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    Default Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    I just saw this on Flashlight News, and it looks sweet. 4AA powered, high/low settings, and it folds into a really small size.

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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    Sounds like a worthy little lantern! I'm anxious to check one out.
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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    I found one supplier who may have them, and I'm awaiting a reply to my email.

    By the looks of the picture I'm thinking this may have the same glare issue as the River Rock lantern.

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    I wonder if they are running bright enough? They may be our solution to the missing OSram Golden dragon here in the USA. Any idea on price? A Cree mod host replacement! <grin> Gack! We have not even seen the light physically yet and I was thinking of a MOD! GADS someone stop me...

    The idea if these are low priced would be nice. I have someone this might be good for so I am going to have to keep an eye out for these.

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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    Bass Pro (the only supplier I got when I googled) said they are backordered until mid January.

    At $35 it's not a cheap lantern. I suspect the price will drop when WalMart gets them.

    It comes with a K2 LED, but I'm guessing a XR-E mod shouldn't be too difficult.

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    Really looks interesting. Hope Walmart or Target gets them.

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    Bass Pro should have some in stock online in the next week or so. Wal-Mart and Target will not be offered this product. By Late Feb product should be widely available at many Sporting good retailers including REI, The Sports Authority, and Dicks. XRE Mod will be easy but will void your warranty of course. you can access the screws through the battery housing to get the top assembly apart.

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    I like that lantern. Thanks for the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weylan
    I wonder if they are running bright enough? They may be our solution to the missing OSram Golden dragon here in the USA. Any idea on price? A Cree mod host replacement! <grin> Gack! We have not even seen the light physically yet and I was thinking of a MOD! GADS someone stop me...

    The idea if these are low priced would be nice. I have someone this might be good for so I am going to have to keep an eye out for these.
    VERY SOON they will be made with the Cree XR-E. 1st production run was designated for K2, but Coleman indicates that the XR-E will be the standard LED used in the future.
    There will come a time when incandescent bulbs can only be found in a museum exhibit. LEDs !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_vance
    VERY SOON they will be made with the Cree XR-E. 1st production run was designated for K2, but Coleman indicates that the XR-E will be the standard LED used in the future.
    Steve is correct. April production will be CREE XR-E P4 Bin. So I would say look for the packaging change calling it out in about June.

    Brock, on a discount for a buy...let me check with PR, I have only been here for about a year and a half, so have not looked into this before..

    Lit Up, I have not looked much at the auto-on 2D as an LED light, would you mind sending me seom pictures of how well your mod is working? Would love to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacklight
    Steve is correct. April production will be CREE XR-E P4 Bin. So I would say look for the packaging change calling it out in about June.
    Does that mean the Exponent Pack-Away will be fitted with a Cree XR-E and available this summer? If so you can put me down for one, preferably with the textured globe you suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowBat
    Does that mean the Exponent Pack-Away will be fitted with a Cree XR-E and available this summer? If so you can put me down for one, preferably with the textured globe you suggested.
    yes, but these wont have a textured lens at this point.

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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    I actually still have a Coleman 2D torch that I bought in Italy nearly 10 years ago. The only modification I've done it to install a MagLite WhiteStar bulb in place of the standard one. It still works today,and I haven't lost the gadgety compass off the end, which i rather I had.

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    Blacklight, I own two of the Coleman Pack- Away 4D lights. #5317 Series with the 15 watt compact fluorescent tubes. I can't say enough good about these lanterns. Great build construction for the price, multi-level for excellent runtime, a 6500k lamp for a "sunny" ambient light during power outages, and easily stored lantern as well. I hope Coleman continues to market and improve these lanterns as the compact fluorescent products evolve.

