by Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Every now and then we get a product to review that stands out above just about everything else we have tested.
This little gem is one such item. In fact, we were so taken with the WD180 that we ordered two more so that Carl and Susannah could each have one in their backpacks during their summer archeological and GIS expeditions into the mountains.
Olympia Rechargeable Wilderness Lantern Review – Model WD180
Mary and I wanted to make sure that our WD180s remained in our overnight packs. That is how fantastic this lantern is. And, yes… it is waterproof, with an IPX6 rating.
We added the measurement of the WD180 to Olympia’s picture below to illustrate that it fits into the palm of your hand, yet still throws out 180 lumens of light. The base has a magnetic stand that can be adjusted up to 60o for lighting in a tent and has a built in clip if you want to hang it up. While we have used it extensively on our spring excursions, we are looking forward to having it in our blinds for our annual south Texas deer hunt. Being able to reduce the output to a low level, it is sure to provide just enough light for us to be able to see in the blind before dawn, without scaring the animals.
A lot of thought went into this lantern, a lot of thought. It has a rechargeable 2000 mAh lithium battery and the micro-USB port which makes it compatible with the Olympia SB5500 solar battery and SB56 solar panel. As such, if you have one of the Olympia solar panel chargers, you never need to worry about the WD180 running down in the field.
As great as these lights are for hunters and backpackers heading into the mountains, they also have another very important application. For any of you who have children that go camping with you, give your kids their own light. That way, if they wake up in the middle of the night and are scared, they can turn on their own light and look around, or they can set it on low power by their pillow for security. It just might make the difference between your kids having a wonderful camping experience versus one that is frightening.
In fact, Carl took his 7-year old cousin on our spring turkey hunt. He let the boy use a Wilderness lantern in the tent at night. Long story short, the boy fell in love with the lantern, kept it on all night (on low) and thoroughly enjoyed his outing. As you might have guessed, Carl gave the lad his lantern. There is now, one very happy little boy looking forward to his next adventure in the outdoors. The downside is that Carl now has to convince me to share my lantern with him…. good luck with that!
Olympia Wilderness Lantern specifications for the WD180 are:
- CREE XT-E LED with 180 Lumens
- Rechargeable with built-in micro-USB charging port
- Includes micro-USB cable for charging
- Waterproof IPX6*
- *Protected against water sprayed from all directions
- 4 light settings: High-Medium-Low-SOS (hold down power button for 2 seconds)
- 6.5 hour runtime on high / 12 hour runtime on medium / 20 hour runtime on low
- 200 hour runtime on SOS
- Built-in hanging clip
- Magnetic base
- Weight: 90 grams (3.2 ounces)
- Adjustable feet provide ability to angle the light to 60o
- 2000mAh built-in Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery
- 2 Year warranty
- MSRP $29.99
All four of us recommend that you put one of these lanterns in your truck, backpack and camper. Better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them.
About Jim and Mary Clary:
Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.