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I looked at $60 Ledlenser ML4 , liked it except for the price. Rechargeable, 5 modes - 300 lumen, 150, 50, 5 and strobe. Important - easily replaceable Li 14500 battery, can use AA in a pinch.

Then I went to Aliexpress and bought $15 Goal Zero Lendlenser ML4 version - now it's $24, hopefully fewer people will buy [emoticon]. 3 modes - Max, Med and strobe, fine with me.

Unscrewed the bottom - Neg end of battery is soldered to the wire. Description says "replaceable". Sure, if you carry soldering iron on car-camping and want to do this in the dark.
On Max it's dim like $3 keychain light, must be <50 lumens, don't know why they even bothered with Med. To be fair, there was no lumens or wattage in description.

My small car is packed when camping, thinking about ML4 again - or is there anything else?
Lendlenser ML6 is much bigger and the battery is 18650, can't use AA, need to carry a spare 18650. But, hey - I already have cheesy ML4 clone for backup [emoticon]

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Thank you for the product reviews.


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Try looking at OLight. I replaced all my AA and AAA powered lights with rechargeables from them. I have no connection to the company other than buying their products.


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Do you have any cordless power tools - what ever brand name?

I run Dewalt, so I already have a fleet of batteries and chargers. I bought the flashlight, tool only for 30 bucks. Bought 3 of them actually, 1 for the RV.
Works great.

Perhaps you could do the same if you have cordless stuff already.


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Thanks people.
I looked at flashlights and work lights like Dewalt earlier. Need a small lantern, not a flashlight or work light, sorry.

OLight have interesting products line. A little pricey but their quality appears to be one notch up, and still cheaper than Ledlenser ML4 or ML6.

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Check out Harbor Freight. I have one of these.
https://www.harborfreight.com/lighting/flashlights/1250-lumen-portable-lantern-63992.html

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