Wednesday, October 27, 2021

What's So Special? Nite Ize 300 and 314 Radiant Rechargeable Lanterns - ...

This is the Nite Ize Radiant Rechargeable Lantern and in this episode Luke is giving it to you straight; the good and bad about this lantern and the other versions that are out on the market.
Pros, Cons, Problems and More.

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What it is : This is a rechargeable lantern that can also be used as a battery bank.

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Versions :
300 Lumens
314 Lumens
There is also a 400 Lumen version; it looks similar but doesn’t feature the built in battery.

Battery Size : 2,600mAh

Battery : Lithium Polymer

Price :
300 lumen version : $40
314 lumens version : $45

Includes :
Micro-USB cable
White Carry bag that also diffuses the light - I lost it a long time ago.

Materials : Plastic

LEDS : 1 center, 6 red - I could find no mention of what the LEDS are.

Modes :
High - 300 lumens - 5 hours of run time
Medium - 75 lumens - 20 hours run time
Low - 15 - 110hours of run time
Red - 18 - Push and hold for red mode - 27 hours run time

Measurements : 3.86” x 7.92”

Weight : 11.9oz

Recharge Time : 3.5 hours from dead

Impact resistant and weather resistant - IPX-4 which protects against splashing
Impact resistant to 3ft

Power indicator : Green and Red - Light turns red when there is 2 hours remaining on high.
Forward :
At least 2 years ago, a viewer sent this lantern in and I have been using it ever since.

I’ve mentioned that there are two versions of this lantern, the 300rl and the 314; the 314 model is the latest from Nite Ize and has replaced the 300RL officially. With that being said, you can still find the 300RL for sale and since I receive so many questions about it I’m here with the review.

Both versions of this lantern appear to be exactly the same as far as features go.
Review Pros :
After using this product for years I can easily tell you that it has been an excellent lantern.

Battery life has been very good and easily covers my needs for multi day adventures when I don’t mind bringing a luxury item.

Produces plenty of light to see around a picnic table or inside of a tent.

Easy to Operate

Good size

Red light is useful - I often use it when turning in at night;

Battery retains a charge for a long period of time.

Fairly Lightweight

Large button is easy to activate but not too easy - can be activated even with gloves on

Can be used to juice up a device but the capacity isn’t all that large.
Review Cons :

No lockout function - the power button is large and it is possible to activate it when in your bag.

Fairly expensive; you can get lanterns for far less that offer more lumens.

Battery is non removable - if you have an issue, it can’t be replaced.

No USB C port - uses out dating MicroUSB

The biggest con that I have with this lantern are the potential issues that one may have with it. No, I haven’t had any issues but the net is FULL of reports of people who have had a wide range of issues. I’ve seen countless reports of these lanterns ceasing to work, falling apart and units that won’t hold a charge.
Interesting :
While getting the details together for this review, I discovered that there are relabel versions of this Lantern. In fact, LL Bean has their very own version; the 300 Trailblazer ($50).

Summary :
While this lantern has performed extremely well for me over the years I do have a hard time recommending it based on the high amount of issues and problems that I have seen for every model that Nite Ize makes. For every positive review there have got to be at least 2 negatives.

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