Brunton Glorb XB Lantern
Price Paid: $38
Used this little dude in the James Peak Wilderness in July. I used the little handle to hand it in my tent while I was getting ready for bed, around camp for finding things etc. The light is not a bright white light. Rather a dull blue light. It does a good job at lighting about a 10 foot diameter, but it is nothing like a full blown propane lantern. I bought this for a backpacking trip because of its weight and size. It did the job I was looking for, a personal broad spectrum light source for the camp, but don't expect this to light up your camp or find your way down a trail at night.
Price Paid: $29.95
I found the Brunton Glorb XB rather novel in its design and performance. However its build quality was significantly less than what I would expect for a product costing 30+ dollars.
The lantern is powered by four AA batteries which are installed in a plastic battery carrier. The carrier is inserted into the bottom of the lantern lengthwise with a plastic cap then screwed into the base of the lantern to hold'em in.
My beef with the Brunton Glorb XB is the battery carrier requires a GREAT DEAL OF FORCE to fully install & seat into the lantern body. (The battery carrier is "Keyed" with three rails which mesh with slots molded into the carrier).
This feature insures that correct battery polarity is maintained. Nice idea... The problem is that the batteries "scrub" the inside of the lanterns battery compartment, so much so that installing the carrier w/ batteries abrades and tears the plastic shrink wrap that protects each AA cell. I used 4 NEW 2800 mah nickle metal hydride AA cells and all four batteries had torn shrink wrap upon removing the carrier from the lantern body...
Removal of the battery carrier required leverage from a slotted screwdriver. (ala crowbar style).
To multiply the frustration the bottom cap/cover was also very tight around the battery carrier. The cap was balky to thread and rotate into the lantern without cross threading.
I purchased two Glorb XB's. Both of them suffered from the above conditions. I'm going return these two examples as I feel the design really needs some refinement in order to be truly user friendly.
Oh yeah, the Brunton Glorb XB does emit plenty of light to read by. It's a shame the batteries fit so tight...
Price Paid: $30
I'm using this light since two years. The way that I'm using this light, for inside the tent only, it's strong enough and also secure.
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The Glorb™-LED gets pumped up. Our newest backpacking lantern puts out more light thanks to a 1-watt LED. A two-position switch lets you choose from normal power or extra-bright while our inverse conical reflector bathes your campsite in bright white light. FEATURES Overall dimensions: 5.7" x 1.8" Weight: 4 oz. Run time: 50 hours (high output) 1 Watt LED Operates on 4 AA batteries (not included) Folding tri-leg base Safe for hanging in tent or vehicle
- Teton Village Sports
Bathe your campsite, tent, or vehicle in bright, safe, white light without burning through batteries - Brunton's Glorb XB LED lantern uses an extra-bright 1 watt LED bulb with 2 brightness settings. Small, stable, and safe - the Glorb is everything you want in a lantern.
- Mountain Gear
A 1-Watt LED boosts the output of the Brunton Glorb XB Lantern and pushes the shadows even further back from your campsite. Forget mantles, candles, fuels, and hot, breakable parts that aren't tent-compatible. Simply flip the switch on this battery-powered lantern and bathe your campsite, vehicle, or tent in light. Two modes let you choose between extra bright and regular power, and an inverse conical reflector aids light dispersion.
CLOSEOUTS . Brunton's Glorb XB lantern packs some amazing features in a compact design. A foldable loop allows for hanging in your tent or vehicle, and a unique inverse conical reflector provides 360? of bright white light. Ideal for backpacking, camping and hunting Convenient foldable loop for hanging in a tent or vehicle Inverse conical reflector provides 360? of bright white light Two brightness settings Folding tri-leg base for added stability Requires four AA batteries (not included) 1W Ostram LED Length: 5-3_4" Diameter: 2" Weight: 4 oz. Material: Composite Made in China Available Colors: SEE PHOTO.
- Sierra Trading Post