Dear Natalie: Try The Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What are your thoughts on the Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern?

Signed,

You all, because you want to know about this!

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Dear friends,

I have to admit something: I am not dainty. I know that’s probably shocking, so I’ll give you a minute to recompose yourselves.

(Patiently waiting.)

Okay. Now that we’ve established that, I’ll continue. Moving about the world like an ox means that I need gear that doesn’t require kid gloves and raised pinky fingers. Enter Outxe’s Rugged 3-in-1 Lantern. The folks at Outxe sent me a lantern to honestly review for you all, and I’m happy to report that it has, thus far, withstood my Sasquatch-like rough handling in the outdoors.

But let’s back up. Let me tell you a little more about this product. It is a flashlight, lantern, USB power bank, magnet, and emergency beacon, all packed into a unit just a tad bigger than my water purifier.

The package came with the lantern (fully charged!), a USB charging cable, and a lanyard. I found it too difficult to attach the lanyard with only my one nimble hand (yes, I’m still in a cast), but I’m sure you’d find it easy-peasy.

 

Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern

 

Beyond the lamp’s conveniently small size, the first thing I noticed was the nifty magnet on the bottom. I tested it out on my refrigerator, and sure enough, it stuck on there like a champ.

 

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Then I realized the magnet is actually a water-tight cap that covers two USB outlets: one for an incoming charge, to power up the lamp, and the other for outgoing current – like to charge your phone or another device when you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet.

 

 

Using the lantern is rather straight forward. Press the large green button and the unit powers on in the “low light lantern” mode. Pressing the button again will take you through several other modes: high light lantern, flashlight, short red flashes, and a long red SOS. To power off, hold in the green button for a few seconds. Operation is user-friendly enough that I just guessed – and then confirmed with the user manual!

Here is a short demo of me going through these modes easily:

 

There is a lot to appreciate about this little lantern, with just a couple “meh…” factors.

Drawbacks:

  • I find it a bit too heavy and awkward for backpacking. Even on a day hike, if I needed illumination, I’d prefer my head lamp. That said, overall, it is not a heavy unit, and if you were boating, camping, canoeing, or fishing, it would be a useful and convenient item to bring along. I plan to put mine in my earthquake emergency kit, and I may get another to throw in with my car camping gear.
  • Exactly how waterproof is it? I’m a bit confused. The package says it is water resistant up to 30 meters. The website says it is water resistant up to 2 meters underwater – which is quite the difference in depth. To confuse matters more, the owner’s manual advises against throwing it into water to avoid explosions. Needless to say, I didn’t test out the water resistance; I thought, ya know, explosions aren’t great to experience. Clarification on that would be helpful!

 

Benefits:

  • I’ve found it to be rather rugged. It has withstood bangs, bumps, and drops with no decrease in function. I purposely drove up a mountain today and threw it on the ground, and if you just looked at the lantern, you’d have no idea it survived that trauma. Perhaps I have a touch of inanimate object-directed schadenfreude, but I was a little disappointed it didn’t sustain even a little scratch (which led me to wonder why I’m so weird).
  • I think it’s so cool that it can serve as a power bank for my phone and other devices. This will come in handy on my next camping trip!
  • It is the perfect size and shape to hang from your tent.
  • Despite the confusion on exact water resistance specs, I can tell you a splash of water or rain won’t cause this lantern to fritz out.
  • The magnet! That magnet is so convenient – who doesn’t appreciate hands-free lighting, especially outdoors?

Overall, I say the Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern gets a thumbs-up. If you’d like to check out this or other Outxe products, head on over to Outxe’s website.

See you again soon,

Natalie

 

 

 

Resident Columnist and Reviewer at | Website

“Ask Natalie” host, Natalie McCarthy was born and raised in the urban American rust belts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, in a not-particularly-outdoorsy family. She discovered the outdoors in her early 30s and now seeks out new ways to adventure.

Natalie earned her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. She works as a licensed supervisory clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of co-occurring substance use, general mental health, and trauma-related disorders. While her professional practice is where Natalie spends most of her time helping people with their problems, she was an online advice columnist in the past.

In the early 2000s, she was the go-to answer girl on a now-defunct website called New Girl Order. Her column there led her to research a diversity of topics, from May-December romances to why on Earth plucking our eyebrows makes us sneeze.

58 thoughts on “Dear Natalie: Try The Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern

  • May 4, 2018 at 4:57 am
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    I am soon heading on a 10 days trekking and camping trip. This article is just in time. It’s wonderful to knwo that it’s quite rugged. Perfect for a careless trekker like me. However, heavy is a deal breaker for me. Being a solo traveler I try to reduce as much weight as possible. Nonetheless a great review.

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:46 am
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      I’m glad the review was useful for you! I appreciate the lantern’s ruggedness as well.

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  • May 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    Looks great! i do hope for long days outdoors this year and can’t wait for camping!

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:47 am
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      Yes! This will definitely help prolong outdoors time ?

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  • May 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm
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    A detailed and comprehensive review – I like that it got a thumbs up overall. Looks like a really good, lightweight and bright lantern to me!

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  • May 1, 2018 at 3:31 am
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    Definitely sounds like something that would be great for us while we’re out on a weekend hike but that water resistance thing is definitely concerning! I’m not quite sure what they mean by all that. Did you reach out to them for clarification?

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:48 am
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      Yes! Thanks for asking. Turns out it IS waterproof and can withstand up to 30m, though just a couple meters should cover most regular uses.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    That overall just seems like a great lantern to have in general. In the car. At the house. We lose power often in our old home, so this would be convenient!

