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Militec 30-LED Lantern 25th June 2015

The #1 Rated Brightest LED Lantern Militec Ultra Bright LED Camping Lantern for Hiking, Emergencies, Survival Use, Very Bright, Compact, Military Grade Plastic, Water Resistant, Robust Construction 10 Year Warranty

Militec is not a household name but are starting to roll out products with the philosophy that technologies formerly reserved for the military should be available to the consumer.  In practice that means a high degree of reliability, durability and functionality.  It may seem like a strange business ethos but there are numerous precedents in history for the military driving commercial change - the most obvious one being the DARPA net which went on to become the Internet few of us can live without today.

The first product to be released is a 30-LED Camping Lantern:

 

 

Readers can click on any of the above images for a closer look.

The first choice of product is an interesting one. The LED Lantern epitomises survival and durability and is also the brightest battery operated lantern we have seen to date. In terms of construction it is made of military grade plastic and our sample was dropped several times onto hard surfaces and knocked off a table a few times (we're messy campers) and suffered no ill effects and no damage to the case as well as working fine each time.

In terms of operation it could not be any simpler - just pull the handles to extend it and it switches on, push it closed and it switches off.  This is a clever way of protecting the less rugged clear section and the LEDs from damage and it also means no fumbling around for a switch in the dark.

Why 30 LEDs instead of one bright one?  There are super bright LEDs and anyone who has owned an ultrafire or similar torch and looked into the light will know how blinding it can be.  There are three issues with a single powerful LED.  Firstly, the space in the head of a torch is limited so one LED has to suffice.  Secondly, super bright LEDs are inefficient and generate a lot of heat as users of bright LED torches know.  Lanterns are designed for extended use so them overheating would not be good.  Finally, it is a matter of efficiency.  This lantern can go for about 10 hours on Alkaline batteries but really comes into its own using good quality (as inexpensive as $8 for a set of 4 good high capacity AAA hybrid rechargables is about par) rechargables which can give you double that endurance and don't suffer from the annoying dimming effect of batteries half way through their life but instead give full brightness until they are almost empty.  Going even further we recommend the "Good To Go" type of battery also know as "Eneloops" or similar brand names.  They will not lose their charge over time and you can switch on the lantern after a year of it being in a drawer and it should work fine.  Also, rechargable batteries do not leak so that is another bonus.

We asked Militec about other similar looking products on the market and they told us that there are identical products available but they actually inspect the manufacturer in China who make the product to a much higher specification including taking a hammer to random samples and subject samples to 10,000 open and close operations to ensure strict quality control.  This is an ongoing process by inspection agents they have hired in China to make spot inspections.  This sort of quality control is essential in building a reputable brand.

 

Conclusion

Whether you need a reliable lantern for a camping trip, an emergency light for hurricane season, are plagued by power outages or just stockpiling supplies for the next apocalypse, this LED Lantern really does the job.  Couple that with the 10-year guarantee Militec are throwing in and we think they have a real winner on their hands.  Currently this product is only available from Amazon in the USA but Militec say they will be launching eventually in the UK and Europe as well.  They also have a host of other products to launch in the next few months and we will bring you reviews of those in due course.

To purchase the Militec 30-LED Lantern or to find out more about the product you can click on this link.

The #1 Rated Brightest LED Lantern Militec Ultra Bright LED Camping Lantern for Hiking, Emergencies, Survival Use, Very Bright, Compact, Military Grade Plastic, Water Resistant, Robust Construction 10 Year

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