Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible)

$22.99

ULTRA BRIGHT: Includes 30 individual low powered LED bulbs, designed for a longer lifespan. Carry 360 degree of luminous light while saving energy.
DEPENDABLE BUILD: Constructed with military grade; promising long-time durability, no matter where you go.
DESIGNED FOR CONVENIENCE: The extremely lightweight build allows you to take your lantern on the go with ease. When not in use collapse the lantern to a smaller size; store it effortlessly, taking little space. Private places on the top for small things storage
LOW CONSUMPTION: Light up to 12 hours of regular, continuous use with enough battery capacity
FOLDAWAY HANDLES: Suspend the lantern or carry with ease. Ideal for outdoor trips or emergency events. 10 YEARS WARRANTY included by Etekcity

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  1. 5 out of 5

    No water resistance/proofing whatsoever on these "outdoor" lanterns. Poor quality workmanship. |

    These are well-reviewed and were a lightning deal, so I picked up a 4-pack. In theory these are great little lanterns: Reasonably bright, compact, and their on/off action is, let's face it, cool. Plus they come with alkaline batteries, not the zinc-carbon cells you sometimes get in this sort of thing. However, they seem to fall under the adage "you get what you pay for". Out of the box all 4 of mine worked great. I was quite pleased with the purchase. But about 30 minutes later -- after not having touched them -- one of the lanterns wouldn't light. I tried other batteries, and no luck. Since it wasn't working anyhow, I decided to take it apart for the purposes of making a YouTube video. Here's what I found: - There are 3 circuit boards supporting the LEDs inside the clear section. The traces on the boards are of extremely poor quality. At points there is no continuity on the tracks (presumably due to failed etching) and jumpers were soldered on at the factory as replacement paths. - The quality of the soldering is incredibly poor. Dry joints, half-full pads, awkward gaps. Just bad. - The problem with the failed lantern was in the contact switch that gets depressed when the lantern is closed. The actual switch was faulty, and tapping on it got the LEDs to illuminate briefly. I'll admit that I could have just received a bad copy (though I doubt it due to the quantity and quality of the problems). However, these last two points are generally true, as they're inherent to the design: - The top part of the lanterns slides up and down smoothly, and with a comfortable amount of friction. However, that's accomplished by having O-rings pinched between two rails on the bottom section and a tab of plastic on the top section. There was already wear on those O-rings on the lantern that I inspected, even though it was pretty much brand new. I can't imagine those O-rings lasting long. (Take a taught rubber band and rub it against the edge of a table.. Same idea.) - But perhaps worst of all is that these are sold as "outdoor" "camping" lanterns. That's well and good if you're using them in Arizona or New Mexico, because there is NO attempt at waterproofing at all. Any rain is just going right inside the base to corrode the already poor connections within. Like I said, the one I opened up may have been a fluke of bad QA/QC. However, the fact that these are sold as "outdoor" is in my opinion worthy of a one-star review. "Outdoor" implies at least some level of water resistance; As far as I can see that would be the only factor differentiating an LED lantern between indoor and outdoor use. Hence the product doesn't meet the expectations set by the manufacturer. (Don't get me wrong, if it were waterproof I'd still give it a bad review for the terrible build quality.) If you want to keep these around at emergency lights for blackouts (which is what I'm doing), then I suppose they're fine. One out of the four of them is bound to work during a power failure. I just wouldn't bet on all 4 in a pinch, based upon what I've seen. As a postscript, I'm baffled that these have 900+ reviews at the time I'm writing this with absolutely no 2- and 1-star reviews (other than mine, of course). Even highly-regarded, high-quality products from reputable firms have at least a few bad reviews out of 900. I'm not saying there's anything going on here, but that just seems too good to be true from where I'm sitting. (Seriously, pick any product on Amazon that you think is of impeccable quality and has more than 900 reviews. You'll find at least a few bad ones.)
  2. 5 out of 5

    Save your $$$ |

    Rarely do I post negative reviews, however I'm sure the Amazon community would all agree - we hate overpaying for a cheap product. Knocked it over 1 time and now it will not turn on. Visited a local 99 cent store, and much to my dismay I see the exact same product for $1.99, without the ETEKCITY Logo.
  3. 5 out of 5

    TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. |

    Bought these for a combination of emergency preparedness/casual lighting for my patio in Big Bear. Started using them with the supplied batteries and notices some strange things. Bought in a 4 pack. Turned them on at night and left to run an errand in town. Back after 20 minutes, and a couple of the lights had dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY. Thought it was a fluke. Seemed strange since they were brand new but didn't think too much of it. Few days later I switched all the batteries out with Energizer Lithium Ion's. Turned them on and they were all VERY BRIGHT. Left them on for about an hour while periodically going out to relax and wait for friends to come over. Last time I go out, guess what? Some have dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY while others were still bright. WTF? I kept trying them and this kept happening. Inconsistent output, power regulation, and basically? Unreliable. I wouldn't count on these in an emergency. I paid $20 for 4 of them. Great deal right? Well obviously, too good to be true. 4 of these should not dim by roughly 80% in an hour on Energizer Lithium Ion batteries. Total joke. Buy something more robust and reliable. Returned to Amazon for a full refund.
  4. 5 out of 5

    Seriously awesome for backpacking / lightweight camping!! Very bright! |

    Wow. I'm an avid camper and backpacker, and when I take a lantern with me, I've always just used a propane style. So, I think I'm never going back to that... These are awesome. I'm all about packing light and efficient when I'm out, and this really does the trick! SIZE: I love that the lantern closes and compresses to such a small size. Saves so much more space in your pack than other lanterns!! BRIGHTNESS: When I first received this in the mail, I was shocked when I turned one on in my living room. It's so bright!! You definitely don't want to look directly at it. I took it out to the backyard that night and it really does a great job of lighting a wide area. If you have all 4 going at a campsite, it'll light up a large area. POWER: These take AA batteries, which can be a pain if you run out of power, but they are way more compact than a propane tank! DURABILITY: These are well made. They are all plastic parts except for the handles, but they seem like they could withstand a beating and keep going. If these last a long time, they are more than worth it for the price. I want more of them! I would definitely recommend these!!
  5. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Easy to use & great bright lighting.
  6. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Great price and work great.
  7. 5 out of 5

    Good for Gifts. |

    Great little lanterns. Gave for Christmas presents. Reports of great help on outings from several people.
  8. 5 out of 5

    Good buy |

    Very nice little lantern with a big light. You can set them on the base, hang it, or carry it with the convenient handles. Will possibly buy more for Christmas gifts.
  9. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Work great, good price
  10. 5 out of 5

    All four worked very well. We used them for ... |

    All four worked very well. We used them for two nights of camping with three other couples. Gave one lantern to each couple. None of the batteries died.
  11. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    I love these already had some
  12. 5 out of 5

    Best lamps you can get for the money?? |

    Bought these for a road trip through Yellowstone and the redwoods. Camped out every night and these lights were a lifesaver! Very bright!
  13. 5 out of 5

    The ones which work are great. |

    I grabbed this 4 pack on sale. For a 4 pack of laterns with batteries it was a great deal. I already owned 2 of these laterns and was very pleased with them, so I bought this 4...
  14. 5 out of 5

    Good lights |

    work rite out of the box, no issues so far, fair lighting.
  15. 5 out of 5

    No water resistance/proofing whatsoever on these "outdoor" lanterns. Poor quality workmanship. |

