REPOST: Coghlans Candle Lantern - Mark McLauchlin
- Thanks Roger,
Repost with the edits you have suggested,
Owner Review Coghlans Candle Lantern
17th May 2008
* Reviewer Information
Name: Mark McLauchlin
Height: 1.76 m (5 9)
Weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Email: mark at swanvalleyit.com.au
City: Perth, Western Australia
* Backpacking Background
I have been hiking since 2006 with most of my hiking consisting of day walks
averaging 16 - 22 km (10 - 14 mi) and short overnight trips where possible.
I consider myself to be a light hiker with an average pack weight of 13 kg
My preference is for hot dinners, breakfasts of cereals with fresh fruit,
and lunches usually of bars and sandwiches.
* Product Information
Manufacturer: Coghlans Ltd
Year of manufacturer: 2008
Listed Weight: 90 g (3 oz)
Verified Weight: 90 g (3 oz)
Listed Dimensions: Height 9.5 cm (3.74 in), Diameter 5.4 cm (2.13 in)
Year of Purchase: 2008
MSRP: not available
* Product Description
The Coghlans Candle Lantern is an Anodized Aluminium, single tea light
holder with a well designed and functional body and comes in a brass
The Lantern is able to be hung from above by the built-in handle that folds
down over the main body for storage or it can be simply placed on a flat
Access to the tea light candle is via the lid which can be twisted clockwise
to remove and counter clockwise to install, each only requiring
approximately a 10 mm (0.39 in) of a turn.
The body has numerous shaped holes in the base, lid and side supports, for
A glass cylindrical windshield protects the flame from the elements and
provides a clear path for effective light radiation.
The internal base is well formed and suited to the small tea light candles
that can be purchased at any number of retail stores and ensures the tea
light does not move around the lantern when being transported. When
purchased new the Lantern comes with one tea light.
Key to the design of the Lantern is the burning efficiency it provides to a
standard tea light candle.
* Test Locations
Western Australia is known to bushwalkers for the Bibbulmun Track which runs
from Perth to Albany (nearly 1000 km or 621 miles long).
The many tracks that lead through this area also make up most of my walking.
The diversity of the track sections can range from well marked trails to
overgrown and sometimes more challenging tracks to navigate. Old
forest tracks and Park Ranger (Conservation And Land Management) gravel
roads make up the majority of the access points to the track.
Elevation is from sea level to 585 m (1,920 ft).
The Candle Lantern has been used mainly around the Bibbulmun track as this
is an area great for hiking. Walks can be from a few hours to
6 weeks to complete end-to-end. All of my walking has been on this track and
its surrounding areas.
I have completed several sections of the track at the northern most end and
spend several days out walking. The layout of the tracks
means that I have been able to walk between huts which are generally one
full days walk apart, 16 22 km (9.94 13.66 mi).
This month I completed four days and nights hiking covering some 70 kms or
43.48 miles and utilised the lantern for the duration.
Although this was the longest continual hike with the lantern it was not the
only trip this has accompanied me on. It has also been used on several over
night hikes along the Bibbulmun track, namely Helena hut in March of this
year which is approximately 22 kms (13.66 miles) round trip from the car
park. In April the lantern was taken to Hewetts Hill, also along the
Bibbulmun track, for an overnight hike.
* Test Conditions
As I have been testing this item of over 18 months an exact temperature,
wind and rainfall pattern is difficult to monitor myself. The details in the
table below are courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. This
lantern has been used in all the months below.
The size and simplicity of the Candle Lantern is amazing when you consider
the extra performance it provides to a standard tea-light candle.
Through my controlled testing and field trips I have seen the candle burn
for up to 5 hours both exposed to the wind and elements and semi shielded by
the sleeping huts that are on the Bibbulmun track. (Described in the Test
The tea lights which I have purchased weigh approximately 14 g or (0.49 oz).
Shortest burn period I have tested is approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes,
the longest so far has been approximately 5 hours as stated above.
I have noticed that when burning tea-lights out side of the lantern they
rarely burn to the end with no wax remaining. However when the lantern is
used the entire tea-light contents are used and all that remains is the
casing and the small round disk that supports the wick.
Stability of the Lantern has not presented any issues so far. The tea-light
sits low in the body and seems to provide adequate weight to prevent it from
toppling over. I have also used the handle for hanging and found this to be
another great feature.
