Wayne Chimwrote a review of Big Agnes Tent Light Accessory Kit on August 2, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this accessory a couple months ago and took it on a few trips. Before I even took it out though, I was disappointed by mtnglo once I received it. I did a lot of research on this product and nowhere mentioned anything about how the light control becomes useless if you plug in your battery power pack. It becomes either you use AAA batteries and the control or power pack and no ability to control light output. In my circumstance, I have a RavPower pack that has an auto shut off (feature cannot be turned off) when it doesn't sense it is being used. I'm sure a lot of the power packs have this feature built in these days. Anyways, I plug the USB to the battery pack and it will light up for about 15 seconds and the LEDs will go off, because it doesn't draw enough energy for my pack to recognize that it is still being used. So I ended up having to constantly turn the pack back on. I finally gave up and just used AAA batteries. Why have a control for the lights if you can't use it with a power pack? What if I want to go 50% output? I can't, because with the power pack its 100% all the time, I emailed Big Agnes about it, and gotten no helpful response. This is the main reason why I decided to return the lights. Now for on the field testing...
I strung the LED strip around my tent ceiling and it was fairly simple. It was enough to go around my 3P and 2P tents. When I turned the lights on, the lighting was adequate. It isn't camera flash to your eyes bright. It is just right. However, compared to what I had been using, Black Diamond Orbit, these LEDs attract a lot of bugs. Yes, I know I'm camping, there is bound to be bugs. It is kind of dumb to even complain about it. But comparing the Orbit which attracted a few... the Big Agnes mtnglo attracted a bunch.
In the end, I decided to return mtnglo. It was a good idea at first, but Big Agnes definitely needs to go back to the drawing board. It does not make sense that people can't control the light output once plugged into the battery pack. And if the control would've worked with the battery pack, it could signal to the packs that have the auto shut off feature to keep the power on!!!