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Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW

A mantle-type canister fuel lantern that puts out lots of light, is silent, and gets good gas mileage

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by Will Rietveld | 2005-10-11 03:00:00-06

Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW

Overview

The Peak Illuminator, manufactured by Markill (a subsidiary of Vaude), is a canister fuel lantern with a conventional mantle and glass globe that performs very well in non-windy conditions.

If you are a canister stove user, you are likely to have a bunch of partial canisters sitting around, maybe a whole boxfull. One downside of canister fuel is the canister itself weighs 4-6 ounces, and if it only has an ounce or two of fuel remaining it’s not worth carrying it on another trip. So why not get a canister lantern to use up those fuel remnants while family car camping?

The Markill Peak Illuminator has a piezo igniter, and comes with a carrying handle as well as a suspension chain, so it’s easy to find a place for it. It also comes with a plastic storage case to protect it when it’s in your gear box.

One thing I especially like about it is that it’s silent, there’s no roar like a canister stove.

Although it’s small, the Peak Illuminator puts out lots of bright, white light and is non-directional. It provided good light for camp chores or reading. One annoyance was its tendency to flicker. It flickered a little under warm/calm conditions, more in cold conditions, and a lot under windy conditions.

I measured fuel consumption by weighing the lantern plus canister after several 15 minute burns, and found fuel consumption averaged about 1 ounce per hour under warm/calm conditions.

The Peak Illuminator’s mantle and globe are susceptible to breakage with rough use, but I had no problems when I stored it in its plastic case and used reasonable care.

Specifications and Features

  • Measurements: 4.3 x 2.4 x 2.4 in (11 x 6 x 6 cm)
  • Comes with: plastic storage case, suspension chain, extra mantle
  • Weight with case: 7.2 oz (204 g)
  • Light output: 80 W (manufacturer specification)
  • Standard piezo-electric Ignition
  • MSRP: ~$60 US$

Citation

"Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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