Over the years, I've been happy with my propane lanterns. Recently, one of my lanterns has been acting up and I need to figure out how to fix it.
This got me thinking about battery powered lanterns.
I like the idea that my mantles aren't always breaking off and that I don't have to tie new ones on by flashlight and try to prep them in windy conditions.
Batteries are easier to carry in the Jeep than my 20# propane tank or a bunch of 1# cannisters (although I'd still carry something for a stove).
Until recently, I couldn't find a battery powered lantern that could come anywhere near competing with the light output of one of my 2-mantle Coleman propane lanterns. I think that this may be changing.
LED technology seems to be getting pretty good and I like that an LED is extremely durable. I've never heard about anyone breaking an LED.
I would think that a compact fluorescent bulb might be good in a lantern too and have seen a few of those advertised.
So, the bottom line for me is now the question, "Who makes the world brightest battery powered lantern?"
The "Coleman 8D Twin LED Lantern - High Performance" is the brightest one I've been able to find (580 lumens):
Here is a YouTube Video Comparison including this Coleman lantern.
Does anyone know of a brighter one?