How long does it last on full charge
Lontor Lantern specs indicates it can last for up to 6 hours on full brightness. We tested this fact and found it to be accurate. After 6 hours of use our Lontor LED rechargeable lantern looked as though it could take another 2 to 3 hours. We did not notice any remarkable reduction in illumination.
If you need to get more hours, you can operate on half-brightness. You can squeeze out 12 hours of illumination on half-brightness. If for whatever reason you prefer the disco lights, the Lontor LED Rechargeable Lantern can go for a good 60 hours.
Battery and Charging
Lontor LED Rechargeable Lantern features a 3000mAH rechargeable lead acid battery. The specs is silent about the voltage of the battery, but we did measure the battery and got a reading of about 3.67v suggesting that the battery is probably a 3.0v battery.
Like the lighting element, the battery does not seem to be replaceable. This means that once the battery dies, the Lontor LED rechargeable lantern is as good as dead. Even if you can find a battery in an electronic shop it is not user replaceable, since the battery is hard soldered, so you will require a soldering iron and some skill to replace the battery (i.e. if you can find a replacement).
The battery supports 350 recharge cycles, which means that if you charge your lantern once every day, the battery will last for about a year. So, it is a good idea to charge only when necessary (i.e. when the light is going dim), that way you can get more months on the battery. It would have been great if the device was smart enough to tell you when to recharge.
Inside the Lontor LED Rechargeable Lamp
The manufacturer recommends that you charge the battery in the Lontor LED Rechargeable Lantern for about 15 to 20 hours. However, it would have been cool if the device can actually indicate when it is fully charged without you needing a stopwatch. But, we understand that the tradeoffs are about cost savings.
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