Black Diamond Voyager
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
I recommend this lantern, especially for car camping.
- Could pack a few more lumens with 4 AAs
I just bought this lantern and plan to use it for car camping and power outages at home since it has the lantern and flashlight ability. I saw a friend's Voyager and liked it so I got one on sale last week at REI.
About my only complaint is that with 4 AA batteries it seems like it should be able to kick out more lumens! The Orbit does 45 lumens on 4 AAA batteries.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39.99
A great upgrade from the Orbit!
- Table stability
So we had a Black Diamond Orbit first. That was and still is a great little lamp. But as most of us gear lovers want, multifunction usually trumps all. So when I saw the Voyager about to be released, I immediately put it on my Xmas list for last year.
At first glance, the light is slightly bigger than the Orbit, but still in the compact category when compared to the Titan or Apollo. Other than size, the next biggest difference is the addition of the bottom facing light. This light accomplishes two things; it allows you to use it as a standard flashlight (a key feature that will save you from having to fumble around for a light when nature calls at 2am in the woods, just reach up and grab the trusted lantern), the other feature is that the light can be used in conjunction with the actual lantern light. When combined the bottom facing light will actually fill up the dead zone that happens underneath every lantern. Awesome!
This light contains the same ingenious double hanging hook design that the Orbit has. It consists of two stainless steel half loops that swivel and allow you to either simply use one to hook over a tent gear hammock or you can use both and truly lock the lantern onto the strap if the wind picks up. The lantern also has some small rubber feet that help keep it stable if placed on a table, but don't expect the same stability of the Apollo. This light is still better suited to hanging.
The light button is easy to press and like all black diamond lights, you'll eventually get used to the modes as you toggle through them, main light...bottom only, or both. All modes are dimmable as well.
I haven't had a chance to test battery life, I usually don't pay attention to it. If they die, I toss in another set of eneloops and recharge the old set with my Goal Zero charger. It takes 4AA batteries.
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Combining a bright, non-glaring backcountry lantern with a powerful, precise flashlight, the Black Diamond Voyager lantern provides ultra-versatile lighting for post-sunset campsite activities. In lantern mode it produces 75 lumens of bright, dimmable, ambient, non-glaring light, and in flashlight mode it creates a strong 50-lumen beam. These two modes and a third dual mode (both lantern and flashlight on) are controlled from one convenient switch. From cooking dinner to going to the river for water, the Voyager is an extremely versatile addition to any camping kit.
Combining a bright backcountry lantern with a powerful, precise flashlight, the Black Diamond Voyager Lantern provides ultra-versatile lighting for any kind of camping. A 3-watt DoublePower LED bulb enclosed in the frosted lantern globe casts a bright 360-degree, 75-lumen light to illuminate all your camp tasks.A 3-watt DoublePower LED bulb in the base of this battery-powered lantern gives you a focused 50-lumen flashlight beam for when you need to head to the tent.Lantern, flashlight and dual (lantern and flashlight both on) modes, as well as the dimming function, operate from one convenient switch.The Voyager Lantern is super compact. When fully extended it's only 6.25" long and collapses to 4.2".The collapsible double-hook hanging loop allows you to suspend the lantern above camp or in your tent.The Voyager's splashproof housing blocks out rain and spray. Operates on 4 AA batteries, not included.
The Black Diamond Voyager Lantern is what you'd get if a bright, non-glaring backcountry lantern had a baby with with a powerful, precise flashlight. A third dual mode (both lantern and flashlight on) are controlled from one convenient switch. 1 DoublePower LED with 75 lumens (max setting) is enclosed in a frosted globe for bright, ambient light in lantern mode 1 DoublePower LED with 50 lumens in the bottom to provide a precise beam in flashlight mode Dual reflector system captures and maximizes light output (lantern mode) Lantern, flashlight and dual (lantern and flashlight on) modes-as well as dimming-operate from one convenient switch Collapses to 4.2 in (105 mm); extended height is 6.25 in (159 mm) Collapsible double-hook hang loop
A table lantern for your campsite card game, a flashlight to ensure that you don't trip on a root when nature calls, or a hanging lantern to read by as you lie in your tent: the new Black Diamond Voyager does it all. Part lantern. Part flashlight. All awesome.