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Industrial Revolution Lights Camps for 40 Years

by Alicia MacLeay
January 28, 2013

Back in 1971, Industrial Revolution started making ski boot buckles and other outdoor gear in Redmond, Wash. The company soon had its first hit with the Original Candle Lantern. 

UCO candle lanterns, as they're now known, are still found at many a campsite, but Industrial Revolution has broadened its scope in the past 40 years. It now distributes a range of outdoor brands, including: Light My Fire of Sweden sporks and firesteel, Esbit stoves and cookware of Germany, Pedco tripods and clamps, PowerTrekk chargers, DAJO knives, Grilliput, and YayLabs (the ice cream ball makers).

At Outdoor Retailer last week, Ken Bathurst of Industrial Revolution showed us UCO's newest lantern, the UCO Arka LED Lantern.

compact, collapsible lantern that provides up to 180 lumens of light, the Arka can switch between lantern and flashlight modes, and re-charges mobile devices with a USB port. It also features a red-light mode to preserve night-vision.

Arka LED Lantern

  • Weight: 7.5 oz. / 213 g
  • Available: March 2013
  • MSRP: $69.99

Bathurst also demonstrated the Esbit 985 Alcohol Stove Set. Made from hard anodized aluminum, it includes a base for Esbit solid fuel tablets and a solid brass alcohol burner ($49.99, available now).

Do you use any of Industrial Revolutions products on or off the trail?

Anyone still have an original Original Candle Lantern?