OWNER REVIEW - Bivouac 270 Camping GAZ lantern
- Personal Biographical Info
Name: Richard Unwin
Height: 6â (1.86 m)
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Country: Australia , Brisbane , Queensland
Date: 1st of May 2005
Backpacking Background: I've been backpacking and camping for 30 years
(ever since I was a Boy Scout). Scouts is almost a requirement to
doing these reviews. Anyway my camping history extended past Scouts to
family tours of Australia camping out the back of the family car.
Easter holidays were always the big event with several families
meeting up from all over Aus to camp for the week.
From this level of camping I set out on the world tour with my
backpack and eventually came back to Australia after 5 years of world
travel and camping. Fave place camping was early winter in Banff
Canada( memories of brushing snow off the tent each day). After coming
back to Australia and marrying my beautiful wife we still enjoy
camping and have camped most recently on the beach at North Stradbroke
Island just off the coast here at Brisbane. If anyone is ever thinking
of visiting Australia and camping then this is the way to do it. Pull
up the car on the edge of the beach and camp for a few days. Surf,
Fish, Eat and Campfire stories are what itâs all about.
Other places I have camped have been Antarctica for the winter season
in 2001-2003, Lots of the USA and Canada, and parts of Asia and Europe.
Manufacturer: CampingGaz (Bleuet)
Mfg URL: www.campingaz.com
Year of Manufacture: 200?
Purchased: April 2005 AUD$ 50.00
Mfg Weight: 7 oz (200 g)
Tested Weight: 6.9 oz (200 g)
Tested Weight of plastic case: 3.4 oz (100 g)
Type: Butane/Propane canister lantern (canister CV270 AUD$7.95)
Misc: includes spare mantle
The CampingGaz 270 Lantern is a single-mantle, gas canister fuelled
lantern. It uses a butane/propane fuel mix available in either 7 3/4
oz (220g) or 16 oz (450 g) valved canisters. The canisters are
I have started car camping again recently and on the first outing no
one of the 5 families had a lantern. The lack of lighting made it
rather hard cooking shining the torch into the pot all the time. So
the hunt was on to find a suitable light source for the next trip. In
order of importance, the features I looked for were brightness, light
weight, initial cost, rate of fuel use, and availability of fuel.
While car camping size and weight does not normally mater I placed a
high importance on these as there is always the chance we will abandon
the car and actually lug everything into a camp site (old school style).
The light output from the light at full open was impressive and would
come close to the stated 100w output, needless to say this light runs
hot and should at no point be left unattended near anything flammable
or used inside modern day tents.
Weighing the light at 205g met the manufacturerâs specification and is
certainly one of the lightest around especially when you consider the
100watt output. The light also comes in a plastic container for
storage (this weighs in at 100grams) + a can of CV270 gas at 380grams
and an all up weight of 685 grams will get you started. Oh. Plus
matches or lighter to get it all going.
$50.00 AUD + $7.95 AUD for a can of CV270 compared favourably in the
Brisbane market place, what really sold it for me was the size and
Rate of fuel use
I shall credit Jim Hatch with a well written report and there is not
too much need to repeat alot of the comments about set up and
operation of this little light except to explain that the operation of
the light is very easy and it is interesting to compare his fuel usage
with mine. I used the lantern for nearly 8 hours camping on the beach
and for 2 hours ran the light flat out while cooking and then for
around 6 hours dimmed down to provide enough light for everyone to
move around the camp ground without hitting anything. The canister was
a CV270 and my kitchen scale says it weighs about 300g.
Quote from Jimâs review âThe final thing I learned is that a CV-270
cartridge has a weight when full of 13.4 oz (380 g) and an empty
weight of 5 1/2 oz (160 g). So now when I want to figure out how full
a cartridge is, I can simply weigh it to determine how much fuel is leftâ.
Using Jims figures that would mean the canister is still %63 full or
around 140grams of fuel left in the can.
I am very impressed now that I have worked out the figures as I
estimate I could use the light for a full 3 nights of camping and
still have a bit left.
Availability of fuel
Australia is a camping country so while the canister usees a screw
less canister at this stage I donât forsee availability problems in
the country. I have spent some time looking on the web and have found
details of a Japanese company that makes adaptors and refill valves
for these canisters so once they come back with prices and
availability I shall add the details to the review, as this would mean
you could go anywhere and refill the can or use the generic type cans
with the threaded valves.
> Product InformationHello Richard and welcome to BGT.
> Manufacturer: CampingGaz (Bleuet)
> Purchased: April 2005 AUD$ 50.00
Thanks for posting your Owner Review, however, a quick review of
it shows you have just not had enough "in the field" use of this item
to qualify your OR for review. From "HOW TO BECOME A GEAR TESTER IN
THREE EASY STEPS" - "For your owner reviews, you should choose an
item that you have had significant experience with, and the best
thing would be your favorite piece of gear. You should have owned
and used the gear long enough to be able to comment on its durability"
Please take a careful look at the documents at
http://www.backpackgeartest.org/requirements.php> [Chapter 3]. It may
also be helpful to go to our webpage http://www.backpackgeartest.org
and read through a few recent Owner Reviews so you can get a feel for
the format we use.
In the meantime if you feel like you would like some assistance with
this process, we do have a mentor program. If you are interested,
just let me know and we'll get you squared away.
Again welcome to the group.
Edit Administration Officer
- Jamie, thanks for the comments I shall undertake a review of some
other pieces of gear that I have and submit them.
Regards Richard Unwin.
On 5/6/05, chcoa <jdeben@...> wrote:
> > Product Information
> > Manufacturer: CampingGaz (Bleuet)
> > Purchased: April 2005 AUD$ 50.00
> Hello Richard and welcome to BGT.
> Thanks for posting your Owner Review, however, a quick review of
> it shows you have just not had enough "in the field" use of this item
> to qualify your OR for review. From "HOW TO BECOME A GEAR TESTER IN
> THREE EASY STEPS" - "For your owner reviews, you should choose an
> item that you have had significant experience with, and the best
> thing would be your favorite piece of gear. You should have owned
> and used the gear long enough to be able to comment on its durability"
> Please take a careful look at the documents at
> http://www.backpackgeartest.org/requirements.php> [Chapter
> 3]. It may
> also be helpful to go to our webpage http://www.backpackgeartest.org
> and read through a few recent Owner Reviews so you can get a feel for
> the format we use.
> In the meantime if you feel like you would like some assistance with
> this process, we do have a mentor program. If you are interested,
> just let me know and we'll get you squared away.
> Again welcome to the group.
> Jamie DeBenedetto
> Edit Administration Officer
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- Thank you Richard. Please wirte and submit only one to begin with.
I'll keep an eye out for it.
edit admin officer
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Richard Unwin <runwin@g...>
> Jamie, thanks for the comments I shall undertake a review of some
> other pieces of gear that I have and submit them.
> Regards Richard Unwin.