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Original Candle Lantern | Lighting the Night

Original Candle Lantern | Lighting the Night

As I write this Winter is barely in the history books and Spring is charging in full-steam. ¬†Camping season has begun and it’s time to gear up! ¬†UCO (Utility, Comfort, Originality) has been creating innovative camping and survival gear near Seattle, WA since 1971.

Lately I’ve been taking a look at UCO’s Original Candle Lantern (OCL). ¬†An ingenious little device, the OCL is much more than just a light. ¬†Before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a look at¬†the Lantern and what it offers.

Original Candle Lantern | Lighting the Night

A spring-powered tube pushes an approximately 3.5″ candle up into the glass chimney which collapses when not in use. ¬†A metal plate up top diffuses heat for the safety of items directly above the lantern. ¬†A glass viewing port on the side lets you keep track of how much burn time is remaining. ¬†UCO offers 9 and 12 hour candles, as well as citronella to keep mosquitoes away. ¬†The base plate unscrews and opens up in seconds, allowing you to change out candles quickly and easily. ¬†Why do I say this candle lantern is more than just a light? ¬†The full benefits of ¬†the Original Candle Lantern below.

  • Small size at 4.25″ (when collapsed).
  • Lightweight aluminum construction at 6.4 oz (brass available at 8.8 oz), weight is with candle included.
  • Provides soft light which disrupts melatonin production in the body considerably less than electric “blue” lights.
  • Gives off warmth in the tent while reducing condensation.
  • More economical than burning through batteries with an E-lantern.
  • Has both a carrying handle and a hanging hook.
  • Insect repellent (with citronella candles).

Original Candle Lantern | Lighting the Night

I’m impressed with how sturdy is little unit feels, despite its light weight. ¬†It’s hard to argue with the simplicity and reliability of a candle as well as the comfortable hue of light they cast off. ¬†UCO sells the Original Candle Lantern for $19.99-$32.99 depending on aluminum versus brass construction and offers anodized colors as well. ¬†Gear up now, late spring and summer are just around the corner so it’s time to get your camping supplies stocked up!

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