Black Diamond Orbit Lantern

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Black Diamond Orbit Lantern Features.

Black Diamond Orbit Lantern.
Illuminate everything around you without giving up on the hefty weight with the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern. Featuring a DoublePower LED light, this lantern captures and spreads the light equally with its dual reflector system. Enclosed in a frosted globe, the LED emits a radiant light without giving you an irritating glare. With its dimming switch, you can have an optimal amount of light you desire while also conserving its energy. The Orbit has a collapsible design that makes it compactable to carry around in your bag while also offering protection on the power button from being accidentally turned on. It runs on four AAA alkaline batteries that provide a 24-hour luminance. It is also compatible to run on a Black Diamond NRG2 rechargeable battery kit which is sold separately, making it versatile in any powering situation. You can easily attach the lantern on tree branches or your tent with its collapsible, double-hook hang loop. Now, you can lighten up your world with the compact and illuminating Black Diamond Orbit Lantern all day, all night.
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Key Features.


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


  • Fine-tune your lighting needs with the dimming switch—simply hold down the on/off button to activate dimmer

Weather and Wind:

  • IPX4 water resistance withstands your lapses, i.e. splashes, intermittent (light) rain shower


  • Turn on the DoublePower LED in the bottom of the lantern to use the Orbit has a handheld flashlight; flashlight mode outputs 40 lumens on high and 10 lumens on low
  • DoublePower LED with 45 lumens (max setting) enclosed inside a frosted globe produces bright, non-glaring light
  • Rubber feet stabilize lantern when set on table or ground
  • 3 oz. (w/o batteries)
  • Compactible to 102 mm (4 in); extended height is 140 mm (5.5 in)
  • Lantern mode, 60 lumens/13 hours
  • Collapsible, double-hook hang loop attaches to tent ceilings and tree branches
  • Flashlight mode, 50 lumens/55 hours
  • Provides IPX4 water resistance for protection against sprayed water
  • Dual reflector system captures and maximizes light output (lantern mode)
  • Unique dimming features allows you to set the mood with adjustable brightness (dim to just 10 lumens) and helps conserve batteries
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  • Lantern, flashlight and dual (lantern and flashlight on) modes—as well as dimming—operate from one convenient switch
  • LED puts out 60 lumens on high and 10 lumens on low; illuminates an area approximately 7.5m in diameter on high
  • Four AAA batteries, sold separately, provide 100 hrs. of use on low and 13 hrs. on high in lantern mode; provide 100 hrs. on low and 65 hrs. on high in flashlight mode
  • Compactible, 5.5in to 4in
  • Runs on 4 AAA batteries, not included ; base of lantern unscrews to reveal battery compartment
  • Power meter displays battery level for 4 AAA alkalines or charge status for NRG2 Rechargeable Battery Kit (sold separately)
  • Collapsible design saves space in your pack and protects on/off button from accidental activation
  • DoublePower LED with frosted globe creates bright, non-glaring light; dual reflectors effectively capture and distribute light

"The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern is super small, light, and with the super awesome dimmer switch, is easy to get the appropriate level of brightness. The Orbit has two separate hooks that make hanging this bright little guy from anything a snap."

The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern is designed for ounce-conscious backpackers, climbers and travelers, packing 45 lumens of bright, non-glaring light in an ultra-portable package. A DoublePower LED works with our dual reflector system and frosted globe to illuminate everything from tent-bound reading to pre-dawn racking. The unique dimming switch provides the optimal amount of light and helps conserve batteries, while the collapsible, double-hook hang loop attaches to tent ceilings and tree branches alike.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern.

