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Coleman Northern Nova

photo: Coleman Northern Nova fuel-burning lantern

Specs

Price Current Retail: $152.99-$159.99
Historic Range: $119.93-$159.99

Reviews

1 review
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Your left, your left, your left right left. Company Halt ...Yep, you are in the Army now. Introducing the Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern, the official lantern of the National Park Foundation.

The Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern is the tank of propane lanterns. This lantern is built to last and take a beating like no other.

Unlike other typical propane lanterns that will offer something in the 150-350 lumen range or higher end lanterns that reach 1000 lumens, the Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern produces a whopping 3000 lumens of brightness.

This lantern is perfect for campsite camping, night time family gatherings, Boy Scout outdoor adventures, Base Camp lighting, and Search & Rescue operations.

At 3000 lumens this lantern shines light over 32.5 meters (approx. 106 feet) vs high end propane lanterns casting 15.25 meters (~50 feet).

Pros

  • Very bright boasting 3000 lumens
  • Extremely well built (it's a Tank)
  • Carrying case provided
  • Uses Insta-Clip mantle (no tying)
  • Push to ignite button
  • Can be attached to a full size propane tank using convertor

Cons

  • Heavy weighing at ~ 7 lbs.
  • Short burn time on high
  • Mantles are expensive to replace
  • Mantles more fragile then others
  • Cost of lantern $$$$
  • Noisy on high settings

Never before in the decades that I have used lanterns have I seen one as bright as the Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern. This lantern is built like an M1 Tank with a high temperature and crack resistant globe and a heavy duty metal globe guard that will provide extra protection from impacts (trust me it works as I have already accidentally dropped one of mine and it came out without a scratch).

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Typically in extreme conditions and high altitudes propane lanterns fail unlike this Coleman Northern Nova Lantern. Its PerfectFlow Technology allows for constant brightness where other propane lanterns would occasionally spit out light at times of colder weather or windy conditions. 

This lantern was as bright as when 1st hooked up to a new propane tank as it was up until the very last minute of burn time. Neither wind nor weather affected the light output.

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Push to ignite button and an adjustable brightness knob and with PerfectFlow technology this lantern is as bright when you first turn it on to its final illumination.

Sadly, this extreme brightness of 3000 lumens is at a cost of short burn time. This is not a manufacture defect or something that was overlooked, but a limitation of the size of portable propane tanks (think of a classic '60s Mustang with a lot of horsepower that used up a lot of gasoline). Using a BBQ grill's large propane tank and a converter would allow for a much longer uptime for this lantern for those of you using this at family gatherings.

Coleman boasts that this lantern can cover up to 106 feet, but I found this lantern to actually cover further ground when used at my condo complex. It seems that the buildings surrounding the courtyard reflected the light covering a much greater distance vs. using in the outdoor wilderness where the surroundings have nothing to reflect back the light. 

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The Coleman lantern with the legs in upright position allowing this lantern to hang by the include chain and hand carrying loop.

The lantern gives 360-degree coverage of light and has multiple placement options including standing upright on its own using its tripod like metal legs which fold up against the lantern when hanging. What is even better is that the higher you raise the lantern the greater the distance you get of light coverage (with diminishing returns at some point the higher you place it). To move the lantern's leg to the down position slightly pull the leg at its base and twist allowing the legs to turn down and lock into position. To close do the same, but in reverse.

I only wish that there was a slightly larger portable propane tank for lanterns like a 22 oz. tank as I find many evening outings last longer than three hours and at high settings this means that one will need to swap out propane tanks during their evening.

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This tube style mantle has 2 clips, one on top and one on bottom, that are easily secured to the top and bottom portions of the lantern by merely squeezing the clips and then releasing. Yep, it is that easy... No more tying small knots that fall off from being too lose or that time consuming process of tying in general.

