Hi - just saw these at Costco the other day and couldn't pass them by. GE SteelBEAM
For $15, I think they're a steal. They take 4 D-cells, and have a fluorescent bulb. The on/off switch is not my favorite - I've been able to get momentary on with it, but there's sometimes not enough positive feeling of the switch engaging (clicking on) to feel when you've got it engage - sometimes it would come on and stay on and I really didn't feel the click happen.
Light output is good enough to be able to read from, I'd say, more than 8 feet away, and probably a bit more, if you hang it higher than what you're reading. And speaking of hanging it - they've got a nice handle design - a comfortable plastic hand grip that pulls down to reveal a small hook it can hang by.
The lantern has a generally sturdy feeling, with a metal swinging handle and open metal grill around the clear plastic lantern shroud, and the base and top of the lantern are both part metal, part plastic.
With the batteries installed, it's substantially base-heavy and feels stable.
The box says:
-- "special long life triphosphor lamp rated for 8,000 hours"
-- "super bright bulb"
-- "water resistant"
-- "Energy efficient electronic ballast - 16-hour battery life"
-- "Limited 3-year life"
I read a review on Epinions about this lamp -- the guy liked it, but was using cheap "heavy duty" batteries and only got 4-hour battery life - I haven't done any more than fire them up, so here's that review:
I had been REALLY interested in the 12-LED lanterns after the blackout happened, because once you're safe at home, we mostly needed area lights. So, now I think I may eventually get one of the 12-LED lanterns (instead of two), but I don't feel in a rush now.
I think this lantern will fill the bill for most non-flashaholics (and flashaholics will probably want one or two, anyhow).
Anyway, I think they're worth looking for at this price.