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Coleman Retro Rechargeable Family Size Lantern

Reviewing: Coleman 5312 750  |  Rating:
John Gugie By John Gugie on
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If you need a dependable, heavy duty light source, you can't do any better than this lantern. The rechargeable 12V sealed lead acid battery operates the light for up to nine hours. The 11 watt fluorescent spiral U-tube gives you a brighter, whiter light that functions in as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures for outdoor use.

Recharge time is about 16-18 hours and is done with the included 120V AC Adaptor or the 12V DC Cigarette Plug inside the base.

It has a nightlight that glows yellow. The manual doesn't say how long this will run but I had it on overnight and it was still working.

It has an auto-on emergency feature that the manual fails to explain. You keep the charger adaptor plugged into the power outlet. When the power goes out, the battery kicks in.

Both bulbs are easy to replace without tools.

The all metal casing is durable. It weighs in at 7.2 pounds and is a good 14 inches tall. It also has some plastic and glass parts. I'd prefer a stronger, clear plastic to the clear glass around the light. Glass is too easy to break.

It also has a handle for easy carrying.

We've never had a problem with this lantern and you probably won't either. It has many uses, all of which this is perfect for the job.