RetiredInCharge - 4 years ago
I'm a bit of a flashlight enthusiast (okay a total wonk) and I have a collection of LED flashlights and lanterns. Speaking with experience, the Energizer Fusion Folding Lantern is a very impressive piece of equipment. It is well made, and significantly weather-proof. I've tested it in hard rain. There's a number of different ways you can stand it or hang it... to get just the right light direction. It works well on tabletop, close to the ground (pathway lighting), or hanging overhead. When folded it takes up very little space for storage. The LED emitters are really bright, yet the diffuser panel gives a really nice spread to the light output, reducing harshness. The electronic control is excellent with an exceptionally wide range from high to low. On low it runs for a long, long time. Good when the utilities are out. The light output seems perfectly stable throughout the battery life. Also the overall brightness is identical using 4 or 8 batteries, though the runtime is shorter with 4. I'd be curious to know who makes the emitters on this unit (they look like Nichia Corp -- if so they'll last a long time). But since I don't know I can't say for sure. I have some older Energizer Weather Ready LED lanterns, and I have never had one fail or burn out. But what I really, really like about the Fusion Folding Lantern is that it works very, very well with NiMH rechargeable batteries, with no difference in light output versus Alkaline or Lithium. All of the Fusion series seem to be the same. Energizer is apparently using some high-quality drivers in this lineup. Also, the driver shuts the light off before the rechargeable batteries deplete to a critical discharged state, so I don't worry about damaging my expensive NiMH batteries. I cannot say that about every flashlight I have. So because I use my lanterns frequently, rechargeable batteries are an absolute must. So to me, having quality electronic circuitry like this is a really important feature. As a side note, if I were going to store this lantern for extended periods (batteries in) and expect it to work when I needed it, then I would be using Lithium AA cells. I think this has become my favorite outdoor lantern for BBQs and gatherings. I have two, and I also have two of the Fusion Pop-Ups. It's really good, too, but I tend to like the Fusion Folding better for frequent use. It's twice as bright, and the batteries are easier to change. Way to go Energizer! Fusion is way cool!