Got excess gas? I mean that box full of partial fuel canisters from your lightweight canister stove. This might be a way to finish them off on family camping trips. Brunton has introduced what they claim is the world’s first mantleless camping lantern. It features a platinum element and is claimed to be windproof and hassle free—no mantles or matches needed or glass globe to break. It comes with standard piezo ignition, so lighting is a push of a button. It has two reflectors to direct light to where you need it.
Although it is not light (8.3 ounces), we are interested in the Liberty because it is new technology. How bright, controllable, and fuel efficient is it compared to a conventional mantle-type canister lantern? In our upcoming review we will compare the Liberty to the Vaude Peak Illuminator and report on how it stacks up.
Features and Specifications
Platinum element instead of traditional mantles
Built-in reflectors to aim the light
No glass or plastic components
Piezo electric ignition
Approximately 80 watts/30 candlepower
Burn time up to 6 hours at high output from an 8 oz (227 g) canister
Size 4 x 2.5 x 1.3 in (10 x 6 x 3 cm)
Measured weight 8.3 oz (235 g), manufacturer's specification 8.3 oz (235 g)
"Brunton Liberty Mantleless Canister Fuel Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/brunton_liberty_mantleless_canister_fuel_lantern_spotlite_review.html, 2005-07-05 03:00:00-06.