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by paydenfrompoor preformerwhen iinitially got this produt, i was excited to try it. Having just come back from my first excursion with it, i found it lacking. unfortunately, before my first outing, it was dropped from about 3 feet onto concrete, breaking the lense from the rest of the body. when i tried to secure it again, i found that the screws holding it in place were only about 1/16" into the plastic of the body, and theplastic was stripped. after siliconing it back, i found that the flashlight lacked, as well as the lantern. my headlamp will always be first in my pack. next to that, a black diamond orbit. this product is completely lacking, and i see no reason to carry it alongside my headlamp.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5out of5
by Seattle CamperfromNice light for the $This lantern converts into a nice flashlight....so you can use it as either.....Nice product for little $!
Date published: 2012-11-23
Rated 3out of5
by knoeffromBut idea, but there yet.I am going to compare this light to Black Diamond Orbit, which I have used for two years. In short, Clarus is a cheaper made Orbit, which can be used as a flash light. It claims to be 150 lumens but in reality it is just a bit brighter than Orbit. Between structure of the reflectors and somewhat lacking "frosting" on the diffuser, it can tricky to find a position where you can get most out of this light.
I was actually really exited to try it, since i hoped it would be improvement over Orbit. It isn't, unless you have use for flashlight mode. The built quality is also step down from BD but Clarus also costs less. I think UCO got the right idea, they just need to refine it a little bit.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 4out of5
by Muskiefromlight, bright and alright!just took it on a 2 night river camping trip. light enough to hang from a stick jammed into the ground and bright enough to cook by. collapses easily for storage.
Date published: 2013-11-16
Rated 4out of5
by SneakersfromUCO vs Black Diamond LanternsSo many choices, which to choose??? I didn't, I got the BD Apolllo, Voyager, Orbit, as well as UCO Clarus. They all are compact, some more than others as listed. Light output varies, but as another reviewer said, all seemed relatively similar to the eye.
The BD lanterns all have a superior design as far as reduced glare is concerned. It also has a very fuctional split hook to hang, without using another clip. The duel light design is helpful if used as an area light straight down (ie, under tarp or in tent), but does not project a focused beam to be useful as a flashlight.
The UCO glare was so bad I was going to return it. But I discovered that if used upside-down, the glare is reduced a lot, enough that I will keep it now. The flashlight feature does actually project a focused beam out more than 20-30 feet.
My favorites are: UCO Clarus for best value, and BD Orbit/Voyager with duel light for best lantern.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 5out of5
by TraumadiverfromGreat little LanternI picked this little guy up on a whim, I love my headlamp but sometimes, it's just a heck of a lot nicer to have a lantern. I was initially amazed at the light output in this little guy. It does not disappoint and thanks to the dimming feature, it can be toned down from glaring brightness to subtle ambient light. Is a great little compact design and I have yet to have any issues with it after about 10 nights out with it. Still on the same batteries with no problems. I have dropped it and knocked it over a few times with no issues. The only down side to the design is its base is a small diameter making it unstable and easily tipped over, that being said 90% of the time I use it it's hanging either in my tent or over my hammock. Great buy for under $20
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 5out of5
by cebettinifromGood value and functionalityI bought this lantern instead of the Black Diamond Orbit because they compare favorably in weight, compactness, light output, and general styling and functionality. The Clarus, however, can also be collapsed into a bright and well-focused flashlight which is a great added feature over the Orbit. Although the light-mode switch was a little clunky to use at first (the light is clicked-off between modes in progression from mid to high to low and strobe), I was very happy with the lantern and flashlight functions after a three-day camping trip. It provided bright light over long periods of evening use without a noticeable change in light output on the single set of Energizer batteries I used for three days. The jury is still out on the durability and reliability of the light given other reviews, but it survived being dropped several times and other rough handling during my rainy 3-day excursion. The appreciably lower price may also make it a better value than the Orbit lantern if it proves to be durable which I suspect it will (the materials and manufacture seem very solid to me despite what I've read elsewhere). So far, it has proven to be my favorite new gear addition and I would recommend it highly.
Date published: 2013-05-21
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UCO Clarus LED Lantern/Flashlight Customer Reviews