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Photomike wrote:

Thanks for the information on the brightness of the Coleman gas lantern, that was one thing that I was wondering. Most of the lights that I have been looking at are rated in Lumens so it is hard to compare the gas to the newer ones.

I did a bit of poking and found there's a huge difference in light output of the various gas models. Mine is over 50 years old and claims a 200W equivalence, however the most recent Coleman spec sheet for it's dual-fuel North Star states 1138 lumens, which would be closer to a 70W bulb. Size of the mantle, fuel type and pressure all make a difference. Of course, the real measure would be lux on a work surface or other area of interest. You can throw the lumens in all directions like the lantern, wasting most of the light, or focus a small number of lumens with a lens and get more lux on the area of interest like a flashlight does. Certainly the ability to focus more easily is the big LED advantage, but if you want an area light, none of the LED lanterns seem to have more than about 1/4 the light output of the old naptha beasties. I've noticed some LED street lighting coming out of the far east recently, but they require a LOT of watts to operate.

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I have a couple Cabela's LED lanterns. They take 4 D batts. and have a remote. 12 small LEDs. I leave the lantern on the kitchen counter and the remote on the night stand in the cabover.Works great for me.


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Dennis&JoAnn wrote:

I have a number of Black Diamond Apollo's that run on AA cells and recently added a Black Diamond Titan that runs on 4 D cells. I hesitated for YEARS to switch to battery powered lanterns. These have been very sturdy, the batteries last a long time. They are adjustable output and throw a good amount of light on high. I'd recommend these models. I've owned the Apollo's for a year plus and the Titan for 4 months or so. I've used them extensively. For me they are a vast improvement over gas. As always, YMMV.

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I have been using Rechargeable LED lights from Harbor Freight for the past several years. I carry 3 in my T/C. It sure saves on the House Batteries.

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I have a number of Black Diamond Apollo's that run on AA cells and recently added a Black Diamond Titan that runs on 4 D cells. I hesitated for YEARS to switch to battery powered lanterns. These have been very sturdy, the batteries last a long time. They are adjustable output and throw a good amount of light on high. I'd recommend these models. I've owned the Apollo's for a year plus and the Titan for 4 months or so. I've used them extensively. For me they are a vast improvement over gas. As always, YMMV.

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Photomike wrote:

Okay it is time to replace the old Coleman lantern (I keep breaking the glass when offroading- and that is with a case, and it is getting old). I was looking at some LED lights but I am unsure if they are bright enough.

What I want it for is for around the campsite as well as in the trailer.

Anyone have one that they would recommend?
Hi Photomike! I am not sure your use will be the same as mine, but I would recommend what I used EVERY night for over two years, a Coleman #4345 LED Lantern. It has never failed to work/light up and provided enough light to read (I am a reading fanatic) and do chores, setting it outside or in the trailer, to locate things in my bins at night. I ended up putting a band of Aluminum Foil around one side (see pic below), to help direct the light to what I am reading, as well as setting a baseball cap on it, to shade/direct light downward, to keep the BRIGHT light out of my eyes. (It does have an adjustment knob for brightness.) The lens is plastic, so there is not a concern for breaking it or those pesky silk mantles. I purchased it at Wal-Mart and now wish I would have purchased two, as I liked the one I have and would gladly have a second one. They still have them at Wal-Mart, just another evolution. To keep it charged, I would just plug it into the truck’s cigarette lighter, every morning. Last year, I switched over to a LED Light Bulb and Swing Arm Lamp, on the Dinette. It works much better, for task oriented work or reading. I just tried my Coleman #4345 LED Lantern now and it still works great and has not been plugged in for about 90 days.


Similar to what I have, from Wal-Mart Clicky

Wal-Mart selection of LED Lanterns and such; Clicky

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Photomike wrote:

Okay it is time to replace the old Coleman lantern (I keep breaking the glass when offroading- and that is with a case, and it is getting old). I was looking at some LED lights but I am unsure if they are bright enough.

What I want it for is for around the campsite as well as in the trailer.

Anyone have one that they would recommend?


Get a Century lantern with the wire mesh guard on it instead of glass, broken globe solved .


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Photomike wrote:

JoeChiOhki wrote:

Photomike wrote:

Okay it is time to replace the old Coleman lantern (I keep breaking the glass when offroading- and that is with a case, and it is getting old). I was looking at some LED lights but I am unsure if they are bright enough.

What I want it for is for around the campsite as well as in the trailer.

Anyone have one that they would recommend?


Get a Century lantern with the wire mesh guard on it instead of glass, broken globe solved .


How long does a propane cylinder last? I will have to look into these.


About the same as if you were to use the coleman model, it's basically the same style of dual mantle propane lantern, but Century's have a mesh globe option available for them that the Coleman's don't.

I have yet to run a bottle out yet with the lanterns, and they can also be used with the riser pipe that clamps onto a 5lb or larger standard propane tank.

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Apparently their mesh globe will fit a few Coleman models as well, Coleman 5150, 5152, 5154.

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Check the spring tabs that support and hold down the globe, they should be 1/4" or so up from the bottom and down from the top. Do not overtighten the nut on the top of the lantern.

Went thru 3 globes a couple years back before I figured out the problem.


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JoeChiOhki wrote:

Photomike wrote:

Okay it is time to replace the old Coleman lantern (I keep breaking the glass when offroading- and that is with a case, and it is getting old). I was looking at some LED lights but I am unsure if they are bright enough.

What I want it for is for around the campsite as well as in the trailer.

Anyone have one that they would recommend?


Get a Century lantern with the wire mesh guard on it instead of glass, broken globe solved .


How long does a propane cylinder last? I will have to look into these.


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