Hi, I just bought the Cree 110 lumen WARM lantern (running on three AA batteries)
I also have owned for approx. a year or two, the Energizer Weather Ready lantern (three D batteries - though newer versions accommodate AA's also).
...the Energizer has both warm/and/cool modes, both similar intensity - forgot if its 45 or 75 lumens.
Energizer advantage - costs less, and runs on D-cells which last longer
Energizer disadvantages - quite heavier / and also a tad dimmer than Cree's low-power-mode - even with frosted cover removed / also more awkwardly designed, so batteries less easy to insert than the Cree.
....note - the Energizer is dimmer on both warm & cool modes.
what i've been wondering, is
(1) whether both regular & NiMH rechargable batteries can be safely kept in either of the lanterns long term.
...or whether the batteries should best be kept separately in fridge for storage until needed.
EDIT: SOMEONE RESOLVED #1 FOR ME
(2) Also wondering which of these last longest:
Sanyo eneloop AA rechargables
Dantona "D" by radio shack
Panasonic digital power "D" alkaline
(3) also... whether digital alkaline AA's would last longer in the Cree lantern than ordinary alkaline.
edit: someone resolved #3 for me