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Coghlan's LED Micro Lantern

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: Coghlan's LED Micro Lantern battery-powered lantern

This lantern gives off a tiny amount of light. This isn't a bad thing though. I find it gives sufficient light for finding something in my pack, or for late night walks to go for a pee.


  • Tiny and light
  • Economical (CHEAP EVEN!)
  • Simple to use


  • Wish it was a little bit brighter
  • Keychain loop is too small

I bought this lantern to use for backpacking and camping. I was looking for a small, battery operated, light weight lantern. I have yet to field test it, but I've been using it around the house to test it out.

It's extremely light. It weighs only 24g and is about the size of your thumb.

It's water resistant. We'll see how well it does in the rain. I won't dunk it in a lake and expect it to work, but at a price of $6, I'm tempted to try it.

My plan with this lantern is to throw it in my pocket and use it for

  • finding things in my pack,
  • late night walks to go pee (without killing my night vision),
  • hanging on my pack when hiking at night, so that the other people in my party can see where I am,
  • night fishing. I enjoy fishing at night, and I'm hoping this little lantern provides me with enough light to change a hook or open a can of pringles, without blinding me.

It comes on a key chain. Unfortunately, the key chain appears to be really cheap and weak. I wouldn't use it to hang the light on my pack or on my zipper. It would have been nice if the hard plastic loop/eye that the key chain is attached to was a bit larger. I've removed the key chain and I would have liked to make my own loop from paracord, but the paracord is a bit too thick to fit through the eye. however, I should be able to fit a piece of boot lace through it. 

I've just bought the 1 to try it out. If it works well and doesn't break, I'll pick up some extras for my sons.

This lantern is supposed to provide light for 25 hours of use.

The cost of replacing the batteries is about $3.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6

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Price Historic Range: $7.89-$9.99
Reviewers Paid: $6.00
Battery life 25 hours, 50 hours flashing
Replacement Battery CR2032 - 3V Button Cell
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