    These are well-reviewed and were a lightning deal, so I picked up a 4-pack. In theory these are great little lanterns: Reasonably bright, compact, and their on/off action is, let's face it, cool. Plus they come with alkaline batteries, not the zinc-carbon cells you sometimes get in this sort of thing. However, they seem to fall under the adage "you get what you pay for". Out of the box all 4 of mine worked great. I was quite pleased with the purchase. But about 30 minutes later -- after not having touched them -- one of the lanterns wouldn't light. I tried other batteries, and no luck. Since it wasn't working anyhow, I decided to take it apart for the purposes of making a YouTube video. Here's what I found: - There are 3 circuit boards supporting the LEDs inside the clear section. The traces on the boards are of extremely poor quality. At points there is no continuity on the tracks (presumably due to failed etching) and jumpers were soldered on at the factory as replacement paths. - The quality of the soldering is incredibly poor. Dry joints, half-full pads, awkward gaps. Just bad. - The problem with the failed lantern was in the contact switch that gets depressed when the lantern is closed. The actual switch was faulty, and tapping on it got the LEDs to illuminate briefly. I'll admit that I could have just received a bad copy (though I doubt it due to the quantity and quality of the problems). However, these last two points are generally true, as they're inherent to the design: - The top part of the lanterns slides up and down smoothly, and with a comfortable amount of friction. However, that's accomplished by having O-rings pinched between two rails on the bottom section and a tab of plastic on the top section. There was already wear on those O-rings on the lantern that I inspected, even though it was pretty much brand new. I can't imagine those O-rings lasting long. (Take a taught rubber band and rub it against the edge of a table.. Same idea.) - But perhaps worst of all is that these are sold as "outdoor" "camping" lanterns. That's well and good if you're using them in Arizona or New Mexico, because there is NO attempt at waterproofing at all. Any rain is just going right inside the base to corrode the already poor connections within. Like I said, the one I opened up may have been a fluke of bad QA/QC. However, the fact that these are sold as "outdoor" is in my opinion worthy of a one-star review. "Outdoor" implies at least some level of water resistance; As far as I can see that would be the only factor differentiating an LED lantern between indoor and outdoor use. Hence the product doesn't meet the expectations set by the manufacturer. (Don't get me wrong, if it were waterproof I'd still give it a bad review for the terrible build quality.) If you want to keep these around at emergency lights for blackouts (which is what I'm doing), then I suppose they're fine. One out of the four of them is bound to work during a power failure. I just wouldn't bet on all 4 in a pinch, based upon what I've seen. As a postscript, I'm baffled that these have 900+ reviews at the time I'm writing this with absolutely no 2- and 1-star reviews (other than mine, of course). Even highly-regarded, high-quality products from reputable firms have at least a few bad reviews out of 900. I'm not saying there's anything going on here, but that just seems too good to be true from where I'm sitting. (Seriously, pick any product on Amazon that you think is of impeccable quality and has more than 900 reviews. You'll find at least a few bad ones.)
  16. 5 out of 5

    Save your $$$ |

    Rarely do I post negative reviews, however I'm sure the Amazon community would all agree - we hate overpaying for a cheap product. Knocked it over 1 time and now it will not turn on. Visited a local 99 cent store, and much to my dismay I see the exact same product for $1.99, without the ETEKCITY Logo.
  17. 5 out of 5

    TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. |

    Bought these for a combination of emergency preparedness/casual lighting for my patio in Big Bear. Started using them with the supplied batteries and notices some strange things. Bought in a 4 pack. Turned them on at night and left to run an errand in town. Back after 20 minutes, and a couple of the lights had dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY. Thought it was a fluke. Seemed strange since they were brand new but didn't think too much of it. Few days later I switched all the batteries out with Energizer Lithium Ion's. Turned them on and they were all VERY BRIGHT. Left them on for about an hour while periodically going out to relax and wait for friends to come over. Last time I go out, guess what? Some have dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY while others were still bright. WTF? I kept trying them and this kept happening. Inconsistent output, power regulation, and basically? Unreliable. I wouldn't count on these in an emergency. I paid $20 for 4 of them. Great deal right? Well obviously, too good to be true. 4 of these should not dim by roughly 80% in an hour on Energizer Lithium Ion batteries. Total joke. Buy something more robust and reliable. Returned to Amazon for a full refund.
  18. 5 out of 5

