Every attempt at a lantern, I've failed miserably. Rather.....the promises failed me miserably.
Here's a rundown on my lantern failures:
1. I started out with a coleman F1 Light:
It was tempermental during cold weather, and I had to bore out the air holes slightly larger. I really like the screen and the light weight though....nothing to break. I then attached a small hose clamp that was used to adjust the airflow. It worked out Ok, and the air flow constantly has to be adjusted according the the temp. If you don't adjust for airflow....you get a dull yellow glow. Get around 40 below during ice fishing trips.....it's a no go. It no longer works.....I think it has to be dipped in a cleaning solution. I will never own another butane canister lantern.
2. I then tried to maintain the relatively compact approach and bought two of these:
The cheap plastic knobs eventually broke, not allowing me to adjust the brightness, and the glass globes eventually shattered. Good thing we had two of them. The propane bottles eventually became a hassle. I never made it through a moose hunting season. I will never buy another propane operated lantern
3. I saw all these battery operated L.E.D lanterns and bought this right before ice fishing season:
This was ultimately the most worthless piece of crap I've ever used. It topped the list of feeble, temperamental, and the lowest availability of livable light. It was constantly dulling, and all the electronic connections inside use feeble little piece of paper thing sheet metal. It's the ultimate made in China mass produced happy meal toy. I thought the ability to use different batteries would be great.......it won't reliably work with AA batteries. Add some cold weather......you're better off using it for target practice with your favorite hunting rifle. I will never buy another battery operated lantern.
4. I've come to the conclusion that there is no beating a liquid fuel lantern, the only problem, is the glass, you need to either make your own screen, or buy one as an accessory. There is no beating white gas, and there is no viable alternative. The only problem is WEIGHT and SIZE. I need to find one that is both tough, and compact. I say this again: There is no alternative, I need a better lantern.
I've come down to these two, and I may buy them both anyways just to compare them. The "britleyt" seems like a marketing gimmick, but we'll see. The coleman looks small enough, and I'll just build my own globe screen and impact resistant/lighweight carry case. Both are compact enough, but does anyone have any experience with either model, or with another brand of liquid fuel lantern?
Britelyt 150 CP:
Coleman Power house: