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Bright light, light weight.

When basecamp is set up and it’s time to kick back, pull out the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern and enjoy a six-foot radius of light for a mere three ounces. Whether you’re backpacking the John Muir Trail or preparing for a long alpine rock route, this collapsible lantern’s adjustable, 1-watt LED maximizes light with its frosted globe and dual reflectors. Thanks to the Orbit’s top hooks let you hang it from the tent or a tree branch while you sort gear or cook up dinner. Backpacker Magazine was so impressed that it offered the Editors' Choice Award in their gear guide.

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5 5

way cool

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Luv it...this model is no longer made but I'm happy.

4 5

Pack Friendly & Tough

Good construction, small, and I like the dimmer option. I use this when I don't feel like messing with my candle lantern...

5 5


This is a great little light, its nice and bright for its size and the dimmer feature is good for saving battery, so small and compact, meaning you have no excuse to not take it hiking. It's perfect for inside a tent, especially smaller hiking tents.

4 5

very sturdy

The construction on this thing is great. Very strong and stable. Also extremely bright for its diminutive size and weight. Only problem is that the burn time isn't as long as advertised but I guess that is to be expected with most things. Good thing is that you can adjust the brightness by holding down the power button. Overall very happy with this lantern.

4 5

Great idea, and it works

Lightweight, tiny, bright, easy to use, inexpensive, seems durable, looks cool, and it says the country of origin is Aruba. What else could you want from a light?

5 5

Little wonder

This little gem is a ray of sunshine after a long hike. It's very light and puts out an amazing amount of light! Love it. Everyone should get one of these whether they are car campers or long distance back country heroes.

5 5

BD Orbit Lantern

I am deployed in Iraq, before I left I saw this lantern and the others in the series in an outdoor shop back home and was instantly stoked on it. I mostly work inside of a Humvee or tower for 12 hours on night shift. Humvee's do not have any interior lighting, and we are not allowed to leave on the light in our tower for more than a few minutes. So this lantern comes in handy when I want to do things like read or eat. I just got the NR2 rechargeable battery kit in the mail the other day, so far I love it. Also the ease in changing the different outlet plugs makes the kit worth its weight in gold. This piece of gear will be going many places with me when I get back to the states and cannot wait to use it then.

3 5


Thanks a lot guys! I'm sure ill be satisfied with the '10 model can't wait for it to come in expect a review

Thanks for the answer, but I want to address...

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Thanks for the answer, but I want to address the burn times are off by 14 hours and that's pretty substantial. Should I have opted for this years model?

Best Answer Responded on

I'm looking at my specs for the 2010 Orbit and it appears that the difference in the burn times is partly a question of brightness settings. On my 2010 model, I have 32 lumens that will burn for 10 hours on Hi, and for 24 hours on Lo. The 2011 model is 45 lumens, and from BD's specs, the burn time is 15 hours on Hi and 24 hours on low. Both are 1 watt LEDs and both run on 4 AAs. Go figure the 5 hour difference, but it's probably a question of bulb efficiency. As to what you should do, 45 lumens is about 29% more light than 32 lumens, for the same money and weight. Go from there. Just caught my attention, and I thought I would have a look and let you know what I found. Hope that helped.

Whats the difference in this lantern and...

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Whats the difference in this lantern and the other orbit that is five cents more expensive? I noticed the specs were a little different and I purchased the cheaper one from SAC and am expecting it soon. Would like to know what to expect from it

Best Answer Responded on

No functional difference. This is last year's model which was available in white and black. This season, the colors are green, red and brown.

5 5


Small, Light, and Bright, not much else to say

5 5

Always with Me

This little light is always in my backpack. Very lightweight and compresses to a small size. Works perfect for hanging in the tent and puts out enough light to read without additional lighting. Battery life is amazing!

4 5

As expected

I really like the size of it. It's compact and puts out a good amount of light. It's great for the winter when the sunsets early in the tent. The clip is easy to use.

4 5

really nice...but

As I said when I first got the light, it seems to be a really good piece of gear. Lately however, the light has started shutting off on it's own. Not sure why...the batteries only have about 6 total hours on them. I'm going to try another set tonight. The shuttoff issue is the reason for the 3 stars vice 4 stars. Again, if it was waterproof, it would be a 5 star item.

UPDATE: The issue seems to have been with the batteries. I replaced them and the lamp is working great!

Update 2: Great light, but it absolutely eats batteries. Wherever you go with this light make sure you take extra batteries! Two solid nights of camp use (4 hrs/night) will kill a set of batteries. Still a great light but be forewarned.

I have owned the orbit for a few months,...

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I have owned the orbit for a few months, but the only way it works is blinking. I can't figure out how to keep it on constantly. Any suggestions?

Best Answer Responded on

This happens with all Orbits as far as I can tell - I returned my first one for the same problem, but the second one does it as well.

From what I've seen, the Orbit will shut off automatically if the batteries aren't strong enough to sustain the power draw from the bulb. To keep it on with the same batteries, lower the output setting. If you want it to run on full brightness, you have to put a fresh set in. Note that the battery output is lowered in cold temps, so you'll have to replace them more often in colder conditions.

If fresh batteries don't solve your problem, you can return it to Backcountry or Black Diamond's warranty dpt. for your money back or a new one respectively. BD's number is 801-365-5555

hope that was a help

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thanks, i appreciate your input...I will probably try batteries that have more power.

4 5

Nice compact light

So I thought this would be a neat little gimic of a lamp, but it has turned into a necessity. The only downside is that it isn't waterproof. Other than that, I now take this light everywhere. Nice dimmer feature as well. Excellent product!

4 5

Almost Perfect

I love this lantern. Super small and light weight, yet very bright. Hooks on the top are perfect for hanging in a tent or on a branch. Battery could last a little longer, but it's to be expected with this much light. I also like the fact that instead of slowly getting dimmer and dimmer until it's useless, the lantern will keep going strong, warn you that it's low by flashing, then go out. I wish all lights worked like that.

5 5


You remember the Stonehenge scenes in "This Is Spinal Tap"? If you don't read the dimensions, you think you're getting a big lantern but it's actually very small. Works great, though, and for the space- or weight-conscious it can't be beat. Stone-henge!

Lots of light in a little package

Lots of light in a little package

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Lighting up the Big Agnes Big House 6 tent. Plenty of light for that size tent, and it's so small.

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