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Coleman Introduces Lightweight, Compact Pack-Away Lantern

The Coleman Company, Inc. Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 1/31/2007

Innovative Design Fits into Palm of Your Hand

COLEMAN 4AA PACK-AWAY® LANTERN

COLEMAN 4AA PACK-AWAY® LANTERN

WICHITA, Ka. - Coleman – famous for its iconic gas lanterns – has introduced a diminutive new LED lantern with bright features and weighing a mere handful of ounces for backpackers and other trekkers who value innovative performance in petite packages.

The Coleman® Exponent® 4AA Pack-Away® Lantern is not much larger than a deck of cards when in its closed position – just 3 3/16-inches tall. Its clever Pack-Away design allows it to telescope open to a height of nearly 5 inches. Yet, it provides an uncommonly bright LED all-around illumination thanks to the technologically advanced LUXEON® K2 LED and a highly efficient conical reflector.

“It’s one of the first battery-powered lanterns that will fit in the palm of your hand,” said Darin Webb, Coleman product manager for lighting.

It has the brightness of a 3-watt LED with the battery drainage of a 1-watt LED. That translates to approximately 12 hours of run time on the low setting and six hours of run time on the brightest setting. The lantern also has an emergency strobe feature, which will run up to 75 hours on a fresh set of four AA batteries.

Collapsed for storage

Collapsed for storage

“It uses common AA batteries, so batteries can be interchanged with other electronic devices if necessary in an emergency,” Webb added.

A simple push-button control, large enough to find and use even when wearing gloves or mittens, is located on the top surface for easy operation. An automatic shutoff design ensures the light goes out when the lantern is closed, saving batteries and preventing accidental operation while in a pack. A bail handle can be flipped up to hang the lantern in a tent or from a limb, but the handle snaps in a closed position out of the way for other uses or stowage.

A shock-resistant and non-slip ABS outer shell is not only durable for the hard knocks prevalent in the field, it is also weather-resistant. Pack weight with four AA batteries is just 8 ounces. Suggested retail price is $34.99 and will be widely available early in 2007.

4AA PACK-AWAY® LANTERN

  • Bright LUXEON® K2 LED with 25 percent more light output than a LUXEON® I LED
  • Patented Pack-Away design
  • Fully extended size – 4. 8” x 1.5” x 2.6”
  • Compact size – 3.2” x 1.5” x 2.6”
  • Carabiner clip and four alkaline AA batteries included
  • Weight – 8.3 ounces with batteries
  • MSRP – $34.99

About Coleman Exponent Products:

The Coleman® Exponent® product line is available exclusively through sporting goods and outdoor retailers throughout the United States, and select Exponent products are available in Canada, Australia and Latin America.

The Coleman Company, Inc. is an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, including its legendary lanterns, as well as stoves, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, coolers, furniture and grills. Its products are sold and used all over the world. Coleman embraces its leadership role as an advocate for the outdoors, contributing to outdoor causes and inspiring people to get outside. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, and can be found online at www.coleman.com. Consumers can contact Coleman by phone at 800-835-3278 or by e-mail at consumerservice@coleman.com.

Coleman® and Exponent® and Pack-Away® are registered trademarks of The Coleman Company, Inc. ® is a registered trademark of Lumileds Lighting.

Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bicycle®, Crawford®, Diamond®, First Alert®, Forster®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Leslie-Locke®, Loew-Cornell®, and Pine Mountain®. Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Harmony®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain™; and Outdoor Solutions: Campingaz® and Coleman®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden has over 20,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.jarden.com.