User Review: Ozark Trail LED Rechargeable Lantern
Price Paid: $16.98
We purchased this lantern yesterday at Wal-Mart after last week's storm and power failure and wanting to be better prepared besides having candles and flashlights.
I charged the battery with the included charger last night for 12 hours and popped the battery back into the lantern this morning to test it out.
The lantern did not work. I discovered that the battery pack sits loosely inside its compartment. Even when the velcro strap is tightly fastened, the battery does not connect with the points inside the lantern unless you lay it on its side. I made a small wedge out of a couple of flat craft sticks to keep the battery snug. The lantern stays lighted as it should.
However, after reading the alarming reviews about potential dangers of recharging it, I am returning this lantern to Wal-Mart.
I will check out other models on the internet first, and buy a safe, dependable American made rechargeable lantern for my next one.