Al's Sports
A pocket-sized, collapsible backcountry mini lantern, the Black Diamond Orbit is perfect for trekking and backpacking excursions where gram shaving is crucial. The 84-gram (3 oz) Orbit compacts to 102 mm (4 in) and extends in height to 140 mm (5.5 in), yet still casts a broad, six-foot radius of light. The brightness of the Orbit's non-glaring 1-watt LED can be adjusted thanks to its dimming switch, while the dual reflectors and frosted globe maximize light output and minimize the lantern's shadow. Cleverly designed dual hooks on top of the Orbit allow it to be quickly and securely attached to a tent or tree branch. The lantern runs on 4 AAA alkalines, as well as Black Diamond's Orbit-specific NRG2 Rechargeable Battery Kit. Style number BD620705
Oregon Mountain Community
Designed for pack-carrying backpackers, or skiers the Black Diamond Orbit lantern will illuminate your tent, yurt or backcountry cabin with 45 lumens of bright, non-glaring light, yet weighs just 4 ounces. Stop jury rigging your uni-directional headlamp into a makeshift light; the cozy glow of the Orbit is perfect for winter campers playing games in their tent, group activities like cooking or winding down after a long day on the trail. The Orbit lantern upgrades your backcountry experience.
The Black Diamond Orbit lantern is your ultimate friend on the trail. Weighing in at only three ounces, it has a streamlined shape for easy packing and throws off 45 lumens of bright light. The Orbit lamp has a dimming switch for determining just the right amount of light in a given situation, be it reading in the tent or trying to finding your way to the bathroom late at night. The special Black Diamond hanger lets you clip on easily to the tent ceiling or the nearest tree limb.

Bright and ultra-packable, the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern is a pocket-sized collapsible lantern crossed with a powerful flashlight for versatile, travel-friendly lighting. A lightweight version of our popular Voyager, the Orbit features a super-bright DoublePower LED in a frosted globe for 60 lumens of power in latern mode, and a DoublePower LED in the bottom for 50 lumens of power in flashlight mode. The Orbit also functions in dual mode for near-360-degree lighting for cooking, reading and other camp activities. The dimming function allows you to adjust the light to your needs, while the collapsible design stores easily in your pack.

At a mere 3 oz., this compact, packable Black Diamond Orbit lantern is ideal for backpackers and travelers who make every ounce count. But don't be fooled by the small size. This powerhouse puts out a brilliant 45 lumens of bright, nonglaring light. A double-power 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. Collapsible double-hook hang loops attach to a tent ceiling and tree branches. Requires four AAA batteries (not included).
Extended ht: 5.5"
Collapsed ht: 4".
Maximum burn time: 24 hours.
IPX rating: 4.
Available: Dark Chocolate, Lava, Black, Dark Shadow, Orange.

Midwinter expeditions push your skills to the limit just as much as car camping with your 8- and 10-year-old kids. Whether you're in your bivy sack half-way up the mountain or trying to convince your offspring that bugs won't kill them, the Black Diamond Orbit Lantern provides the light relief you need. This featherweight light has been reworked and now sports the same flashlight bottom as the bigger and heavier Voyager. The collapsible double-hook hanging loop lets you go hands-free when you're waiting out the storm with a killer read, and the hand-held flashlight mode makes it easy to illuminate every nook and cranny of the tent when your children want proof of spider-free sleeping. (closeout)

The Orbit Lantern from Black Diamond was designed for weight conscious backpackers, climbers and travellers. The Orbit features their dual reflector system and frosted globe, helping to illuminate everything from tent-bound reading to pre-dawn preparation.

Mountain Gear
Shed grams from your pack with a low-weight light source that fits into your pocket with the Orbit Lantern from Black Diamond.


Designed for ounce-conscious backpackers, climbers and travelers, the Black Diamond Orbit lantern doubles as a flashlight and outputs bright, non-glaring light in an ultra-portable package.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Ultraportable and lightweight, the Black Diamond Orbit lantern packs 45 lumens of bright, nonglaring light to illuminate everything for backpackers, climbers, and travelers.
REI (2013) (closeout)

The Black Diamond Orbit Lantern brings bright light to your backcountry adventures without weighing you down.


