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Coleman 8D Classic Twin U-Tube Lantern Review

Coleman 8D Classic Twin U-Tube Lantern Review
Coleman lanterns, the staple of most camping gear wardrobes.  People know and recognize the name.  Lately, Coleman has been putting out a few different models of their classic lantern which aren't what you would call traditional.  The Classic Twin U-Tube would be a good example of that.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality product photograph of a Coleman 8D Classic Twin U-Tube Lantern in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
This handy lantern does not need the traditional mantles or fuel to run.  It is battery powered and uses no less than eight D-cell batteries.  These are stored in the base which is easily accessed using the threaded removable bottom.

It has two settings for on.  It may be switched to high or low.  The off setting to the power switch is in the middle between the power settings.

The light source is a bright white LED which sits inside a plastic, yes plastic, globe.  There does not appear to be any kind of easy access to this area.

There seem to be a few color options available for this particular model of lantern.  The Coleman website depicts a red version of this model for their sample images.  Our lantern is a silver version.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality close-up product photograph of a Coleman 8D Classic Twin U-Tube Lantern in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Changing the batteries seems a bit difficult to do as the threads of the base can easily get overlapped or striped.  Some care is required when opening or closing the battery case.  The opening must also be positioned carefully due to the battery contacts being part of the bottom.

One possible downside is the lack of access to the LED.  If, for some strange reason, the LED burns out or malfunctions, there is no easy access for replacing it.  This might be because LED's are not supposed to burn out at all.  This could end up not being a downside.

Overall: This has been a handy lantern for us.  We have taken it on several camping trips and found that it provides a decent amount of light, though perhaps not as much as the traditional lantern, and it can be used in tents safely.  Often, we find it works best for some of our night outdoor activities at home.