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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Sturdy, versatile, and BRIGHT!
TaoTronics did some marketing prior to listing on Amazon and I was able to get this in exchange for an honest review. I'm very glad they did - because this is my new go-to light!
- It comes in a very straightforward and sturdy box - complete with charging cable and extra plug cover.
- The form factor is nice; big flat lighted surface, with adjustable arms that make this very versatile
- It's waterproof
- Simple operation
- Whoa - so bright!
- If it's too bright, you can easily adjust it
Only suggestion for TaoTronics is to improve the charging method; this has its own special USB cable - it's not a standard or micro format - which means that you can't lose your cable!
Overall - great product - highly recommend.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Great overall light!
This light is a great all around light. I had used it around the house when I first got it and really liked it. But once I took it on a weekend camping trip I appreciated it even more.
This light is very bright and lights up a good sized area. The brightness can be adjusted to any level between its brightest and it's most dim setting. To adjust the brightness you simply hold down the power button and it gradually dims until you stop holding the button. The lowest setting has usually been bright enough for my needs. It is plenty bright when using it in the dark. To increase the brightness you hold the power button again until it is as bright as you want it.
The power button is touch sensitive, not a tactile push in button. You touch the button for a second and a half and the light turns on. I have actually done this by mistake a few times when I picked the lamp up and my finger was on the button. Luckily it turns off just by touching the button quickly again.
The stand/handles/hanging brackets are really, really handy. They are stiff enough that you can put them in any position and they will stay there. They are still very easy to move though. I have used them as a stand to sit the light on something. They can even sit on uneven surfaces and still be stable. I have also used them as handles to carry the light like a flashlight. One way I have used them that I didn't expect to was to hang the light. I have spread the legs out to use them as supports to hang from two bars, hung them from a bungee cord or even a branch. There is also a notch in ine leg so you can hook it on a scew or nail head. The light can be swiveled in any direction within the stand so it can be pointed wherever you want.
The battery life is excellent. It lasts all evening in the low setting that I usually use and charges up again in just a few hours.
One thing I wasn't too thrilled with is the charging cable. It is full size USB on the charger side (it does not come with a charger though). However, the part that plugs into the lamp is a round DC plug. This makes it a proprietary design rather than a user friendly one like using micro or mini USB. I guess this was probably to get the IP68 waterproof rating. I would have rather seen a more universal plug and IP66 or IP67 waterproofing. Splash proof or hose down would be fine, I don't need a submersible rating for a light. This leads me to the one other negative about the design. The plug that covers the power port gets completely removed when you need to charge the light. It is a small rubber plug so it could easily get lost. In a positive note, they did include 3 plugs so you do have spares.
When charging the lamp the power button glows red. When charging is complete it glows green. This is a simple feature that I really like and many manufacturers miss. It's great to know the status of the charge and not have to guess if it's done or not.
Overall this is a really great light. I have been using it a lot since I got it and will probably get another one soon.
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Awesome, Lightweight and Durable Lantern!!
WoW, I was quite impressed with this lantern!! I happened to get this right before leaving to go camping. It was packaged in a nice box like other TaoTronics gear. It also came with a great set of instructions available in several languages. Included was a usb charging cable made to plug into the lantern itself-rounded plug and other end is a standard USB end to plug into your charger or wall outlet. It also came with several replacement rubber grommets to seal the round hole the charging cable is plugged into. The lantern came charged up and lasted me all evening turning it on and off periodically.
I love it because it's lightweight and can be charged using a charger or wall outlet. I love the adjustable legs/stand. It also has a hole in the center of one of the legs to mount on a wall or other device. Legs are stiff enough so they are not hard to move or easy to move providing excellent holding/staying in the position you choose. The light can be put in most any position and is very lightweight,
The light was bright enough in our tent, but also worked very well outdoors when hiking to the bathroom at night. I also used it to look under my vehicle that same night and was impressed by lighting and coverage of the light given it's LED. During use on the low light setting I was able to get roughly 4hrs of constant use before needing to charge it. When charging there's an LED that lights up red showing it's charging and green when it's charged. A great indication of when it's fully charged that my kids understood.
My only complaint with the light is I wish it had a nice carrying case to protect it while transporting it and carrying it around. I plan on buying several more of these units to replace my Coleman LP lanterns. These are more compact, durable, lightweight and have no odor! I'm very impressed with this lantern and I think you'll be very happy purchasing this lantern for your lighting needs.