Tac Light Latern

23 posts / 0 new
Last post
jerm03
Offline
Last seen: 5 months 6 days ago
Joined: 12/03/2012 - 15:07
Posts: 878
Location: SW United States
Tac Light Latern

As seen on TV they look pretty good, and 2 for $19.99 isn’t bad unless the postage eats you up
Anyone tried one?
Thanks,
Jerry

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3722
Location: USA, Michigan

They are cheap junk chinese lanterns sold under many names, with hideous blue light. You can buy them in packs of 4 lanterns on amazon for 18 bucks or cheaper, like these

All the lights Tac light sells is cheap junk. Those “can your light do this?”, are sold on Gearbest for under 5 dollars with free shipping, or 5 bucks on aliexpress

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Online
Last seen: 3 min 41 sec ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 15699
Location: nyc

RobertB wrote:
They are cheap junk chinese lanterns sold under many names, with hideous blue light. You can buy them in packs of 4 lanterns on amazon for 18 bucks or cheaper, like these

All the lights Tac light sells is cheap junk. Those “can your light do this?”, are sold on Gearbest for under 5 dollars with free shipping, or 5 bucks on aliexpress

Funny thing is, those beasties are getting 5 stars almost across the board. Big Smile

And <5bux each for a 4-pack isn’t bad, even for a cheap POS.

Wonder if they can be deep-fried…

Anyway, for a throwaway “lantern” to just throw better’n-nothing light all around from a trio of AAs, it ain’t too bad for the price.

The collapsable design and magnet on the base might make it worthwhile. Don’t think I’d get any, but I suppose people’d consider them handy, even with Angry Blue™ light.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3722
Location: USA, Michigan

I wouldn’t want anyone camping next to me with one of those. You see these people all over campgrounds with the ugly blue lights setup next to their $75,000 campers. To be honest, it’s an eyesore. Fenix CL lanterns are much more neutral white, bullet proof, take 18650’s, and will last a lifetime of camping. Pay once, Cry once.

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Online
Last seen: 3 min 41 sec ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 15699
Location: nyc
RobertB wrote:
I wouldn’t want anyone camping next to me with one of those. You see these people all over campgrounds with the ugly blue lights setup next to their $75,000 campers. To be honest, it’s an eyesore. Fenix CL lanterns are much more neutral white, bullet proof, take 18650’s, and will last a lifetime of camping. Pay once, Cry once.

Hey, I’ll defer to your experience, as I know zero about lanterns.

My “lantern” during a blackout or when a fuse blows is ceiling-bounce from a tailstanding flashlight. Big Smile

No idea when I’d even use a lantern. Probably would just unscrew the lens from a ’98 and use that as a mule.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5766
Location: Long Island, New York

Who cares if they have a horrible blue tint when you can boil them in water, freeze them in ice, and let an elephant sit on them and they still work..lol!

Boycott Nike

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3722
Location: USA, Michigan
atbglenn wrote:
Who cares if they have a horrible blue tint when you can boil them in water, freeze them in ice, and let an elephant sit on them and they still work..lol!

You forgot, run over them with a Humvee

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5766
Location: Long Island, New York
RobertB wrote:
atbglenn wrote:
Who cares if they have a horrible blue tint when you can boil them in water, freeze them in ice, and let an elephant sit on them and they still work..lol!

You forgot, run over them with a Humvee

Wow, You’re right! Forgot about that!

Boycott Nike

Freedom
Freedom's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 5 months ago
Joined: 01/11/2016 - 04:18
Posts: 271

Is it Fenix that makes my single AA powered LA10 ‘lantern’ with the high CRI (Nichia?) and magnetic base?
I have the OP’s $5 light plus that one (less than $20 on sale somewhere late last year) and felt that they were both great for the price paid.

Domari Nolo “I Refuse to be Subjugated” (1st Pennsylvania Regiment Flag) https://www.1stcontinentalregiment.org/blank
(Flagguys.com):..and man o man did they ever refuse to be subjugated. These guys were everywhere. They were important in Washington’s siege of Boston. They stayed behind and were the last to leave after covering the main army’s dangerous nick of time retreat from Long Island. They crossed the Delaware with Washington. They were “..at Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and every major skirmish, and battle all the way to Yorktown..” where they fought “the most important part of the siege” according to General Steuben. These guys saw action in every one of the original 13 colonies.

blueb8llz
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 41 min ago
Joined: 06/02/2012 - 01:16
Posts: 3128
Location: California

I saw that commercial also. Thought it looked useful for the price. But I passed

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Online
Last seen: 3 min 41 sec ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 15699
Location: nyc
atbglenn wrote:
RobertB wrote:
atbglenn wrote:
Who cares if they have a horrible blue tint when you can boil them in water, freeze them in ice, and let an elephant sit on them and they still work..lol!

You forgot, run over them with a Humvee

Wow, You’re right! Forgot about that!

But I’m not a FMR Fighter Pilot… would that still work for me??

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Subterrestrial
Subterrestrial's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 1 month ago
Joined: 09/25/2016 - 20:17
Posts: 56
Location: The Mountains (they were calling....)

Freedom wrote:
Is it Fenix that makes my single AA powered LA10 ‘lantern’ with the high CRI (Nichia?) and magnetic base?
I have the OP’s $5 light plus that one (less than $20 on sale somewhere late last year) and felt that they were both great for the price paid.

