The Coleman lantern is an iconic piece of camping gear. Originally made in 1914 to burn gasoline, Coleman Lanterns have adapted and matured over the last century to remain a leading brand in camping lanterns. The Coleman Twist +300 is a new USB-charged lantern that also serves as a spare battery for small devices and it is a beautiful piece of well-crafted technology with a rugged design.
On its highest setting, it has an 8m beam at 300 lumens and on its lowest, it is a clear reading lamp at 50 lumens. The mid-range setting lights the interior of a family size tent nicely and to attract attention in an emergency, it has a bright flash setting.
It is 28 cm high and weighs just over 1kg, large and heavy for a lantern, putting it squarely in the family camper and glamping range. I loved its robustness. I never worried that an accidental knock would break it, it stood firm on the tent floor or an outdoor table and even sat comfortably on damp grass in the very early morning hours. It is too heavy to hang inside our tent, but it hung nicely on a tree branch near our outdoor cooking space and have served well as a tree lantern in the bottom of the garden.
My favorite feature is of the Twist +300 is its reliability. I can trust it to work when I need it – thanks to the Battery Lock system that disconnects the battery with a twist so it doesn’t run down. And I can trust it to recharge my phone at the end of the day without worrying that I may strand us without light – it neatly stores a cable inside the base and I can recharge the lantern from a spare battery, solar charger, any USB device, the car, whatever I happen to have access to.
I don’t need to pack anything other lighting accessories for camping and it’s one of the camping items that hasn’t sat in the camping bag, ready for out next trip, but has been used at home as well. It’s a great outdoor light for evenings in the garden, it’s been the centre piece of many a den, inside and outside and a fantastical, magical camp fire stuffed animals told ghost stories around on a Saturday afternoon.
Price: RRP £70
Included in the box: Coleman Twist+ lantern, USB charging cable (fits in the base of the lamp), UK mains adapter (fits in the base of the lamp), Manual
William Coffin Coleman was a lamp seller by trade, based in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He bought the patent for a lamp in 1903, redesigned it and in 1914 produced the first Coleman Lantern. The company has since grown and diversified to become one of the most well-known brands of quality outdoor and camping gear.
Coleman is currently owned by Newell Brands. Coleman is a subsidiary of Jarden, which was acquired in 2016 by Newell Rubbermaid, which renamed itself Newell Brands. Newell Brands owns a large number of brands, including Coleman, Aerobed, Sharpie, PaperMate, Parker, Graco, Yankee Candle, Spontex, Quickie and more*.
Newell Brands have published their corporate social responsibility policy on their website which lists the steps they are taking to minimize their environmental footprint and increase sustainability of their operating practices and brand products. They also work with local charities and they have a “annual Global Day of Service” where employees spend the day volunteering within their local community where they live and work.
- Travel/camping accessory.
- Target age range: All ages
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral
- Optimized for left or right handed use
- Standing or hanging (integrated carabiner style hook unfolds from the base for hanging)
- Adjustable brightness with 3 settings and emergency flash setting
- Target audience: Camping/glamping
- Optimized for outdoor use, including inclement weather
Environment & People
The Twist +300 is not cheap, but it is cost-effective. It has a quality finish, multiple extra features and it is reliable. Easy to use and charge, it’s the only lamp needed for a camping trip and will not have to be replaced any time soon. It doubles as a battery that can charge mobile devices and to fully recharge the lantern, just plug it into any USB socket.
It is not made with particularly eco-friendly materials, but it is robust, which I think significantly prolongs its lifespan. It also has an integrated, rechargeable battery, which negates the hassle and potential waste of additional batteries.
Type: LED Lantern (USB-rechargeable)
Product dimensions: 28 cm (H) x 14.7 cm
Capacity: 5 (300 lumens) – 75 (50 lumens) hours
Beam distance: 2-8 m
Item Weight: 1050 g
Colour: Black and white
Materials: Dura Guard
Decibels: Silent operation.
Light output: 50 – 300 lumens
Battery: Lithium ion rechargeable, USB included
IPX level: 4 (Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction has no harmful effect.)
Special features: BatteryLock™
Charge time: 12 hours initial charge
Batteries: Built-in lithium-ion battery
Impact resistance: 2 m
* USB outlet rated 0.5A or greater for charging.
* Basic literacy skills to follow instruction manual (provided in 13 languages).
Coleman’s Twist +300 is a beautiful piece of technology. It has a premium fit and finish that makes it the ultimate camping lantern. It is not a budget choice, but after using it for a camping weekend as well as around the house to make sure we put it through its paces, it’s obviously a gadget made to a high standard with plenty of thought going into its design.
It has many great features, but it’s the whole package that makes it outstanding. Coleman has packed everything I want in a camping lantern into a single, sturdy package that will last a weekend camper like me a very long time.
My first impression was that it is the perfect glamping lamp and that it is. It would be highly photogenic in a wood pod or canvas tent amongst luxury bedding and patterned rugs, but it’s also a reliable piece of kit for the more down to earth camper. It’s pretty looks are backed up by solid design and in the end, that’s its defining feature. This is the iPhone of camping lanterns.
The review is based on the Coleman Twist +300 Lantern kindly provided by Coleman. Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 16 May 2016.