I’ve tried out some lanterns in the past, but this one blew them away! The Fenix CL30R Camping Lantern is the most functional and powerful lantern I have ever used. With six different modes, including a flash mode, for multipurpose uses (with a maximum runtime of 400 hours at 10 lumens and 6 hours at 650 lumens) this little powerhouse fits the bill for any use.
When I first got this little jewel out of the box, I was impressed with the heft and workmanship. This is definitely a robust little gadget that’s good for years of use. Despite the weight (14.5 oz, plus the batteries), it is nice and compact. It comes with a micro-USB charging cable, spare O-ring and three ARB-L18-2600 18650 2600 mAh Lithium ion rechargeable batteries. A couple of other nice features worth mentioning are the handle on top (for carrying or hanging) and the screw mount on the bottom, which would allow you to attach it to camera tripods or something of a similar nature.
One function I love about this lantern is that you don’t need all three batteries to operate it; it will still run on two or even just one of the batteries. Obviously, it runs longer with all three power sources, but if you lose a battery, or one goes bad during a long trip, you don’t lose access to your lantern. Plus, not only can the batteries be recharged via the micro-USB cable, but you can charge other electronics from the lantern! In fact, this was the first feature I tested.
After running my smartphone all the way down, and charging the Fenix Cl30R all the way up, I let the smartphone charge overnight. Not only did it fully charge the device, but the lantern still had plenty of juice for some of the lower lighting levels. Not too shabby!
Another great feature of this lantern is that as the power runs out, it switches to lower lighting modes automatically. I tested the Turbo mode (650 lumens!) overnight, and it lasted about 6 hours (which Fenix indicated it should). But then, it switched to consecutively lower power modes, and kept going!
Lastly, I decided to test the Eco mode (10 lumens). It’s currently at 93 hours and 49 minutes; I’ll let you know if it makes it the whole 400 hours, but I have a feeling it will, since it still has enough power for me to toggle to Turbo mode briefly, before returning it to the Eco mode.
This is a fantastic addition to my outdoor gear arsenal. If I didn’t already have one now, I’d run out and get one!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Fenix CL30R Camping Lantern for free from Fenix Lighting as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.