Flash back to the days before electricity and gas lanterns and nobody had any worries about global warming or pollution. If you needed light, you just lit up a candle. Now we may use candles mostly for mood lighting, but they can be a cheap, practical, and eco-friendly light source when you're camping or traveling. If you want to have the ease of a lantern but keep things small and light, this mini candle lantern from UCO is a sweet item.
It holds a regular tea light candle, which you can find just about anywhere. The one that came with the lantern burned for over three hours in my test, which ought to be plenty to carry you from sunset to sleepy time if you're out camping. Some candles will go four hours and the company estimates a "fuel cost" of 8 cents per hour. The lantern cast a nice warm glow, but barely flickered when the wind blew.
The mini candle lantern is made from rustproof, ultra-light aluminum and has a catch basin to trap any spilled wax. It only weighs 3.2 ounces, or 90 grams. A small handle allows you to carry it to your outdoor toilet and hang it somewhere when needed. And here's a surprise: it's not shipped across the ocean from China. For $11 or $12, this would be a nice gift for a camper or someone getting ready for a vacation somewhere that the power supply is iffy.
You can also get a cool sleeve for it called the Cocoon. This will keep the lantern from getting scratched up and will make it easier to stuff in your bag without the rest of your clothes smelling like melted wax.
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