Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gear Review: Flashlight Turned Lantern

Whenever I go camping I find that my flashlight may be great when I’m trying to navigate to the restroom in the middle of the night but not so great when I am cooking or setting up my tent in the dark. Sure, I could also bring a lantern for those purposes but I’d rather not since, after all, I’m all about going ultra light. That’s why I like this product made by UCO: the Leschi LED Lantern.

It’s a flashlight that telescopes into a lightweight -- it barely weighs 2 ounces -- lantern. And, because it has a shock cord, I can hang it just about anywhere, whether a tent pole, tree branch, or strap. It’s super bright: 110 Lumens and projects its light almost 110 feet . And it’ll last for four hours -- all on one AA battery -- allowing plenty of time to set up the tent, cook, wash the dishes and read.  But it’s also got a strobe mode just in case I need to send Morse Code in an emergency. (Joking.)