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    Default Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern (3xD Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $20.
    Sylvania Mini LED Lantern (4xAA Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $13.
    Energizer Weather Ready LED Room Light (4xD Batteries). Price paid: Approx. $20.

    While waiting to see if Hurricane Gustav was going to head our way, I had some time to familiarize myself with these three LED lanterns that I had recently acquired (primarily for emergency use). I bought two of each of these lanterns, one set for my home and one set for my parents' home.

    I haven't really done a technical review, but I did take quite a few photos and wrote comments based on my brief familiarization time. I also did room shots with each lantern at night and wrote down my initial thoughts on the pros and cons of each.

    For the time being, I have placed my "review" (if I can really call it that) on my website on the following page:

    LED Lanterns for Emergency Use

    Here are a few photos, and I'll let those provide most of their own "visual description" for the moment. Larger photo versions can be seen via the link, above, as well as many more views of each lantern, along with my commentary. I'm debating on whether I should copy the entire review over to CPF, but I could possibly do that after I've rounded it out a little better.


    The lanterns as packaged.




    Batteries/battery compartments.




    Side by side view.




    A larger view of each.




    Indoor night shots -- all shots done with a Canon 1D Mark II and 14mm f/2.8L lens (lens set at f/2.8 with 1/4 second camera shutter speed at ISO 400). Room has white ceiling, but dark walls that aren't going to bounce light as well as many room walls might (so the room has a slightly darker look largely due to the wall color).

    Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern


    Energizer Weather Ready LED Lantern (with lantern head in "up" position)


    Sylvania Mini LED Lantern




    Pros, Cons, and Remarks Based on My Brief Comparison

    Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern (3xD Batteries)

    Pros: Seems to be the brightest of the bunch. Good light thrown 360 degrees. Second longest runtime of the three, stated by manufacturer in the 150 hour range (not tested by me). Is water resistant. Has hook built in to bottom of light for hanging so it can be easily hung upside down in a tent or otherwise above eye level (base detaches from top of lantern to produce a lightbulb effect when hung by hook). Has a tiny, blinking "find me" light (EZ-Find Light) that blinks every five seconds when lantern is off so that it can be easily found in the dark.

    Cons: Base of lantern is awkward to attach after inserting batteries. There's probably some easy trick to it (or maybe a fix), but the free spinning disk in the base that has the battery contact points and alignment slots spins a little too freely, making base alignment and attachment somewhat of a challenge. It is way too easy for the alignment slots to spin out of position while attempting to attach the base.

    Remarks: This would be a solid choice for a small camping lantern, tent lantern, household lantern, emergency lantern, etc. Light seems perhaps a bit harsh compared to the Energizer when you glance toward the lantern (perhaps the diffuser size and material make the light source seem a bit more intense, or maybe it's just plain brighter by enough margin to notice the difference).


    Energizer Weather Ready LED Room Light (4xD Batteries)

    Pros: Has longest stated runtime of the three as stated by manufacturer in the 245 hour range (not tested by me). Very versatile in positioning options and can cover either 180 or 360 degrees depending on head position. Has a built-in nightlight. Is relatively easy on the eyes. Batteries are easy to install.

    Cons: Light not as bright or evenly dispersed as the Rayovac. It is a little to the bulky side and somewhat awkward in its fully swung-up position.

    Remarks: Even if not as bright as the Rayovac, the Energizer would be a very good choice for an emergency lantern, especially with its long runtime. Uses eight LEDs for main light and one amber LED for nightlight. Perceived difference in light intensity between high and low settings is minimal, almost to the extent that I wonder why there are two settings. The low should have been made much lower.


    Sylvania Mini LED Lantern (4xAA Batteries)

    Pros: Is small, convenient, and solidly built. Has retractable feet for storage and stability. There is a good deal of difference between the high and low settings, which I count as a real plus (stated as 100 percent and 25 percent settings).