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Activity:Family & car camping
Additional Info:IPX Rating : 4
Average run time:High: 13 / low: 100 hours
Awards:Past Award Winners
Batteries:4 AAA (not included) / NRG2 compitible
Battery:Runs on NRG2 Rechargeable Battery Kit (sold separately) or 4 AAA alkalines
Battery Life:24 hours
Battery type:Batteries : 4 AAA not included, NRG2 compatible
Beam Type:Area
Bulb Type:LED
Bulb detail:DoublePower LED
Bulbs:DoublePower LED
Burn Time:24 H
Case Pack Quantity:10
Closed length:4 inches
Collapsed height:4 in / 10.1 cm; Extended height is 5.5 in / 13.9 cm
Compact height:4 in. (102 mm); extended size
Dimensions:Compactible to 102 mm (4 in); extended height is 140 mm (5.5 in)
IPX Rating:4
LED type:DoublePower, 1-watt
Lantern Type:Battery Powered Lanterns
Light Output:45 Lumens
Max Burn Time Lowest Setting:24 Hours
Max Burntime(S) ON Lowest Setting:24H
Max Lumens:45
Max burn time:24 hours
Max light output (lumens):60 lumens
Maximum Burn Time:24 Hours
Modes:Unique dimming switch provides adjustable brightness
Open length:5.5 inches
Output:45 lumens
Packed Size:2.25" diameter x 4" long.
Power Type:Battery
Retail Package Dimension:4 x 2.5 x 2.5" / 10 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm
Size:4" 102 mm( 5" 140 mm extended)
Weight:Weight With Batteries : 84 g, 3 oz
Weight Without Batteries:3 oz / 84 g
Weight/without batteries:3 oz. (84 g)
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Black Diamond Orbit Lantern Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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This little lantern is easy to use and gives great light output. I really like the "dim to adjust" feature by holding down the power button. It is light enough that I don't think about weight when adding it to my pack. Puts out enough light to easily make your way around camp on a moonless night or light up a big table for scary stories. The flashlight does not put out a focused beam of light, so it won't give you sight at a distance (kind of a bummer… but it's a lantern first, flashlight second.).
The battery layout is as straight forward as it gets. Unscrew the bottom flashlight assembly and it is attached to the cartridge that holds 4 AAA batteries. Not complicated and easy to use. If you can't stand it for some reason they have a rechargeable pack you can get (not sure if you can still have the flashlight assembly if you use the battery pack so that's a buzz kill..).
Just by handling this lantern I can tell you it is NOT waterproof. As stated in the description it will hold up to "sprays" of water. I would trust it in very light "misty" rain, but that's about it. I'm sure it would cost more if it was truly waterproof.

Random niceties include: I can attach it to my dogs collar at night so he's visible to cars and so I can see what he starts eating on the side of the road, it won't make what you attach it to sag (tent, ridge line, etc), I attach it to the front of my pack easily when I need both hands on the trail at night, lowest setting is bright enough to play boggle in the tent and not wake anyone up. Actually boggle is a terrible example… how about solitaire or sudoku.

Bummers: Some peoples have stopped working… check the little springs in the battery pack to make sure they are not pushed down. They aren't the sturdiest springs, but they're light springs you weight weenies! =]
Plus you have the security blanket of REI's awesome return policy.

PS: Always cary at leased two light sources! Something is bound to happen to one of them at some point. And let's be honest who ALWAYS has spare batteries on them??
I do.

ian of S. Oregon at REI on 12/12/2013
This is a great lantern! I have purchased other backpacking lanterns from other top companies that had many issues. The main issue that I had with other lanterns was that it would blind you if you even glanced close to it. I also dealt with faulting wiring and sucking the battery juice. With this lantern, you don't have that, you have the frosted lens with the indirect light, but it still packs a punch when it comes to lighting up your camping quarters. I love simplistic gear and this is one of the top easiest to use pieces of gear that I own. Another reason why I gave this lantern 5 stars was it's ability to compact within itself to make more room for extra gear. I've thought about just using a headlamp when adventuring, but it's nice to be able to use your peripheral vision at night instead of having to direct your head wherever you're looking, like when using a headlamp. I love it!
sirmattc at on 01/11/2011

Another neat product from Black Diamond

This is my 3rd Black Diamond lantern. When I saw that BD now made two sizes of them with the capability of being both lanterns and flashlights, I had to get one. It works well, seems to be as sturdy as the others I have, and I'm looking forward to using it, mostly "glamping".

