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.