In prepping for this weekend's trip, I opened up the Bonfire Lantern package
to determine how to get the lamp to work. Per usual, before reading
instructions, I tinkered around with the device for a few minutes, then
popped the rubbery cap off the one end. It covered both the battery chamber
and the flip switch.
After loading two AA batteries, I tried out the light in an unlit room.
Indeed, there was an obvious difference between the low and high settings --
a nice thing to find out as the power went out during an unexpected evening
thunderstorm. Once covered again by the rubbery cap, the flip switch didn't
move as readily as it did when uncovered. It took a bit of pushing to get the
switch to flip from low to off to high.
I weighed the lamp with and without batteries on my postal scale. With
batteries, it weights about 5.9oz, as opposed to the Photon II I typically
carry when hiking, which weighs less than an ounce.
The lanyard was another matter. Here is this piece of rounded shoelace
material with two metal parts that allow you to pull a loop down like a
lasso, but how do you get it to stay on? I finally looked at the card that
the lamp is packaged with, and discovered it opened up into an instruction
sheet, primarily focused on getting the batteries into the lamp. Looking at
the photo on the back of the card, I tried securing the lanyard per the
photo. It stayed for a few minutes, then slipped out. I let my boyfriend
tinker with it for a bit, and we both agree that there needs to be a little
something extra to catch the lanyard and hold it firm, perhaps a simple loop
of some sort. The lanyard slips out of the slots too easily.
It was my intention to combine reports 2 and 3, but the weekend unfolded in
unexpected ways. Our plan was to do a 40 mile section hike on the Florida
Trail. We drove the hour to our destination and discovered we'd left his
hiking boots at home. Resolved not to waste daylight, he hiked on with
loafers (12.7 miles), and we went home the first night. The second night,
when we pulled into camp, the land manager refused to let us camp. Needless
to say, I wasn't pleased! Rather than spring for a campsite somewhere else,
we drove the hour home again. So it turned into 3 day hikes rather than
I'll plan to do some car camping next weekend, and will give you the results
of reading and writing under the Bonfire versus my Photon II and my
Regards, Sandra Friend