Black Diamond Orbit Lantern Review

Light Projection: (4 / 5)

Battery Consumption: (3.9 / 5)
Brightness: (3.9 / 5)
Overall: (3.9 / 5)

The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern – 105 Lumen – ultra white is small compact and packs a punch for its size as it has a bright LED light.

Tested In: Various camp trips from the mountains to the sea.

Duration of Test: 5 years

 

Review

The Pro:The LED Black Diamond Lantern is decently bright, compact and light in weight. It’s enough light to get you by and the newer generations have a built in flashlight at the bottom. The hooks are a nice feature as they are easily collapsible and perfect to hang in your tent. The light feels like it’s built with high quality and I haven’t had any real issues with it as the design is simple and solid build. The rubber feet help keeping the lantern from sliding around.

The Con: I did wish it had the built in flashlight at the bottom but, the newer generations do. Black Diamond could of improve on adding another LED towards the top of the lantern so it projects more light outwards. This model has about 50 to 60 lumen. I’m sure the lantern can handle two LEDs as it’s packing 4 AAA batteries.

Overall:This is a quality light and has lasted for years with no issues because you can how solid the light is.The newer model has the flashlight at the bottom which makes the lantern a bit more versatile. Great for packing in a side pocket of a surf pack for those full moon night sessions.

Energizer Solar Foldable Lantern Review

Solar Panel Quality: (4.3 / 5)
Brightness: (3.8 / 5)
Light Projection: (4 / 5)
Battery Consumption: (4.3 / 5)
Weight: (3 / 5)
Overall: (3.9 / 5)

This super handy light provides great lighting around the camp and can be folded upwards to give optimal lighting.

Tested In: Various camp trips from the mountains to the sea.

Duration of Test: 5 years

 

Review

The Pro: Axiom Surf have had this Lantern for over 5 years and only ran the battery a handful of times. We still have the original battery when we receive the light because the solar panel is efficient enough to run through the night. This lead us to believe Energizer is using a high quality solar panel. The orange night light is a nice feature when you don’t need a lot of light say in your tent and need to step out for a bathroom run. You can adjust the solar panel up to point at sun for optimal energy consumption. The Lantern also can be folded up in case you need to look at something more closely.

The Con: The light is bright enough and Axiom Surf used it as a main light during many trips but, it’s not as bright as those propane type Lanterns.

Overall:The Energizer Solar Lantern gives consumers an off grid solution and barely uses any battery as long as you’re charging the Lantern daily via the sun power. It utilizes 8 LED lights which doesn’t take as much power but, at the same time giving great lighting. It’s light weight and isn’t as bulky as those propane Lanterns. We did notice less bugs when using the Energizer at night then those propane Lanterns which attracts a ton of moths. The specs say 2.5 hours of run time when switch to the solar option but, Axiom Surf ran it to about 3 hours no problem.


Black Diamond Storm Review

Comfort: (4.5 / 5)

Weight: (4.5 / 5)
Brightness: (4.5 / 5)
Light Projection: (4 / 5)
Battery Consumption: (3.5 / 5)
Overall: (4.2 / 5)

Axiom Surf has tested a lot of different headlamps and this one beats them in comfort, brightness and durability.

Tested In: Eastern Sierras CA and Sedona AZ

Duration of Test: 11 days

 

Review

The Pro: The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp, Black provides great lighting at 350 lumen, has great seals to keep dust or water out and functions real easy with just a push button. The controls to turn it on and off is well thought out because you don’t have to cycle through all the different options available on the light. You set one option and you turn it off and on. We tested using this light on the low mode which uses the front center light while the high beam utilizes both the front and one of the side lights. The light beams spread wide enough so there is always proper lighting where ever you look. Also, one of the side light is designated to change red, blue or green for signaling others.

The Con: This headlamp is a little on the pricey side at $50, we believe you won’t need any other light for a real long time. You get what you pay for. Axiom Surf did wish there was an option for a rechargeable lithium battery so users don’t have to buy batteries but, you can have a rechargeable option.

Overall: Axiom Surf would highly recommend this product to anyone. You can see in the photos the backing is perforated to let air in and out to reduce heat and increase comfortability. The headlamp is light even with 4 AAA batteries and on low mode lasts for hours no problem. If you’re in the market for a headlamp buy one below.