My only disappointment is that the battery box isn't nearly as easy to use as the same size lantern without the flashlight base, hence the 4 star rating. This one is really clumsy to replace batteries, whereas the original version is extremely easy to use. Once the batteries are installed, it's fine, but getting them in without them popping out of their slots, and having to straighten the spring contacts--well, that's ridiculous. BD should have kept the original Orbit method, which is a neat capsule into which the batteries are inserted, and then the whole capsule is installed into the lantern.
Cary the pilot at REI on 10/10/2013

Not too big, not too small...

I've being looking for an LED latern to be used indoors or in tents that is not huge and heavy but still produce enough light to be functional. The Black Diamond Orbit fits the bill nicely. The dimming control allows you to select just about any brightness between the max and min, and the light output is plenty for a 3-4 man tent. The flared design also means the light is directed downward towards where you need it rather than upward towards your eyes. Once collapsed it is compact enough to be tucked away just about anywhere. Using AAA batteries means I don't have to carry different batteries for the latern and my headlamp. The plastic components do seem a bit flimsy but so far it has withstood my three-year old. Incidentally this is now his favorit toy...
WCKL at Mountain Gear on 02/02/2013
I bought this lantern to bring into the Grand Canyon on a 3-night Rim to Rim hike. It was the only lantern we brought for a group of 5 people; our only other light was individual headlamps. We would use this lantern in camp at night to light the picnic table; then I used it inside my tent until lights out. The Orbit light was soft and consistent. Also the fluted design of the Orbit globe allowed the light to reach below the lantern when held above my head. I was sold, and loved it. I plan on buying the Apollo and a Titan for car-camping situations but my Orbit remains one of my favorite pieces of backpacking gear.
laredhead at on 01/03/2011

Compact and handy

I have a couple of these I use pretty regularly. They are durable, light, and highly functional. The adjustable dimmer is a nice touch. They put out quite a bit of light for their size and they are very portable. The batteries last a long time and the hook mechanism on top works well for use in tents. For the price they are hard to beat.
t0rch75 at Cabelas on 01/22/2014

Has the light of a larger lantern.

Constructed well. Not quite as robust as the bigger Apollo model, but still great for backpacking and general camping situations. Only complaint is that it doesn't have much in the way of legs so on uneven or shaky surfaces, it'll likely tip over. Great light to hang in the tent though.
Mr Michigan at REI on 10/10/2013

Gift exchange gift

So this was purchased for our family gift exchange (everyone is very much into camping or backpacking) and it was "stolen" multiple times. The receiver was very pleased and wouldn't let anyone else touch it because she thought someone might run off with it.
JJBears at REI on 01/01/2014

Cool little source of lots of light

A very well made, well designed, flexible light source small enough to fit in pockets but effective to light a room if needed. I bought them for grandsons to read in bed after lights out and they were popular.
AreaControlKid at Cabelas on 01/14/2014
Love this lantern, small enough to go on any trip and enough light to read by, cook by or whatever you might need. Simple design and construction should last for years.
joeyj at on 02/08/2011

Negative Reviews:

Nice compact light when it works

I bought this light for tent camping to free my hands up in the tent.

However, after about ~45 minutes of continuous runtime it decided to shut off. Being naive I thought it was some sort of battery saving feature... But alas it is not. When I turn the light back on, it shut off after about 10 minutes.

The light is great, again... When it works, but now that it is no longer usable past 10 minutes, I would not recommend buying this product and would suggest either going up in price and buying the Apollo, or buy from a different brand all together.
KevinJohn at REI on 12/12/2013

Works well if you don't rely on it.

I have now had 3 of these fail on me for no apparent reason. Once it was in an emergency situation and I am lucky it was not my only source of light. I normally buy Black Diamond for reliability but they significantly missed the ball on this one.
lambertdarr at REI on 10/10/2013

Leaks and dies

I enjoyed this light while it lasted. It had good light output and placement options. The very first time the light sat in a rainstorm, though, hanging in the air, it leaked and died. That's unacceptable for a camping lantern.
trianglekayak at REI on 10/10/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Correction to REI Posted Information

I just received this newest Orbit lantern and am conveying what is on the box.

minimum lumens 4
maximum lumens 60

run time at minimum 70 hours
run time at maximum 12 hours

minimum lumens 4
maximum lumens 50

run time at minimum 70 hours
run time at maximum 15 hours
Old School Bill at REI on 09/09/2013