    Cons: Probably not really bright enough for consideration as a high-level emergency light, but would be a heck of a lot better than having no light. It will get you by, but won't do much more than that because of limited light range and brightness. Would not be much of a task light unless the lantern was very close to the user. Shortest overall runtime of the three (not verified, but somewhere between 8 and 30 hours, perhaps? I had trouble finding solid answers to this.). Screw-in bottom battery cover will cut into the bottom edges of plastic coating on the batteries unless modified (threads must be cut or filed down a bit). If using disposable batteries, this is not a problem. For multi-use rechargeable batteries, it will scar the plastic coating upon each insertion and tightening of the base. Instructions for a fix can be found on the CandlePower Forums in this thread: Sylvania/Osram Mini 4AA Lantern Upgrade

    Remarks: This would make a nice convenience lantern for certain types of home use (for instance, as a bedside light) and a decent (if not overly bright) tent light. Despite some of the cons, this is a neat little lantern with a good deal of "cool/fun" factor (just ask my 6-year-old daughter, who has claimed it as hers). I like it, too, despite its forgivable weaknesses. And how much can you ask of a $13 lantern?
    Last edited by varuscelli; 09-01-2008 at 11:58 PM.

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    Where did you get the Rayovac one? Looks pretty nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adirondackdestroyer View Post
    Where did you get the Rayovac one? Looks pretty nice.
    I got the Rayovac from CPF member MorePower. I think he is away for a few days (perhaps on vacation) but can likely still be PM'ed since I think he's trying check in occasionally. I'm pretty sure he'll be able to quote you a price for them.

    The Rayovac was the brightest of the two D-cell lanterns -- and even though it apparently has a shorter runtime than the Energizer Weather Ready LED lantern, it still has a long run time (supposedly in the 150 hour range).

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    Nice review. I'm debating getting one of the ROVs the next time I stop at the nearby gun/archery/tackle store (the only place I've seen them), but I really don't _need_ one (heh!). I have a number of the Sylvanias and LED's to upgrade them as soon as I have the time.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Quote Originally Posted by varuscelli View Post
    I got the Rayovac from CPF member MorePower. I think he is away for a few days (perhaps on vacation) but can likely still be PM'ed since I think he's trying check in occasionally. I'm pretty sure he'll be able to quote you a price for them.

    The Rayovac was the brightest of the two D-cell lanterns -- and even though it apparently has a shorter runtime than the Energizer Weather Ready LED lantern, it still has a long run time (supposedly in the 150 hour range).
    If possible, do you think you could add a shot of the Rayovac running in the lower output mode as a comparison? That would result in an extended runtime as well.

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    Hello, MorePower. For you, of course.

    But, I'll have to wait until I can get good dark in the house -- and that usually means waiting until after the rest of the family is in bed. I can't easily close off and isolate the room where I did the first shots, so it's harder for me to get it truly dark in there unless I wait until pretty late at night.

    The Rayovac shows its low setting at 50 percent (very reasonable) which should show up nicely in the photos.

    The Sylvania shows its low setting at 25 percent (nice, I like it), but that's so low that I'd have to change my comparative camera settings just to get it to show up...and then the others would look like blazing suns.

    The Energizer doesn't show its low setting percentage on the packaging, and I haven't seen it stated anywhere that I've looked (even in the Energizer FL452WR Product Datasheet for it). And visually, there's not a big difference between high and low on it. I wonder if they Energizer fouled it up during the design/production stages and it was too late to redesign, so they're ashamed to state what you get with the low setting?

    On the Energizer, I know it's not really possible to give a percentage just by looking, but I could swear that it doesn't drop off by any more than 15-20 percent at most when switching from high to low. Who knows, maybe it's a drop to 75 percent of maximum, but it sure doesn't look like it drops off that far. I find that strange in relation to the very long stated runtime for the Energizer (245 hours). I'm assuming that's the runtime from the low setting, but with a low that's not really all that low compared to its high setting, that seems strange.
    Last edited by varuscelli; 09-04-2008 at 12:59 PM.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    You can mod the Sylvania with Cree, you'll get twice the output with the same run time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockboy View Post
    You can mod the Sylvania with Cree, you'll get twice the output with the same run time.
    Yeah, true, and that's a relevant thing to point out.

    Part of rounding out the review will included a link to the main thread that I've seen on the modifications (Sylvania/Osram Mini 4AA Lantern Upgrade, and maybe there are other threads, too, where this is discussed?), but for the initial review I wanted to go by what you get out of the box. But you're right, and it's a good point.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Bought a couple of these Sylvanias, back in January.


