for those who skip the instruction booklet, there is a small sticker by the power button that tells you to hold it down for 1.5 seconds to turn it on. My other, tiny little gripe is that, to me, the power button seems to be in a spot where I’ll always hit it with my hands. I’ll just have to learn to grab it by the handle, but the power button is a touch sensitive one – meaning that you have to hold your finger on it and not physically push it down. This is definitely due to having to be a lot more rugged, but again, this is a minor, personal inconvenience for me. The light itself is absolutely bright. And by bright, I mean sun level brightness. The LEDs are diffused nicely behind a sturdy plastic housing while the rest of the light is a sturdy metal alloy housing that can take a beating. I’ve let mine drop on concrete and such from about my waist (about three to four feet off the ground), it’s continued to work extremely well with only the normal scratching you get when you drop something metal onto concrete. The light is at max 400 lumens at full brightness which will net you about 2 hours of usability time at that setting. Holding the power button down for a few seconds dims the light and will net you about 8 hours of usability at that setting. It takes about 3 hours to go from a completely dead light to a full charge, but this is at 1A. At about 2A, it takes about 1.6 hours that I’ve timed. I’m not a big camping person, but this light can and will be used by me while working on projects at my desk, for photography (as an extra little accent light, don’t look for a fill light with this), and just general emergency use as well. The legs that the light comes attached too are very versatile and one even comes pre-drilled with a hanging hole. The legs are fully adjustable around the light so you can stand it up and face the light towards the ceiling, the ground or at any angle you wish. Honestly, with my biggest gripe being the extra power cord to have to carry around, this is still a solid LED light itself and it has many versatile uses for anyone looking to have some extra illumination needs. From BBQs, camping trips, to just working in the garage or on the car, you can’t go wrong with it.