An innovative backpacking light that combines the precision beam of a flashlight with the ambient illumination of a lantern, the Zip Lantern does double duty for any dark night in the backcountry. Enclosed in a frosted globe, 1 LED offers 150 lumens of proximity lighting for cooking, sorting gear or looking over the map. When nature calls or its time to fill up on water, the flashlight mode features 90 lumens of precision beam to light the way. A simple collapsible hook on top makes it easy to hang from a branch or piece of accessory cord.
Features: 1 LED with 150 lumens (max setting) is enclosed in frosted globe for bright, ambient light in lantern mode 1 LED with 90 lumens in the bottom to provide a bright, precise beam in flashlight mode Lantern, flashlight and dimming modes all operate from single switch Collapsible top hang loop Power button lock Powered by 4 AAA batteries
Specs: TECH SPECS Lumens : [Lantern] 150 [Flashlight] 100 Weight : 55g Weight With Batteries : 103g Max Distances : [Lantern] 6m [Flashlight] 20m Max Burn Time : [Lantern Low] 12 h [Flashlight Low] 100 h IPX Rating : IPX4 LED Type : 5 LED [Lantern] 1 LED [Flashlight]
I love my Black Diamond Spot headlamp, so I thought this would make a great companion as a lantern/flashlight. Here are my impressions and conclusion.
Good: - Ergonomic in the hand - Fairly stable standing up
Great: - Aesthetics are pleasing and accessible - One button interface for dimming and switching modes
Bad: - The 4 AAA batteries are uncompelling, though arguably useful - Low water resistance - Flashlight brightness is disappointing
Ugly: - Build quality: large gaps in plastic housing, visible glue under lantern, battery compartment latch feels janky, plastic on hook slides off
Conclusion: The Zip Lantern is appealing until you get it in your hand. Whoever worked on the Spot headlamp clearly didn't work on this - it just feels low quality. If the price drops it could be recommended with reservations, but the current version is begging for revision.
I purchased this lantern for my trip to Tanzania. I think it will perform nicely at our camps. Has plenty of diffused light and the flashlight is powerful too. Simple to use the various settings. Unfortunately my unit was missing the hook for hanging. Ensure your package has the hook.
This is great everyday carry kind of flashlight. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, if needed; so functions well as an old-fashioned hand flashlight (which I was hoping they would make; something like the Astro, but small, cylindrical, classic shape???. I mostly carry this light in my messenger bag that I take to work everyday. I use my Zip lantern and color Moji lantern almost everyday; keep them by the bed (an I weird?). I keep my Gizmo in the car, for emergencies. I’m about to pick up that new Spot 325. The only problem with the Zip lantern is there is a little space between the battery compartment door and the body. So don’t expect technical job integrity on that part. But, for basic use, it’s wonderful. I switch back and forth between the lantern and flashlight mode, depending on my need. I’m very satisfied with this product.