Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
No more matches, no more hauling around gas, and no more burning your hands trying to pump air into a lantern. The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern throws out up to 80 lumens of pure light; all it needs is four AA batteries, and it can light a 30-foot radius. The top loop lets you hang it from your tent and the collapsible aluminum legs make the Apollo stable and packable.
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A beacon in the night...
August 22, 2012
The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern is amazing. On a recent fishing trip in the North Maine Woods we would fish until dark and return to camp for a late dinner. The little light lit the cooking area brightly and then was great in our Alaskan Outfitter tent. The 4 AA batteries lasted 4 days. Great buy!
light it up
August 18, 2012
worked great cooking at night and sits almost anywhere. made may marmot look like a glowing pumpkin on the hillside very bright.
1 Liter Nalgene vs. Apollo vs. Orbit (fully expanded)
By: Jay Creech
March 22, 2011
Both lanterns are Spring '11 line
rock solid build - just enough light
July 28, 2012
some have questioned the light output but i found that it lights up a four person sized tent quite sufficiently. It shoots light down so this is not the light for sitting around the picnic table playing cards. for its purpose as a light in a tent, it is very effective to light up everything and maximizes battery life very well. Solid build which likely has lead to higher price. I see it lasting for a long time.
July 26, 2012
Nice small and compact size but powerful light. Really bright and great for hanging in your tent or from a rope outside at night. Seems really durable.
July 24, 2012
Nice little lantern. works great hanging from the roof of a tent or other shelter.
Camp kinda dark? Get an Apollo Lantern
July 8, 2012
What a great little lantern. It packs down small, efficiently throws a good bit of light, has legs to stand on tables and hooks on top for hanging it up. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to hang it up in a large tent or screen house, and it were very windy out, the hooks on top of the lantern might slowly come apart as it swings around, which could end up being hilarious and a little dangerous. Great addition to the camping set up. No fire, no heat, safe to use in your tent, it's easily to dim the light, and it looks cool.
Great Tent/Basecamp Light
May 10, 2012
Bright, good battery life, and a compact package. The Apollo easily illuminates a game of cards or some night-time tent reading without the need for multiple headlamps.The dimming features on the lantern are very nice as well.
Use the metal hitches on top and link it to the top of your tent and you shouldn't have any dark spots (unless you're in some 6 person monster)
May 20, 2012
Nice well designed lantern putting out great light. Also pretty compact which is rad.
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
May 5, 2012
A nice lantern for adding some light to a campsite or tent, and turning off headlamps for a while. The orientation of the lantern is important, with the most light being given off when it is above your line of sight. I found that the two folding metal pieces that make up the handle can be hooked to the top loop of the tent for an overhead light.
March 21, 2012
Base camp lantern.
This thing is 80 lumens on high, and that really throws a lot of light! Too bulky/heavy for backpacking (get the smaller Orbit instead). I like how easy it is to hang in the tent, and how the legs help it get up "off" the ground or table to throw more light around. My only rub is the weight - but I think it would be hard to get something this bright any lighter.
January 27, 2012
This is an awesome light, it is very compact and is very bright.
Remarkably bright even in the darkest of nights
December 28, 2011
Nice light but a little pricy. I searched far and wide but could not find a more compact a suitable lantern with versatile capabilities and durability. The wide stance base allows for more stability while when retracted the lantern is perfect for hanging overhead light. The legs do seam flimsy but they hold up strong. The light produced is remarkably bright even in the darkest of nights. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars just because of the price. I made the mistake of purchasing it at REI and paid 10 more bucks then I should have. Just buy from Backcountry.com and avoid this mistake.
January 2, 2012
Awesome lil light. This thing throws off some serious light for just 4 AAs. You can even get a rechargable pack that plugs right in too. Its light and packs down small.
November 28, 2011
I love the sweet design and packing design of this. It looks great, illuminates well, and the semi-hidden battery indicator is a nice touch that even some owners don't notice. I always bring this on camping trips and it's always either around the campfire or inside the tent.
Random buy, great results
September 22, 2011
I bought this little guy randomly to have a little extra light when I'm out camping. The 80 lumens get the job done quite nicely. Played cards by the light of this thing and it lit up the entire table. The adjustable light feature and loops make this a great little lantern for its size. I honestly cant see anything wrong with it
Won't leave with out it.
September 7, 2011
I finally was able to go to the lake and try this out. This little guy is amazing. Great light output. I left it on the picnic table and it was rained on all night. not one drop on the inside. I love this lantern. The split loop attachment on the top is great. Very high quality. I don't have the NRG batteries but it looks like a great addition.
July 25, 2011
I love this tiny lantern. It puts off a ton of light and is incredibly small. We use this almost exclusively for light when backpacking in Desolation Wilderness. Campfire's are not allowed and this is generally our only light source once the sun goes down. Definitely nice for getting in a game of cards. My only gripe is the price.