A Closer Look
The box gives you a nice look at what the SmartLantern has to offer, so let's take a look at, and around the box for the battery.
On the front, we have a quick tease of what to expect with the SmartLantern.
On the side, Bracketron shows that you can use the SmartLantern as an actual lantern.
On the back, we have the full details on its 7800mAh battery, and its 2.1A USB port.
On the right side, we find out what we get in the package: a carrying case, USB to micro USB cord, and USB wall charger - oh, and the SmartLantern, of course.
Here we have the SmartLantern and its power button, and below that the four LEDs that let you know how much charge it has left.
Here we have the microUSB in for getting it charged up.
On the other side, we have a full-sized USB port so that you can charge up a device from the battery.
The SmartLantern in lantern mode, in a dimly lit office. This is so the shot to the right shows off its bright lantern mode better.
Once more, with the SmartLantern in flashlight mode.
Using the Bracketron SmartLantern - Lighting Up My Life
I've used 40-50+ mobile batteries now, so I get that "same ol', same ol" feeling when testing them, so when a company goes out of their way to provide the world with something different, I stand up and take notice. The SmartLantern is one of the most unique mobile batteries I've tested, and it is one of the most useful ones, too.
The SmartLantern took around 2.5-3 hours to fully charge its internal 7800mAh battery, but it lasted for close to a week on standby and nightly use of its LEDs as a lantern and flashlight. There's a four-LED power indicator on the side of the SmartLantern, and when the button above it is pressed down for two seconds or more, it will turn the LEDs on.
Once the LEDs are on, the flashlight mode of the SmartLantern is enabled. You can use the SmartLantern as a normal flashlight, but when you pull the ring on the top of the battery, it will pull up, revealing the LEDs and turning it into a bigger lantern.
The amount of light that it outputs is actually quite impressive, where I used it outside sitting on a table without a problem. It was close to pitch black outside, but the SmartLantern lit up the entire area, which allowed me to turn the outside lights off and have the SmartLantern as the only source of light. There was more than enough light emitting from the device, which is impressive given its size.
Even after 4-5 hours of use, the battery didn't even nudge, but after five nights of around 4-5 hours a night of use, it died. This provided me with around ~20 hours of LED use, which is impressive considering it only has a 7800mAh internal battery.
Not only does it perform well, but it looks great. It has a great feel to it, with the SmartLantern not being too big, or too small. The ring up the top of it allows it to be placed somewhere on a hook, so you can light up an entire area. I think one of the best uses for it, would be to keep it in the car, in case you break down and need not only a battery to charge your phone for an emergency call, but as a light if you break down at night.
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