Trevor Baylis Eco-Lantern

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Trevor Baylis Eco-Lantern

4 Hours constant 5-LED light on full charge3 Days standby light on full charge1 minute winding gives 30 minutes light3 phase hand-generator technology...

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Review of "Trevor Baylis Eco-Lantern"

published 14/03/2010 | JeffFromPoole
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Pro no buying batteries, good level of light
Cons might disturb people around you if you wind late at night on a camp site.
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"A great camping light but a bit of a wind up truly an ECO lantern"

I received this lantern as a Christmas present and it is now awaiting the return of the camping season. Being the meanest type of skinflint the thought of free energy has always appealed to me, even before renewable energy became trendy.

So what's an ECO lantern Jeff?
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I'm glad you asked. This is a lantern that can be used around the home, camping or in the shed which doesn't need batteries or mains charging. It's another gadget from the stable of the splendid Trevor Baylis who makes things that are seemingly simple in concept but excellent in delivery and are usually self powered. His most famous invention was the wind up radio and this uses the same technology to provide light.
This lantern has a handle that folds into its base that allows it to be hung upside down or it can stand on its own base. The winding handle also folds into the base. a few minutes winding produces enough power to read for 30 minutes. The LED bulbs are the key to this, they produce a lot of light for the amount of power they consume.

What does it do Jeff?
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Well, it's a light. it helps you to see. Best of all it doesn't need batteries or a mains supply
There are five bright white LEDS on the main part of the lantern and three softer amber coloured ones around that can be used as a night light.

The unit is very simple to operate; press the switch once and the five white LEDs light up. Press it again for the softer setting. To charge, turn it over and hinge out the handle, which extends once unfolded to make charging faster.

The unit also comes with a car charger so that you can either run it or charge it from the cigarette lighter socket. This could be handy as winding it up late at night might disturb people around you, there is a whirring noise when the handle is being wound.

The light is strong enough to read by without straining the eyes and lights the inside of the tent.
This kind of lantern usually takes 3-4 C size batteries which are quite expensive and would probably need to be changed at least once on a week long trip. I can do without the added weight and cost.

This lantern also has a keyhole opening on the bottom that would allow it to be hung on a screw or nail head, so it could be used as a bulkhead light in a shed, boat or caravan.
I have found it good for late night trips to the toilet block on dark camp sites, being able to carry it by the handle then place it on a flat surface is ideal.

The body of the lantern is made from plastic but is very solid, it doesn't feel cheap and I can attest that it will survive being knocked off the table onto a hard floor.

I believe that this device is pretty robust and should be around for many years, provided I don't drop it down a cliff or into the sea.

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  • brereton66 published 15/03/2010
    This would make a useful back up.
  • wigglylittleworm published 14/03/2010
    how long does the full beam light last before it fades? I've used a few camping lanterns that promise 1/2 hour of light but in reality offer 5 minutes of bright light and 25 mins of gradually dimming light.
  • greenierexyboy published 14/03/2010
    'provided I don't drop it down a cliff or into the sea'...you're speaking from experience there, aren't you Jeff?
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Product Information : Trevor Baylis Eco-Lantern

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4 Hours constant 5-LED light on full charge3 Days standby light on full charge1 minute winding gives 30 minutes light3 phase hand-generator technologymeans minimum effort Weatherproof ideal Indoors or Outdoors!

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Type: Renewable Energy

Sub Type: Wind Up Appliances

Manufacturer: Trevor Baylis

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