Today I picked up a couple of these Energizer LED lanterns in the checkout aisle at Home Depot. They have high, low, and night light settings; 4 Nichia LEDs plus another LED for the night light; and run on 4 D batteries. Run time specs are a little contradictory. I’ve seen 135 and 245 hours.
I like the folding handle. I like the folding body design that keeps the body compact but gets the lights up off the surface. These LED lanterns are smaller and weigh less than our fluorescent lanterns and put out more light. The girls love them.
My one minor complaint is a user interface issue. The switch goes High, Low, Off, Nightlight, so there’s a natural tendency to push the switch over to Nightlight instead of Off. The girls did that at first. With the body closed the switch is on the opposite side from the nightlight, so you could easily not notice and leave the nightlight on, draining the batteries.
The Home Depot price was $20 each. I decided to just grab a couple while I was there instead of researching them to death on the Internet. When I got home I Googled and found that the online reviews were good. The big shocker was that Home Depot’s price was $7 lower than Amazon’s, whom I usually expect to have the best price. Go, Home Depot. Their battery prices are also hard to beat.
LATER: I saw these lanterns in the checkout lane at Walgreen’s for the same $20 price. Which is to say these are easy to find.