Black Diamond Apollo Lantern

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Black Diamond Apollo Lantern.
The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern offers extreme illuminating performance. Thanks to its DoublePower LED, this sturdy Apollo lantern delivers 80 lumens of powerful bright light, to efficiently brighten every environment. The Black Diamond lantern comes with a convenient dual reflector system to enhances its output, offering a bigger spectrum of light with maximum efficiency. Its power meter lets you check the charge status, for a more precise usage. Another feature of this product has to offer, is the unique dimming switch, for easy and simple brightness adjustment. This strong lamp is built to last longer and to provide light on camping sites, indoor reunions, and many more. It has three fold-down legs to increase its height and achieve maximum light distribution. Its collapsible, double-hook hang loop, provides a way to hang your lamp almost anywhere. Order this sturdy Black Diamond Apollo Lantern for all your outdoor adventures.
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Key Features.


  • Innovative double-hook hanging system on top provides a simple and secure thread-through or clip-in attachment point for string, fabric loops or branches


  • Collapsible legs fold down and adjust to uneven terrain; legs fold up for compact transport
  • Fine-tune your lighting needs with the dimming switch—simply hold down the on/off button to activate dimmer
  • Distinctive fold-down legs increase lantern height to 24.1 centimeters (9.5"), maximizing light dispersion


  • Unique dimming switch provides adjustable brightness
  • 60 hours max burntime on lowest setting
  • 7.8 oz. (w/o batteries)
  • Small LED lights indicate battery status; green indicates 50% - 99% battery life, yellow indicates less than 50% and red indicates less than 25%
  • Integrated charger port accepts NRG wall charger so you can recharge batteries without removing them from the lantern
  • DoublePower LED with 80 lumens (max setting) is enclosed in a frosted globe to provide bright, ambient light
  • Power meter displays charge status or battery level for rechargeable NRG Battery Kit or 4 AA alkalines
  • Collapsible, double-hook hang loop attaches to tent ceilings and tree branches
  • LED puts out 80 lumens on high and 10 lumens on low; illuminates an area approximately 45 ft. in diameter on high
  • 4 AA batteries provide 60 hrs. of use on low and 15 hrs. on high
  • DoublePower LED with frosted globe creates bright, non-glaring light; dual reflectors effectively capture and distribute light
  • Compacts to 5.2”, extends to 9.5”

The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern is awesome for car camping below a desert tower or hunkering in at an alpine basecamp. The Black Diamond Apollo lantern puts out 80 lumens of bright, ambient, non-glaring light thanks to its DoublePower LED, dual reflector system and frosted globe, and the unique, battery-saving dimming switch provides the optimal amount of light for sorting gear or cooking meals, and the collapsible, double-hook hang loop and folding legs let you hang or set it just about anywhere.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern.
No more matches, no more hauling around gas, and no more burning your hands trying to pump air into a lantern. The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern throws out up to 80 lumens of pure light; all it needs is four AA batteries, and it can light a 30-foot radius. The top loop lets you hang it from your tent and the collapsible aluminum legs make the Apollo stable and packable.

Northern River Supply
Perfect for boat-in camps on the beach and car camping at the put-in, the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern puts out 80 lumens of bright, ambient, non-glaring light.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Perfect for car camping or at an alpine base camp, the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern delivers bright, nonglaring light for sorting gear or cooking meals.

Updated for 2010, the Black Diamond Apollo lantern is brighter than the previous version yet still features a dimming switch so you can set the lighting for nighttime cooking and reading.

Specs based on manufacturer's information.


Al's Sports
The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern features a rugged design to keep your camp bright no matter your location.
Don't be fooled by the small size. This powerhouse puts out a brilliant 80 lumens of bright, nonglaring light. A DoublePower LED works with the dual-reflector system and the frosted globe to illuminate your campsite. The unique dimming switch lets you use just the amount of light you need to conserve batteries. Power meter displays battery level. Fold-down legs increase lantern height to 9.5". Collapsible double-hook hang loops attach to a tent ceiling or tree branches. Requires four AA batteries (not included). Runs up to 60 hours. IPX rating of 4.
Weight: 7.8 oz.

