Coleman Exponent Dual Fuel Backpacking Lantern

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Fit:

  • Fits easily in most backpack pockets.

Features:

  • Porcelain-coated vetilator.
  • Precise bright-to-dim control.
  • Single mantle design burns up to 3 hours on one tank of fuel (in most conditions).
  • Clear globe provides 360 of light.
  • Inner-coated fuel tank resists corrosion.
  • Filler cap with lanyard prevents cap loss.
  • Sturdy, lightweight lantern operates on clean-burning Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline.
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Bright enough to read by:light output is equal to a 75-watt soft white light bulb.
Dry Weight:27.2 oz.
Fuel Capacity:8 fl. oz.
Size:9 1/2 in. x 4 3/16 in.

Coleman Exponent Dual Fuel Backpacking Lantern Reviews:

Reviews:

Another fine Coleman product

The Coleman Dual Fuel Single mantle gas lanter is a blessing. For your reference, this is also known as the model 229.

This is a smaller version of the two mantle Coleman lantern that your dad or granpa probably used and which are still very popular today. While the two mantle models light up a campsight like a stadium spotlight, this single mantle is like standing in the headlights of a Buick. Plenty of light for reading, writing, doing things around camp, etc. To be specific, it puts out about the same lumens as a naked 75 watt bulb.

This 229 model has enormous advantages over the propane models. So if you are considering between the two, get this liquid gas model. Propane tanks are heavy whether they are empty or full. This 229 uses the same fuel as my Coleman stove which is extra convenient, weight and space efficient. Above all, it SURE beats carrying batteries AND extra batteries.

This lantern puts out a delicious amount of light to bathe the whole campsite. It is also little bit welcoming warm on a cool night. In the hot summer, I often skip the campfires and just use the 229 lantern or maybe a candle to have a flame to stare at.

I would recommend using Coleman fuel for this unit and resist the temptation to use unleaded gas. Many of the people I know who have used unleaded gas from the gas station eventually have trouble with clogging. Just be glad to know that you can use unleaded gas if you are in some crazy place and the only fuel available is siphoned out of an old abandoned bus or something like that.

I have read reviews that the pumping of the stove is inconvenient. I do not find it to be a big problem. If you think the light is dimming a little, give it a couple extra pumps. No big deal.

CONS: Coleman is definately using cheaper glass globes than they used to. These are no longer the Pyrex glass of yesteryear nor are they they the better made German globes of only a few years ago. These glass globes are made in China thin and very fragile. Because they are no longer Pyrex, if your hot lantern is exposed to a strong rain and rain its the globe, the globe will shatter. This did happen to me just last week, much to my surprise and disappointment.

I guess Coleman figured out that just about every lantern generates the sale of at least one extra globe, so they made them even more breakable. The 229 lantern uses a non-standard size globe which you can buy online, but cannot easily find at sporting good stores that carry other Coleman globes. Thus, you end up spending as much in shipping cost as you do for the globe. It is a racket, to be sure.

I recommend buying your spare glass globe now with your new lantern along with spare mantle bags, of course, because you will eventually need it, even if you get the official Coleman lantern case and are very careful. A Coleman lantern that does not have at least one globe broken is a lantern that is not getting used enough. You might consider buying the stainless steel mesh globe replacement sold by Campmor. The mesh lights are made of a fine stainless steel wire screen material that won't break. Despite their convenience, the mesh globes are cheaper than the glass globes. These hamper some of the light, but not enough to worry about.In a pinch, you can make your own mesh globe from steel or aluminum screen material. Of course, you could also make your own glass globe with a glass cutter and an empty mayonaise jar... but that is another story.

Bottom line, if you are a minimalist who brings one penlite flashlight for a group of four and if you consider a tea candle a luxury, then this lantern is not for you. However, if you are a camper who really likes a lot of luxurious light at minimal additional weight and space, this is the lantern for you.
The Guiding Mike at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Reliable, easy to use, efficient.

Coleman's traditional products like gas lanterns and stoves are so tested and true that they only get great reviews. I am not sure why we bother, but I suppose we like to tell the world about our loves.
The Coleman Duel Fuel single mantle lantern 229 lives up to the Coleman tradition. It is reliable, easy to use, and efficient.