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:49 am
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      I’m hanging on to mine for my earthquake/power outage kit. We are on the same wavelength!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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    tnis lantern sounds perfect for our summer activities.

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:49 am
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      It has so many great uses!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    I love that this lantern has a multi-feature is what sells it for me, I love the idea of a power bank too. Though I would too be reluctant to test the water resistance! A great review indeed.

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:52 am
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      Haha yes the water resistance info was confusing. Thankfully the folks at Outxe assured us a typo was involved and the lantern IS waterproof.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm
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    Sounds like a great product! I’ll sure recommend it to my friends who like to go backpacking! Thanks for sharing!

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:51 am
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      Thank you for spreading the word!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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    I love that you didn’t just boast about how great the lamp was and ALSO put down how you would personally use it and in what circumstances. I like refreshing my camping supplies, but don’t want to spend money on just ANY product, so its nice to know which ones are worthwhile spending the money on.

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:51 am
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      I’m so glad this was a useful review for you, Janiel. I agree — I want to get a bang for my buck! More money in my pocket means more money for adventure!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    We love to go camping ( we have an RV). This lantern would be perfect for us!

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    • May 9, 2018 at 3:50 am
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      It would be a perfect camping gear addition

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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      I love that feature!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 7:31 am
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    I like the fact that you highlighted both the drawbacks and advantages of the product. That said, I think this will certainly come in handy for someone like me who prefers to backpack my way across the world. I have Sasquatch like hands as well. 🙂

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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      Hahaha! Glad to know there are products that hold up to the rough handling of folks like us!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    While I love the outdoors, I’m not a camper as such so I’m not sure if ever use this but I like the fact it has a Magnet and the charger. I could see good use for it whilst travelling in a country that has dodgy electrical supplies maybe.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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      Oh, good point – that would be a good use for it.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    My dad is a big hiker. Doing the Colorado trail this summer and has done almost all the 14er’s in that region! I will have to share this with him!! Thank you!

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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      Awesome! ?? your dad is a rockstar!

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  • April 30, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    Sounds like a great product. Will have to look into it soon!

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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      Let us know what you think, Shoma!

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  • April 29, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    This looks like a great product! I also want to say that I love your writing style and the humor you put into your posts, keep up the great work!

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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      Hey thanks Stephanie, that’s kind of you to say ?

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  • April 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    This combination flashlight, lantern, power bank, magnet, and emergency beacon sounds like something most any camper would like to own.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:33 pm
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      It really is a nice multipurpose product.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:37 pm
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      It would definitely make a great gift.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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    Very thorough review! I appreciate products that serve more than one purpose and this sounds like it does just that!

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  • April 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm
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    this is a great idea, saving space by using dual purpose items is always great. Thanks for sharing a great review including both pros and cons

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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      Thank you for reading, Angie

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  • April 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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    What a useful device to have for outdoor activities! I like how easy it is to charge (through USB). The magnet is also a great feature!

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  • April 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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    I love that it multi functioning. When backpacking/ hiking being able to find products the do more than one task and are reliable is a must.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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      Yes! Less stuff to carry!

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  • April 29, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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    Ha! As someone else who is definitely NOT delicate, I love the idea of rugged gear. Give me something I can’t break! I have to admit though, the whole “avoid water to avoid explosions” would definitely give me pause when it came to taking it on a boat, lol.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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      Yeah, that threw me for a loop. The company spokesperson told us that it is waterproof, though! Two meters should cover most boating purposes, but it was tested up to 30.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 8:57 am
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    I like multi-purpose products. The fact that the lantern also doubles up as a power bank is an excellent feature. Would be a good addition to any camping kit.

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm
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      Agree 100%. And it’s quite affordable for a product that has multiple uses, IMO.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 6:19 am
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    What a clever product! I am inlove with headlamp but the Outxe 3-in-1 Rugged Lantern looks to really 3 in 1 and I love that! Yes really confusing, I wouldnt try to go scuba dive with it! Although it would have been awesome to use it for night dive!

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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      I agree that it really is clever. One of the Outxe team clarified that the lantern actually is waterproof and could withstand a maximum depth of 30m, but 2m is typically sufficient for most folks’ regular use.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    I am not an “outdoor” person and I even haven’t tried camping yet. But this lantern would be a great help especially during times when electricity is out!

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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      Yes, I think so too! My pantry is stocked with the beginnings of an earthquake emergency kit — I haven’t been as diligent with it as I should be — and I think this lantern would be super helpful in a rough situation like that.

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  • April 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    I’ve only ever done leisurely camping in upstate New York, but this seems like it would come in handy even for that! Thanks for the review and recommendation.

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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      I think this would make leisurely camping even more leisurely. I love the idea of being able to illuminate my kindle and charge it at the same time!

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  • April 28, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    I would imagine that it’s water resistant down to 2 meters, which is great for splashes and dirt. 30 meters is a lot to ask for a non-dive specific device. I love the remote charging capabilities and the fact that you can charge it yourself. It seems like a handy feature if you have a small solar cell. I can see what you are saying about the size and weight for backpacking. The inflatable LED style lanterns seem to be the idea thing for that application. It does seem like a quality product and I could imagine this on my kayak or SUP for night safety lighting too.

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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      I think it would be super handy for night kayaking or SUPing. One of the Outxe team clarified that the lantern actually is waterproof and could withstand a maximum depth of 30m, but 2m is typically sufficient for most folks’ regular use.

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  • April 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm
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    Love the power bank! That’s a great feature for today’s campers.

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    • April 29, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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      Yes, me too – one of my favorite features.

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