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    WY-TEX how many lumen?

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    Went to LED’s couple years back. Love them. Was a gift from my nephew after a trip when he watched me change a broken mantle. So in that sense it is part of our tradition to use it. Works great if the power goes out at home too. Very easy on batteries and no risk of burning stuff. What’s not to love? Used in 12x14 tent, as mentioned, not hugely bright, but plenty enough.

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    We use real lanterns and LEDs. A LED is nice to grab and switch on while you're answering nature's call in the middle of the night.

    Plus you can never have too much gear!

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    I like the Streamlight Super Siege lantern that puts out up to 1100 lumens. The non-rechargeable one works good too and is cheaper, but I like the re-chargeable for my use. A friend who lives a long way off ended up with my D battery version after a camping trip and just sent me money for it which I put toward the rechargeable. I really like the built in reflector for directional light, the power button that glows and shows the charge level, the red light. It just has all the features I want. I use it on hunting trips but more often camping and catfishing on the river. It will charge my cell phone or other USB accessories if needed.

    The biggest downside I see is that it doesn't come with a 12V charger which I think it should for the price. I take a Goal Zero Yeti 150 when truck camping and I can charge it off that, so it isn't an issue for me. I charge the Goal Zero off the truck and then charge my devices from it in the tent. No need to mess with solar if the truck is right there.

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    I've replaced my last mantle. I was never huge on "broad camp lighting" anyway - I don't like it drawing the bugs. I tend to want my light mostly in my tent to get a little reading or equipment prep time in for the next day, playing Yahtzee if it's too rainy for a campfire, etc. I'm not shilling for it: it has its pros and cons. But personally I really love it enough I may even get one more to keep in the truck. It would be great for tire changes and hitch hookups.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013UCC65G

    Pros:

    - It's super lightweight (187g, battery included, because it's Lithium Ion). I tend to truck-camp but would be fine backpacking too.
    - It works really well. Its three panels fold separately, so you can prop it on a table or by a car to change a tire, or you can hang it from the ceiling with a hook for a nice downlight.
    - It has its own solar for recharging - just leave it outside when you're out hunting. But it also recharges plenty just running the truck for an hour when you get back to camp, which I often do on longer trips for my GPS and other stuff.

    Cons:

    - It's a little brighter actually than I'd like. It has two settings, bright and brighter. I'd love a "dim" setting. There IS a third setting but it's blink and I HATE blinking flashlights. I never use those settings, and every one seems to have one.
    - The top hook isn't as strong as I like. I'm ham-handed with my gear and pulled it off pretty quick. I epoxied something stronger onto it after a few weeks - problem solved.
    - On a dim day the solar cells are nice, but don't quite give it a full charge. If you're a half-hour-a-day user no problem. If you expect 5 hours of cavorting around in your tent, it's gonna go dim on you.

    Yeah, it's a geek item. But I can't imagine going back to my big, heavy, always-too-delicate propane Coleman after using this. JHey... Anybody wanna buy a nice Coleman lantern?

 

 
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