Brunton Orion Lantern
I cannot verify the claim that this is the world's…
Price Paid: $24
I cannot verify the claim that this is the world's brightest lantern, but it's the brightest I've ever seen. It actually attracted questions from other campers about its make and model when I had it turned up. The lantern is solid in construction, light output is super consistent at any adjustment, even the lowest setting, and the warm water activated fuel level strip actually works.
The only downside is that replacing the lid after prepping the mantles must be done carefully or the jarring motion of attaching the tension mounted lantern lid and hanger can dismount the delicate mantles (done once - now I've learned).
The travel case protects everything very well. The piezo has worked on the first try every time I've used it. I give it four starts instead of 5. The construction, while robust and of quality materials, is not the best from a fit and finish standpoint - the burner? for holding the mantles is slightly crooked. The clunky process of replacing the lid and hanger as referenced before could've been refined.
A great value at Sierra Trading Post's prices, especially if you can get one with a coupon. Still in stock today.
Update: January 12, 2012
as an update to my previous review, the Globe cracked when I placed the handle back into the detent after changing the mantles. The "snap" sound came when the handle part stuck slightly and then by tension, snapped completely into the hole. It didn't strike the globe, but the impact must have traveled down the short (1/2" long) metal brace that both the globe and the handle share in common.
I will say that Brunton was very responsive and I have a new globe, but I wasn't happy about the lack of glass integrity...
However, this lantern still burns like it's part of the sun and is highly adjustable for light output.
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . The powerful, compact Brunton Orion propane lantern provides excellent lighting for camping trips, backyard cookouts and other outdoor activities. Includes three standard cloth mantles for maximum light output Glare-reducing light diffusion pattern Push-button electric ignition Precision dimming control knob Stainless steel handle Reusable magnetic fuel level monitor Includes propane canister stabilizer stand Also includes hard case to protect during transport Light output: 94 candle power Burn time: Approx. 4.2 hrs. (high setting), 8 hrs. (low setting) Fuel type: 1 lb. propane canister (not included) Height: 9" Diameter : 5-3_4" Weight: 2 lb. 1 oz. Material: Steel, glass, brass, ABS, polypropylene and composite Made in Japan Lantern does not include fuel canister Shipping restrictions prevent us from selling fuel and/or flammables online Available Colors: SEE PHOTO.
- Sierra Trading Post
Brunton claims its Orion Lantern is the brightest propane lantern available. This three-mantle lantern pours out 250 watts of light onto your night-enshrouded campsite and starts up easily, thanks to its push-button piezo ignition. The Brunton Orion Lantern comes with its own protective carrying case. *Piezo ignition may not work above 8,000 feet, so bring matches or a lighter.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Brunton Orion Three Mantle Lantern (Fall 2009) The Orion Three Mantle Lantern by Brunton is the world's brightest propane lantern, featuring a push-button Piezo ignition.Features:World's brightest propane lanternFolding canister stand for table top useCan be hung of placed on tableHard case protects globe during transportAdjustable brightnessPiezo electric ignitionUses standard mantlesLimited lifetime warrantySpecifications:Overall dimensions: 5.5 in. x 9 in.Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz.Fuel: 1 lb propane canisterRating: Approx. 250 watts/ 94 candlepowerBurn time: Up to 3.5 hours (high output)Warranty: Limited lifetimeIncluded:Hard carrying caseThree mantles1 lb. propane bottle standPropane gas gauge