This lantern Is Made in the USA. Need I say more? For me, that is enough to convince me to buy one.

If you are older than 44 years old, this is not your Dad's old two mantle lantern. This is better. This duel fuel single mantle is quieter, a lot smaller, and a lot lighter. It is also a lot easier to light. Because the tank is smaller, you do have to pump it about once per hour. You can do this while the lantern is lit. Easy

This is an efficient canoe or car-camping lantern. I don't see it as a minimalist piece of equipment for the backpacker. This puts out a luxuriant amount of light – enough for the whole campsite to read and write letters by. It also seems to do a good job of keeping away the boogie man and Big Foot, so if you are calling upon those creatures during story telling around the campfire, you will want to turn this lantern down a couple notches.
This is FAR superior to the propane lanterns and far more efficient. Especially for canoe camping, you only want to bring one fuel and with a Coleman liquid gas stove and a Coleman liquid gas lantern – you have it. No more asking yourself if that half-empty canister of propane is going to last for the whole trip.

The only concerns I have heard about Coleman's duel fuel stoves and lanterns is when you use unleaded gasoline. Hey, Guys, use Coleman fuel. These tools are good to get you through a pinch when you only have unleaded fuel, but treat yourself to the affordable luxury of a gallon of Coleman fuel which lasts most camping enthusiasts at least two or three years.

Bottom line, this is an excellent lantern.
Canoe King at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Small and reliable Coleman lantern

This is the little sibling of the big green one with two mantles my dad used when we camped in the 60s. The sound of it certainly brought back happy memories. Designed to serve minimalist campers (backpackers, hikers, bicyclists, motorcyclists) it's compact size with a small tank has inherent limitations. Don't expect it to go for hours and hours at full throttle because it's not designed for that and you'll be disappointed. Higher, brighter settings use more fuel and require more frequent pumping, which is only logical, but be assured Coleman's claim of three hours with enough light to read by (approx. 75 watts) is truth in advertising. Travels well in my saddlebags in the soft-padded case I got from CampMor also, although the heavy cardboard box it comes in makes a pretty sturdy case while the cardboard lasts. This little lantern has exceeded my expectations and I am quite fond of it.
Boomer at Campmor on 12/12/2010

Great Little Lantern

If you have one of Coleman's larger dual mantel lanterns, you'll appreciate this single mantel version --- same Coleman quality in a smaller package. I bought it as a dual-fuel alternative to my Primus canister-fed backpacking lantern. It's obviously bigger and heavier than the Primus, but dumping a few canisters in favor of liquid fuel compensates somewhat. Unless your a hardcore ultra-light backpacking enthusiast, you should consider this lantern. It's also perfect for night-time fishing.
Dakon64 at Campmor on 10/10/2011

Great Product Great Price

No flaws except label was scuffed up from fuel cap right out of opened box, must have been at factory it showed no signs of previous use. It was well packed, works excellent. It fits in my backpack easily. wanted a bright light for setting up camp in remote backwoods areas. two trial burns resulted in over three hour burn time at full brightness, but it does need more attention for re-pumping as it burns.
backpacker at Campmor on 10/10/2011

great lantern. got to have one,or two.

bought one just like it nearly 10 years ago, it still works like a champ. cant see any reason that the new one wont be just as good. goes well with my feather 442 camp stove. dual fuel a great option although I find I get beter performance using camp fuel and less fuel oder while burning.
Travis at Campmor on 03/03/2011

coleman exponent dual fuel backpacking l

Had this lantern going on 5 years of hunting trips,back packing, and canoe trips. This lantern is my little buddy and is a real comfort on cold dark nights in the Addirondack wilderness. Faithfull as a old dog! This may last and become an heirloom to pass on to one lucky grandchild.
Wolfman the deer slayer at Campmor on 01/01/2011

Coleman at it's best

Car and Kayak camping lite weight durable easy to use great illumination we will buy another duel fuel is a great plus
Durango Mike at Campmor on 03/03/2011
i like it
yai at Campmor on 12/12/2011

great lantern

great product
leonard at Campmor on 05/05/2011