That’s the Nitecore LA10. Both high CRI Nichia and CW Cree versions. They’re both great little pocket lanterns.

That Tac Light and similar ones branded differently are kind of a waste of money (even at $5). I’ve seen versions now with COB emitters which probably wouldn’t be as bad, but I still wouldn’t trust the overall longevity.

If you want a cheap, reliable AA lantern I would recommend the 4AA Defiant lantern Home Depot recently started selling. $10 and it comes with a set of alkaleaks. You can also find an EverBrite variant on Amazon.

jerm03
Offline
Last seen: 5 months 6 days ago
Joined: 12/03/2012 - 15:07
Posts: 878
Location: SW United States

Glad I did not order them. Thanks. However, my own reason for buying them would have been when the power was lost Big Smile
I have several lanterns and emergency lights anyway. In an emergency I don’t mind if the color of the lights is bad as long as the lamp burns.

Thanks again for the comments.
Jerry

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3722
Location: USA, Michigan

jerm03 wrote:
Glad I did not order them. Thanks. However, my own reason for buying them would have been when the power was lost Big Smile
I have several lanterns and emergency lights anyway. In an emergency I don’t mind if the color of the lights is bad as long as the lamp burns.

Thanks again for the comments.
Jerry

I have a few Fenix CL25R clones for that reason. Ugly blue light, but who cares when there’s no power in the house. You can see in the picture how much warmer the Fenix is (middle) for camping. But with 18650 3500mAh cells in the clones, they will last over 2 days on one charge in low mode.

Lexel
Lexel's picture
Offline
Last seen: 11 months 1 week ago
Joined: 11/01/2016 - 08:00
Posts: 5895
Location: Germany

A LED swap in the clones might be worth it, is the quality the same than the Fenix?

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3722
Location: USA, Michigan
Lexel wrote:
A LED swap in the clones might be worth it, is the quality the same than the Fenix?

The build quality is actually very good on the clones, however, these things are glued together. The only way I can think of to get them apart would be to cut them open.

RAW74
RAW74's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 months 1 week ago
Joined: 07/23/2012 - 16:01
Posts: 816
Location: east coast USA
RobertB][quote=atbglenn wrote:
Who cares if they have a horrible blue tint when you can boil them in water, freeze them in ice, and let an elephant sit on them and they still work..lol!

You forgot, run over them with a Humvee[/quote

I’ve got something we could run them over with
Subterrestrial
Subterrestrial's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 1 month ago
Joined: 09/25/2016 - 20:17
Posts: 56
Location: The Mountains (they were calling....)

jerm03 wrote:
Glad I did not order them. Thanks. However, my own reason for buying them would have been when the power was lost Big Smile
I have several lanterns and emergency lights anyway. In an emergency I don’t mind if the color of the lights is bad as long as the lamp burns.

Thanks again for the comments.
Jerry


I agree about the light temp though. It’s also less noticeable when you’re outside (i.e.-camping) and you don’t have white walls and surfaces constantly reminding you of high the color temp is. My concern with that type of light is more with the reliability of the electronics. I take care of my stuff (even the cheap stuff) so it’s very unlikely I’m going to be inadvertently backing over it with my car. Innocent
jerm03
Offline
Last seen: 5 months 6 days ago
Joined: 12/03/2012 - 15:07
Posts: 878
Location: SW United States

Well, I hunted and camped most of my life, and at 84 I can say I never ran over a single item of my equipment. BUT, I never got paid to do a commercial either. Cash

I live in southern NM where we get very few power outages, and when we do they are short. However my sister lives in AR, and some years they get ice storms that disrupt power, and in some areas maybe for weeks. I have encouraged her to be prepared in case there is an extended power outage. As for me, I have enough camping equipment to be OK in most anything.
Jerry

Subterrestrial
Subterrestrial's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 1 month ago
Joined: 09/25/2016 - 20:17
Posts: 56
Location: The Mountains (they were calling....)

Ah yes, a camper is always prepared! Nothing like enjoying a nice, hot meal during an extended outage instead of milk and cereal for dinner. Party

bonegunner
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 2 days ago
Joined: 11/01/2014 - 15:12
Posts: 16
Location: GA

My wife bought 2 taclight lanterns as a gift for father’s day.

I knew they were junk, but did not dare complain about them, and will re-gift them.

Just read post about fenix clone at fastech for $12 may go that way

I will suggest to her to not buy anything advertised on info-mercials any more.

siata94
siata94's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 days 10 hours ago
Joined: 05/13/2014 - 13:30
Posts: 458
Location: SoCal

cheap junk lanterns are perfect as my kids keep losing them. They’ve lost 2 Blitzwolfs and 2 of the
$10 amazon lanterns. Not to mention sleeping bags, Convoys and various AA/AAA lights.

They camp again soon so something will be lost. Cheap is in Smile

snakebite
snakebite's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 days 16 hours ago
Joined: 11/20/2013 - 20:21
Posts: 2057
Location: dayton oh

at 4/$20 they are mod fodder.
the ones at the shop are getting the leds replaced with the the cheap ebay “hi cri”
and the battery box gutted and replaced with 2 18650 and a tp4056.
lightly sand the globe and they are fairly good.
i did mine and its ok.
as for durability they have none.
but if you use it for a lantern instead of a speed bump for a humvee they will last.