Sunday, July 27, 2014

[Gear Review] Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern & 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

We just got back from our EPIC Family Camping Adventure in Yosemite National Park (more on that soon!). Knowing that we would be spending five glorious nights sleeping under the stars and six marvelous days exploring Mother Nature, we took this opportunity to take a closer look at a few really cool products. 

Dorcy have marketed Flashlight products for over 55 years. All Dorcy products are manufactured to strict quality controlled specifications and are produced from proprietary tooling. They use their own bulbs and Dorcy Mastercell batteries to ensure freshness and product quality consistency, so as you can imagine, we were pretty excited to get our hands on these!

Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern Quick Specs


Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern Review
Photo by Kerem Hanci Photography
Retail Price: $49.99
Lumens: 160 
Run Time: 
                 One Globe      
350 Hours
                 Two Globes    
175 Hours
                 Night Light     
700 Hours
Beam Distance: 20 Feet Bulb 

Bulb Type: LED 360° 
Batteries: 4 D cell Product 
Dimensions: Base 5" wide, Globe area 3 3/4" wide 10 1/2" Height , 12 1/2"  height handle extended 
Product Weight: 1.8 lbs
Switch: Turn button Turn button, Low setting, High setting, Night light 
Additional Features: Night light, 1 or 2 globe operation run times


The 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern is the first battery operated lantern to approximate the illumination characteristics of traditional gas / mantel lanterns. This lantern’s design allows it to radiate 360° of light with 160 Lumens of light output. The durable body construction allows this lantern to float and makes it completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The Twin Globe Lantern contains two brightness settings, for high and low settings, and an amber night light. The highest LED settings allows for 175 hours of continuous use, the lowest giving 350 hours, and the amber LED allows for 700 hour of continuous use. The lantern is topped off with a sturdy handle featuring a pop-out hanger hook allowing for hands free use. The 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern requires 4 D cell batteries to operate (not included).

Our Thoughts: Our old lantern is an actual double mantel lantern and I must say the Dorcy was just as good in the lighting arena without the hassle of having to deal with delicate mantels and propane tanks. The nightlight feature was the perfect amount of light for late night campfire card games and the hook that is nestled in its handle is a simple, thoughtful, genius design element!


Dorcy 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight Review
Retail Price: $44.99

Lumens: 
                 230 High
                 120  low


Run Time: 
                 3 Hours High
                 8 Hour 30 Minutes Low
Beam Distance: 210 Meters Bulb 
Type: LED - Cree XPE R3
Batteries: 3 AA (not included) 
Product Dimensions: 6" L x 1.5" W
Head / Bezel Dimensions: 1.85" Product Weight: .50 / 8 oz - .65/ 10.5 oz with batteries 
Switch: Tactical multi function High/Low/Strobe/SOS 
Additional Features:  O'rings , Lanyard, Strobe, SOS, sturdy battery holder, Gold Tip connectors

The Dorcy International’s new Zoom Focus flashlights are state of the art. Zoom Focus technology enables the user to adjust the beam/focus of the light from a tightly focused spot with maximum reach all the way out to an extremely wide area flood light with perfectly even edge to edge light distribution. All this is made possible by Dorcy’s Patented TIR optical technology. The Total Internal Reflectance optical system uses a patented acrylic lens that is so efficient almost 100% of the light produced is projected onto your target with incredible precision.   

The patented TIR focusing lens is made from optical grade acrylic that is nearly 100% transparent and gives the light a clean and precise beam projection unlike any flashlight you have seen before. All Zoom Focus lights are sealed with rubber o-rings to protect against dust and moisture and are rated IPX6 for water resistance.  

The focusing system is operated on a sealed gasket mechanism that is smooth and precise. Moving the bezel forward or back to adjust the beam will feel like the operating a precision machine which is what it is. The patented TIR optical lens provides maximum beam concentration when focused in the spot mode. With a reach of over 400 feet this incredible flashlight will satisfy the most demanding user. When focused to the wide flood mode the Dorcy Zoom Focus flashlight will create an incredible circle of light more than 30 feet in diameter at 15 feet from the target. In addition the patented TIR optical system ensures even light dispersion providing edge to edge illumination with no dark spots or glare. Made from premium anodized Aluminum they are incredibly tough. Zoom Focus lights use patented TIR optics to provide industry leading optical efficiency. This means nearly 100% of all the light produced gets out onto your target. Outfitted with the very latest LED technology from CREE these amazing flashlights produce more light output than the competition.

Our Thoughts: This was one of our daughter's favorite toys on the the trip! She used it incessantly! She dropped it repeatedly, left it on continuously, zoomed the beam in, then out, then in again and out, over and over and over again. She used it to catch bugs, inspect spiders and explore the peaceful dusk-time campground roads. This flashlight's powerful beam of light is shocking given its compact size, easily fitting into those handy interior tent gear pockets and small dirt-covered hands alike.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post on the lantern. I still use the old traditional propane lantern but have been thinking about making the switch to LED. Maybe I will check it out for my weekend trip.

    Also, I enjoyed the tweat chat today. I am starting to try and connect with more peole out in the community now that our little girl is a bit older and I have more time on my hands. Hope to catch you later.

    dave

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