    Seriously awesome for backpacking / lightweight camping!! Very bright! |

    Wow. I'm an avid camper and backpacker, and when I take a lantern with me, I've always just used a propane style. So, I think I'm never going back to that... These are awesome. I'm all about packing light and efficient when I'm out, and this really does the trick! SIZE: I love that the lantern closes and compresses to such a small size. Saves so much more space in your pack than other lanterns!! BRIGHTNESS: When I first received this in the mail, I was shocked when I turned one on in my living room. It's so bright!! You definitely don't want to look directly at it. I took it out to the backyard that night and it really does a great job of lighting a wide area. If you have all 4 going at a campsite, it'll light up a large area. POWER: These take AA batteries, which can be a pain if you run out of power, but they are way more compact than a propane tank! DURABILITY: These are well made. They are all plastic parts except for the handles, but they seem like they could withstand a beating and keep going. If these last a long time, they are more than worth it for the price. I want more of them! I would definitely recommend these!!
  19. 5 out of 5

    Wow |

    Cant believe anyone is making a profit at this price! Includes batteries. Quality looks above average.
  20. 5 out of 5

    Great little lights |

    These are so compact and handy. We have a lot of power outages where we live so they come in very handy. They are also great for camping.
  21. 5 out of 5

    So bright. |

    So bright. Used when we went camping. Was great price for value.
  22. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Easy to use & great bright lighting.
  23. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Great price and work great.
  24. 5 out of 5

    Good for Gifts. |

    Great little lanterns. Gave for Christmas presents. Reports of great help on outings from several people.
  25. 5 out of 5

    Good buy |

    Very nice little lantern with a big light. You can set them on the base, hang it, or carry it with the convenient handles. Will possibly buy more for Christmas gifts.
  26. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Work great, good price
  27. 5 out of 5

    All four worked very well. We used them for ... |

    All four worked very well. We used them for two nights of camping with three other couples. Gave one lantern to each couple. None of the batteries died.
  28. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    I love these already had some
  29. 5 out of 5

    No water resistance/proofing whatsoever on these "outdoor" lanterns. Poor quality workmanship. |

    These are well-reviewed and were a lightning deal, so I picked up a 4-pack. In theory these are great little lanterns: Reasonably bright, compact, and their on/off action is, let's face it, cool. Plus they come with alkaline batteries, not the zinc-carbon cells you sometimes get in this sort of thing. However, they seem to fall under the adage "you get what you pay for". Out of the box all 4 of mine worked great. I was quite pleased with the purchase. But about 30 minutes later -- after not having touched them -- one of the lanterns wouldn't light. I tried other batteries, and no luck. Since it wasn't working anyhow, I decided to take it apart for the purposes of making a YouTube video. Here's what I found: - There are 3 circuit boards supporting the LEDs inside the clear section. The traces on the boards are of extremely poor quality. At points there is no continuity on the tracks (presumably due to failed etching) and jumpers were soldered on at the factory as replacement paths. - The quality of the soldering is incredibly poor. Dry joints, half-full pads, awkward gaps. Just bad. - The problem with the failed lantern was in the contact switch that gets depressed when the lantern is closed. The actual switch was faulty, and tapping on it got the LEDs to illuminate briefly. I'll admit that I could have just received a bad copy (though I doubt it due to the quantity and quality of the problems). However, these last two points are generally true, as they're inherent to the design: - The top part of the lanterns slides up and down smoothly, and with a comfortable amount of friction. However, that's accomplished by having O-rings pinched between two rails on the bottom section and a tab of plastic on the top section. There was already wear on those O-rings on the lantern that I inspected, even though it was pretty much brand new. I can't imagine those O-rings lasting long. (Take a taught rubber band and rub it against the edge of a table.. Same idea.) - But perhaps worst of all is that these are sold as "outdoor" "camping" lanterns. That's well and good if you're using them in Arizona or New Mexico, because there is NO attempt at waterproofing at all. Any rain is just going right inside the base to corrode the already poor connections within. Like I said, the one I opened up may have been a fluke of bad QA/QC. However, the fact that these are sold as "outdoor" is in my opinion worthy of a one-star review. "Outdoor" implies at least some level of water resistance; As far as I can see that would be the only factor differentiating an LED lantern between indoor and outdoor use. Hence the product doesn't meet the expectations set by the manufacturer. (Don't get me wrong, if it were waterproof I'd still give it a bad review for the terrible build quality.) If you want to keep these around at emergency lights for blackouts (which is what I'm doing), then I suppose they're fine. One out of the four of them is bound to work during a power failure. I just wouldn't bet on all 4 in a pinch, based upon what I've seen. As a postscript, I'm baffled that these have 900+ reviews at the time I'm writing this with absolutely no 2- and 1-star reviews (other than mine, of course). Even highly-regarded, high-quality products from reputable firms have at least a few bad reviews out of 900. I'm not saying there's anything going on here, but that just seems too good to be true from where I'm sitting. (Seriously, pick any product on Amazon that you think is of impeccable quality and has more than 900 reviews. You'll find at least a few bad ones.)
  30. 5 out of 5

