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Friday, April 1, 2016

Camping Lantern Dilema

I have been searching for a replacement bulb for this battery operated camping lantern for two years.


It requires this bulb.  I have not been able to find this on the Coleman site itself.  I'm pretty sure they don't make the lantern any longer.  I'm torn between disposing the lantern or not.   Yesterday I found the bulb on Amazon for $17.77.  There were 7 good reviews, and 5 negative reviews.  The five were stating the bulb didn't last long.  I'm not spending $17.77 on a light bulb for a camping lantern.  Looks like I may be purchasing a new lantern this season.  I see they have rechargeable ones.  Maybe I should invest in one that runs on propane?  Any ideas would be welcomed.

13 comments:

Kim said...

How about a hand crank one. We have a lantern and a radio that is hand crank and we can even change our phone on the radio if need be.

Susan said...

No wonder they were discontinued - with such expensive replacement bulbs~ I wonder if they make solar lanterns (I'm sure they do).

Sharon said...

A few years 3-4 ago, I purchased a Coleman LED lantern. It is battery run, and I have had the batteries last 2 to 3 years because the led bulbs draw very little power. It produces a nice bright light, without the danger of the fuel operated ones. Top rated by me.

Mama Pea said...

Did you check for the bulb on eBay? Amazon would probably give you some info on the latest in LED battery operated lanterns if you decide to go with a new one. They're so much easier, nicer (safer?) than the ones that run on fuel.

Kristina said...

Kim, we had a hand crank one many years ago, but it quit working. Good tip. I didn't know they can charge phones too.

Kristina said...

Susan, we have one small solar light, but it doesn't put much light out.

Kristina said...

Sharon, thank you for sharing. I have been wondering which to purchase.

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, I haven't tried ebay. I will do that. Otherwise I'll be looking into the LED lights. Thanks.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

My hubby is in the electrical biz and said go to Home Depot (or wherever) and get a 7 Watt compact florescent bulb, any color. Ignore the last #'s after the 7 watt. That is just the COLOR of the bulb. That's what's driving the price up. Look for PLC7/27K. Hope that helps...

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I like LED personally, much brighter! And the bulbs last forever!!!

RB said...

With all the modern technology available today, I'd get a new one with LED bulbs, and I'd get one that was rechargeable. We have rechargeable batteries and a charger for all of our AA/AAA needs, and while they cost twice as much at the start, they've saved us a bundle over the last year.
God bless.
RB
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Kristina said...

Thanks for that advice Little Homestead. Looks like I need LED.

Kristina said...

Thanks RB, I have looked at one that is rechargeable.