Opinions/Suggestions on cheap low-lumen lantern

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JasonJ
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Opinions/Suggestions on cheap low-lumen lantern

I “need” a new LED lantern… ideally, it would be single LED, 2-5 lumens, runtime between 5-10 hours. I’m thinking something like those cheap, Chinese, collapsible units like you see on LightsCastle and BangGood.

Something like these:

http://www.banggood.com/Outdoor-Portable-Hanging-LED-Camping-Tent-Light-Bulb-Fishing-Lantern-Lamp-Torch-p-986965.html

http://www.banggood.com/Portable-Solar-Power-Inflatable-3-Modes-LED-Lantern-Camping-Light-p-916816.html

http://www.lightscastle.com/product/portable-inflatable-4-led-3-mode-whi...

What I’m basically using this for is to put in the room with my 3 yr old.. he loves flashlights as much as some of us; and the 80/300 lumen camping lantern he hijacked from me is a bit much for him. A standard night-light just wont do it for him (that’s no fun!).

So they’re all cheap.. $10 or less.. but I dont want a piece of garbage either. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Found a collapsible Defiant brand lantern at Home Depot for $4.88. Claims to be a single LED at 100 lumens. Looks about right.

It has a walleye lens on top to act like a zoomie light. Runs off of three AAA batteries. Has a high mode, lower mode, and unfortunately a slow strobe.

Might open it up and see about fitting it with a different driver for lower current, drop the output and increase the runtime. It claims 6 hours on three alkalines.

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It looks interesting at that price. Can you give a small review?
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-100-Lumen-Retractable-LED-Lantern-HD15Q434/206047896

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Check out this deal.

It’s a Thorfire hand crank chargeable lantern for $10. It can also be charged with USB cable and even used to charge another device. Very versatile for $10.

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