Butane Lanterns?

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Butane Lanterns?

Postby YCF » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:40 pm

Hi All,

We are gearing up for our annual Easter camping trip and are thinking about lighting.
We have 4 UFO LED lights that we use in the tent, and they work fine as long as it is dark, but are useless if it is dusk so we don't use them outside. We also have a Coleman Rugged LED lantern that is rechargeable that works fine but only lasts 3 nights or so before it is flat. It is very handy for toilet trips after dark though.
We camp with no power, so our options are limited to being able to run it independently.
We have seen butane/gas lights in action and they emit a great light for cooking and kitchen/eating activities so we are leaning towards getting one to use in our kitchen area (hanging under the tarp or sitting on a bench). An LPG gas light is out of the question though as we would like something that we can transport if required (move it around camp).
Just wondering if anyone has one they would recommend (or not-recommend).
I've seen some Companion branded ones online that look ok, but I thought I'd get some feedback before doing the camping store run.
The one we saw in action I think was a Coleman branded one that took a specialised squat shaped butane bottle rather than the standard "hairspray" shaped canister.
Thanks.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby Bradd » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:12 pm

An LPG gas light is out of the question though as we would like something that we can transport if required (move it around camp).


I would imagine if you had a 9kg bottle it would be a problem.
I usually use an LPG gas lamp attached to a 1.25 kg Gas bottle, very easy to move around camp.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby YCF » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:02 am

That's true, but we use a 9kg bottle for the fridge and a smaller (4kg?) for the stove, so we are already at our max of legal carrying capacity as far as gas bottles go. We are after a bright task light (although I find the fluoro lights a bit harsh) for cooking, washing up, playing cards, etc while dusk and into the night a couple of hours (x7). I might look at getting an extension pole for the stove bottle to light up the kitchen prep area, although we normally use that gas up with just cooking. The problem then is it still doesn't serve the purpose of being able to be placed on or above the table (ideally hung from the tarp ridge bar with an s clip).
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby Woodsy » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:56 am

Rays outdoors sell the companion branded one that takes the large butane cans, i think the cans are 220grams and the lantern itself burns about 48grams and hour (from memory), its been a while since i looked at one in the store. The fuel for them is pretty cheap $4-$5 at bunnings, kmart or bigw for 4 cans.

We use an old gas lantern instead of battery powered lighting, i love the small hiss the gas lantern gives and the light it puts off is massive compared to battery lanterns. The tip to making the gas last is only using it when you have to, if your all going off to use the toilet turn the gas lantern off and put a battery powered one on instead, as i wont leave our latern on unattended, also if your travelling with a gas lantern i would always carry a fire extinguisher.

Dont let the kids use them as they do get hot and they are likely to knock them over give them a battery one and see what i mean.

You can still get coleman gas lanterns that run on liquid fuels, but i would rather use the gas ones.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby YCF » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:09 pm

It's not a butane lantern, but this looks like it might be a goer: http://www.lasoo.com.au/offer/lanterns- ... 1e0ay.html
It hangs upside down to provide a spotlight - which would be ideal to hang under the tarp.
It would also mean we wouldn't have to worry about heat from the gas ones, and if it lasts as long as they reckon I'll be very impressed.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:44 pm

YCF....have you considered an LED light at all?? Whilst they are 12volt, they consume very little energy, something in the vicinity of .01 amp and the LEDs today give of a nice bright light.

You can even get LED lanterns and rechargeable ones as well.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby Woodsy » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:19 am

They already have one Gypsy, The Coleman Rugged is a good lantern but there are better ones out there.
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Re: Butane Lanterns?

Postby Komodo » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:00 pm

12V 12a battery. LED camp light on a pole (or cable tied to your awning/tarp pole)
Small solar panel (20watts - make sure it comes with a regulator).

Should be able to piece this together for ~$150 and it'll be better than any gas lantern and much safer (especially with little ones)

4x4equip do a complete package - free standing with a bag and every thing. Not cheap but my word they are good.
http://www.4x4equip.com.au/4wheeldrive- ... r+Pole+Kit
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