Coleman CR123A Lithium Pack-Away Lantern

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   0



I bought the big brother of this light for an AT hike…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

I bought the big brother of this light for an AT hike several weeks ago. While it worked well, it seemed a bit large and heavy for my needs (uses 4AA batteries).

Following my outing, I happened upon this model. It uses 3 CR123A batteries and is

1/4 to 1/3 smaller overall. Both lights appear to produce the same levels of light; or close to it.

The other feature that, in my opinion, places this model above its 4AAA sibling is the relative lack of artifacts. Coleman has redesigned the diffuser holder, and it makes a big difference; to the better.

Highly recommended.


This light is small, I mean really small! But it packs…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $45

This light is small, I mean really small! But it packs a serious punch in the light department. It throws out 100 lumens of power and I'm pretty sure I could swallow this thing.

Very durable, I have thrown this thing all around in my pack and it even took a few whacks and it still works like the day I bought it. When the light is on it does throw some distorted light "lines" but it's still illuminating the area so I don't see where there is a problem. 

UPDATE 6/12: After a couple years use I no longer use this lantern. I have switched to the Black Diamond Apollo. Much softer light that throws light everywhere with no blind spots.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Light up your campsite with the bright Coleman Exponent Pack-Away LED lantern. Lantern packs into itself for compact storage during travel; simply pull up to expand the lantern for use. Weather-resistant body ensures operation in nearly any condition. LEDs cast even, white light, are nearly indestructible and significantly extend battery life compared to incandescent bulbs. Rubberized outer shell provides a sure grip. 4-position switch offers high, low, emergency strobe and off settings. Integrated wire hanging loop and included mini carabiner let you to hang lantern in a tent or from a tree branch. 3 CR123A batteries (included) provide 12 hrs. of illumination on low and 5 hrs. on high. Closeout.


Illuminate your tent with the Coleman CR123A Lithium Pack-Away Lantern. a mini-carabiner hangs this lightweight lamp from the roof of your backpacking tent so you don't have to hold it up yourself as you read your fairly trashed trail map or fairly trashy romance novel. Three positions let you choose the appropriate light setting, and up to 12 hours of illumination brighten your dark nights or storm-confined days. This collapsible lamp packs away break-free, thanks to a rubberized outer shell. *3 CR123 batteries included.


The new triangular shaped lantern the Exponent CR123A Lithium Pack-Away Lantern features the popular telescoping pack-away design and weighs only 4.8 ounces with batteries. It is perfect for backpacking or other applications that require a bright area light that comes in a compact, self-protective, weather-resistant case. The new light's illumination source is a technologically advanced Cree XLamp XR-E LED, which produces a very efficient 100 lumens of light on the high setting. It is powered by three CR123A lithium batteries, which are included. Run times are five hours for the high setting and 12 hours on low. An emergency strobe setting is also provided on the lantern that stands but four inches tall.

- SunnySports

Cree XLamp XR-E LED - 100 Lumens on high. 4 position switch: off/high/low/emergency strobe.4.8 ounces (137g) with bateries.Illuminates 12 hours on low, 5 hours on high.No slip grip, rubberized outer shell.Weather resistant.Operates on three CR123 batteries, included.4 in. tall, 2.5 in. wide.Wire hanging loop in base with included mini-biner.

- Campmor

Coleman CR123A Lithium Pack-Away Lantern


The Coleman CR123A Lithium Pack-Away Lantern is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 31, 2013 at REI.

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