Coleman Exponent -Tough New Lantern Weighs Little, Packs Small
Backpackers, kayakers, motorcyclists and others will find it easy to make room for the diminutive new F1 Lite™ Lantern from Coleman® Exponent®. Extremely lightweight and compact, the lantern is the most recent addition to Coleman’s remote camping line of specialty gear and is a companion piece to last year’s new stoves –the F1 PowerBoost™ and F1 UltraLight™ models.
The F1 Lite Lantern weighs just 3.1 ounces without fuel canister and handle. That’s about the same as a Styrofoam cup half full of coffee and considerably less than most lanterns on the market. It’s small too, measuring a little over 2 inches across and 4 inches tall, which is only slightly larger than a typical business card.
Despite its tiny size and weight, the lantern puts out a generous amount of light, equivalent to 24 candlepower or a 38-watt light bulb. It’s tough and trail-ready too. The globe, made of fine stainless steel mesh, is stronger and lighter weight than a standard glass globe.
Lighting the lantern is accomplished by inserting a match in a small hole in the globe. The globe can be turned and pulled to remove for no-hassle mantle changing. The Coleman® model #51 mantle that comes with the lantern is installed by simply slipping it over the burner, which has notches indicating how the mantle should be positioned.
Like its companion F1 stoves, the F1 Lite Lantern has a large, easy-to-manipulate control knob and is fully adjustable from low to high. The cable handle – an original design – weighs less than one-tenth of an ounce and can be detached or attached as needed for convenient carrying or hanging of the lantern. The lantern also comes with a textile pouch cleverly reinforced on the inside with a plastic cylinder.
The lantern’s total weight – including handle and pouch – is 4.3 ounces, still much less than competitive models.
All this and it’s economical to operate too. The F1 Lite Lantern will run up to nine hours on high or 16 hours on low on a standard 7.75-ounce butane/propane fuel canister, such as Coleman’s model #3250 resealable, threaded canister. Pack weight of a full #3250 canister, which contains 7.75 ounces of fuel, is 13.25 ounces.
The Coleman Exponent F1 Lite Lantern carries a limited lifetime warranty and retails for a suggested $35. Suggested retail price for a Coleman® butane/propane fuel canister is $3.50. Replacement #51 mantles are available for approximately $3 a pair.
The Coleman Exponent product line is available exclusively through sporting goods and outdoor retailers throughout the United States.
The Coleman Company, Inc., manufactures and distributes products for camping, backpacking, tailgating, backyard grilling and other outdoor leisure-time activities. Widely available in the United States, Canada and more than 100 countries worldwide, Coleman products can be found at outdoor retailers, sporting goods stores, mass merchants, hardware home centers, food and drug stores, and online retailers.
Also available is the Coleman Outernet™ site – a convenient new resource for outdoor travel planning. Accessible at www.colemanouternet.com, the site provides information on camping spots, scenic drives and other outdoor experiences that are off-the-beaten path – as well as mapping and reservation capability – within a visitor-specified geographic region of the United States.
Enjoying its second century of operation, Coleman is based in Wichita, Kan., and is a subsidiary of American Household, Inc. For more information, consumers can go to www.coleman.com or they can contact Coleman by phone, e-mail or mail
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