Stuff We Gotta Have! The Coleman Quad Lantern

December 20, 2010

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The Coleman LED Quad Lantern separates into 4 smaller units that are easily rechargeable.

Nike did it for shoes. Starbucks did it for coffee. Facebook did it for sharing information.

Each has taken something old school—and revolutionized the way we think of it. They’re the names we know, the products we want, the things we can’t live without.

And now Coleman has done it too. They’ve taken the idea of your grandpa’s camping lantern and made it so new, so different and so…well…amazing that campers everywhere are asking for them.

Now we’ve told you about the Quad Lantern before…but we decided that we didn’t just want you to take our word about just how great it is. That’s why we asked our KOA Facebook fans if they’d test them for us. And the response was phenomenal.

So now, take a few minutes to read what these five lucky KOA campers had to say about the Coleman Quad Lantern. We think you’ll be just as excited as they are about this gotta-have camping item.

Rhonda and Brett NicholasReviewer: Rhonda and Brett Nicholas, Virginia KOA Campers
First, I must say I was impressed with the speed in which we received this test product. Given time was short, I thought of many uses for our test light. Our camping trip was to start on the last day to submit our entry, so I knew there wouldn’t be much time to use our light.

I was wrong.

We arrived and I used this light for hooking up the water connection, cable and putting together the rack on the end of our picnic table. I would say this is a must-have item. The uses are endless and the ease of the separate lights is wonderful. On Friday when our friends come, I can’t wait to show off our light and take a late night walk with my husband.


Thank you for choosing us to test this product! Awesome!

Krista PomeroyReviewer: Krista Pomeroy, Oregon KOA Camper
Cons: This lantern is a bit heavy if one was to carry it very far. It was a little hard for me to get the bottom back on after putting in the batteries, though I do have small hands.

Pros: It is very bright. The removable sections are a genius idea–very easy to carry for those middle of the night walks. They are lightweight enough for children to use. I can see us using the removable sections at different ends of a table for more light distribution, unlike one large lantern.

We tested the lantern in our backyard and can’t wait for our next camping trip to use it.


Overall, we love this lantern. Thank you for this opportunity.

PS: Our cat has to check out everything that comes in the door, and he approves.

Scott PepiReviewer: Scott Pepi, Massachusetts KOA Camper

I received my Quad Lantern today when I got home from work. I opened it up, and I was like “WOW! This is awesome.” I am always looking for extra lighting for when I walked the dogs when we went camping.

First thing I did was opened it up, turned it on…and nothing. So I noticed how each light popped off the base. They worked. So a little more looking around (no, I didn’t look at the directions) and noticed it unscrewed from the bottom—the battery compartment. I was surprised that a larger battery didn’t go in, but 8 D batteries.

So I went out and bought 8 D batteries, put them in, and turned it on. Uh-oh…one light is flickering out of the box. LED lights never need replacing–but flickering.

I thought it may be some cool alerting bulb, until it went out. So I turned the light out, waited a minute, and turned it back on, to find another bulb on the same removal panel started to flicker.

Now, if I didn’t get this for free, I would have been able to return this and get a replacement. I don’t think I have this option here, unless I send a warranty claim to Coleman, which I may do.

It’s an excellent idea, and great to have when I need some light in the compartments of my camper, or even looking under appliances in my house, or just needing some extra light. I wouldn’t say it has the light of a LED headlight, but plenty of light to get the little bit you may need to get SMOAS [sic] ready.


I will definitely be bringing this along on all my trips, especially to KOA in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. I would rate this at an 8 for engineering, but a 4 for the bulbs already going dead out of the box. (In the picture, you can see the 2 dead bulbs.)

Editor’s Note: We forwarded Scott’s comments onto Coleman, a great company committed to outstanding customer service–and with a reputation for standing behind their products. That’s why they’re sending Scott a new Quad Lantern, and we look forward to hearing his comments as soon as the replacement arrives.

Rhonda and Brett NicholasReviewer: Kristen Hollis, Nevada KOA Camper

We are KOA kampers from Reno, NV, and are new fans of the Coleman LED Quad Lantern!

We love the removable panels attached to the side of the lantern, which allow each of us to have our own light to go exploring, or to individually move around the kampsite without taking the whole lantern!

We were pleased to discover that the panels come equipped with rechargeable batteries inside, which are charged with the replaceable batteries of the main lantern. The panels can last up to 1.5 hours each, plenty of time for us to explore the riverside at dusk or take a long walk. Smart!

Also innovative are the LED lights, which remain cool and never need replacement. And the energy usage is less than conventional lights, so the lantern can last up to 75 hours on one set of batteries. The lantern is weather resistant, another plus.

Recommended product!


Thank you again!

Arlene MonroeReviewer: Arlene Monroe, Michigan KOA Camper
We were lucky enough to test the Coleman Quad-Lantern. The lantern arrived about 45 minutes before our power went out so we played cards by the light of the Coleman Quad Lantern; when we needed to go into another room we just unsnapped one of the lanterns and went. My husband also used the lantern for lighting the deck while using the BBQ.

