Bought this in preparation for a car camping trip to Moab at my local REI store. I've never had so many problems. Maybe it was just me, but the bottom was impossible to screw on with the batteries in. It took my husband 5 minutes after I spent 15.
Still not the main problem... We have a new tent, so we set it up to and put the latern in to see if it could hang from the top, lightweight made that possible. Too bad after turning it on twice and off once, the button stuck and the ONLY way to turn it off was to take the batteries out. Despite everything we tried, the button is stuck and this will be going back to REI.
I bought this for car camping. I'm tired of gas lanterns and had seen someone's fluorescent lantern, which worked great. This lantern, though, is terrible. The bright LED's are blinding. If they are anywhere within your field of view, you can't see anything. And even if you carefully position it so that you only get the light off the reflector, the light is a dim blue that is hard to see by. I returned it.
Buy something else
The lamp only has one button and sometimes you have to press it several times before the light decides to turn on. It only has two settings but it seems like it has a malfunction with the button or it was meant to have more lighting options. Either way, it really wasn't worth the cost, so go with another model.
Let's start with the positives about the Century LED Lantern:
+ Sturdy design
+ Long run time
+ I like the hanging hook on the top
+ Affordable price
- Light is blindingly bright, but doesn't illuminate at all.
I returned this lantern after one camping trip. It's useless.
Not very good
I found this lantern to throw light everywhere except where it was needed. Mostly it seemed to go up into the sky or into your eyes. It didn't seem to matter how the lantern was positioned. I just couldn't get it to be useful and found it annoying.
What Were They Thinking?
As the previous reviewer illuminated, Century somehow succeeded in making a lantern that's blindingly bright but fails to cast a light.
Not very good
Badly designed. Button broke after only a few uses. It was pretty nice while it worked.
Adequately serves its purpose
Like the other reviews said, the light output range could be better. However, I think it is adequate and serves its purpose for car camping. Light enough to hang from the center of a tent. Provides adequate light for getting adjusted, arranging the tent at night, etc. Nice because the light is not so bright that you will annoy other campers. Not as bright as a standard lantern though if that is what you are looking for.
You get what you pay for
I bought this thinking I wasn't getting the world's greatest lantern. At nearly 50% of the cost of similar products and no obvious differences, I assumed the savings was that the light levels wouldn't be great. I was not wrong. This will light up a tent or a canopy over a cooking area poorly. That being said, I wasn't exactly performing surgery by it and overall it did okay.
Decent for the price
Like most other people mentioned, this guy is blindingly bright, but what I realized - the real problem is in the glass or plastic that surrounds the light. It's purely clear. I took some sandpaper and scratched it up to produce a more opaque glass and it works great, lights up well and does not blind anyone anymore. Give that a shot if you still have this guy.
A little light on light
In a darkened living room it was underwhelming; in a six-person tent it was just adequate. LED lights are usually very bright, but the clever-looking conical reflector doesn't quite do the job. It's nice looking, well made, compact, and good for emergencies. It's LED light should at least last a long time. And the price was very reasonable.
Ok... For the price.
We mostly car camp. This light is just like the other reviewers say. Blinding, but nearly useless. In a tent, it works nicely. Doesn't help with cooking or setting up camp. I did like the hook that flips out, it does make this light a little more useful.