AGPtek 5 Mode Solar Camping Lantern

This large sized £18.99 multi mode camping lamp from AGPTek arrived attractively packaged in a mid market level product Box which lists all the main selling points of the lamp on the box itself. Inside the box was the lamp itself, a mains lead with UK plug, car charging lead with cigar lighter plug, and a single sheet large format User Guide in good English. I reproduce the User Guide on the end of my unboxing video.

Build quality seems OK for the price. The unit is made almost entirely from plastic and feels a bit on the lightweight side to stand up to the wear and tear of camping life for any length of time. I would have rather paid twice the price for a more robust construction. That said, the unit is well designed and easy to use.  I should add that the first lamp I received was broken in transit but the supplier immediately replaced it.

The lamp has a large carrying handle on the top with a shaped grip and which folds down when not in use. Under the carry handle is the large 0.8 watt solar panel which charges the 1500mAh 4V internal battery when the lamp is positioned outdoors. On the front are two small LEDs which show charging and power status when lit. Below the LED is the single button, large and with a good positive feel, which controls the light output: Off/240 Lumens/120 Lumens. On the rear of the unit is the large foldaway crank handle and the single standard sized USB output for when the device is used as a Powerbank. The input for the multi voltage mains power is here too. On the underside is a access panel for the compartment which houses the three standard AA batteries (not supplied).

Solar charging times we are told are between and six and twelve hours contingent on the amount and intensity of the sunlight available. The lamp can also be charged from the hand crank on the rear of the unit. Ten minutes use of the fold away crank will give about one hour of light. The internal batteries can also be charged from the mains using the supplied cable and a full charge will take between seven and nine hours. A full charge should give about twelve hours use at 240 Lumens and twenty hours at 120 Lumens.

This is a powerful and very versatile camping lamp which doubles as an emergency USB charger. The light output is excellent ,the device works well and the price is excellent. I just wish the construction was a bit more robust.

The Good
Five power modes
Bright two mode light output
Large easy to use button
Power Bank mode

The Bad
Flimsy construction
No USB power in charging

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