UCO Micro Candle Lantern



Smaller, but can spill wax. I bought this as alternative…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12


Smaller, but can spill wax.


  • Pleasant light
  • Can use when a campfire is not allowed.
  • Can reduce condensation in a tent
  • Can use inexpensive tea lights


  • Size and weight is greater compared to LEDs
  • Gets hot, so use the chain and be careful!
  • Can drip

I bought this as alternative to the regular candle lantern because it packs smaller and uses tea lights. Tea lights are super cheap.

It is great at that, but unfortunately, it has a big drawback that tea lights liquefy quickly once lit. There are vents at the bottom of the light which will allow molten wax to run out if spilled from the tealight. That is almost certain to happen if the lantern is hung, especially if in a tent to reduce condensation, or moved.

Warning: Hot wax can spill, so I wouldn’t use it in a tent!



I didn't expect much, but this lantern still disappointed…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $13.70 including free shipping


I didn't expect much, but this lantern still disappointed me.


  • Uses cheap tea lights
  • Throws a tiny amount of light so you don't' go night-blind
  • Did I mention it uses cheap tea lights?


  • Cheaply made
  • Does not open and close smoothly
  • Buy 100 tea lights at Ikea for what UCO gets for only 6.

I own an UCO led lantern and think it is an excellent product. I own an UCO Original candle lantern and it is a pretty good piece of kit. So with this tiny lantern we have an unreliable slide mechanism, cheap materials, and minimal light output. UCO, what were you thinking?

I got nothin' here.

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