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Get bright light from Snow Peak's GigaPower Lantern while backpacking using the same fuel canister used by many stoves. The GigaPower lantern is available with automatic or manual ignition. This single mantle ultralight lantern is comparable in light output to an 80 watt incandescent bulb. It's great for lighting up camp at night during backcountry adventures. It folds compactly into a convenient plastic storage case. Lantern comes with clear glass globe, but optional frosted glass and wire mesh globes are available.
Size: 2.25 in. wide x 3.75 in. high
Material: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Brass
Output: 80 watts
Fuel Type: Gas canister
Lantern Weight: 4.5 oz. (4.66 w/mantel)
Case Weight: 1.06 oz.
I am amazed at how compact the Snow Peak GigaPower lantern really is. It takes up very little space in my pack and is a relatively lightweight luxury for backpacking. The included plastic case seems like it provides plenty of protection for the lantern while hiking. It's is easy to disassemble and install the single mantel. The lantern screws onto standard butane/propane fuel canisters just like backpacking stoves. It safely lights within several pushes of the piezo ignitor and offers a wide range of brightness. I often worry about glass lantern globes breaking, so I purchased the optional wire mesh globe to test.
In The Field:
I have had the Snow Peak GigaPower lantern for several years, but only occasionally take it on my backpacking adventures. I have used it with both the included glass globe and an optional wire mesh globe. I prefer the glass globe because the light looks better and the glass provides more wind protection to the burning mantel. They weigh the same, so there isn't a weight advantage to either globe. I normally set the burning lantern on a log or the ground depending on my light needs. It is stable and provides plenty of light for my backcountry needs. It is comparable to having a small dimmable incandescent lamp.
My version has a piezo ignitor, which I have found troublesome at times. While it occasionally works, I often end up using a match or lighter to ignite the lantern in the field. The generated spark seems too small to handle the job and I imagine having a light breeze doesn't help. I recommend the manual version of the GigaPower lantern as it will save you about half an ounce and is easily lit with a match.
See Badger Creek adventure where the Snow Peak GigaPower lantern was used.
For me, the Snow Peak GigaPower lantern is more of a gimmick than a practical piece of backpacking equipment. While lightweight, it still adds unnecessary weight to my pack. It works well, but I feel a headlamp is much more versatile for my adventures. However, I do recommend it to backpackers who need a lantern and can't get by with just a headlamp. Available from amazon.com.