Recently, I have been stress shopping just a little bit, but I bought 2 lanterns for my travels with my parents. They are the Streamlight Siege 540 Lumen Lantern and the Nite Ize Radiant 200 Collapsible Lantern. My parents and I frequently end up eating dinner (whether it is instant ramen or burritos I bought at a restaurant earlier in the day) in parking lots out in the middle of nowhere or at turnouts on the side of the road. It is usually very dark at night out in the wilderness. I occasionally might take a small walk, depending on how big the turnout or parking lot is, if I finish dinner before my parents. Also sometimes we might stop on the side of the road for a break at night. These lanterns will help light up the immediate area, and inside our vehicle as well (our vehicle is really old so some of the internal lights don't work properly anymore). Since I don't have the best vision at night due to visual snow syndrome (I'm still half night blind), I'm sure these lanterns will come in very handy in the future.
The first lantern I'm showing is the Streamlight Siege 540 Lumen Lantern. This light runs on three D batteries, and they can be either Alkaline or NiMH. I have not been able to find any good rechargeable NiMH D batteries. You might think the Energizer Rechargeable NiMH D Batteries are good, but pay attention to the capacity, they are practically a NiMH AA cell in a D battery housing. You might as well use some Eneloop D Battery Adapters and Eneloop AA Batteries you have lying at home (if you are a photographer like me, you'll have lots).
This lantern has a built-in carabiner on the top and bottom along with the handle. The diffuser at the top can also be removed. The lantern floats and is also IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter submersion while the diffuser is attached.
I plan on just using single-use alkaline batteries in this lantern. I have rechargeable lanterns with both built-in Li-ion batteries and ones that accept 18650 Li-ion cells, but they aren't as bright as this lantern. Since I'm only using this lantern for brief periods, the alkaline D batteries are fine. The other benefit of a lantern running on replaceable batteries is that when I'm out in the middle of nowhere in pitch darkness, I don't have to mess around with cables, chargers, and recharging.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post on my 2 new lanterns, the Streamlight Siege 540 Lumen Lantern and the Nite Ize Radiant 200 Collapsible Lantern. Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.