You'll have enough white light to see what you're doing and red light that's easy on the eyes, but no hassle of replacing batteries, with the black and gray Helix Backcountry Rechargeable LED Lantern from Princeton Tec. You turn the lantern on and off, choose settings, and dim to exactly the brightness you want using a swipe panel, rather than a traditional push-button interface. Plug into the micro-USB port on the underside of the light for a charge that will provide up to 22 hours of runtime. A three-LED charge indicator lets you know how much power you have left.
The lantern collapses for transport and expands for use. Its folding legs have notches to hang the light from a rope, and there's a hanging loop on the top. The diffuser globe can be removed to reveal a spot beam, and you can configure the legs to aim the beam where you need it. The lantern is also a good tent light with the globe off.
- 30-150 lumens
- One white Maxbright LED
- Two red Ultrabright LEDs
- Swipe panel interface
- Swipe left for red, right for white
- Swipe again for present level or flash mode
- Hold center of panel to dim
Use and Handling
- Micro-USB port on underside for charging
- Charge indicator shows remaining power level in lithium-ion battery
- Hang by top loop or from notches in legs
- Diffuser globe can be removed for spot beam
- Folding legs can be configured to aim beam
- Max runtime 22 hours