Eveready Utility Lantern - A Real Light Light
Written: Jul 26, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Inexpensive, although it appears to be cheaply made, has held up extremely well.
Cons:Replacement battery can sometimes cost as much as the lantern/battery combo.
The Bottom Line: The Eveready® Utility Lantern powered with a 6V battery is an inexpensive household item, Nearly indestructible despite it's flimsy feel. Readily available, as are the replacement batteries and bulbs.
No, I didn't stutter, we've owned the Eveready® Utility Lantern for quite some time... it's a nice lightweight light. It has come in handy around the house during power outages or the need to check out what wildlife may be lurking around our back yard before we let the dogs out.
When you first pick up the product, you get the idea that you might be purchasing a pretty cheaply made product. The entire unit, without the battery is extremely light weight. After years of use, I've come to the realization that the Eveready® company has actually made a product that defies the old "You get what you pay for" adage. One of our lights have at least six years of seniority and despite being used and abused, it still looks and works like the day we purchased it. I actually now have to say that the light-weight plastic body of this product is nearly indestructible.
The on-off switch is a simple press button with a soft rubber cover. This design makes it both easy to use and somewhat comfortable on your thumb or finger as you depress the button. We have clicked this button on and off hundreds of times and never experienced a failure yet.
The light dispersed from the lantern is more than adequate. The flashlight offers ample light indoors during power outages. We are also able to point the light out 60 to 70 feet from out home and get a pretty clear view along the edge of our property and the woods to make sure there are no wild animals that could harm our pets.
The Eveready® Utility Lantern doesn't appear to chew up battery strength of the 6 volt battery that is made by the same company. We do use our lanterns on a regular basis and have been a bit surprised that the batteries easily last a year or more before replacement is necessary.
The manufacturer states that their lantern comes with a Shatterproof Lens. There's no question that the lens portion is indeed shatterproof since we have dropped it many times without incident. That being said, I might say it is not much more than a very thin piece of plastic and not exactly what one might otherwise call a "lens".
During a recent trip to the store to pick up a replacement battery, I noticed the lantern and the 6 volt battery on sale for $7.99. This time, I purchased the Eveready® 6 volt battery at a cost of $3.99. I have never found the need to replace the bulb in either one we own.
We actually own two of these flashlights in our home. We purchased the second because on one particular trip to the store, we found the lantern and battery combo for only a buck more than the replacement battery we were searching for.
I was quite surprised to see that the Eveready® Utility Lantern is still made in the USA. Based on the fact that this American made product does everything we expected to do, is priced right, doesn't chew up batteries and durable as heck, I'll have to give it a definite "Buy" recommendation and 5 Epinions stars.
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