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Activity:Family & car camping
Additional Info:IPX Rating : 4
Average run time:High: 15 / low: 60 hours
Batteries:4 AA not included (NRG compatible)
Battery Life:60 Hours
Battery type:Batteries : 4 AA not included, NRG compatible
Bulb detail:DoublePower LED
Bulb type:LED
Case Pack Quantity:10
Dimensions:Open: 3 x 9.5 / closed: 3 x 5.2 inches
Features:Battery Indicator
IPX Rating:4
LED Type:DoublePower (3-watt)
Lantern Type:Battery Powered Lanterns
Max Burntime on Lowest Setting:60 H
Max Lumens:80
Max burn time:60 hours
Max light output (lumens):80 lumens
Maximum burn time:60 hours
Output:80 Lumens
Retail Package Dimension:5.3 x 3.3 x 3.3" / 13.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm
Retail package dimensions:13.5x8.5x8.5
Size:5.5" x 4.5" x 3"
Weight:Weight With Batteries : 220 g, 7.8 oz
Weight Without Batteries:7.8 oz / 220 g
Weight/without batteries:7.8 oz. (220 g)
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Black Diamond Apollo Lantern Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

A Nice Little Lantern.

I have to admit, at first glance (Via reviews), I thought the Black Diamond Apollo was going to be just a tad bigger. Don't let it's compact size fool you. I had the pleasure of using this out on the job, and in the field, considering that's what my "office" is (Yes, I work out in a field. Weird job.). These are my impressions of the lantern.

First of all, for being such a compact lantern, it puts out a decent amount of light. Elevation is the key to this lantern, seeing as at about 30 degrees from the top, the light casts downward. The higher you hang it, the more area the light will cover. At about a 10 foot height, you'll get 10 meters, or so (As advertised with the lantern), but it's faint. As a matter of fact, the "usable" light is probably good at around a 10-15 foot radius.

The frosted globe could use some work. The light is bright, but at certain angles the glare from the reflector can by annoying. Don't get me wrong, the soft-white light is awesome, but I think the globe could have been frosted white just a touch more. If anything, for that radius "glow" effect that casts more outward than downward.

The dimmer function is great. I used this light for most of the night, switching between brightness levels, and it lasted me without flaw (So far). The battery indicator light is also a nice feature, and what's nicer is that the light actually goes out after about a minute, so it's not sapping up your batteries. The placement of the indicator is odd (It hides under the lip of the globe), but turning the lantern on and not sliding the globe all the way up fixes that issue.

The weight of the lantern is decent, and allows it to be carried in a pack, or what have you. The housing seems pretty durable, and took a moderate amount of jossling around in my pack without leaving a scratch. One of the neat features of the lantern are the extendable legs. With the legs out, and using the lantern on a table, I found that I had a good 3 foot radius of usable light, if not 4 or 5.

One thing that bugged me about the Black Diamond Apollo was the dimmer switch. No matter what level you turn it off at, it'll always retrun to it's highest setting. That's a feature I like, and I'm just throwing that out there if it hasn't already been addressed. Another neat feature about the lantern is the little "flick" of light, when adjusting the brightness, to inform you that you've reached the highest, or lowest, setting.

I really wish the lantern came with a handle, as I've found out that it makes a GREAT handheld lantern, as well. At waist-to-chest height, I could navigate trails without any visual problems, even though it seems the lantern was made to be stationary (The hooks and legs kind of give that away, if you ask me).

Overall, I could see this lantern being a little brighter for it's size, but I can certainly see myself ordering another one for my vehicle, and possibly my home. A great product!
The Gear Hoarder at REI on 06/06/2012

Does the trick,

something I haven't noticed in other reviews is the size of the pool of light. using it's tripod, on full power, it'll cast a spot around two feet in diameter, on the floor. Set on the corner of a table, tripod-wise, it'll go about a yard.

The spot is bright enough for writing or other 'finer' tasks, with enough of an area that you won't be stumbling about in a smallish camp.

Hanging on a line will increase the size of that pool, but at the cost of overall brightness. It's certainly bright enough to fill a tent, and with the split-ring-dohicky, I feel like it's easy enough to move it about camp as needed.

