User Review: Coleman Exponent 4AA Pack-Away Lantern
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15.90
While not ultra light, this collapsible lantern provides good wide area lighting. Good for those times when a static, area light is better than a headlamp.
- Packs small
- Good light
- Auto shut off when fully collapsed
- Weight 8.3 oz including 4AA batteries
At 8.3 oz (Coleman says 8.0) this is not for minimalists, but for those who like to have the ability to light up an area this lantern may be worth the weight. Features include High/Low/Strobe settings and an automatic shut off when fully collapsed which is great for preventing accidentally burning out the batteries.
Manufacturer claims High: 105 lumens, up to 5 hours of runtime Low: 68 lumens, up to 13 hours of runtime Emergency strobe: up to 40 hours of runtime and provides a 3 year warranty.
The single LED provides a good amount of light due to a well designed reflector system. I purchased the lantern two years ago and have yet to replace the batteries despite using it on multiple backpacking trips as well as several car camping trips with the family.
Fully collapsed the lantern measures 3.125 H" x 2.5" W x 1.75" D
Fully expanded the lantern is 4.75" H
It comes with the minibiner making it easy to hang from a tree, shelter or even a gear loft tab inside a tent. Light can be muted by mostly collapsing the unit leaving only a small opening for light to escape.
The unit continues to expand/collapse smoothly after several years of use. It has been exposed to rainy conditions but never submerged as well as mud and grit.
I would recommend this lantern to anyone who prefers to have the ability to light up an area and is willing to carry it. The size and weight make it too large for minimalists but for family trips, setting up a late camp or a midnight latrine run it can be a very useful tool