Looking for a low output (1 lumen or lower option) LED mini lantern.

Steve1

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Elzetta G-EDC - RCR 0.5 Lumens Ultra Low! 500 Lumens High and in between. Excellent EDC pocket, neck or whatever quality flashlight!
 

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Splitrail

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Elzetta G-EDC - RCR 0.5 Lumens Ultra Low! 500 Lumens High and in between. Excellent EDC pocket, neck or whatever quality flashlight!
probably too intense without a diffuser.
thanks though.
 

Toulouse42

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If you actually want a mini lantern, look at the Fenix CL09. I lumen low for 150 Hours on a CR123. I just received mine this week and its really rather nice. I love the size and for a lantern it does everything I need. Or the EagTac D25A (AA) claims 150 hours on low but does not specify the lumens on low. My guess is 1 lumen or less. But then you need to get a diffuser. I also have a Nitecore LA10 (AA) on order but it does not have a low low. It does though have a built in diffuser.
 

defloyd77

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Astrolux LT1/Mateminco CSF06

Doesn't specify what the lowest output is, but it features stepless dimming.
 

Romanko

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What if to use Zebralight h503c as a lantern? And attach some magnets to the clip.
 
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Dave_H

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If you want to talk cheap, even ultra-cheap, I am using a $1.50 12-LED 3AA lantern from Dollar Tree, which has rotary switch low/high setting. I've had it apart (and managed to get it back together!) and found a resistor for low setting. It's still fairly bright on low, but increasing resistance would knock it down further. Not the most efficient way, but should work. Of course with such loose current regulation, brightness would change with cell state, less so with NiMH than alkalines or (horror) zinc-carbons.

Another alternative is lantern with continuous brightness control; but cheap ones I've seen are cheesy, using what looks like an audio volume pot. Must be something better.

Dave
 

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My Fenix CL09 arrived today from Amazon. £30 with a 700mah usb rechargeable battery included. I am really pleased with it.
 

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My Fenix CL09 arrived today from Amazon. £30 with a 700mah usb rechargeable battery included. I am really pleased with it.
I also think CL09 is a good choice.
I have many of them and I am satisfied with them, the tint is neutral, it also has a steady red light and flashing both of 5 lumens.
Insects don't seem attracted, and the red light is useful as a signal.
 
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