The tripod is remarkably stable, considering, and it collapses to a rather compact size. (fits in a cupholder). I was afraid it might be a bit top-heavy, though that isn't the case.

My complaints would be that the battery-compartment's cap strikes me as being a bit... unsecure. It has a (small) rubber gasket, but it strikes me as easy enough to fall off, bouncing about in a pack, and the gasket as not being able to keep out the weather.

Also, the battery indicator is covered by the slide when it's fully out and running.I have to say it was a bit... odd... in it's placement.

The irony being that you need to open the slide up at least partway to turn the thing on in the first place. I thought that just as braindead as where they put the indicator, but then realized that in storage, the plastic slide keeps it from being activated inside the backpack.

I've always felt like gas lantern's light was too... something, it never seemed to cast enough, but yet also was blinding. here, it casts enough light, without that harsh glare.

it's also nice not to have to deal with mantles, or the risk of fire, carbon dioxide in a tent, or burning yourself.

My advice is, for a general camp light, get the apollo, for a group setting, where you need to fill an entire campground, go up to the titan (or the..uh...other brand w/e it was. The two looked comparable), and if all you're going to do is use it in a tent, go down to the orbit. They're all great lights.

One word about people complaining about it's battery time: I've been using it as a desk lamp at work, (running for eight hours) at a normal room temperature, and it's still showing a light on the indicator. Cold weather will reduce runtime- it's a function of the batteries, not the device. (something to keep in mind.)
Daniel W at REI on 02/02/2012

A little too dim for my liking.

I bought this knowing what the challenges would be. For base camp, inside my tent, this will do or my black diamond headlamp. On backpacking trips, this stays home.

The design was a good first try for black diamond. But the light even with the legs deployed, casts downwards, presenting a dissappointing dispersion of light.

By now, "they" should have made adjustments, instead of having their customers suffer the insufferable.

Had "they" made a reflector back shield as an accessory, the available light could have been harnessed; for a better set of intended uses.

To get any sort specific lighting out of this unit, one must hang the unit up higher, in order to have the light cascade with a level of clarity. This, at least could be considered as being relatively useful.

I'll never use this for cooking at night, since the level of light is too low to determine when dinner is done properly.

What you can do at a campsite, providing you're not using your trekking pole(s) for a tent tarp, is to set "one" up at an angle, and hang the light from it.

Having done this as a test at night, the results are somewhat better.

What I really don't like is the weight. The light is single purpose, taking four batteries, which when expended; are entering the waste stream.

To avoid this, you must spend an exhorbitant amount of money for a rechargeable battery setup.

As justification for the price, you are given every sort of plug adapter one could imagine.

Have you ever seen a tree with an outlet installed in its' trunk?

The device is not hard working, it's hardly working. I can't cook with the batteries. Neither can you nor anyone else.

It's off to the snow peak giga lantern for me. This will give off enough lumens to see by when cooking. At least, the isobutane - propane cylander, has more than one use.

It's a fuel supply, which justifies its weight and presence. And yes, this enters the waste stream as well, but nothing in life is perfect.

The appollo Lantern is marginal utility at best, with a price point / profit margin which justfies its' existence.

Look elsewhere, and decide for yourself.

Happy hiking, tekking and camping
Ben.Zef at REI on 03/03/2012

GREAT LANTERN... but....

I took this Apollo out for a test drive this weekend and it performed admirably. Before I took it the backcountry, I tested it out in my own home for which batteries to stuff into the lantern that would give me the most out of the lantern in a single charge. This would help keep pack weight down. If you're reading this, you're either on the same boat as me. You'll also agree that the new version (80 lumens) is quite bright which it is. Performance wise, this little lantern, which I stuff in a Snow Peak 450 Ti Cup when packed, works out quite well and is very durable, recommended.I found my testing of batteries to be as follows:Eneloop Rechargable batteries: 5hrs 5minKirkland ([@]) batteries: 7hrs Duracell (standard) batteries: 7hrs*note: These tests were with the lantern in a 68-degree home, and were powered at FULL power. I stopped timing when the lantern was noticeably NOT FULL power, however, there is still runtime on the batteries (just not at full power).All in all, I used the Eneloop batteries on a 2-night backcountry excursion and never had a single set dip below Full power. I did have a spare but didn't need to switch out batteries. I guess you can try to measure run time, but until it is in the "real world" you can't really tell. My only real DISAPPOINTMENT, would be the use of the Fuel Gauge is only usable with the NRG rechargeable battery pack. Very cool but $30 for rechargeable battery is a bit expensive for my taste.
kevinmlee at REI on 07/07/2012

