Century LED Lantern

Priced: $21.95 Rated:   - 2 stars out of 5 by 15 reviews.
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Century LED Lantern -

Lightweight and easy to carry, this LED lantern gives you bright, white light both indoors and out.

Specifications based on manufacturer's information.



  • 2 light settings allow you to control the brightness and set the mood
  • Built-in hanger lets you hang the lantern from a branch or inside your tent
  • Built-in compass gives you your bearings
  • Requires 4 C batteries, sold separately
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Activity:Family & car camping
Average run time:High: 108 / low: 185 hours
Batteries:4 C
Bulb detail:17 LEDs
Bulb type:LED
Dimensions:3.75 x 8 inches
Lantern type:Electric
Material:Plastic/stainless steel
Weight:25 ounces

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Century LED Lantern Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

What the what? We liked it!!

. We only read the reviews after purchasing, and almost returned it. However, it worked great on our trip, and during an Irene-related power outage. We set it on a small table in the tent and played a game of 'Trouble' while it poured rain outside. We also hung it at times and it gave enough light to function in our 6-person tent. To read with it you would need to have it close. We all enjoyed it! Especially considering the price!
Outdoors in My Dreams at REI on 09/09/2011

Lots of Luminescence

Surprisingly bright light for such a small lantern, and really enabled me to get a few things done around my campsite when it got dark. Best part about this lantern was I took it on an 8 day camping trip in Montana and accidentally left the light on over night on the first day of the trip. The lantern maintained the same level of brightness for the next week and I didn't have to change the batteries. It was great.
DuckSauce at REI on 10/10/2010

good tent light

Great tent light. I didn't need to use my book light to read and the light dissipates well. I did try to use it as a flashlight to find my way to an outhouse at one point, and it was pretty useless at that. Fairly light. Can attach it to a backpack. A little bulky for long-term backpacking
yozoe at REI on 09/09/2009

Negative Reviews:

Epic Fail

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.
jibb0826 at REI on 05/05/2011

Terrible lantern

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.
Mshima at REI on 07/07/2013

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.
phoenix78j at REI on 07/07/2012

Blinding light!

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.
triiiangle at REI on 06/06/2008

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.
RussG at REI on 08/08/2013

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.
PDX Steve at REI on 07/07/2008

Not very good

Badly designed. Button broke after only a few uses. It was pretty nice while it worked.
J screen name23 at REI on 09/09/2011

Neutral Reviews:

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.
Crazy about camping at REI on 05/05/2009

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.
cglied at REI on 10/10/2012

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.
balikian at REI on 04/04/2010

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.
Vaughn at REI on 08/08/2013

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.
LdyPhoenix at REI on 03/03/2010