Review: GearBest Two In One Camping Lamp

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Review: GearBest Two In One Camping Lamp

A shady company I no longer have dealings with contacted me through me blog and asked me to choose an outdoor product from their site to review. I wanted to choose something budget, and something a little different, and this is what I came up with. It’s a 3xAAA camping lantern that looked well built on their site, and I liked the overall style and design. And at about $10 the price seemed right.

 

Product Description

You can read the full review here on my blog, which also has higher resolution photos. 

This is a single mode 3xAAA hybrid flashlight/camping lantern with an XP-E (?) Q5 emitter. It doesn’t seem to have any regulation, making it a “vampire” which can suck all the juice from the battery.


The design is simple: the diffuser slides back and forth turning it from a flashlight into a lantern. The body is anodized aluminum and so is the base, so it’s this interesting hybrid of plastic an aluminum. There’s a reverse switch at the tail. 

 Camping Lantern Product

 

Official Specs (From GearBest)

Specifications

General

Type: Camping Emergency Lights 
For: Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Emergency, Travel 
Material: Aluminum Alloy, Glasses 
Functions: Long life, low power consumption, bright and no stroboscopic

Specification

Power Source: 3 AAA battery (not included)

Dimension and Weight

Product weight : 0.1kg 
Package weight : 0.15 kg 
Product size : 11 cm (Folding Size), 16 cm (Unfolding Size) 
Package size : 13 × 8 × 8 cm

Package Contents

Package contents: 1 x Camping Lamp

Oops, the box was crushed.

 Lantern Box

  ..but it was packed in bubble wrap, so it came out without a scratch.

Lantern Box

 

 Lantern Box

 

 Lantern Box

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  Lantern Box

 Lantern BoxTail Cap

 Lantern BoxTail Cap

 Lantern BoxTail Cap

 Tail Cap

 

Fit and Finish

 

Here you can see that the emitter is quite a bit off center. There is also dust on the inside of the unit on the reflector. I’ll have to figure out a way to take it apart. Other than that, the fit and finish is pretty good. The anodizing is nice and it seems well built. The off-center emitter does not affect the lantern functionality so it’s not a big deal for me.

Tail Cap

 

Tail Cap Reading

 I get 1.3 amps on my cheap yellow meter with 3 2nd generation Eneloops hot off the charger.

 

Flashlight 

The reflector on the flashlight is plastic and so is the lens, but the shape of the reflector is pretty good, so it produces a nice tight beam with the small die Q5. If the emitter weren’t off-center it would be even better. The tint is the typical cool white for this type of emitter.

 Tail Cap

 Tail Cap

 

Lantern

 With the diffuser extended, it’s a pretty good lantern. It has a ring on the base to hang it on, but I like it better standing on the base like the photo below.

Tail Cap

Run Time Test

The run time test was done with the usual 3 Sanyo Eneloops hot off the charger. It went for about an hour at full brightness, which was not the surprising part. After several hours it still had respectable brightness, but the really surprising part was that it continued to put out a tiny bit of light for more than 96 hours, until I finally turned it off with the emitter still barely lit.
 
The photo below was taken about 12 hours into the test and it was probably enough to read by in your tent. The missus joked that it was enough light to find fresh batteries to get more light.
 
Tail Cap
 

Conclusions

 
It’s not a bad little lantern for about 10 bucks. It’s not going to replace the EagleTac twisty with a Panasonic 18650 in it and a wand diffuser, but it should be a good backup lantern and something extra to put on a picnic table. It may be good for a survival bag due to its ability to “vampire” a set of batteries down to nothing. 
 
This review is a work in progress. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:07
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Thanks racer. Nice review. Now the wait for the 200 hr run time AA version.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Nice lamp!
I like.

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Someone asked me if GearBest has a BLF coupon and I do not know. They seem like a fairly new shop, and Karen at GearBest seems really nice so I’ll ask her when I get a chance. But if someone discovers one, please let me know and I’ll add it to the review.

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Im thinking about trying one of these: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/3W-200-lumens-3-Modes-adjustable.... Its a blatant copy of the uco lumora but its a third of the price. I have the lumora and its pretty nice, plus is takes AAs which is a plus. Anyone have eny experience with these?

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and the verdict is?
that thing might even take a 32650.would be nice if it has the length.set of nesting spacer tubes would get you 18650,26650,and 32650.

can wrote:
Nice! I ordered this a couple days ago. http://www.everbuying.com/product507434.html I was hoping this would also take an 18650 with a “home made tube spacer thing”.