    Menards had 'em on sale for



    $ 4.99




    A nice, useful little lantern.

    Especially for that price.


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    Yeah, rub it in Burgess, you lucky dog . . .

    I had read about that in another thread or two. Too bad Menard's doesn't offer online ordering . . . or do they?

    I remember reading in one of those threads that one member called Menard's from out of sate when the sale was on and they agreed to ship to him, and apparently at a reasonable shipping rate. But I also wonder if a sale like that will crop up again with these specific lanterns (are they a regular item at Menard's) -- or how the needy from out of state will know...


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    They are a regular item but they are being treated as short term, from what I've seen. The close Menards doesn't have them, one far one has quite a few, currently at $9.99 (plus crook county's criminal sales tax rates...).

    The close one kept moving them around before they disappeared; often a sign of impending discontinuation.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Bought a couple of these Sylvanias, back in January.


    Menards had 'em on sale for



    $ 4.99




    A nice, useful little lantern.

    Especially for that price.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MorePower View Post
    If possible, do you think you could add a shot of the Rayovac running in the lower output mode as a comparison? That would result in an extended runtime as well.
    Here are those couple of shots. I have to figure out how to slip them into the review without being awkward about it, but I'll put them right here for now. I redid both shots since the room contents have been shifted around a little since my first set of shots. Camera settings were the same as before, but I wanted to eliminate any variables by shooting these two under matching conditions just to make sure.

    Rayovac Sportsman Extreme LED Lantern at 100 percent and 50 percent.




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    The specs of this lantern appear quite different across sites
    - BatteryJunction.com list it under Rayovac badge as using 3 LEDs, each is 3 watts
    - KBM store list it as 4 watts
    - In the UK it is known as Silverpoint and stated 3 Nichia LEDs, each is only 1 watt
    - In Oz it is sold under Primus badge at a (as usual) throat-cutting price and also has 3 of 1 watt Nichia LED

    Do you think they're the same?

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    Even among the Rayovac brands:

    This on battery Junction has 3W on the upper left corner



    This has 4W in the upper left corner




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    To my fellow Aussies: the best price so far for this I could find over internet is at Kathmandu by paying A$10 to get the Summit card you'll pay A$59.93 for the lantern, so it's A$ 69.93 in total (or US$ 47.5)
    What a rip off considering US price of < US$30

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Quote Originally Posted by NickBose View Post
    The specs of this lantern appear quite different across sites
    - BatteryJunction.com list it under Rayovac badge as using 3 LEDs, each is 3 watts
    - KBM store list it as 4 watts
    - In the UK it is known as Silverpoint and stated 3 Nichia LEDs, each is only 1 watt
    - In Oz it is sold under Primus badge at a (as usual) throat-cutting price and also has 3 of 1 watt Nichia LED

    Do you think they're the same?

    Yes, I think they are the same, all manufactured by Favourlight in China, and branded under different names for the country/market they are intended for. They use three Nichia LEDs. BatteryJunction originally listed it as using a single LED, but they have since corrected the error.

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    anybody find a great price on these lights any where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tritan View Post
    anybody find a great price on these lights any where?
    Amazon today (Dec 17) is having a sale on the
    Rayovac SE3DLN Sportsman Extreme 3D LED Lantern


    It's currently $24.00 (with free shipping if you can get above $25 total)
    That is the cheapest I've seen it sell for there and amazon has generally had the best price for this lantern.
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    Very nice review of all three lanterns Varuscelli.The Pics are AWSOME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockboy View Post
    You can mod the Sylvania with Cree, you'll get twice the output with the same run time.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...&postcount=214
    current usage on high after upgrading to a P4 cree went from 350ma to 450 ma which is about 28% higher current so runtime would be reduced by a like amount. with a Q5 I got 440ma usage. I replaced the R5 resistor with a 70 ohm one dropping the current from stock 350/75, upgraded ~450/75 to 250/28ma (these are high/low settings). I compared a Q5 lantern at 250ma to a P4 at about 450 ma and the P4 is brighter but not by very much, in use they would be close to the same but runtimes I estimate as following:
    stock 350ma/75ma alkaline 7/30
    P4 450ma/75ma alkaline 5/30
    Q5 250ma/28ma alkaline 10/100
    these are estimates on nimh high output runtimes should increase slightly and low output runtimes decrease due to alkalines losing runtime at increasing current levels.
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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    I was looking around for the Ray-O-Vac 3-4?W Lantern and saw this.
    Looks like an upgrade @ 6?W (as per Ray-o-Vac) w/ Cree XRE LED's, to the mentioned 3-4W model in this thread >>

    Remington

    Remington 300 Lumen 6W LED Lantern

    The harshest hunting environments calls for high-tech performance.