I have been very surprised to see that the top of the lantern only
experiences mild to warm temperatures after several hours of operation. The
glass however does warm up past the point where you can touch it, and the
handle seems to remain unaffected at all and easily picked up.
Having a glass windshield was a concern of mine initially and I felt that
this would not last too long. However for the cheap cost I thought I would
give it a chance. The first accident that I had with the lantern was as I
walked out of the shop door, my son was carrying it and dropped it on the
floor. Upon opening the box there was no damage. I suspect the shredded
paper used in the lantern for packaging prevented this. The glass has not
suffered any major breakages over my period of ownership. There a few very
minor chips around the top and bottom edges of the glass caused by normal
The Lantern stores quite nicely in my cup whilst in my pack and I simply
place an elastic band over the cup to hold it in place. This as proven to be
an effective way to store it and the cup ensures that it cannot be crushed.
Lighting the tea-light candles is a straight forward process. The top of the
Lantern is removed by turning clockwise, the candle is then dropped into the
lantern so that it sits nicely in the base. I then slide up the glass
windshield and light from the side with matches or a lighter. Then slide the
windshield back down again then screw the lid back on in a counter clockwise
To extinguish the candle I simply blow down hard on one of the top
This is a great addition to my lighting setup and I will continue to carry
it with me.
The efficiency it provides to the burning of tea light candles is
Light, efficient, provides great output.
[mailto:BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of rcaffin
Sent: Thursday, 22 May 2008 7:02 PM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] EDIT: Coghlans Candle Lantern - Mark McLauchlin
EDIT: Coghlans Candle Lantern - Mark McLauchlin
Fair enough. A neat unit. Some small edits, listed below in my usual
General comment on grammar: you need to reduce the length of your
sentences and convert a LOT of those commas to periods!
It would be nice if you could give a fairly explicit statement in the
Review section as to how long a single tea light will burn for, and
what a tea light weighs.
Could you fix and repost both please?
> requiring approximately a 10 mm (0.39 in) or a turn.EDIT: of a turn
> and provides a clear path for effective light disipation.EDIT: dissipation, but I think you should use 'radiation' instead.
> Key to the design of the Lantern is the buring efficiency it providesEDIT: burning efficiency
> 6 weeks to complete end to end.Edit: to complete the end-to-end
> The layout out the tracksEDIT The layout of the tracks
> one full days walk, 16 - 22 km (9.94 - 13.66 mi).Edit: days walk apart, 16
> This month I completed four days and nights hiking covering some 70EDIT: since we have a 5-nights minimum, could you list some of the
> kms or 43.48 miles and utilised the lantern for the duration.
> Although this was the longest continual hike with the lantern it was
> not the only trip this has accompanied me on.
other times you have used the lantern please.
> myself, the details in the table below are courtesy of the Bureau ofEDIT: convert comma to period.
> courtesy of the Bureau of MeteorologyEdit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology
EDIT: remove the URLs from 'Mean maximum temperature' etc (5 off). BGT
policy re URLs.
> shielded by the sleeping huts that on the Bibbulmun track.EDIT: that are on
they rarely burn to the end with no wax remaining, however when the
EDIT: convert comma to period.
> Stability of the Lantern has not presented any issues as this pointEDIT: ' ... any issues so far. The tea light ...'
> in time, the tea-light sits low in the body and seems to provide
> utilised the handle for hangingEDIT: used, not utilised
> operation, the glass however does warm up past the point where youEDIT: convert comma to period.
> Having a glass windshield was a concern of mine initially and feltEDIT: and I felt
> that this would not last too long, however for the cheap cost IEDIT: convert comma to period.
it and dropped it on the floor, upon opening the box there was no
EDIT: convert comma to period.
> damage. I suspect the shredded paper in the lantern for packagingEdit: ' the shredded paper used in the lantern for packaging ...'
Comment: you might like to make a (brief) comment about how the glass
has survived the rest of the 18 months. I am impressed.
> simply place an elastic band over the cup to hold it in place, thisEDIT: convert comma to period.
> Lighting the tea-light candles is a straight forward process; the topEDIT: too many commas: you can do better. Change to a few short sentences.
> This is a great addition to my lighting setup and will continue toEDIT: and I will continue