That latest ones in Costco in the US are 550 Lumen, aren't GE branded anymore, and don't seem to have remote phosphor. I picked one up yesterday, but didn't try it last night. Here's a few pictures from eBay listings.Yes, they are still made pretty well. I've seen them in Costco again.
The new ones are advertised as 500 lumens. Almost exactly the same design.
Sometimes Walmart has the smaller 4 D-cell version.
These ones are 8 D-cell but can run on a set of 4.
Jasco made both the old and new lanterns. Jasco lists them as GE licensed products on their website. Basically Jasco pays GE to slap the GE brand name on them. So the scenario you're describing isn't really possible. Costco isn't screwing GE by going around them to GE's CM/ODM. They've always been dealing with Jasco. They've decided to omit the GE branding this time around.Looks like someone contacted the very same foreign company that made the lantern for G.E.
Still, it's an excellent lantern design and happy to see these are still available.
So I got my hands on one of the older remote 500lm remote phosphor GE Enbrighten models via eBay, and got to pay twice as much for the privilege.
It uses a little bit more current at 6V than the newer 550lm one. Around an extra 100mA on high. It did not exhibit the same constant current draw behavior as the voltage was dropped and seem to dim more readily. Once I get my Tenergy Centura D cells I will test all 3 versions I have of the Enbrighten Lanterns along with all the other lanterns I've recently picked up or already own in a big shootout complete with lux and current measurements over voltage and pictures of the light output patterns.
Not yet. I found out the datalogging software for my lux meter gets wonky after you measure more than about 65,000 data points. That screwed up my first attempt to measure the runtime and relative output of the older GE Enbrighten 300 Lumen lantern. Also, in retrospect that was a poor choice for the lantern to start with because of the relatively low current draw when using NiMH cells. By my estimate the batteries (when using 4 D cells) are likely to last somewhere between 26-30 hours. I was measuring 1 sample per second, so it crashed and I lost all the data somewhere in the 18-20 hour range before the batteries were run down. :sigh:got any info?
On the other hand, I believe that the Energizer NiMH D cells are only 2500mah (actually no better than eneloop's AA cells) and I don't know if they are LSD or not. My guess is NOT. But using the same math 8 cells set as 4S2P, 5000mah/261ma = 19.2 hours.Well, I guess that depends on your idea of cheap... However, eight 8000 mAh D cells should have no problem giving you more than 40 hours. You should get pretty close to 60.
16000mAh/261mA = 61.3h