A luxurious lantern for a backpack

This lantern has served me well in many situations. One of its first uses was hung inside a covered shelter and gave plenty of room for our group to cook and eat with. I've also used it around the house as an impromptu nightlight for the bathroom.

The dimmer function is great and intuitive. I try to avoid keeping it on maximum setting so I don't drain the batteries.

My most frequent use has been on 2-person backpacking trips, but in this case its weight seems a bit much. With NiMH rechargeable batteries, the lantern weighs 11.7 oz according to my scale. That's a lot for a light, and hard to justify keeping in my pack. With a small screwdriver, you can remove the metal legs and reduce the weight by 1.8 oz (be careful when opening, there are small springs and ball bearings inside). I'm considering looking for a lighter lantern to use on trips with smaller groups where I don't want to carry as much weight.

The only other problem I've had is with trying to use the metal rings on top to attach the lantern to the outside of a backpack. When swinging, the lantern usually works its way off whatever you attach it to in this way. I have to use a piece of tape to keep the loops together.
divestoclimb at REI on 03/03/2012

Great backpacking lantern

Have owned this product for several months. Just got back from a backpacking trip across Catalina Island where is poured rain Friday night and Saturday morning. We had to relocate our tent in the middle of the night due to flooding, and had to rely on this little lantern for light. I thought it was going to short out due to getting soaked in the rain, but it just kept going and ended up working for the rest of the weekend. It is now one week later and it still works fine. Besides providing light in the rain, we used to it light up our tent and to cook food by. It is not adequate to light up an entire campsite, but is a great lantern for backpackers looking for a small, light, dependable lantern. It casts the widest light when hung from something up high. I attached a small carabiner to the handle and it made it easy to hang on branches and other objects. The only negative is that the springs in the legs are not terrible strong. They are adequate for holding it up on a solid surface, but I found that after putting it on my head while walking the legs would sometimes fold up. Not a huge deal, but a little annoying.
ChrisAN82 at REI on 11/11/2011

My friend brought one of these during a 9 day trip to Joshua Tree where you get the blessing of no city lights. It was bright enough to light up our picnic table for cooking and general hanging out. If you want something that lights up a larger area, look for a larger light. The folding legs are very handy. Would be even better if it came with a solar power top to charge batteries during the day and not have to rely on throw aways that cost more and litter our landfills. I like the adjustable dimmer as well. I liked this enough to get one myself. had a nice sale for under $30 so I couldn't pass it up. But one big reason I love to buy from is the customer service. Twice I have called to exchange gear for sizing and they are some of the most helpful people I have talked to in a gear shop. Both on gear and on returns. Something the rest of the industry can strive for as well. Great job BC!

Bruno at on 11/25/2013

Very versatile

I was very excited when I got this lantern to replace my cumbersome older battery opperated lantern. I do believe that the light output is sufficient for 10x10 tent space. I was disappointed in the short run time my first time out camping so I tested it out as a night light and it still didn't last long. However that being said I did purchase another because of all the other great features...such as adjustable legs, awesome dimming feature. It also has a battery indicator which is not placed well as others have noted but if you know this than you will be mindful to turn on the lantern before fully extending it. It also has a great little hook on top that works well with the hanging loops at the entry of my tent. The two changes I would like to see is a longer battery run time, and change the position of the battery indicator- but despite what I'd like to change I use the light almost every night at work (poorly placed light switches).
Mama Bear Trekker at REI on 10/10/2010

