PRODUCT REVIEW: Supernova Orion Ultimate Survival Rechargeable LED Lantern and Power Bank

One of the biggest headaches involved in any outdoors situation–heck, in any “I can’t find the box of Christmas lights in the attic” situation–is a reliable source of battery operated light. Whether it’s the flashlight in the kitchen drawer that is always either dead or missing, or just inadequate and awkward-to-carry lighting to take on a camping trip, I’ve spent years searching for the best lighting solution.

And now it’s here.

Behold, the Supernova Orion! I love this thing so much that it literally lives on my kitchen counter, and not just because it looks like a cute little robot. Besides running off either recharging or AAAs (meaning you can forget to charge the thing then pop into a gas station for a pack of batteries, if you have to), it also includes a handy USB charging port to recharge your phone off the lantern.

Orion II

If you’re more of a tent camper like me, then weight doesn’t really factor in as an issue. If you were to take this backpacking, though, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the low weight to output ratio. This lantern is a lot of bang for very little buck (or weight, that is!). In fact, be warned: sliding the lantern open to turn on the light in the middle of the night in a very dark tent could actually blind you for a split second. THAT’S how bright it is!

The flip up side rails make it great for carrying, especially if your arms are full since you can slip it over your wrist like a purse. It’s also a great way to hang it from a tree branch overhead if you need to illuminate the area, such as while preparing some dinner. The included S-hook makes it hang really well inside your tent, from the trunk latch of your car, whatever. Of course, its shape and rubber grippy bottom make it perfect for setting on a surface next to you, unlike a traditional flashlight.

Orion I

It has different intensity levels with the press of the button, includes a constant red light for night vision, and even includes a red flashing “beacon” style of light for emergencies such as changing a tire on the side of the road. I’ve got to say, it really is perfect. So what’s the catch?

Well, if you’re new to making purchases for outdoor life, you might look at the price tag and experience a little shock. Yes, this is on the high end of the scale if you’re used to buying $3 flashlights at the Walmart register. But if you compare this to those flashlights–this lasts longer, doesn’t require the same battery use, is superior in function, and produces as much light as at least twenty of those cheap flashlights–you’re going to come out way ahead in this purchase.

Orion III

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