Our best backyard adventure was lighting the way from the house to the lake with the lantern, we had a fire going in the pit, and I was snapping pictures of everyone with the lantern. My grandson let the dog out and he started running for the dock (he’s a swimmer). I set down my camera to grab the dog, well to make a long story short, the camera took a swim and so did my pictures.


But I still have my lantern and I love it!!!

  • T.Marchitto

    I have been a member for a number of years and have never been invited to test products. How does this work that I never even hear of products available for testing.

    • KOA

      Great question! When we decided to have great KOA campers like you tell us what they thought of the Coleman Quad Lantern, we reached out to them through Facebook. Those interested responded via email, we randomly selected five to test the product, and mailed them out. We had such a great response–and campers had so much fun–that we’ll be doing it again soon, so be sure to watch for it. And in the meantime, thanks so much for being a loyal KOA camper.

      • Dana

        So in order for us to be a tester, we need to be a Facebook fan? How do I do that? Are you going to test products a lot? Pick me!

    • KOA

      Hey Dana! Thanks for your post. We are definitely going to be testing more products, and will always be turning to our loyal campers to help us out with that whether on Facebook or right here on We do encourage folks to join our Facebook page, because we always have new posts, giveaways, contests…and yes, we even get some of our best story ideas from camper posts. Be sure to look for our next product testing announcement!

  • Keisha in TX

    This lantern looks amazing–and I love the fact that KOA gave campers the chance to test the product. Totally jealous, and I want to get to be a product tester next time if you get great stuff like this.

  • Charlotte Arnold

    This is a great opportunity for us KOA campers to be involed with. Thank you so much for letting us try your products first.

  • Ms. Terry J. Hamilton

    I would like to test products too. I used to do this with a song company. They sent me a cassette recorder and I’d listen to songs and rate them. Definitely include me in. I don’t do facebook. I’m not that good on this computer.

    Love KOA’S Terry

    • KOA

      Hey Terry–Thanks for following us, and for your interest in product testing. You never know when or where we’ll announce the next one. Maybe it’ll be right here…

  • Lance Ackley

    WHAT A great IDEA, and the versatility.. gotta get one!

  • Denise

    I bought this lantern for our girls for Christmas. They are in LOVE with it and we havent even been camping yet. I would recommend this lantern to anyone with kids.

  • Frank Scates

    It is not suprising that when contacted Coleman replaced the unit. They are a definite class act, I had some problems with a grill years back, they went all out to make sure that I was satisfied with the replacement parts and the Company itself. Because of this when looking for camping equipment I compare items to the Coleman equipment first. Then weighing all factors make my purchase. It may not always be theirs but their customer service, they are always in the running.

  • Jay Kalvig

    This lantern looks amazing!!! It would be an awesome light to walk the dogs by. How can I get my hands on one?

    • KOA

      You can find these awesome lanterns at sporting goods stores like Cabela’s, or at online retailers like Amazon. Thanks for your interest!

  • Jerry Hanson

    Isabelle: How do I get a quad light lantern. I want to buy one and haven’t seen them in traditional retail outlets.

    Happy April to ya!

    Jerry Hanson

    • KOA

      Hey Jerry–good to see you on here! You can pick one up at Cabela’s over on King Avenue East–or just order one online.

      • Jerry Hanson

        Hey Isabelle: I see you answered me in April, the same day I wrote. I got your response today via David Scott Smith who shot the video. 🙂

        Coincidentally I saw the lantern in Sam’s Club about mid-May and got one!

        I’ll be taking it on my llama pack trips soon.

        Happy week end to ya.


  • Tushy Momma

    I noticed that no one mentioned the cost of this item – 8 D Batteries? The cost of that many batteries, plus the negative enviromental factors associated with dosposing of batteries. Yes I have heard of rechargeable batteries. This costs would then need to be added to the “cons” of this item. Please post the COSTS of this lantern.

    So what makes it so superior? May be you could ask Coleman if they can make a crank model for those of us who camp and like to save both money and whatever resources we can.

    Thank you.

  • Ann in Colorado

    This lantern looks like this season’s “must have” item. My birthday is coming and now I know what is number 1 on my wish list.

    Coleman has such a great reputation and their products are durable and practical. I grew up camping with Coleman products.

    Thanks for providing this review. I too, am curious about the selling price of the latern.


  • Deb

    The lantern is $55-60

  • VA_JAY55

    Just an FYI: these lantern products, as are most of Coleman’s products, are made in China. Unfortunately just about anything we can buy for camping purposes is made in China.

  • Mike P.

    My family of four LOVES to go camping. We have been camping with our pop up for about 6 years. We have been to CO, MI, IN and OH.

    We would also like an opportunity to test any products. Thanks.

    Mike P.

  • Barb Lovisone

    We’ve been KOA members for years, but have never tested anything, but would love to. I’m another of those people who have signed on to Facebook yet. I guess I’m going to have to figure it out! That lantern looks like a great idea. The cost might be a problem, but it should be worth it. Do the batteries come separate? Thanks for the info. Barb

  • Scott Pepi

    Great…replacement lamp…That is definatley a surpise.

    thanks Coleman