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Light up your (portable) life

Lanterns are an absolute must-have for campers and climbers. The challenge is finding one that's efficient and portable. Black Diamond Equipment's Orbit LED Lantern is both.

It provides 45 lumens of non-glaring LED light and weighs only 3 ounces (including batteries). It's also compact. When not in use, the lantern compresses from 5.5 inches to 2.25 inches, so it's easy to store for easy carry.

The lantern includes a dimming feature to adjust brightness from 45 lumens to 10 lumens, which helps conserve batteries. Battery life is 15 hours at 45 lumens and 24 hours at 10 lumens. The Orbit displays light at a maximum diameter of approximately 13 feet.

It is rated IPX4 for protection against splashing and spraying water from any angle. It includes a double hook for hands-free use and a 1-watt LED lightbulb. It runs on four AAA batteries (not included) or Black Diamond's NRG2 rechargeable battery kit (not included). The lantern has a three-year warranty.

The price is $29.95. To purchase online or find a list of retailers, see blackdiamondequipment.com.

Light up your (portable) life