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Moosejaw Staff Pick "The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern is super small, light, and with the super awesome dimmer switch, is easy to get the appropriate level of brightness. The Orbit has two separate hooks that make hanging this bright little guy from anything a snap." Chris - Moosejaw Secret Headquarters
Award Winner - Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award 2009
The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern is designed for ounce-conscious backpackers, climbers and travelers, packing 45 lumens of bright, non-glaring light in an ultra-portable package. A DoublePower LED works with our dual reflector system and frosted globe to illuminate everything from tent-bound reading to pre-dawn racking. The unique dimming switch provides the optimal amount of light and helps conserve batteries, while the collapsible, double-hook hang loop attaches to tent ceilings and tree branches alike.
DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern
Double Power LED with 45 lumens (max setting) enclosed inside a frosted globe produces bright, non-glaring light
Dual reflector system captures and maximizes light output
Uses NRG2 Rechargeable Battery Kit (with Battery Power Indicator) or 4 AAA alkaline batteries
"Excellent light, could be slightly lighter"
This lantern is excellent. The light emitted is great for camping; whether in a tent or a car. The dimming mode is good to have if away for longer trips and don't want to carry an extra set of batteries. Which brings me to my one qualm about it... The lantern could be a little lighter. Don't get me wrong, the lantern itself is very light but when you add in the 4 AAA alkaline batteries, the weight is practically doubled.Overall, a great product by BD!
I received this as a gift and love it. It's compact and lightweight, perfect for long backpacking trips, and is also unobtrusive and easy to use. It throws a surprisingly bright light for its size, definitely enough to read by in a tent or do your chores. (I hate cap-lights and headlamps. You blind someone every time you turn your head.) Its slight weight allows you to hang it in the tent with ease, without having to worry about it pulling down the fabric or the poles. This lantern doesn't look impressive from a picture, but it is a cool piece of gear that is exceptionally functional. We take it on all our backpacks.
"Small and light enough that you'll actually bring it with you, full of features for the price."
When traveling light, a lantern is a luxury. A headlamp, however, is a necessity. I look at this lantern as headlamp insurance, since it produces enough light to keep the headlamps off in the tent and around a stove. With lithium batteries, this thing is crazy light. Bonus points for the integrated clip on the top for easy hanging, little feet for stability on uneven surfaces around the kitchen, replaceable batteries without the mess of chargers, and the ability to dim the output for even longer life. If you're going to bring extra batteries for your headlamp, might as well put them in this thing and bring it too.
Great lantern! The only minor problem is the on/off button can be hard to find by in the dark, a textured button would be helpful. Also, the light turns on at full brightness which is a tad annoying if you haven't adjusted to light. Overall, it's a great lamp and highly recommend it for camping/backpacking.
Cool little lantern, surprisingly bright for its size. Only take 4 AAA batteries, so that means I only have to carry two sizes of spare batteries in the pack. Its small size makes it easy to pack and doesn't weigh much.
Very cool light, here. Compact form factor, waterproof and TONS of light (in many fancy dimmable settings). The only hang-ups to me were the hooks you suspend it from (weird double-hook looks cool and works, but is a small hassle. Still much better than using a carabiner) and that I WISH you could direct the light into a flashlight form. That might sound silly being that it's a lantern, but they made it slick and collapsible - why not the extra 9 yards for a pop-off cap or something? Anyway, until they make that, this is the best ultra-light, all-around lightsource I've found.
I can see myself getting by without lantern on backpacking trips, but my wife insisted and I can't say I regret buying it. First thing first, it is storm proof, I can't say about cold weather but the rain is no problem to the little guy. The light output is a little dim, but good enough to assist with putting up a tent at night and cooking. The design is well thought out and functional. Though, if I had to guess, the primary function is to be a chandelier for the tent. It is not as bright as Voyager, but is built like a rock and is more or less indestructible .
I love the dimming feature of this lantern, and the compactability, but now the 'on' button won't stay compressed, so this lantern only stays lit for about 15 seconds. I'm blaming that entirely on the rain, but even after drying it out (by use of multiple silica packets) my lantern won't stay lit.I have hung it up inside my tent by the handle, and it compresses down to fit nicely in my 13 L daypack. It's a great lantern, over-all, but doesn't stand up to getting wet. If you're going to be somewhere that it absolutely won't rain, this lantern is bright, compact, and the perfect size.If you're going somewhere cold, wet, and suchlike, this lantern might not be the one for you.
Admittedly, I didn't read the size on the specs before buying, so I was surprised at how small this thing is. However, it is pretty bright and would serve the purposes I bought it for. Because of it's size, you can bring this thing anywhere.