The two Insta-Clip 2 #95 mantles that are included with this lantern are a godsend for those of us that have difficulties using our hands to tie a mantle to a lantern. The mantles use a metal clip that clips on to the lantern that one simply has to squeeze to widen the opening to the mantle to slip over the lantern and then once you let go of the clip the mantle holds in place. All that is now needed is to light the mantle to form an ash. 

Unlike most propane lanterns where the mantle only attaches to one gas exhaust tube, this lantern's mantles are connected to a top and bottom gas exhaust tube allowing for larger beam of light.

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Hard shell carrying case with Velcro enclosure and zip down front panel.

This lantern even comes with a sturdy hard cover carrying case with the Coleman brand name log. The lantern easily fits into the hard shell case and then Velcro shut.

         

                                                  Conclusion

This is by far the brightest and most durable lantern that I own.  I have an abundance of camping gear. A majority of my gear are lanterns, flashlights and headlamps. I have candle torches, oil lamps, propane lanterns, kerosene lanterns and duel fuel lanterns  and even your average LED lamp and high end LED lanterns. Not one of my other lanterns  gives anywhere close to the 3000 lumen output that this Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern puts out. I would also like to say that this is one of the easiest lanterns to use and set up too. 

The only real downsides to this lantern is how loud it gets ( due to pumping out 3000 lumens, can't really avoid that part ), and the cost for replacement mantles which is much more costly then prior Coleman Lantern mantles.

The Coleman brand lives up to their reputation of being a high end product developer with a top notch no BS warranty. I can attest to their no BS warranty as I received this product as a warranty replacement for an older propane lantern that I owned that was damaged and no longer had available replacement parts and no longer in production. My older lantern cost me under $25 dollars and these Nova lanterns range from $159- $179

Coleman is a brand that I have been using all my life and for good reason. They produce high quality gear, and a wide variety at that. Coleman stands by all their products and their customer support team are the best. I highly recommend this lantern and the brand that makes them.

 

                                                Specifications

  • Operates in extreme conditions & high altitudes
  • Insta-start matchless, push-button ignition
  • PerfectFlow technology
  • Produces 3,000 lumens
  • Uses 16.4-oz. propane cylinder
  • Provides up to 3 hours of light on high setting & up to 6       hours  on low
  • Adjustable brightness settings
  • Casts light up to 32.5 meters when using high setting
  • High-temperature crack-resistant globe
  • Metal globe guard provides added protection from impacts
  • Porcelain-coated two-tier ventilator resists corrosion and rust
  • Collapsible leg footed base
  • Convenient, easy-to-hang bail handle
  • Insta-Clip® 2 #95 mantles (included)
  • 7 lb. weight
  • consumes 8000 btu

Experience

I am an avid outdoor camper with over 40 years of experience in the outdoors. I have used every type of lantern imaginable from candle torches, oil lamps, kerosene lamps, gasoline and white gas lanterns, propane lanterns, and LED lamps.

I have only owned these 2 Coleman Norther lantern for a few months now and in that time I have found them to be by far the brightest lanterns I have ever owned or seen. Realize that for me going to an outdoor gear store is like taking a child to Toys R Us or FAO Schwarz in NYC. When I am not outdoors I am indoors at places like REI, EMS, Dicks Sporting Goods, or I am online at outdoor gear websites.

I am not easily impressed but these bad boys from Coleman really shined...

( on a different note I also do my own repairs and have seen numerous videos on numerous gear of how to dismantle, rebuild and repair gear including stoves, lanterns, grills, etc etc. so when I say this lantern is built like a tank I mean it.)

a note to readers:
Sadly my cell phone camera was unable to take a photo of this lantern in action due to the phones camera limitations and due to this lantern being so !@#$ bright. Also I did not give it a 5 star review due to burn time which is not a fault of this lantern as that 3000 lumens burns through propane like a classic Mustang or H1 Hummer burns through gasoline.

Source: warranty replacement for a different lantern no longer in production

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Sounds like you got an excellent customer service replacement from Coleman!


2 months ago

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