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    Hi, new guy here. What is a XRE mod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sackettboys
    Hi, new guy here. What is a XRE mod?
    Welcome to CPF. The Cree X-RE is the new super efficient LED that has been all the talk here on CPF since about October. Look at the LED section and you'll find many many threads on it. To XRE mod is to replace the factory LED with a Cree X-RE, which yields either double the brightness or double the runtime, or thereabouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIP AND RING
    Blacklight, I own two of the Coleman Pack- Away 4D lights. #5317 Series with the 15 watt compact fluorescent tubes. I can't say enough good about these lanterns. Great build construction for the price, multi-level for excellent runtime, a 6500k lamp for a "sunny" ambient light during power outages, and easily stored lantern as well. I hope Coleman continues to market and improve these lanterns as the compact fluorescent products evolve.
    Thank's for the kind words about the lanterns. I really prefer the color of light from the fluorescent lights too. It will be nice when we can economically get a bright enough LED in that warm color range so you don't have to worry about replacing bulbs in the future. 400 lumens will be the magical number to make that happen in a nice warm white LED.

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    Does anyone know when these lanterns are going to be available? It looks like there are a bunch of new Exponent products available not just lights. It looks like Coleman is trying to cater to the high quality market with some really great products.

    I recently bought the Micropacker Lantern at Wal-Mart. I am thinking about returning that in anticipation on getting one of the ones from the Exponent series.

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    I have been out of the country and just swamped, sorry for the late response. We are currently shipping to many retailers on this light. REI should be getting product any day now as well as bass pro. The Sports Authority will be ordering in March for April. response has been great so far, so the original product I brought in has all shipped or is taken, or I would say you could order off our website. I am trying to track down when the next shipment will be coming in. We are having internal discussions here, but the shipment afternext very well may have the CREE XRE in it. I got the sample in this morning, and WOW I really like it anyway. I will try to get on here more pften for updates on this, but i have been really busy.

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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    Do not think it is on your website yet?
    I could not seem to find it?
    Any pointers/links you could provide?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith
    Do not think it is on your website yet?
    I could not seem to find it?
    Any pointers/links you could provide?
    Thanks
    http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colem...tegoryid=24756

    Here you go, its under Exponent Gear.

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    Damn you Coleman!! Now that I've just imported an Osram Golden Dragon...

    Does anyone knows if that thing is regulated and brighter than the stock Golden Dragon?

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    I think I'll wait till a Cree gets put in the lantern. Maybe then it'll be bright enough to have a diffuser added to reduce the glare.

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    Default Re: Coleman 4AA Exponent® Pack-Away®

    This is in response to their gas version. I'd like to see how this one goes with them Cree LED then. . .More waiting to do and this year's just getting started.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHC
    This is in response to their gas version. I'd like to see how this one goes with them Cree LED then. . .More waiting to do and this year's just getting started.

    Enjoy!
    This entire thread is about a battery lantern. did you have questions about one of the Coleman fueled lanterns? If so shoot away and i will get you the answers.

    if the question is how does it compare to the Excursion or Luminos lantern that are Butane powered packing lanterns from Coleman, then I will say that the CREE modified version is about the same. The current K2 is about half the light, but that will change one way or another by June (of course I have a nice little surprise coming too....hmm what could it be...If nothing else look for my little friend at Summer OR)!
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    Thanks for the info Blacklight! Much appreciated. Will wait for further lighting "goodies" from Coleman. . .

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoors Fanatic
    Damn you Coleman!! Now that I've just imported an Osram Golden Dragon...

    Does anyone knows if that thing is regulated and brighter than the stock Golden Dragon?
    Yes it's regulated. I don't have a gold dragon to test, so i can not tell you for sure.

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    Looking foward to info on the updated lantern. June - still time to use it camping.

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    I emailed Coleman and asked about this lantern. According to them, it's rated at 45 lumens, compared to the Wal-Mart micropacker at 8.

    Just a FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRR
    I emailed Coleman and asked about this lantern. According to them, it's rated at 45 lumens, compared to the Wal-Mart micropacker at 8.

    Just a FYI.
    The numbers are about right. I would have to go look at my engineers data, I believe these are just going out for actual testing. Question to you all, If there was a version that was say 120 to 140 lumens, how would you all feel about a textured globe to cut the glare and the artifacts at the expense of say 10 to 15% of the light?

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