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Offline TimSuggs

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WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« on: January 07, 2009, 11:21:10 AM »
WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:

November 2008

All I can say is “My wife bought it.”  It provides light.  And I should probably stop right there.  I think it was $5.96 or so (I hope she didn’t spend more than that for it), powered by 4 AA batteries, has a single push button that controls all of the light functions.  Low Power (3 LED), High Power (6 LED) and Flashing Red (1 LED, Center) with a chrome conical reflector above the LED array.  This reflector produces a bright “band” of light around the lantern like a halo with a little bit of scattered light below the “band”.  Now if all conical reflectors produce this “band” of light, then I’m passing on them, all.  The wind-up lantern that Jack reviewed and the Coleman version I compared it to BOTH have these conical reflectors.  It’s hard to focus that “band of light where you need it, and the minimal light it sheds elsewhere is next to worthless (even on “high”).  It also has 4 small magnets attached to the bottom that are neither strong enough or plentiful enough to actually support the weight of the lantern in any position.  About the best they do is keep it from shaking/sliding off a flat metal surface.  All plastic, and something tells me it will explode into many pieces if dropped on a hard surface.

So…  It provides light.

January 2009 Update:  After using this item for approximately 3 months, I have the following to add…

Still on original Energizer batteries and running strong.  Only get’s used in the wee (-wee) hours of the morning when I head to the “little boy’s room”, but has been accidentally left on all day once and still going strong on the original Energizer batteries.

Push Button Switch:  Intermittent function.  Now sometimes takes 10 pushes to turn the light on/off and/or switch between modes (3/6/Red LED).  Will probably be illuminating the inside of a nearby dumpster in the immediate future.

Tim.

3 LED Mode:


6 LED Mode:


RED Flashing LED Mode:


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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 11:36:54 AM »
I'm glad my instincts served me well on this product.  I saw that at Walmart several weeks ago.  It looked interesting, but I did not trust it.  Thanks for letting us know.  =-]

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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 12:18:11 PM »
I'm glad my instincts served me well on this product.  I saw that at Walmart several weeks ago.  It looked interesting, but I did not trust it.  Thanks for letting us know.  =-]

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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 12:56:50 PM »
thanks for the info tim i have seen them and now know to leave them there

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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009, 10:10:32 AM »
i have one like that but its a crank light the ex gf got it for me the kid likes to play with it kinda worth less to me but i have to sat i really like good will shoping picked up some nice older gear for cheep there i dont like the new crap much i like old steal well bilt gear

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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2009, 11:37:33 AM »
Thanks for the review tim..... going to steer clear of these things!

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Re: WalMart “El Cheapo” LED Micro Lantern Review:
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 02:30:44 PM »
And today's WallyWorld trip finds them ont the clearance rack for an even $5.00 each!  They had plenty of them , so maybe I'm not the only one who didn't like them.

Tim.