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5 Mode Hand Crank Dynamo Lantern by AGPtek

 
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What Is It






AGPtek 5 Mode Hand Crank Dynamo 36 LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern


5 CHARGING METHODS: Solar Powered, Crank Dynamo, Car Adapter,AC Adapter or 3 x AA Battery.

GREEN POWER: Hand Crank Dynamo Solar 36 LED Lantern Outdoor Super Bright Camping Work Light

LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION: Built in the Polysilicon solar panels, More brighter than the other camping light and lower energy consumption

USB OUTPUT: An universal USB charging port for charging mobile phones and other devices (output: DC 5V/1A)

2 BRIGHTNESS MODES: Bright mode [adequate for reading and most normal activity], Super bright mode [extended vision or to share]


Where To Buy

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I give this a 10 out of 10 acorns.

We bought this lantern because it has four different ways in which one can charge the batteries:  Solar, AC power, plug-in car cigarette light and a hand crank.

You can also charge a cell phone.

We bought two of these in case of an emergency situation where the electric power goes out.  Living in the boondocks has its disadvantages.

We are very pleased with the quality of these lanterns and have used them several times.
 
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I'm not knocking this lantern, but I am raising a question that this type of technology has.....

One must get a review from someone who has used this significantly, because the battery's longevity is what needs to be questioned here.  Quite often, they lose chargability over time, but that is not the case with all of them.  Having a portable solar light and cell charger is a great benefit, and it's why I have purchased the Biolite SolarHome for my homestead (which I am sure is a good deal more expensive at around 150 dollars, and much less portable).  

As for this unit, I am impressed by several things.  It is only 25 dollars, which makes it a great camping tool for the family.  Flashlights just do not work great at dinnertime with friends.  Second, it has a 2600 mAh battery, which isn't the hugest, but it's a nice size for a budget system such as this.  

For those that like to hack things, one might attempt to put a larger battery in place of the 2600 mAh.  I would venture that all of the charging circuitry was external from the battery, and it's just two leads to the battery bank.  I would think that you could replace it with any size battery (as long as you can get it to fit inside of the lantern body).  I haven't opened one up, so these are just assumptions on my part.  

 
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This looks like a very good product.  It has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon.
We need a new lantern for camping and it's always good to keep a quality lantern handy for power failures.
I'm going to order one and I will write a review here after a few weeks of use.
 
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