UCO StretchLite Mini LED Torch and Lantern, Blue
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- LED Lantern that has two modes of operation: Flashlight and Lantern.
- StretchLite Mini weighs just 2.5 ounces.
- Powerful .5W Nichia LED
- Aluminum casing
- Burns 5-12 hours on a single AA battery (included)
The new UCO StretchLite Mini is a great light for travel, outdoor, or home use. It is lightweight, compact, and made from aluminum to be durable. It also offers two functionalities, the normal everyday flashlight, and the stretched, area glow lantern. To improve its usefulness, a strap and carabiner are included with the lantern. It can easily be hung inside a tent, or anywhere else. The battery is included (One AA), and will power the MightlyLite for 5-12 hours.
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It's a little pricey for what it is, but this exactly fit the bill of what I was looking for. It's small, light, uses one AA battery, fits in your pocket, comes with a strap and a small clip.
It is pretty bright. I think the manufacturer's claim of 26 lumens is legitimate.
It can head-stand, tail-stand, or be hung by the lanyard.
It has the feature of being a flashlight and a lantern in one package, and the design works well in both modes of use.
It offers decent run-time for its brightness level(current draw is .285 amps at 1.29 volts from a NiMh rechargeable).
It is definitely overpriced given the crappy plastic switch it uses, and the fact that it does not use a cutting edge led or have multiple modes.
It is larger than I would like from a single AA flashlight. Not a big deal unless you are an ultralight backpacker type. I am.
The switch is awful. It will definitely turn on in your backpack unless you remove the battery, and it feels flimsy and cheap. There is no way to lock the light from turning on. So, you will never be able to have this light "at the ready".
Nothing will ever replace my fenix hl20 headlamp for my main light when I backpack, but I do find that it is worth the extra weight to carry a backup light just in case. Utility is the name of the game, and this light does several things pretty well. If I need a standard light to see down the trail, this will definitely work fine, and when I am setting up camp or cooking, it is nice to not have a bug-attracting light strapped to my face, so I like to use a lantern. The lantern function was my main attraction to this product. I have used coin battery powered lanterns with no issues, but I prefer to keep just one type of battery in use on the trail, and AA's are what my headlamps take. They offer a good combination of weight and power. I needed something very light and compact, so I did not want a 3xaaa light, or something even bigger. Honestly, this light is just about the only choice in a single AA lantern, so I figured I would give it a shot. I will probably find it going with me on all but the lightest and fastest hiking trips, as long as the switch holds up.
What I would like to see:
I can't be the only outdoorsman that wants a well-made but compact lantern. There are hundreds of choices in big, heavy, multiple d-cell lamps that crank out way more light than I need, and are useless for backpacking because of their size and weight. This light is a decent shot at what I am looking for, but it needs improvement. As it stands, this light should really cost less than $10. It doesn't come close in build quality or design to any other light in this price range. However, I would pay twice as much for a light similar to this if they made these changes: 1. Put a real switch on it that doesn't feel like it will break easily, and that has a way to lock the light off so it doesn't turn on in your backpack. 2. Use a more modern led, or adjust the price accordingly as the technology becomes outdated. 3. Have a high and low setting. You don't need 26 lumens to find a granola bar in your backack or to light your tent enough to read. A candle lantern of 2 lumens is plenty, so I would love to see a 3-5 lumen low setting to conserve battery life. 4. Make it smaller. This light is the size of a 3xaaa light, but at least it is lighter than one. I don't really need the focused light function, so I would be fine with it only being a lantern if that made it smaller or cheaper, although for some that is the attraction to this light.
I would recommend this light, however, it is not confidence inspiring enough to rely on as a primary camping light, so I would carry it as a backup to a more sturdily made headlamp or flashlight.
I purchased this light with camping/hiking in mind. It weighs in at only 2.5oz with the AA Battery installed. If you're an oz watcher, you'll have a hard time finding a lighter and brighter light. It's no Q-Beam by any means; but, it's really bright for only one AA battery.
In my hiking gear, I have a portable solar panel that has the ability to charge NiMH AA's. This light is a perfect addition my solar gear.
If you're a prepper, this is perfect for your bug out bag. It's small, light, dual function, and uses the most common battery out there.
I gave it only four stars because of its price point. I would've felt a little bit better if it was closer to $12 rather than $15.
All in all, I doubt you'll be disappointed with this purchase.