    Save your $$$ |

    Rarely do I post negative reviews, however I'm sure the Amazon community would all agree - we hate overpaying for a cheap product. Knocked it over 1 time and now it will not turn on. Visited a local 99 cent store, and much to my dismay I see the exact same product for $1.99, without the ETEKCITY Logo.
  31. 5 out of 5

    TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. |

    Bought these for a combination of emergency preparedness/casual lighting for my patio in Big Bear. Started using them with the supplied batteries and notices some strange things. Bought in a 4 pack. Turned them on at night and left to run an errand in town. Back after 20 minutes, and a couple of the lights had dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY. Thought it was a fluke. Seemed strange since they were brand new but didn't think too much of it. Few days later I switched all the batteries out with Energizer Lithium Ion's. Turned them on and they were all VERY BRIGHT. Left them on for about an hour while periodically going out to relax and wait for friends to come over. Last time I go out, guess what? Some have dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY while others were still bright. WTF? I kept trying them and this kept happening. Inconsistent output, power regulation, and basically? Unreliable. I wouldn't count on these in an emergency. I paid $20 for 4 of them. Great deal right? Well obviously, too good to be true. 4 of these should not dim by roughly 80% in an hour on Energizer Lithium Ion batteries. Total joke. Buy something more robust and reliable. Returned to Amazon for a full refund.
  32. 5 out of 5

    Seriously awesome for backpacking / lightweight camping!! Very bright! |

    Wow. I'm an avid camper and backpacker, and when I take a lantern with me, I've always just used a propane style. So, I think I'm never going back to that... These are awesome. I'm all about packing light and efficient when I'm out, and this really does the trick! SIZE: I love that the lantern closes and compresses to such a small size. Saves so much more space in your pack than other lanterns!! BRIGHTNESS: When I first received this in the mail, I was shocked when I turned one on in my living room. It's so bright!! You definitely don't want to look directly at it. I took it out to the backyard that night and it really does a great job of lighting a wide area. If you have all 4 going at a campsite, it'll light up a large area. POWER: These take AA batteries, which can be a pain if you run out of power, but they are way more compact than a propane tank! DURABILITY: These are well made. They are all plastic parts except for the handles, but they seem like they could withstand a beating and keep going. If these last a long time, they are more than worth it for the price. I want more of them! I would definitely recommend these!!
  33. 5 out of 5

    Wow |

    Cant believe anyone is making a profit at this price! Includes batteries. Quality looks above average.
  34. 5 out of 5

    Great little lights |

    These are so compact and handy. We have a lot of power outages where we live so they come in very handy. They are also great for camping.
  35. 5 out of 5

    So bright. |

    So bright. Used when we went camping. Was great price for value.
  36. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Easy to use & great bright lighting.
  37. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Great price and work great.
  38. 5 out of 5

    Good for Gifts. |

    Great little lanterns. Gave for Christmas presents. Reports of great help on outings from several people.
  39. 5 out of 5

    Good buy |

    Very nice little lantern with a big light. You can set them on the base, hang it, or carry it with the convenient handles. Will possibly buy more for Christmas gifts.
  40. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    Work great, good price
  41. 5 out of 5

    All four worked very well. We used them for ... |

    All four worked very well. We used them for two nights of camping with three other couples. Gave one lantern to each couple. None of the batteries died.
  42. 5 out of 5

    Five Stars |

    I love these already had some