I have both of the lanterns pictured below. I bought them with the intent to load some fresh batteries in them and store them away for emergencies. The problem with that plan is that they have an always blinking locator LED. While the idea of a blinking locator might be good for a frequently used lantern, my idea of long term storage with the batteries inserted doesn't seem like a good plan.
My question is, if I open them up and simply remove the blinking locator LED, will this completely solve the long-term battery drain problem, or are there other components on the PCB that will drain the battery even with the locator LED removed?