Campingaz Lumostar C 270
Historic Range: $19.97-$25.95
Reviewers Paid: $15.00-$60.00
I bought this lantern in a close-out sale. The price was right so I took a chance and I am very pleased that I did.
It is compact, easy to light, shines bright and dims low. I've been using it for years with the same mantle that has amazingly survived four air flights across the country. I also find that it uses very little butane and makes an excellent pairing with my MSR Superfly butane stove.
If you're into low impact, leave-no-trace camping, it eliminates the need for a fire.
Price Paid: $19
A good bright unit, easy to operate mostly, however it's a little hard to get on the cannister of fuel. Also the fuel cans are heavy to carry, although I did get the 470 type which is the largest, maybe the 270 will be better if it carries enough fuel for both lantern and stove. always carry extra mantels as the unit does not come with a case most of the time. I would recommend this unit.
Price Paid: about 20 on e-bay
I purchased the previous model lantern (lacks the piezo lighter) from the discount bin at a sporting good store. I was unfamiliar with the brand but I thought I would take a chance. This lantern is fabulous. Easy to light even without the piezo lighter. Cannisters are easy to find and last quite awhile. Throws off quite a bit of light for its size.
The downsides are the mantle is a little bit of a pain as the glass globe is very close to it, and the canisters fail to work in cold (below freezing) weather. The flame adjustment works fairly well.
Price Paid: $15
I bought the lantern with a $10 off store coupon, hence the low price paid. It's a cute little lantern that puts out almost as much light as a Coleman twin mantle propane unit. The light does have a little flicker to it, just pretend it's a campfire! I have used mine at about 40 degrees without a problem. My main complaint is the adjustment knob is tapered so fingers tend to slide off when trying to grasp it. Same with the Campingaz stoves. You must be aware that this lantern (as well as their stoves) are ONLY compatable with Campingaz cartridges.
Price Paid: $15.95
This lantern works well, until it clogs up. I can't figure out why it clogged, when it worked fine before starting a camping trip. There is no troubleshooting guide in the directions pamphlet or on the Coleman web site. An email to Coleman for assistance received no response.
This lantern is too expensive to stop working and be unfixable.
Price Paid: $60