    Model: RM4DLN
    Features:

    • High Performance 300 Lumen Cree XRE LED
    • 2 Modes: High Beam and Low Beam
    • Water Resistant
    • Convenient Carry Handle
    • Flip Out Metal Hang Hook
    • 150 Battery Run Time on Low Mode, 80 Hours on High Mode

    Runs on 4 D alkaline batteries

    Approx. price range - $42 - $49

    The Ray-O-Vac lantern mentioned in post #1 still seems like a better deal at about 1/2 the price
    Last edited by biker1; 09-28-2010 at 07:09 AM. Reason: ingo update

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Quote Originally Posted by biker1 View Post
    I was looking around for the Ray-O-Vac 3-4?W Lantern and saw this.
    Looks like an upgrade @ 6?W (as per Ray-o-Vac) w/ Cree XRE LED's, to the mentioned 3-4W model in this thread >>

    Remington

    Remington 300 Lumen 6W LED Lantern

    The harshest hunting environments calls for high-tech performance.

    Model: RM4DLN
    Features:

    • High Performance 300 Lumen Cree XRE LED
    • 2 Modes: High Beam and Low Beam
    • Water Resistant
    • Convenient Carry Handle
    • Flip Out Metal Hang Hook
    • 150 Battery Run Time on Low Mode, 80 Hours on High Mode
    Runs on 4 D alkaline batteries

    Approx. price range - $42 - $49

    The Ray-O-Vac lantern mentioned in post #1 still seems like a better deal at about 1/2 the price
    Nice looking lantern, biker1. Interesting, too, that I see it's available through Home Depot. I'll have to take a look and see if our local store carries it (of course, it's listed at the higher end of the price range there). I'd really like to see this one in action, especially given the 6W spec.

    Not that it really matters, but the Home Depot site lists the lantern as 14.5 inches tall. First, I wonder if that's an accurate height (as listed only on the Home Depot site). I wonder if the listed height includes the handle as extended or if it's bottom to top of actual lantern body...(?).

    The FlashlightZ site actually shows a few more photo views and has some reviews (semi-helpful reviews, but nothing as helpful as you would generally read on CPF).

    http://www.flashlightz.com/product.php?product=172822
    Last edited by varuscelli; 09-28-2010 at 08:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Found this "relative size" pic of the Remington 300 Lumen 6W LED Lantern on Amazon.com. Looks like the lantern itself would be about 9 or 10 inches tall. The Home Depot spec showing it as 14.5 inches is obviously including the handle as extended.

    Some of the reviewers there describe the light from this lantern as harsh. I'd believe that, based on my experience with the Rayovac lantern I have (reviewed earlier in the thread -- Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern). In some situations, harshness doesn't matter that much as long as you're getting good area lighting, but in certain use situations the harshness is a visual pain (just my take). And I'd still like to see this one and check its performance personally.


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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    It appears that the specs are all over the place, depending whose ad we're looking at. That size comparisonn is very helpful. Thanks for finding it

    I don't understand one thing though -

    - The 6 W lantern (Remington) takes 6 'D' cells, hence 6W BUT the run time and lumen output are the same as the 3-4W (Sportsman) Ray-O-Vac.
    What is the advantage of the 4 cell lantern if the specs are the same as the 3 cell version? Unless the Specs are not the same, and were misprinted, as in the 3W or 4W lantern.
    I can always call Ray-O-Vac. I can do that later on as I gotta run.

    The 6W model uses Cree's XREs. I don't know if the 3-4W? model does. Edit > No. uses Nichias
    Last edited by biker1; 10-01-2010 at 04:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Three LED Lanterns Compared (Rayovac, Sylvania, Energizer)

    Rayovac Sportsman on amazon for $25 with free shipping. Thats where I got mine. Can't beat it for the price.

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