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I want a small lightweight LED lantern for using when my son and I go backpacking/camping - he's too young for a headlamp (though I already bought him one of those :p)

What do you recommend?  Black Diamond?  UCO?  One of those globes from Snowpeak?


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I carry a Black Diamond Orbit.  Great lantern, one of my favorite luxury items.
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PostIcon Posted on: Dec. 02 2012, 3:23 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Ditto on the Orbit. Just got back from the AT and that little light did a great job in providing enough photons to read by. Added bonus is that you can control the output, so it isn't a single, harsh setting.

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Black Diamond Orbit user here too. It compliments the headlamps nicely, has a soft light and it ramps up or down to various levels. It makes a happy glow in camp and works great as a camp beacon if anyone goes out of camp in the dark night in a confusing landscape. It guides them back in.
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Reading your comment about already having a headlamp I thought of why not adding a diffuser to that and a ping pong ball popped into my mind.
Next I googled that (ping pong ball diffuser) and fair enough it has been done...
Here is one example :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HZwGMMEQ0k
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That's cool Franco, thanks. I've had my eye on the Montbell crushable lantern shade (link), converts a headlamp into a lantern, but have been wondering about a DIY approach. Never thought of a ping pong ball, great idea.

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I have a Brunton. Nice, but a smidge heavy. I don't take it on long trecks like the AT.
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Black Diamond Orbit for me too. My wife and I love it as it's lt wt and puts out a good amount of light. I reccommend getting rechargeable batteries for it. Plus it's nice that it takes AAA batteries which most headlamps use so you can interchange if need be.
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The Voyager model gives you a lot more function and lumens for 10 dollars more...at least give it a look.
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now I know where the ping pong ball idea came from...
I have this light :

on my bedside table , it is a USB soft light ( I am playing with a solar panel and USB in and out power banks)
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I've seen those clear-ish film cannisters used as area diffusers too.

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb....3802038

Up to the imagination what you can come up with, and what fits the size of the flashlight.


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I like the Black Diamond Orbit also.  I received one as a Christmas present a few years ago and didn't figure I'd get much use out of it.  I was wrong.  That thing grows on you.

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Orbit...the thing is sweet..plus you can hang it in your tent as it kind of casts the light down..its nice and its tiny but bright and can be dimmed also. Or you can always just use a glow stick and hang that..works great all night..and you can have different colors..my kids love them.

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Check out that link Adirondackiteer posted.

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That's cool Franco, thanks. I've had my eye on the Montbell crushable lantern shade (link), converts a headlamp into a lantern, but have been wondering about a DIY approach. Never thought of a ping pong ball, great idea.

That's a cool idea, but my kid likes to play with the headlamp and I'm sure the shade would be pulled off in 3 seconds.  So, I'll add I need a sturdy lantern :)

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Check out that link Adirondackiteer posted.

Man and I thought we were a different subculture

LOL I think every hobby has a forum devoted to it that other would find, uhh, different?

Lots of good stuff on there about everything flashlight. I'm not a big poster there but do occasionally.  

Hmm lets see, I'm also on a forum dedicated to wood stoves, oh and a garden tractor forum... yeah you can have a forum for just about anything!
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