A good LED lantern at a reasonable price.
Traditional lanterns involve flames. People with small children tend to find flames a source of stress. Such is my current stage of life, so I was pleased when Dorcy asked me to review their twin globe LED lantern.
Having owned one other battery powered lantern, and carrying nostalgic feelings towards gas lanterns, testing out a newer, affordable LED lantern proved enjoyable.
Dorcy’s twin globe LED lantern offers a reasonable price for a simple, functional light suitable for car camping and around the house.
LEDs seem safer (read: kid-friendly) than the traditional gas / mantel lantern, and Dorcy’s light is even waterproof – it floats!
Dorcy LED Lantern Features
- Two brightness settings plus amber night light
- 360 degree light
- 350 hour runtime for single globe
- 175 hour runtime for dual twin globe
- 600 hour runtime for amber night light
- Handle with pop-out hanger hook
- Takes 4 D batteries
A Good Lantern for Car Camping
Dorcy claims this is the first battery operated lantern to approximate the illumination characteristics of traditional gas / mantel lanterns. I’m no expert on lanterns, but found the Dorcy lantern pleasant to use, and of a good brightness.
Activities and games around a picnic table, or other typical car camping situations should work. As with other lanterns I’ve used, anything outside of the immediate light sphere may need a secondary light. A dim light does cast wider, but it isn’t bright enough to, say, play a game of cards. Still, if the lantern is elevated, an impressively wide, functional light sphere is cast (up to 15′ or 20′ perhaps).
The modes are simple: single globe, twin globe and amber nightlight. The single globe offers a nice brightness and longer battery life than twin globe. Those with fearful little campers, or needing very low light will find the amber night light mode a handy option.
A Good Lantern for Parents with Kids
LED lighting provides extra safety for small children who might be tempted to investigate a lantern. Plus, not having to successfully light a traditional lantern is a stress saver.
This is a good lantern at a reasonable price.
Learn more about Dorcy’s waterproof lantern.