|Rating:||7.7 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
|Weight||1.2 / 2|
|Ease of Use||1.8 / 2|
|Size||1.4 / 2|
|Versatility||1.6 / 2|
The UCO Sprout Mini Lantern is designed for those wanting a tent or camp light with plenty of features.
UCO stands for ‘Utility, Comfort and Originality’ which is what UCO has been doing for the camping and hiking sector since 1971. UCO has a range of products including eating and drinking utensils, lanterns and portable power. The UCO Sprout Mini Lantern sits within a huge range of lantern options produced by UCO.
This lantern is compact and has two lighting options – a super bright 100 lumen light mode and what UCO creatively describes as a ‘soothing blue Moonlight Mode’. The high mode is bright enough to read by and the Moonlight Mode provides well, mood lighting! Holding down the button in white light mode allows you to adjust the brightness.
The Sprout uses 3 AAA batteries which on the high mode will last you around 5 hours, and in the Moonlight Mode will last 60 hours. UCO cheekily promotes the weight of this lantern as ’64 grams’ but add the batteries and it jumps to 103 grams – a lantern is of no use without the batteries! And this might be ‘compact’ when compared to other camping lights but with a diameter of 7 cm and height of 5 cm, I think it’s a bit bulky for hiking.
The UCO Sprout Mini does have a handy little feature which is a magnetic lanyard hanging mechanism. Simply attach the lanyard to your tent and when you need light, just connect the magnets together – it means you don’t have to fiddle around with a lanyard that is permanently attached to your light.
I like this lantern but the weight and dimensions mean it is a bulky replacement to setting up my headlamp in the tent!
Great for small groups when you can share the gear around
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UCO produces a range of lanterns for hiking and camping
UCO Sprout Mini Lantern in packaging
UCO Spout Lantern with hanging magnet removed and white light on
UCO Spout with large easy to find on/off button
UCO Spout Lantern with white light on at night time
UCO Spout Lantern with blue light on at night time
This review was done by product provided by the Australian distributor of UCO Lanterns