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Gear Review

3 5

OK, but mostly strengthens my like for the Apollo

I've been using the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern for backpacking for a few years now. It is one of my favorite pieces of lighting gear. I mention that because I purchased the Titan expecting similar--but so much brighter--results for our camping trips. Given its size (especially when compared to the Apollo), I expected the Titan to cast a bigger and brighter light. It's just not that bright for its size. It's rated at 250 lumens; however, the way the light is cast makes it seem quite a bit less brighter, and when you hang the lantern there is a large dark spot underneath. Replacing 4 D batteries gets expensive, and those batteries don't seem to last as long as they should! Setting the lantern on its lowest setting does extend the life of the light. I bought the Titan in part to replace having to hassle with our Coleman white gas lantern, so maybe my expectations were too high. To be sure, this lantern has a beautiful design, but that might be its bright spot.