ENERGIZER® CARABINER LED AREA LIGHT
TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
October 11, 2012
NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: fpenn AT sbcglobal DOT net
LOCATION: Costa Mesa, California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 135 lb (61.20 kg)
I have been backpacking for five years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with one or two 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight is usually 28-30 lb (13-14 kg). I am a tent camper and have experienced all night rain, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.energizer.com" LINK TEXT = "www.energizer.com">>
MSRP US $none listed
Listed Weight: none
Measured Weight: 4.7 oz (133 g) with 4 AAA batteries installed and carabiner attached
Measurements: 6 inches long (15 cm), 1 3/4 inches wide (4 cn), 1 inch thick (2.5 cm) in a rectangular shape with rounded edges
Color Tested: Dark Red
Colors Available: Dark Red
Power: 50 Lumens on the high setting
LEDs: 7 total
Settings: 3, area high, area low and directional at the end
Burn Time: 5 hours on the high setting (burn times not listed for other settings)
Batteries: 4 AAA Alkaline included
The Energizer Carabiner LED Area Light is a lightweight, waterproof light that uses three LEDs on each side of the light bar for an area light. This light includes a 3 inch (7 cm) black aluminum carabiner clip for hands free use, assuming there is something to clip it to. This light is designed to be hand held or clipped to something using the carabiner. My tents have loops inside the ceiling that may work for hanging the light. There are two light settings with 360 degree bright white area light on high and low settings and a directional light on the end. The area light bars on both sides of the light contain three LEDs. The directional light on the end contains one LED light and has only one setting. The main body of the light is dark red hard plastic with a rough finish for good grip in my hand. The light bar covers have a smooth finish of lightly opaque white plastic. The directional light on the end has a clear plastic cover. The on-off button at the end of the area light bar on one side is constructed of gray soft plastic.
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The light arrived in perfect condition with no obvious defects. The package has a tab for easy opening. The first thing I noticed about the light was the size and shape. The light is bigger than my hand when gripping the light and the on-off button is easy to locate with my thumb. There are three LEDs on both sides of the light bar. The lights on one side of the light bar are blocked by my hand when holding the light. When first pushing the on-off button, the brightest area light setting lights first, the next push results in the lower area light setting, and the third push of the button lights only the directional light on the end. The shape of the light allows me to easily hold and operate it with one hand. The carabiner provides extra grip while holding the light. Because the carabiner is small, it can only be clipped to items with small loops or hooks available.
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READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
There were no instructions included with the light. I located the battery installation instructions on the manufacturer's website. These instructions also include how to reset the light to Normal mode. I am not sure why I would need to reset the light to Normal mode and the instructions do not offer any explanation as to why or under what circumstances this would be necessary.
Pushing the small tabs on both sides of the light bar by the carabiner loop release the sleeve for removal. The instructions indicate to align the sleeve arrow mark with the casing arrow mark when replacing the sleeve after installing the batteries. I am not able to locate these marks and have relied on the button placement on the light bar to install the sleeve correctly.
TRYING IT OUT
After having difficulty removing the cover to install the batteries, it took me five tries to get the batteries installed correctly because I was not able to locate marks on the battery holder to indicate how the batteries should be installed, so I just kept trying different configurations until I found one that worked. Once I finally got the batteries installed correctly, I was not able to replace the light sleeve over the batteries easily. The waterproof gasket was interfering with the sleeve sliding back into place. After trying for at about 10 minutes to carefully replace the light sleeve, I finally had to apply a little lubricant around the waterproof gasket to allow the sleeve to be replaced correctly. I was concerned about damaging the light if the sleeve was forced into place. The side tabs must be kept open or they will interfere when replacing the sleeve. Now that I have removed the sleeve and replaced it a few times, it is easier to operate.
The high area light setting is bright enough to read in the dark. The low area light setting is useful to locate items in an enclosed space or to have a low night light in base camp. The directional light offers good lighting, similar to the average "D" cell flashlight. The directional light is more diffuse and without a bright spot in the middle. I like this feature when walking on a trail because the light adequately illuminated a much wider area ahead.
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Having one light that provides two area settings and one directional light should be useful in a variety of settings. With five hours of light, I should not need to carry extra batteries for long weekend trips, but it would be necessary for longer trips. I am looking forward to seeing how well the Carabiner LED Area Light performs in the field. Check back in four months for my Long Term report.
Thank you to Energizer and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this light.
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