Nice Base Camp or Bigger BP'ing Lantern

My Brunton Glorb LED XB died suddenly and I stopped my local REI to pick up another or a BD Orbit. I happened to see the new Apollo next to the older Apollos which were on sale. I made an impulse purchase and picked up the new Apollo. I have used this lantern at our annual block party, car camping; and, backpacking. I really wasn't expecting to like the lantern but I do. It ran for hours on high at the block party, went camping a couple of times before I decided to change the batteries. It is bright and well-designed. I can see why folks complain about the on-off/dimmer switch and the power indicator LED's. Frankly, it's a great design, I don't need huge power indicators weighing down the lantern and it's great that the Apollo has them at all. This is a great lantern to use in a 3 - 4 person tent, on picnic tables, around a multi-person camp, etc. Nice one-two combo with a lantern like the Orbit for individual backpacking.
UpperMidwestOutdoors at REI on 10/10/2010

great little light

I actually own the previous model which is only different from this one by the lantern handle (the split handle is nice for hanging on tent ceiling loops). I bought this because I was moving to an island in the west indies where there are a lot of brown outs, I used it several times to eat and study by when the electricity went out and it puts out enough light to be useful.

It's fold up size makes it compact enough to travel with and I most recently brought it on a trip to Nigeria, where again it was used to eat meals and light my room during brown outs.

Can't say how well it works camping as I haven't taken it hiking yet, but I anticipate it being just as useful. I love this lamp, and so does everyone else who sees it!
wannabe hiker at REI on 03/03/2012

Negative Reviews:

Great light that only lasted 6 min

I received this light as a gift and decided to take it with me for a quick over night trip in the local peaks. Everything about it seemed well constructed. The folding legs and hanging points are a great feature. I used it that night for about 6 min inside the tent. After that I went for a little hike outside and when I returned the light would not turn on. I moved the batteries around and tried everything I could think of to no avail. When I got back home I placed another brand new set of batteries in it and still nothing. Took it apart and couldn't see any obvious flaw so I have to assume the bulbs have burnt themselves out. In 6 min!!! Needless to say its going in the garbage since it was bought as a gift and the senders have no receipt.
DiverD at REI on 09/09/2012


I used this several times with no issue, but the other day I took it out of from storage to take camping with me...did a test and it didn't turn on...checked the battery pack...looks like one of the terminals got corroded and now it doesn't work at all. Tried to contact BD's customer service repair and haven't heard anything back from them since for over a month...guess I'll have to suck it up and throw it in the trash. Last Black Diamond product I'll buy.
DAVID O at REI on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

If I never saw or owned an Orbit (smaller sibling 45 lumens, 84g), I would have have no comments. However, after comparing the Apollo and Orbit side by side, I would have to say that Apollo needs to be much brighter than the Orbit considering the greater weight - 84g vs 220g. with 45 vs 80 lumens. For over twice the weight, the light should be 3x greater in brightness to really make this light worthy of the extra weight since Orbit can do pretty much what Apollo can but a little dimmer.
Yes, the Apollo is brighter and throws a wider ambient lighting but Orbit is not overshadowed by it.Orbit is powerful for its size ? Orbit can hold its own. If I had the choice of one Apollo or two Orbits, it would choose two Orbits.
Apollo would be ideal when weight is not a primary concern compared to Orbit. Also Apollo does a better job placing it over uneven surface. Apollo also sits much higher, without additional support, which allow the light to be distributed in a larger area with minimal effort.
The build quality is great. The telescoping diffuser does not wobble when pulling it out like the Orbit. It also has a battery gauge. The overall form looks like the larger sibling of Orbit.
If you can afford the Apollo and Orbit, get both. Each has it's benefits. I got both on sale and own 2 Apollo and 3 Orbit.

Phil3074584 at on 04/24/2013

Good lantern marred by the smaller model

Bought this as well as the smaller Orbit version. This model is slightly brighter than its smaller counterpart. The usage of aa batteries allows it to have decently long run times. But it is only marginally brighter than the Orbit. The real problem is the light is cast downward making the lighting more harsher and only suitable if you can use it elevated. It would not be a good table lantern. The smaller Orbit is almost as bright and the light is more evenly distrbuted. If you can hang it high enough it is a great lantern for camping.
VenturaHiker at REI on 07/07/2011

Compact Design

Compact lantern just did not put out the intensity of light I was expecting. I have a couple forehead LED lights that are brighter, so I opted to return this unit at this time.
Track Guy at REI on 04/04/2013